LAM announces the success of California Cool Auction, still time to buy

Laguna Art Museum (LAM) extends a huge thank you to the hundreds of art lovers, artists and supporters who attended Saturday’s (March 2) sold-out California Cool Art Auction and helped them surpass their live auction fundraising goal by purchasing all artworks.

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Donors raise paddles during California Cool Auction

They raised more than $450,000 during the California Cool Art Auction, with $106,300 directly benefitting school tours. Donors answered the call to help extend their successful Creative Foundations initiative in a big way, raising paddles to donate $106,300! After welcoming more than 2,500 children to LAM since October 2023, LAM can’t wait to continue providing tours and art access to thousands more underprivileged children. Events like this, along with donations throughout the year, are how Laguna Art Museum continues to enlighten and engage people of all ages. They couldn’t do it without the support of donors.

Through March 13, it is still possible to purchase a limited selection of unsold lots at minimum bid prices with no buyers’ premium by clicking here, or by calling Development Manager Crystal Tosello at 949.494.8971, ext. 215.

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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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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.

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“Giverny” by Alson Skinner Clark

Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m.

Jean Stern Presents the Life and Art of Alson Skinner Clark

In this lecture, art historian and LAM Curatorial Fellow Jean Stern will discuss the life and art of Alson Skinner Clark (1876-1949) in a slide-illustrated lecture on one of California’s most important Impressionist painters.

Born in Chicago, he began his studies at the Art Institute and later in New York with William Merritt Chase. In 1898, he and his wife Medora went to Paris where he studied with James A. M. Whistler. In 1910, they visited Giverny where he painted with Frederick Frieseke and Guy Rose. In 1917, with the U.S. entering World War I, he joined the U.S. Navy as an aerial photographer and in 1920, he and his wife came to live in Pasadena. There, he supervised the decoration and painted the main curtain for the newly constructed Pasadena Playhouse in 1925. In 1926, he produced seven large paintings for the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles. In 1949, he suffered a heart attack while painting in his studio. A week later, he died in Pasadena, on March 23, 1949.

The lecture features archival photographs and shows numerous examples of his works. It lasts approximately 45 minutes, with time afterwards for questions.

John Moran Auctioneers & Appraisers are the exclusive auctioneer/appraiser business for the 2024 Jean Stern Presents lectures.

Advance tickets recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. For tickets, click here.

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Art Workshop – March 15

Friday, March 15, 4-7 p.m.

Art Workshop, Figure Drawing

Class Dates: April 19, May 24, June 21, July 19

Join Peter Zokosky, chair of MFA Drawing + Painting at LCAD, for a figure drawing workshop. Learn the basics and build on your knowledge of how to draw the human form with a live model. Supplies included with purchase of ticket.

Please note that the model will be nude.

Advance tickets recommended. Adults (18+) only, Museum members: $30, Non-members: $45, Five-Class Series Members: $150, Five-Class Series Non-Members: $180. For tickets, click here.

Art Workshop – March 16

Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m.

Art Workshop, Fine Art Floral Design

Step into a world where nature and art intertwine at the museum’s Fine Art Floral Workshop inspired by the exquisite designs of artist-jeweler Adam Neeley and led by Laguna’s own Sussanna Davidson of French Buckets. Immerse yourself in the delicate balance of color, texture, and form as you explore the captivating fusion of floral arrangements and fine artistry. Through hands-on demonstrations, participants will learn techniques to create stunning floral compositions that echo the brilliance of Neeley’s jewelry designs as seen in Laguna Art Museum’s latest exhibit: Modern Alchemy.

Whether you’re a seasoned floral enthusiast or a budding artist, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to unleash your creativity and discover the beauty that blooms at the intersection of nature and craftsmanship. Let your imagination blossom in this enchanting celebration of art and flora.

Ticket purchase includes all flowers and materials. Advance tickets recommended. Limited to 15, Museum members: $95,

Non-members: $115. For tickets, click here.

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Storytime Saturday – March 23

Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m.

Storytime Saturday, Two Cats, a Mermaid and the Disappearing Moon

Bring your little ones to Laguna Art Museum for an interactive Storytime and art-making experience unlike any other.

This Month’s Session

Join this special, exclusive reading of Two Cats, a Mermaid and the Disappearing Moon led by the book’s author, Pamela K. Knudsen. Follow alongside the story’s inquisitive feline main characters as they try to solve the mystery of the disappearing moon with the beautiful local Laguna Beach landscape as the backdrop. Knudsen leads this immersive storytime experience followed by a watercolor pencil activity placing kids at the center of an adventure of their own.

Free with admission: Members: Free, Adults: $12, Youth 12 and under: Free, Active Military, Seniors, Students: $9. For tickets, click here.

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

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