The Laguna Beach Art Association will host a discussion led by Dr. Deborah Solon on July 26

On July 26, art historian and co-curator of Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association 1919-1935, Deborah Solon, will discuss the Laguna Beach Art Association in the context of twentieth century art associations.

The exhibition currently at Laguna Art Museum celebrates the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association. It’s a tremendous milestone in both the history of the art association and the art colony in Laguna Beach. The exhibition is part of a yearlong celebration marking the museum’s history and legacy, honoring those early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community, and surveys the evolution of the art association through the 1930s.

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Early pioneers of art in Laguna Beach

Art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth-century, both on the East and West Coasts. 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. 

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

Dr. Deborah Solon will present a discussion about the historical art association and its relation to modern times. A professor of art history, Solon has a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Solon has worked as a curator, an auction house professional, and she owns her own business as a fine art appraiser. 

The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive.

Admission is included with museum admission.

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