Don’t miss LAM’s Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935, closing on Sunday

Don’t miss out on seeing Laguna Art Museum’s exhibit of the century, Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935, closing on Sunday, Jan 13. The exhibit is part of a year-long celebration of the museum’s history and legacy, honoring the artists of 100 years ago, whose organization eventually became Laguna Art Museum.

The exhibit includes over 100 works by 66 artists, including a number seen in the original exhibitions. While monographs have been published on several members of the art association, and some scholarship has focused on aspects of the organization, Art Colony is the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development. 

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LAM’s “Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935” includes over 100 works by 66 artists

On both the east and west coasts, art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth century, but no two art associations were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. It grew from a relatively small organization to one that included hundreds of members throughout the country. Attendance records at exhibitions were impressive. Its leadership was devoted to promoting art in Southern California, but it also traveled its exhibitions to cities outside California and championed arts education in schools. 

The Laguna Beach Art Association charted its own course, but its development and struggles were a mirror of artistic and economic issues that confronted many art colonies in the early twentieth century. Its membership included Laguna luminaries – artists who exhibited on the national and international fronts – as well as many artists whose reputations never extended far beyond the local confines.

For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive.