LAM ushers in spring with more events

Support Art Giving Day

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Support Art Giving Day – May 8

This spring, Laguna Art Museum is rallying the community to Support Art.

Want to double your support? Donate on LAM’s Support Art Giving Day, Wednesday, May 8. On this day, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact. Some amazing champions in the community have pledged to donate and match your giving on May 8 only, so mark your calendar.

To donate, click here.

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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:

“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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The Pearl – May 4

Saturday, May 4, 4 p.m.

The Pearl: Nature’s Perfect Gem and After Party

The pearl – a glistening gift from nature – is alive with beauty, metaphor, suspicion and myth. What is it about the pearl that has inspired artists, writers and collectors over millennia and up to the present day? Join Chapman University’s Professor Fiona Shen for a talk about the unexpected natural and cultural histories of pearls, followed by a viewing of pearl masterworks in artist-jeweler Adam Neeley’s Modern Alchemy exhibition.

After Party: Take a two-minute walk and step into the opulent world of Adam Neeley’s gallery for an unforgettable post-lecture Champagne reception and catalog/book signing. As the insights of art historian Fiona Shen linger in your mind, immerse yourself in the glow of exquisite jewelry. Engage with fellow enthusiasts, perhaps even indulging in the rare opportunity to try on these masterpieces yourself. Let the effervescence of Champagne mingle with the allure of pearls, creating a moment you won’t soon forget.

Advance tickets are recommended.

Lecture, Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18, Lecture + After Party: Total capacity 20 tickets. Please purchase in advance.

Museum Members $50, Non-members: $65.

For tickets, click here.

Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m.

Triada Guitar Trio, Live! at the Museum

Triada combines the unique talents of Nikola, Petar and Vasil Chekardzhikov, forming one of the most brilliant guitar ensembles that are now performing. The three brothers are individually virtuoso guitarists, and their intuitive sense of ensemble gives a synergy that makes their concerts very special and exciting events. Performances by Triada feature innovative repertoire, including traditional classics, modern favorites, and vibrant, colorful ethnic music to engage and delight any audience. Programs usually include powerful works that composers have written specifically for this superlative ensemble.

Click here for tickets or call 949.715.3713.

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Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Art Workshop – Mother’s Day Portraits

This Mother’s Day weekend, join one of LAM’s professional teaching artists to create a non-figurative portrait inspired by artist Greg Colson’s Pie Chart portrait in LAM’s latest exhibit, On The Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection. What are the elements of the pie chart that best illustrate the subject of your portrait? Bring your ideas and create a one-of-a-kind work of art suitable for framing.

Ticket includes all materials. Advance tickets recommended. Museum members: $18, Non-members: $22.

For tickets, click here.

Thursday, May 16, 9-10:30 a.m.

New Moms at the Museum

Navigating the waters of new parenthood? Join us at the museum to engage with fellow new parents 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 lay on and a comfy blanket for extra warmth. This program is for pregnant moms to six months postpartum and they welcome new dads. Small bites and beverage are included.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. Children under 12: Free.

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

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


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