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By Candice Baker | June 29, 2007
Laguna Art Museum's new exhibition, "Heart and Torch: Rick Griffin's Transcendence," is the first of its kind to address Griffin's impact on popular culture. The show — the first major retrospective and solo museum exhibition for Griffin — includes album covers, original sketches for emblematic psychedelic posters, drawings, paintings and a collection of personal artifacts. The show is divided between the three main stages of Griffin's life and career: surf art, psychedelic art and his later conversion as a born-again Christian.
By Barbara Diamond | June 19, 2009
Art that once belonged to the Laguna Art Museum has come home, but not back to the museum. The Orange County Museum of Art quietly sold 18 pieces of California Impressionist paintings to a Laguna Beach collector, whose name is not being made public. The works were acquired by OCMA in what many in Laguna considered, and still consider, a misbegotten attempt to merge the Laguna and Newport Harbor museums, which eventually cost LAM part of its permanent collection. “Laguna owned all of them pre-merger,” said Bolton Colburn , director of the Laguna Museum.
By Cindy Frazier, | June 10, 2011
Artist and designer Isamu Noguchi was a busy man in the early 1980s. Born in Los Angeles in 1904, he had won a Guggenheim award as a young man, catapulting him into the arts stratosphere. He spent many years working in Japan and Europe, ascending to the rank of an international artist. Noguchi was part of the early modernist and environmental movements, having worked as an assistant to famed modernist Constantin Brancusi in Paris, and was also a close friend of American visionary Buckminster Fuller, who created the geodesic dome.
By Cindy Frazier | October 2, 2009
Despite financial losses at Laguna Art Museum, museum officials are bullish on the future. The museum has lost more than half a million dollars in the last fiscal year, members learned Sept. 22 at the annual membership meeting. At the same time, memberships and paid admissions are up and the museum is fully staffed for the first time in 13 years, Director Bolton Colburn said. “This museum is on firmer footing than many others in the country,” said Louis Rohl, president of the board of trustees.
By Rhea Mahbubani | October 24, 2013
Adam Silverman gets chummy with the earth when he works. The ceramist's contentment is obvious when his wet hands are immersed in clay, kneading, smoothing and glazing pots. But he almost didn't follow his instincts. With experience in architecture and the garment industry, Silverman decided to put his days as a hobby artist behind him and become a full-time potter in September 2002. He gave himself one year to work earnestly and discover if he could make a go of it. Fast forward 11 years, and he remarks that the experiment was a success, emboldening him to make the switch.
By Cindy Frazier | November 6, 2009
Laguna Art Museum will pay tribute to its major donors in an eclectic exhibition opening Sunday. ?Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum? encompasses 83 works of art from the 1830s to 2007, all of it donated ? or funded by donations. The show is the second in a ?bracketed? set of exhibitions intended to reestablish the museum?s reputation as a repository for important California art, said museum Director Bolton Colburn. The exhibitions were funded by a grant obtained in 2005.
By Cindy Frazier | February 2, 2012
Former Laguna Art Museum executive director Bolton Colburn hasn't traded his business attire for Hawaiian shirts just yet, but he is poised to make a splash in the world of surf culture. Colburn has been hired as executive director by the Surfing Heritage Foundation with an ambitious goal to take the 11-year-old organization from a San Clemente industrial park to an urban coastal center and significantly raise its profile. "It's my dream job," said Colburn, a former competitive surfer who was a U.S. amateur surfing champion in the late 1970s.
By Rhea Mahbubani | August 15, 2013
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Dance Festival and Laguna Beach Live! are poised to concoct a creative cocktail - an original music and dance project pegged to artwork from the museum's collection. Malcolm Warner, the museum's executive director, aptly labeled this endeavor "Ekphrasis," which in Greek means "an interpretation of one work of art in another art form. " Laguna Beach Live! has tapped Pasadena-based composer, conductor and pianist Alan Chan, while the Laguna Dance Festival will accept applications between Sept.
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 9, 2013
A storage unit, a garage, a car, a professor's office and a tent on a campsite. These are only a few of the 24 Irvine spots where Richard Newton bunked over two years in the early 1970s. This nomadic life - the yearning to feel out new surroundings - sparks inspiration. "The seed of my ideas comes from other places and, I suppose, works with my restlessness - I'm always going somewhere," he said. "I have personally found that the most interesting part of life is to be exposed to other people, cultures and places - to somehow step completely out of where you come from and immerse yourself in someone else's world.
By Imran Vittachi | April 5, 2012
Between May 2011 and January 2012, Robert Hayden III wore four hats at the Laguna Art Museum. During that seven-month stretch before Malcolm Warner settled in at LAM's helm, Hayden served as its interim director, its interim director of development and head of the search committee for a new executive director. While he juggled those challenges, Hayden said he continued in his normal role of presiding over the museum's Board of Trustees. And he even managed to moonlight in the evenings in his regular job as chief financial officer for his family-run firm, Placentia-based Industrial Metal Finishing Inc. All that work culminated in his being honored with the Arts Leadership award at Sunday's Art Star Awards in Laguna Beach, presented by the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts and hosted by [seven-degrees]
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