LAM ushers in spring with more events

Spring is busting out all over and LAM has added more exciting events to its calendar. In addition to the ongoing exhibits.

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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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Educator Night – March 28

Saturday, March 28, 4:45 p.m.

Educator Night

Join Laguna Art Museum for their upcoming Educator Night. Educators will have the museum to themselves for an exclusive look at the new museum exhibitions, fun art-making activities and a chance to meet new educator friends. Leave with a free museum catalog, enter a raffle to win more prizes and sign up free to a museum program.

Registration is free for educators.

Thursday, April 4, 6-9 p.m.

First Thursdays Art Walk featuring Laguna Dance Festival – FALCO

FALCO is a project-based dance company founded in 2021 by director and choreographer, Madison Falconer. FALCO strives to empower compassionate curiosity through sensory-accessible dance work that centers love, empathy and humanity.

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

Featured Exhibitions: Modern Alchemy, On the Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection and Reflections of Resilience.

Brain Health: the Impact of Art and Nature – April 5

Friday, April 5, 11 a.m.

Brain Health: the Impact of Art and Nature

Join Dr. Cheryl Alvarez for a docent-led gallery tour and a valuable discussion about activities that help to promote brain health. The contemplation of art, connecting with nature and the great outdoors, putting your hands in dirt as you garden, and maintaining social activity are all good for the human condition, and may play a large role in protecting a healthy brain. Learn about current research and how to improve your health with everyday choices.

Dr. Alvarez is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Program Director at Mind & Memory Program, which was launched in partnership with Mission Hospital and is the first of its kind in the nation. She holds a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Dr. Alvarez is passionate about working with the patients and caregivers to improve their health and increase their quality of life.

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

Cheech Museum – April 6

Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Art Access: Cheech Museum

The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry, which is part of the Riverside Art Museum, focuses on showcasing and analyzing Chicano art from different parts of the United States. This center is a product of the collaborative efforts of Cheech Marin, a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and art collector, who has donated or promised his collection of more than 700 Chicano art pieces. The center aims to become an institution of the highest quality for the research and examination of “all things Chicano art.” It is the first museum facility in North America that is solely dedicated to Mexican American and Chicano art.

Guests will be given a private tour of The Cheech Center and Riverside Museum. Afterward, they will have the opportunity to explore the museum on their own before heading to a group lunch and a private tour of John Sonsini’s Riverside studio.

For tickets, click here.

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Live! at the Museum – Douglas Masek and James Lent

Sunday, April 7, 1 p.m.

Live! at the Museum, Douglas Masek, Saxophone and James Lent, Keyboard

Join LAM in the Steele Gallery for an intimate performance by internationally renowned saxophonist Douglas Masek and Los Angeles based pianist James Lent. They will present A Saxophone Soundscape…a mélange of stylistic music for saxophone and piano that will transport you on a melodic journey to your very own “distant memories.”

Live! at the Museum is presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Live! concerts are partially funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Advance tickets are recommended.

Laguna Art Museum members & Laguna Beach Live! Members: Free; Non-members: $14 per person. For tickets, click here.

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“Girl in a Hammock” by Donna Schuster

Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m.

Jean Stern presents The Life and Art of Donna Schuster

In this lecture, art historian and LAM Curatorial Fellow Jean Stern will discuss the life and art of Donna Norine Schuster (1883-1953) in a slide-illustrated lecture.

Schuster was a superb artist born into a wealthy family in Milwaukee. While many other women artists of her generation could not get steady representation and income from a commercial art gallery, Schuster’s income was secure and as such, she was free to experiment with a variety of artistic styles. She arrived in Los Angeles in 1913 and quickly became a member of the California Art Club and in 1918, the Laguna Beach Art Association. She maintained homes in Los Angeles and for a while in Laguna Beach. She was proficient in oil paint and watercolor.

The Life and Art of Donna Schuster comprises about 85 images and lasts approximately 50 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 are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. For tickets, click here.

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Art Workshop – April 19

Friday, April 19, 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 are recommended. Adults (18+) only, Museum members: $30, Non-members: $45, 5 Class Series Members: $150,

5 Class Series Non-Members: $180.

For tickets, click here.

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Storytime Saturday – Rescheduled for April 27

Saturday, April 27, 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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