LAM schedules new events; enjoy art, music and kids activities

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.

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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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A Magical Night of Alchemy – June 15

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.

Thursday, June 20, 9-10:30 a.m.

New Moms at the Museum

Navigating the waters of new parenthood? Join other new moms at the museum to engage and enjoy the art museum in the quiet hour before the museum opens to the public. You will learn from industry professionals about postnatal recovery and baby care – and return home with practical tips to put into practice.

Note: Bring a yoga mat for your baby to lie on and a comfy blanket for extra warmth.

This program is for pregnant moms to one year post-partum, and they welcome new dads. Small bites and beverage are included.

Advance tickets are ecommended. For tickets, click here.

Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18, Children under 12: Free.

Art Workshop – June 21

Friday, June 21, 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 are included with purchase of a ticket.

Class Dates: June 21, July 19

Please note that the model will be nude.

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

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Kids Studio – June 22

Saturday, June 22, 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.

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

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

Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m.

Jean Stern Presents the Life and Art of Samy Hyde Harris

In this lecture, art historian and LAM Curatorial Fellow Jean Stern will discuss the life and art of Sam Hyde Harris (1889-1977) in a slide-illustrated lecture. Harris was born in England and came to the U.S. in 1904. He is remembered as one of the most active commercial illustrators in Los Angeles and later in his career, as one of the most popular art instructors. In the 1920s, he designed the logo for Van De Kamp’s Bakery and numerous posters for Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads. He painted rural environments of Pasadena and Los Angeles, as well as scenes of San Pedro Harbor, Sunset Beach and Newport Beach. After he retired in the 1950s, he painted California desert scenes with his friend James Swinnerton (1875-1974).

The lecture consists of about 90 slides and lasts approximately 50 minutes with time afterwards for discussion and questions.

Summer Day Camp – June 24

Monday, June 24, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kids Summer Day Camp

TOP SECRET! Channel your inner spy and adventurer as the museum transforms into an immersive code-breaking space, equipped with cryptic clues and yarn “lasers.” Filled with exciting games, mysterious puzzles and playful obstacles, kids will crack the code for high energy, museum fun.

Pricing: Summer Day Camp

$75 for members

$95 for non-members

$60 for two or more siblings for members

$80 for two or more siblings for non-members

To register, click here.

Sticks and Stones – June 29

Saturday, June 29, 3 p.m.

Sticks and Stones

Don’t miss this opportunity to listen in on a conversation between groundbreaking Los Angeles artists and friends, Chuck Arnoldi and Woods Davy. Art Critic Shana Nys Dambrot brings wit, wisdom and context as she moderates the discussion and helps us explore the genesis of artistic form and meaning.

Advance tickets are recommended, Members: $15 per person,

Non-members: $20 per person.

For tickets, click here.

Sunday, July 7, 1 p.m.

Live! at the Museum presented by Laguna Live!

Laguna Live! welcomes Taso Comanescu and Anastasia Malliaras guitar and soprano to Laguna Art Museum.

American guitarist Taso Comanescu is a colorful performer full of subtle nuance and strong musicianship. His programs present a variety of repertoire that creatively captures his audiences. He is an in-demand solo performer, ensemble artist and instructor whose accomplishments have taken him around the globe.

Soprano Anastasia Malliaras is gracefully exploring new depths of her artistry and voice. With a beautiful blend of warm and bright colors, her timbre is distinguishable and vocal tone elegant and natural. Her voice has led her to play the classic operatic roles of Nannetta, Olympia, Zerbinetta, Marie and Frasquita, to name a few. In 2017, she was seen in the world premiere of the opera Tesla where she portrayed the role of Marie Astor Hampton.

Advance reservations are recommended. Come early to enjoy the art.

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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