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.

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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.

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.

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(L-R) Peter Zokosky, Chair of MFA Drawing + Painting), Kevin Yaun, Janaise Sanchez, Ryanne Phillips, Cara Baxter, Eric Theodore and Amber Foote. (Not pictured: Jason Dowd and Sara Khakpour.)

Saturday, May 18, 6 p.m.

Emerging Artists in Conversation: LCAD MFA Graduates Share their Art and Thoughts

Join LAM for a stimulating and enlightening conversation with some of the most promising emerging artists to appear. This informal discussion will explore their diverse roles in the ongoing developments in contemporary art.

Peter Zokosky, moderator and chair of the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Laguna College of Art + Design along with Cara Baxter, Jason Dowd, Amber Foote, Sara Khakpour, Ryanne Phillips, Janaise Sanchez, Eric Theodore and Kevin Yaun.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. Students: limited number of tickets available. Please present student ID. For tickets, click here.

Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.

Jean Stern presents the Life and Art of Millard Sheets

In this lecture, art historian and LAM Curatorial Fellow Jean Stern will discuss the life and art of Millard Sheets (1907-1989) in a slide-illustrated lecture. Sheets was one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. Raised on a ranch in Pomona, he developed a love of the land and of horses, both of which would be manifest in his art. Proficient in oil paints and watercolor, he is also known for his monumental mosaics that once graced Home Savings and Loan buildings throughout California. At Notre Dame University, Sheets produced a large mosaic for the library that the students fondly refer to as “Touchdown Jesus.”

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

Under 12, free. Members $12, non-members $18.

For tickets, click here.

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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.

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

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


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