Laguna Beach Museum of Art Centennial Ball

Photo Courtesy of Laguna Beach Museum Website

Photo Courtesy of Laguna Beach Museum Website

An event 100 years in the making will be held at the Laguna Beach Art Museum on Sept. 29, 2018. Join in this once-in-a-lifetime event to celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s one hundred year legacy in grand style featuring cuisine by the chefs of Montage Laguna Beach joined by Amar Santana and Craig Strong, celebrity MCS Chuck Henry and Fritz Coleman, dancing, and world-class entertainment.

Guests will be treated to a voyage through major milestones in California art, starting with the historical California painters of the early 1900s such as William Wendt, Anna Hills, and Edgar Payne. Artists such as Helen Lundeberg and John McLaughlin will infuse dinner with the aesthetics of modernist works. Finally, we will dance the night away under the influence of the light and space movement, exemplified by artists such as Peter Alexander, Lita Albuquerque and James Turrell.

During the evening guest can enjoy the latest exhibit on the Laguna Beach Art Museum’s 100 years of history. This exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association is a tremendous milestone in both the history of the art association and the art colony in Laguna Beach. It is part of a year-long celebration marking the museum’s history and legacy, honoring those early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community, and surveys the evolution of the art association from its start in 1918 through the 1930s.

Art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth-century, both on the East and West Coasts. But no two art associations were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization, whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. It grew from a relatively small organization to one that included hundreds of members throughout the country. 

Attendance records at exhibitions were impressive. Its leadership was devoted to promoting art in Southern California, but it also traveled its exhibitions to cities outside of California, and it championed arts education in schools. The Laguna Beach Art Association charted its own course, but its development and struggles were also a mirror of artistic and economic issues that confronted many art colonies in the early twentieth-century. Its membership included Laguna luminaries—those artists who exhibited on the national and international fronts—as well as many artists whose reputations never extended far beyond the local confines.

Although monographs have been published on several members of the art association—and some scholarship has focused on aspects of the organization—this is the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development. The exhibition includes over one hundred works by sixty-six artists, including a number of works by major artists that were seen in the original exhibitions.

Major support for Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935 was generously provided by the Draper Family Foundation, Ranney and Priscilla Draper, Peter and Gail Ochs, Thomas B. Stiles II and Barbara Alexander, Yvonne Boseker, Kelvin Davis, the Historical Collections Council, and Lindy Narver.

Your support of this event will directly benefit the museum’s mission of providing a cultural and artistic center, art education for all ages, acclaimed exhibitions, and excellent programming to the community for the next 100 years.

For information on advance ticket and table sponsorship opportunities go to LagunaArtMuseum.org. For questions or information on the event, please call Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza at 949.494.8971 x219.