LAM adds new March events and anticipates California Cool Art Auction this weekend

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Visitor admires two of the California Cool auction items (L-R): “Typewriters,” (2023), photograph on fine art paper, by Jeff Rovner and “Merry,” (2017), oil on canvas, by Raffi Kalendrian

California Cool Art Auction, a sell-out annual event, is just around the corner – tomorrow, 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.

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Interactive Art Bar

Is it a bar or is it art? Why not both! From the minds of L.A.-based artists Raffi Kalenderian and Alberto Cuadros, interact with a unique, exhibition experience: Raffi and Al’s California Cool Art Bar. There will be drinks, snacks and small works of art for sale.

Live auction will conclude the evening of March 2. Online bidding will conclude on March 4. To view auction items, click here.

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.

Sunday, March 3, 1 p.m.

Flucello

Laguna Beach Live’s monthly chamber music concert Live! at the Museum in collaboration with the Laguna Art Museum, presents BACH to the Future, featuring dynamic flute and cello duo, Flucello: Antonina Styczen-flute and Pola Benke-cello.

Flucello will perform a diverse repertoire, weaving together masterpieces by Johann Sebastian Bach with more modern gems by composers such as Stravinsky and others.

Live! at the Museum is now on the first Sunday of the month. A feast of sight and sound, the concert remains free to members of Laguna Beach Live! and to members of the museum; $14 museum admission to non-members. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made at www.lagunalive.org, or by calling the museum at 949.494.8971.

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Art Walk on March 7

Thursday, March 7, 6-9 p.m.

First Thursdays Art Walk

First Thursdays Art Walk celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public with participation by more than 30 member galleries. First Thursdays Art Walk is held on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9 p.m.

Featuring: Nick Yrizarry, Guitar

Admission to the museum is free during each month’s First Thursdays Art Walk.

Featured Exhibition: Modern Alchemy.

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Artist Walkthrough with Adam Neeley on March 9

Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Artist Walkthrough: Modern Alchemy

Join acclaimed artist-jeweler Adam Neeley for a captivating gallery walkthrough tour, where each piece tells a story of intricate craftsmanship and artistic inspiration. Neeley’s passion for blending traditional goldsmith techniques with modern technology shines through as he unveils the unique narratives behind his stunning creations, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the world of fine jewelry as both art and adornment.

The tour will last approximately 45 minutes with the opportunity to ask questions.

Advance tickets recommended / Limited capacity.

Museum members: $15, Non-members: $25. For tickets to the 11 a.m. tour, click here. For tickets for the 2 p.m. tour, click here.

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

For more information, go to www.lagunaartmuseum.org.



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