Miss Hills of Laguna Beach: Anna Althea Hills: Art, Education, Community
Laguna Art Museum is proud to present the work of landscape painter Anna Althea Hills (1882–1930). Hills was one of the highly talented artists whose presence in the community helped put Laguna Beach on the map as a premier art colony during the first decades of the twentieth century.
Phillip K. Smith III: Bent Parallel
As this year’s featured commissioned artist for the museum’s Art & Nature festival (November 3-6), Phillip K. Smith III’s monumental installation Bent Parallel envelopes viewers in immersive reflective light continuing the artist’s ongoing dialogue with color theory, optics, scale, and technology. Appearing as two intersecting, color-field walls, this hinge-like structure merges surfaces to engender a perceptual atmosphere that shifts and blends colored light.
Kristin Leachman: Xylem Rays
Fascinated by patterns, textures, and the seemingly chance imagery that can emerge from them, Kristin Leachman bases her latest series of paintings on the tissue that transports water from the roots of trees up to the leaves. Kristin Leachman: Xylem Rays is a key element in the museum’s annual Art & Nature festival (November 3-6).
Upcoming in November:
Laguna Art Museum presents the fourth annual Art & Nature, a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world, November 3-6, 2016. Many local businesses and organizations are collaborating with Art & Nature to present their own art-and-nature-inspired exhibitions and events around town. Visit local galleries on Thursday, November 3 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. during Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk
Art & Nature includes a work of art specially commissioned for the event – 1/4 Mile Arc – a large-scale installation on Main Beach by renowned California artist Phillip K. Smith III; three exhibitions inside the museum with historical paintings by Anna Althea Hills and contemporary works by Phillip K. Smith III and Kristin Leachman; a keynote lecture by renowned British art historian Martin Kemp; and a free family festival exploring art and the natural world.
In addition to events at the museum and on Main Beach, Laguna Art Museum will partner with a number of local galleries and other organizations hosting Art & Nature-related exhibitions, making it a community-wide event.
“Pared Down Synchronicity” Featuring Jane Maxwell and Matt Devine – September 1st, 2016 – October 31st, 2016
Artist Reception: Thursday, October 6th from 6pm-8pm
Synchronicity: A significant coincidence of physical and psychological phenomena that are acausal connected
Cultivate a lasting connection that co-exists within the art and soul-enriching forms of Jane Maxwell and Matt Devine. Rejoice in the stories revealed within each canvas of character and inner voice from the art of Jane Maxwell. Revel in the open spaces found in the organic shapes and sculptures of Matt Devine. Both artists exist outside of the temporality of time where abstraction is made visible and interpretation is left to the viewer.
These artists will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression!
“Quorum Gallery would like to invite you to meet our award winning artists, Vivien Ide, Wayne Tarshis, Gail Poltorak and Lu Ross, during this month’s Art Walk.”
Up Close, mixed media paintings on canvas and paper by Dominique McKenzie will be featured in the Front Gallery along with Cosmic Dream, acrylic on linen abstract paintings by Sunny Kim in the Skylight Gallery.Featuring bronze figurative sculpture by Marie Pierre-Philippe. Exhibiting artists are Ann Kim, Sunny Kim, Dominique McKenzie, Anne Moore, Hyatt Moore, Marie Pierre-Philippe, Jong Ro, and Lynn Welker.
Meet the artists during the Art Walk on Thursday, Oct 6, 6-9 pm. Complimentary refreshments offered.
Garrapata Cliffs, Lynn Wiederman
Avran Fine Art distinguishes itself among the vibrant art scene in Laguna Beach by offering its clients a unique perspective on contemporary art.
The gallery exhibits museum-quality glass sculptures, original paintings, and a variety of sculptures from a select group of artists: Lukácsi László, Péter Borkovics, Shayna Leib, Father Bill Moore, Pan QiQun, Stephanie Paige, Nina K, Jennyfer Stratman, Michael Hall, Andy Baird, Tom Marosz, and more.
Hungarian Glass Show on October 1st from 6-9 PM
Plein Talks with the Artists – “Ask Us Any Question”
Monday, October 10, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Join us for an open and lively discussion with our panel of artists about plein air painting. Seating is limited so registration is required; click here to reserve your seat. This is a free event, however, donations to help support these programs are greatly appreciated!
Plein Talks with the Experts– “Ask Us Any Question
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join in on a lively and informative discussion with our panel of experts about plein air art and collecting. Seating is limited! Registration required to reserve your seat; click here to reserve your seat. This is a free event, however, donations are gratefully accepted to help support these programs.
Children’s Artwork Exhibition & Sale
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come see the plein air masterpieces created by local school children during Monday’s Kids Paint Out with under the mentorship of LPAPA artists. The paintings will be available for purchase with 100% of the proceeds donated to the participating local schools.
“Meet the Artists”
October 22, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for an evening filled with fabulous art, tasty hors d’oeuvres and libations and an intimate opportunity to meet and converse with the featured artists.
