LAM collaborates with California artists for 42nd Annual California Cool Art Auction + Benefit + Bash

Laguna Art Museum (LAM) announces the highly anticipated 42nd Annual California Cool Art Auction + Benefit + Bash is starting today (February 16) through March 4 with both online and in-person auction events. The auction will feature works of prominent California artists, on view to preview in person at Laguna Art Museum with paid admission, now through March 2, or via Artsy beginning today. Bidding for the annual auction will open online today at 9 a.m. via Artsy.

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Sarah Genn, “My Heart is a Thousand Colors” (Light Punk) and (Hickey), 2024

On Saturday, March 2, the museum will host the annual California Cool Art Auction + Benefit + Bash, promising an unforgettable evening from 6:30-10 p.m. Join more than 100 California artists in support of raising money for Laguna Art Museum during a night that brings the vibrant spirit of California to life. The proceeds generated will play a pivotal role in fueling the museum’s exciting phase of growth. Exclusive artworks will be available for purchase on Artsy both before and during the event.

“The 42nd Annual California Cool Art Auction + Benefit + Bash stands as a testament to the boundless creativity and generosity within our community. We are eager to welcome guests to the museum on March 2 for this extraordinary event in support of our exhibitions and education programs,” said Julie Perlin Lee, executive director of Laguna Art Museum. “With an impressive array of artworks and an esteemed guest list, the evening promises to be unforgettable.”

The impressive line-up of prominent California artists includes Laddie John Dill, Shepard Fairey, Ed Ruscha, Astrid Preston, Elizabeth Orleans, Cristopher Cichocki, Blue McRight, Ed Moses and many more. To keep the night lively and extra entertaining, friend to Laguna Art Museum, and the best in the business, auctioneer Zack Krone has been recruited for the event.

Registration for the online auction will open today via Artsy. For more information, registration and to purchase tickets to the exclusive event on March 2, click here. Presale tickets to the event on March 2 are available for $215 through March 1. Pending availability, tickets for the event will be available at the door on March 2 for $225. To participate in the online auction starting today via Artsy, register by clicking here.

Laguna Art Museum’s California Cool Art Auction + Benefit + Bash supports Laguna Art Museum’s mission through the generosity of the participating artists and attendees. Through artwork donations, these artists have shown their love and support of Laguna Art Museum as a leading arts organization in Southern California.

Laguna Art Museum is seeking additional sponsors for the 42nd Annual Art Auction + Benefit + Bash. Gain exclusive access, preview the art and receive an invite to a VIP event – all while supporting the museum’s mission. For more information, contact Crystal Tosello, development manager, at

For more information about the 42nd Annual California Cool Art Auction and Laguna Art Museum, visit

Event Sponsors: Artsy, Barbara and Tad Danz, Elliott Kornhauser and Joe Baker, Katrina Foley, Ken and Jan Kaplan, Lori and Harley Bassman, Nolet’s Gin and Kettle One Vodka, Wendy Aird, WGB Insurance and William Gillespie Foundation.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

The Art Auction will be on view in all galleries on the Main Floor.

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