LAM adds new February events and anticipates California Cool Art Auction

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California Cool Art Auction announces participating artists

California Cool Art Auction, a sell-out annual event, is just around the corner – March 2 at 6:30 p.m. Experience the live and silent auctions alongside a night of specialty-crafted cocktails & appetizers, a red-carpet experience, live music, artist meet & greets, and more. Laguna Art Museum (LAM) has just announced its participating artists.

The annual California Cool Art Auction and Benefit brings together the art community in support of the museum’s mission to enlighten people of all ages through California art.

 Preview auction artworks in person. Online bidding will conclude on March 4.

Laguna Art Museum’s California Cool Art Auction is powered by Artsy, enabling art lovers from around the world to view and bid online. Artsy is the world’s largest and fastest growing marketplace for buying and selling art, with the world’s largest database of contemporary art.

Preview and get ready to bid on more than 125 original artworks in support of your museum. The majority of artworks are on view now at the museum for you to enjoy during museum hours. Proceeds from the annual auction provide vital support to the museum.

Want a closer look at the artworks available in the Art Auction? Many of the available artworks are on display now at the museum to view with admission. Featured are high-profile artworks at affordable starting bids. For a list of participating artists, click here.

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Adam Neeley, “Modern Alchemy” continues through July 29

–Modern Alchemy: The Fusion of Art and Nature in the jewelry Designs of Adam Neeley

Adam Neeley is an award-winning artist/jeweler who transforms precious metals and gemstones into wearable art by traditional goldsmith techniques and modern technologies. His unique designs are inspired by the vast variety of shapes and colors found in the natural world. In fact, it was his childhood interest in collecting rocks that eventually drew Neeley to the master goldsmiths in Italy, where he would study the art of jewelry making. Eventually he developed his own style and techniques of goldwork that have won him international acclaim, as well as prestigious awards across the jewelry industry.

Through many years of trial and error, Neeley developed a never-before-seen technique that he calls Spectra Gold, which seamlessly changes one color of gold into another. This is accomplished by a labor-intensive forging process to create a subtle gradient, or ombré, of color from yellow gold to white gold and more. This, along with his creation of totally new colors of gold, adds to the sense that his jewelry is created by a modern-day alchemist.

This exhibition will explore both the creative working processes of this innovative jeweler, and some of the raw and faceted gems and minerals used by him to create his art. Collaborating with world-class lapidaries, such as Stephen Avery, Neeley creates truly imaginative pieces that go beyond contemporary designs into the realm of dreams and fantasy inspired by imagination and the world around him. Neeley is a true 21st century alchemist.

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Storytime Saturday – February 24

Saturday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m.

Storytime Saturday, Radiant Child

Bring your little ones to Laguna Art Museum for an interactive storytime and art-making experience unlike any other. Read-alouds will be supplemented with mindfulness exercises, art-making projects, or in-gallery activities that promote meaningful connections with caregivers and others.

This month’s selection is Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe with an art-making activity that celebrates the extraordinary work of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and reminds kids that beautiful art can be outside the lines.

Free with museum admission.

All children receive free admission. Admission fee required for accompanying adults only. For tickets, click here.

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For the Good of the Hive – February 24

Saturday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.

For the Good of the Hive, Matt Willey

What can we learn from the honeybee? Artist Matt Willey is in the process of painting a mural in Downtown Laguna Beach to help fulfill his mission to hand-paint 50,000 honeybees – the number in a healthy, thriving hive – in murals around the world. The global hive Willey is painting is a metaphor for the connectedness of all things. Join Willey for a discussion about the experience of creating his latest mural and how it fits into the global puzzle – offering powerful moments of connection in the community and around the world.

This program is presented in partnership with the Laguna Beach Garden Club.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $20, Non-members: $30. For tickets, click here.

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California Cool Art Auction and Benefit – March 2

Saturday, March 2, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

42nd Annual Art Auction

Secure tickets for this sell-out event before they are gone! Support Laguna Art Museum’s largest fundraiser of the year by participating in live and silent auctions and enjoying a night of specialty-crafted cocktails & appetizers, a red-carpet experience, live music, artist meet & greets and more.

For advance tickets, click here.

The museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

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