LCAD BFA Program in Illustration Exhibition
Thursday, October 6–Thursday, October 20, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, October 6th, 6–9PM
Las Laguna Gallery
Bring Us Your Dead
October 6 to October 29
Artist Reception: Thursday October 6 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. It is an ancient and enduring ritual when the living commune with the dead – a mystical night when the veil is lifted between their two realms and they may share a day together.
For this exhibition Las Laguna Gallery selected local, national and international artists who have explored this theme in their own way.
Artists include: Alex Achaval, Robin Arthur, Richard Barnett, Mary Camargo, Caitlin Christianson, Bret Crawford, Christian Dallas, Mark Dierker, Sara Diesel, Lisa Herr, Gary Irving, Edgar Landeros, Lee Lanier, Jane Ouweleen, Janelle Pietrzak, Rupert Reyneke, Nicole Ross, and Kat Tatz.
Works within these selections include Acrylic, Collage, Digital Art, Drawings, Illustration, Mixed Media, Oil, and Digital Photography.
Las Laguna Gallery is opened every day from 11am to 5pm and by appointment.
This Art Walk falls upon Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art ( LGOCA ) will be hosting the Susan G Komen Foundation from 2:00-9:00, with a volunteer available to talk about the Foundation’s Mission to end Breast Cancer.
The fun part of the event is in honor of our women friends, aunts, moms and so on, who have survived or are going through the stages of survival. Artist Robin Hiers will be hand painting on bras!
The bras are a playful way to show how women still want to be beautiful, strong and joyful in spite of what they have gone through. The bras are available for any donation to the Foundation. There will also be an original “pink” painting, by Robin Hiers, for raffle as well as a few prints.
COME SUPPORT OUR BRAS to fight Breast Cancer!! LGOCA.com 949-715-9604
“Nature’s Inspiration” Show Features Husband and Wife Sculptors, Ron & Sheila Ruiz, at The Signature Gallery on October 6th
Join The Signature Gallery, on 220 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, for ArtWalk, Thursday, October 6th, from 6pm-9pm, to meet sculptors Ron and Sheila Ruiz and to see their “Nature’s Inspiration ” Show.
This ArtWalk, discover the elegant and timeless bronze sculptures of husband and wife artistic team Ron and Sheila Ruiz. Come take a look at their two unique collaborative bronze collections.
Their first collection, inspired by the human form, features graceful and energetic musicians and dancers. With the popularity of this collection, they were able to expand to a second collection and feature another vision of beauty, the butterfly. Both collections of bronze are painted with vibrant patinas that you won’t see anywhere else.
The Ruiz’s sculptures are included in private collections of major corporations, motion pictures, and sports celebrities and teams.
Call The Signature Gallery at (949) 376-4244 today to RSVP to “Nature’s Inspiration” on Thursday, October 6th, from 6pm-9pm. Also enjoy a live band and complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Featured Artist of the Month: Lawson
About the Artist
When painting, I am not “Creator”. I am simply the space where creation shows up. I paint under the assumed name of Lawson in an attempt to further remove ego from the equation.
To paraphrase Eckhart Tolle “All creativity comes out of inner spaciousness”. Once the Creation has happened and something has come into form, I have to be vigilant so that the notion of me or mine does not arise. If I take credit for what I accomplished, the ego has returned, and the spaciousness has become obscured.
Because my inspiration does not come out of my own devices, all of my work is one of a kind. The observer will not find a recognizable style.
My sole desire is that these expressions resonate with the soul of the observer and the piece becomes theirs to enjoy
Come meet LAWSON in person at the October Laguna First Thursday Art Walk Reception on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6 – 9 pm in the Cove Gallery.
Grace Libby Vollmer (1884-1977) – Jazz Musician, 28 x 24 inches – Oil
“Modern Spirit” Expressive work by Grace Libby Vollmer (1884-1977) featuring “Jazz Musician” a modernist work of the 1930’s along with other progressive women artists; Donna Schuster, Elsie Payne and Anna Hills.
“SKIPPER SCULPTURE READY FOR VIEWING”
Laguna Beach sculptor, Randy Morgan, who lived on Anita St. when he first met Skipper in the 1970’s, says “He was struck by a spiritual quality beneath Skipper’s sayings”. When Skipper says “Have A Home Run Day”, he is actually giving you a blessing. I am honored to get to carry the water for this idea of having a “Skipper monument.”
I spoke to Skipper’s family a couple years ago, after running into Skipper at the club house, (Aldolfo’s, ha, ha.) I asked for permission to do a sculpture of Skipper.
Skipper told me he felt mighty humble & grateful to receive this “Hall of Fame” honor and he will always thank “his God, his parents and his team mates.”
Everyone and anyone who loves this beautiful man/boy, please come to the Art Hotel – Laguna Beach (1404 North Coast Hwy) and have some food and drink, and listen to the country surf sounds of The Jefferson Parand group. Please come and tell your Skipper story and help us discuss ideas for the placement of this monument and plaque which celebrates the life and legacy of Skipper.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
The music starts at 4:30 PM. The preview & ceremony is at 6 PM.