LAM announces new Art + Nature public programs and launches Call for Artists for 12th Annual Art + Nature

The Laguna Art Museum’s (LAM) 11th Annual Art + Nature gallery exhibitions are currently on view including Escape – Route by Luciana Abait and Burghers of Cali: A Ballad of Redwood Spirits by Andre Woodward. The museum announced new Art + Nature public programs, including an innovative art workshop and illustrated lectures led by featured artists, in addition to an open call for artists submissions to participate in the 12th Annual Art + Nature.

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“Escape – Route,” by Luciana Abait

Escape – Route by Luciana Abait:

On view through March 8, Abait’s narrative installation immerses viewers in a road trip through the American West. A sculptural map underscores our world’s physicality and interconnectedness, while striking images guide the audience through diverse environments, ultimately leading to water as a symbol of life and renewal.

Burghers of Cali: A Ballad of Redwood Spirits by Andre Woodward:

On view through February 4, Woodward’s installation centers on California’s Coastal Redwoods, examining complex human relationships with nature. These ancient trees, facing threats from historical wood harvesting, highlight the current climate and environmental challenges.

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“Burghers of Cali: A Ballad of Redwood Spirits,” by Andre Woodward

The Art + Nature Festival is the museum’s largest public program of the year, bringing together tens of thousands of participants to foster an appreciation of nature, raise environmental awareness and discover cross-sections between nature and the arts.

Saturday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m.

Join an artist talk featuring renowned multimedia artist Luciana Abait. Abait, whose exhibit is currently captivating audiences as a highlighted element of this year’s program, will lead an illustrated lecture where she will provide insights into her artistic journey, creative process and the profound themes of climate change, environmental fragility and their interconnectedness with immigration. Following the talk, a curated Q&A session with the artist will allow guests to engage intimately with her work in the museum’s mezzanine gallery.

Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.

Join an artist talk between featured Art + Nature artist Andre Woodward and renowned art critic, Shana Nys Dambrot, arts editor at L.A. Weekly. Woodward’s Art + Nature installation at the Laguna Art Museum, Burghers of Cali: A Ballad of Redwood Spirits, whimsically references Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais and poses penetrating questions about our complex human relationships with the natural world and, specifically, California’s coastal redwoods, the tallest trees on earth able to live to be 2,500 years old. Dambrot brings her voice and insight to help further our understanding of this encounter of art and nature as we shift from celebration to urgency.

Woodward is a Southern California artist whose work examines the complicated relationship we have with nature. Born in Newport Beach, he received an MFA Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach, and a BA from the University of California, Irvine. His sculptures attempt to personify the ecological facilitation between nature, technology and humanity using a mixture of manmade and natural materials. His carefully composed objects highlight the urban environment in relation to the natural world.

Sunday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.

In this workshop, Abait will lead participants to create a surreal landscape working with a mixed media technique similar to the one she uses in her works. Abait will speak briefly about surrealism and the language of dreams and will explain how that relates to her work. She will then invite participants to create their own artwork in which they can express their dreams or what they would like to dream of.

Participants will be provided with several photographs of landscapes, laser copies of minute objects that they can cut out to insert into the landscapes to create a surreal scene, and acrylic painting to add texture and mood to the collage and turn the work into a mixed media piece. A frame will be provided to each participant so that their finished piece can be installed and displayed in their homes.

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Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.

Join Laguna Art Museum and Grace Farms for an invigorating panel discussion with three prominent figures in California’s sustainable realms of food, fashion and architecture: Camilla Marcus, the visionary founder of West-Bourne; Shilpa Shah, the dynamic CEO and founder of Cuyana, and Sharon Jonston, the accomplished partner at Johnston Marklee Architects.

Panelists will delve into the motivations that drive entrepreneurs to become changemakers, unravel the essence of sustainability in everyday language and explore actionable steps towards shaping the world we aspire to witness.

For more information on Art + Nature programming and to purchase tickets, visit https://lagunaartmuseum.org/events.

Call for Artists: 12th Annual Art + Nature In 2024

Laguna Art Museum invites visionary artists to participate in the 12th Annual Art + Nature slated for November 2024. This dynamic program encompasses a multifaceted celebration that converges outdoor installations, performances, exhibitions, workshops and leading thinkers at the intersection of creativity and the environment.

For more than a decade, the museum has sought proposals from artists for outdoor works to be displayed in Laguna Beach’s public spaces surrounding the museum for approximately four consecutive days during the first week of November. Reflecting on previous years, notable artists have contributed remarkable projects, transforming these spaces into evocative experiences.

The museum seeks Letters of Interest from artists, including their biography/CV, examples of previous work and an artist’s statement explaining how their work aligns with the ethos of Art + Nature. Letters of Interest must be received by LAM no later than Tuesday, Jan. 30. Artists can submit their proposals to Victoria Gerard at vgerard@lagunaartmuseum.org.

Selected artists will advance to the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage. Submissions during the RFP stage will undergo review by the museum’s panel based on concept merit and feasibility.

Laguna Art Museum’s expectations for the commissioned artist include the completion of a finalized installation and logistics plan. The museum requires the artist’s presence at the museum for installation, participation in related programming, availability for press inquiries, etc. Monthly meetings will be scheduled to discuss progress and updates.

For more information about Art + Nature and Laguna Art Museum, visit https://lagunaartmuseum.org/art-nature.

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