Matt Willey raises awareness for The Good of the Hive

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

The Good of the Hive is a global art project and organization founded by artist Matt Willey on his personal commitment to hand-paint 50,000 honeybees – the number in a healthy, thriving hive – in murals around the world. As a “Love Letter” to Laguna, Willey, thanks to the Laguna Beach Garden Club, is currently painting a mural on the Water District building.

On Friday evening (Feb. 16), the Laguna Beach Garden Club hosted a talk by Willey at the Rivian Theater, during which he described the inspiration for his vision (a honeybee that landed in his studio in Manhattan) to paint bee murals. His work has taken him around the world.

For more information about The Good of the Hive, click here.

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(L-R) Ruben Flores and Nelson Coates. Flores, the owner of Laguna Nursery, created the lush garden setting in the bed of a Rivian truck.

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President of the Laguna Beach Garden Club Jane Leary

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Matt Willey explains the mission of The Good of the Hive

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Dee and Jim Perry

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(L-R) Sergio Prince from the office of Supervisor Lisa Bartlett with Heidi Miller, local entrepreneur

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Some “Bee” advice

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A large crowd gathered for Willey’s discussion

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Willey related the challenges and unexpected surprises in painting murals all over the world

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Willey’s first mural in LaBelle, Fla., on the Harold P. Curtis Honey Company

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Engaging with the attendees

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Bee cookies, and other scrumptious baked goodies, provided by It’s All About the Cake in Dana Point


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