LAM offers kids a summer of fun, art and learning

Kids Camp

A Summer of Fun and Learning, begins in June

Throughout summer 2024, LAM will be welcoming kids into the museum for expanded learning and creative opportunities that can be found only at Laguna Art Museum. Starting off with their Summer Camp, they will announce new phases of LAM Kids Summer on this page. Stay tuned and make sure you register!

For classes, click here.

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Kids Camp runs through July 29

LAM Kids Summer Fridays

Drop in and create masterpieces of your own. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every summer Friday, their Studio/Lab is open to all kids who want to explore their creativity and participate in hands-on art projects. Members of the Education Staff will be onsite to help kids find inspiration and create their works of art.

Drop ins are free with museum admission.

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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.

Exhibitions:

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“Skyward” by Eric Theodore

Reflections of Resilience through August 25

Reflections of Resilience presents a sampling of the artwork from the 2024 Master of Fine Art graduates from Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD). Remarkable artists are attracted to LCAD because of the understanding that time-honored skill joined with personal contemporary concerns can create vital, memorable art.

LAM is delighted to introduce Cara Baxter, Jason Dowd, Amber Foote, Sara Khakpour, Ryanne Phillips, Janaise Sanchez, Eric Theodore and Kevin Yaun.

On the Edge through September 2

Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection

Joan and Jack Quinn represent a crucial moment in art history, as Los Angeles came to symbolize an innovative and prolific brand of creative freedom. On the Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection, explores the experimental approaches to minimalism and new materials from the 1960s through 2000s, the diversification of practices and makers, and the vital role the Quinns played in both documenting and contributing to the story of Los Angeles art. Revealed is a period of artmaking that is pivotal to understanding current practices and the west coast mentality, and collectively exudes a unique spirit of anti-conformity and the “California Cool” ethos.

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Art Workshop – May 24

Friday, May 24, 4-7 p.m.

Art Workshop, Figure Drawing

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.

Class Dates: May 24, June 21, July 19

Please note that the model will be nude.

Advance tickets recommended. Adults (18+) only. Museum members: $30, Non-members: $45. For tickets, click here.

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Kids Studio – May 25

Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m.

LAM Kids Studio

Unleash your imagination and create your own masterpieces at their monthly LAM Kids Studio program. With guidance from LAM’s Education Team, kids will experiment with different artistic mediums and styles, explore the museum galleries and engage in fun-filled activities.

LAM Kids Studio activities and themes change every month.

This month, kids will practice printmaking to create fun abstract portraits inspired by Laguna Art Museum’s On the Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection exhibition.

Free with admission: Members: Free; Adults: $12; Youth 12 and under: Free; Active Military, Seniors, Students: $9.

Every student must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop.

For tickets, click here.

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A Jeweler’s Muse – June 1

Saturday, June 1, 6 p.m.

Nature: A Jeweler’s Muse

Join curator Timothy Adams for a fascinating talk that will explore Mother Nature as a muse in the work of four visionary artist-jewelers: Carl Fabergé, Paulding Farnham, Katey Brunini and Adam Neeley. They each have a unique interpretation of the world around them which they express through gold, gemstones, enamel and more. Though 100 years separate Fabergé and Tiffany & Co.’s Farnham from Brunini and Neeley, one thing that connects them is the inspiration from the greatest designer of all – Mother Nature.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to embark on a journey through the eyes of these remarkable artists and experience the magic of nature brought to life in precious jewels.

Advance tickets are recommended. Members: $12 per person, Non-members: $18 per person.

For tickets, click here.

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Sunday, June 2, 1 p.m.

Live! at the Museum presents the ACE Trio

Laguna Art Museum

Shannon Canchola (flute), Micah Wright (clarinet) and Leon Thomasian (piano)

Coined a “Musical Tour de Force” by the Mountaineer Progress newspaper, ACE Trio is a Los Angeles-based classical modern ensemble rapidly distinguishing itself as one of the newest leading groups of its generation.

For tickets, click here.

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First Thursday Art Walk – June 6

Thursday, June 6, 6-9 p.m.

First Thursdays Art Walk featuring: Terrific Lava, electric guitar and vocals, unaccompanied

Terrific Lava has been described as, “An untilled and long-kept ‘-scape’ bereft of a scene.” Or more simply: “Songs hotter than a sack lunch left in the sun.” Depending on when you ask, you’ll get a different answer to the question “What is Terrific Lava?” from its sole member. It’s all to the same end, though; his music hunts for your feelings most felt and makes you glad to feel them. Whether you know it or not.

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. Admission to the museum is free on each month’s First Thursday Art Walk.

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Art Access: Dig for Gems with Adam Neeley – June 8

Saturday, June 8, 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Art Access: Dig for Gems with Adam Neeley

Laguna Art Museum invites you on a family-friendly adventure to the Mines of Southern California with modern alchemist, Adam Neeley.

Neeley began visiting local gem mines to find gems for his jewelry as a child. After visiting the mines, he was inspired to combine the forces of art and nature – developing his deep passion for gems.

Oceanview Mine is the only actively open-to-the-public mine in the world-famous Pala Gem mining district, where visitors can also find their own gems. The mine provides screens, water, buckets and shovels for you, plus a big pile of gem-rich dirt and gravel taken from their mines. After a brief training session, you have four hours to search the pile for gems. And you get to keep everything you find! Your ticket includes keeping all you find and one screened and washed five-gallon bucket of rocks.

Guests will also receive a jeep tour of Chief Mountain to see all the currently active mines and prospects, as well as views of the famous Pala Chief, Tourmaline Queen and other historic mines.

This trip is suitable for ages 8 and up. Participants will meet at the entrance of Oceanview & Pala Chief Gem Mines at 9:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Alongside Adam Neeley, LAM hopes this Father’s Day weekend and your family will explore the magic of finding art in nature.

Itinerary:

Saturday

–9:15 a.m. Meet at Oceanview & Pala Chief Gem Mines

–9:30 a.m. Mine Tour with Adam Neeley

–12:30-1 p.m. Group Lunch – (they have two picnic areas)

–1:30 p.m. Depart Mine

Trip Cost: $39 Ages 8-11, $48 Ages 12+, $165 Family Pack: Four tickets. Contemporary Circle members may choose this event to use their complimentary attendance for two.

The ticket price includes a four-hour guided mine tour, a meet and greet and catered lunch with Neeley.

To make your reservation, click here or contact Carly Bornmann, development events coordinator at cbornmann@lagunaartmuseum.org.

Saturday, June 15, 6 p.m.

A Magical Night of Alchemy

Join a magical night of alchemy inspired by Adam Neeley’s masterful jewelry designs in Modern Alchemy: The Fusion of Art & Nature. Get ready to immerse yourself in an evening of transformation – from the ordinary to the extraordinary – delighting all of the senses through food, art, music, and libations. As you explore the exhibition, enjoy edible works of art and sip on creative modern cocktails with seasonal flavors from Heirloom Potager’s Showcase Garden.

Advance tickets are recommended. Limited space. Age 21+ Non-Alcoholic Options. LAM members: $125, Non-members: $145.

For tickets, click here.

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

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


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