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Aliso Laguna News | Ninth Annual Art and Nature Festival – Laguna Art Museum

The Laguna Art Museum expands its ninth annual Art & Nature edition

Festival with diverse programming and new exhibitions

Starting November 4, visitors will be able to attend a special conference, a family festival, and three new exhibitions that explore the art-nature connection.

(Left to right) Rebeca Méndez, Any-Instant-Whatever. 2-channel looping video, captured in Los Angeles in winter 2019-2020.

Jessie Arms Botke. Macaw and cockatoo. Oil and gold leaf on canvas mounted on panel, 1926. Irvine Museum Collection at University of California, Irvine.

On Thursday, November 4, the Laguna Art Museum will launch the ninth annual Art & Nature edition, expanding this year’s festival with a diverse lineup for all ages, as well as three new exhibitions that will be featured in the New Year.

The 2021 Art & Nature Festival will present the featured exhibition Any-Instant-No matter by artist Rebeca Méndez, a talk by Dr Daniel Lewis, Dibner senior curator for the history of science and technology at the Huntington Library, the Art & Nature gala, the Family Festival and two additional exhibitions A Fantastic World: Jessie Arms Botke and Sky space-time change.

Bold decorative studies of exotic birds and flowers are the subject of Jessie Arms Botke’s most remarkable paintings. A fantasy world examines work from different periods of Botke’s career and travels, including a magnificent 29-foot-long mural that once adorned the Oaks Hotel in Ojai, California. Sky space-time change presents paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs from the permanent collection of the Laguna Art Museum, organized as a complement to this year’s Art & Nature installation, Any-Instant-No matter. Like Mendez, many artists from Sky space-time change also looked up to the Southern California skies, contemplating through their works the interconnections between physical, environmental and cultural systems.

Calendar of events and exhibitions of the Art & Nature Festival

Thursday, November 4 Featured Art & Nature installation Any-Instant-No matter opens to the public during the Artistic walk of the first Thursdays, as good as A Fantastic World: Jessie Arms Botke and Sky space weather change. The Laguna Art Museum will offer free entry from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The museum is proud to partner with Kelsey Michaels Fine Art, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, the Community Arts Project of Wells Fargo and the Suzi Q Senior Center, each of which features collaborative nature-themed exhibits. with Art & Nature.

Friday 5 November

Dr Daniel Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens, will give this year Main conference on art and nature John James Audubon: Art, Nature and Science in the 19th Century. Tickets cost $ 25 for museum members and $ 30 for non-members, and can be purchased on the Laguna Art Museum website.

Saturday 6 November

The Laguna Art Museum will celebrate nine years of art and nature with the Art & Nature Gala at the Library and Sherman Gardens. The gala helps support the educational programs and California art exhibits at the Laguna Art Museum, which are an important representation of the life and history of the state.

Sunday November 14

Art & Nature enthusiasts of all ages can join Laguna Art Museum and its partners during the Family Art & Nature Festival 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will feature fun and rewarding hands-on activities and educational stations throughout the museum that explore art, climate, science, animal welfare and environmental education. Admission to the Family Art & Nature Festival is free.

For more information on Art & Nature and the Laguna Art Museum, visit To stay connected and find out about upcoming events, follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Laguna Art Museum is the California art museum. It collects, maintains and exhibits works of art created by Californian artists or representing the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, special loan exhibits, educational programs, library and archives, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all eras and styles and encourages the scholarship in the history of art in this field.

The Laguna Art Museum is just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful town of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the first Californian artists who fostered a vibrant artistic community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of the current Laguna Art Museum.

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The Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, at the corner of Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.


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Laura Lanzi
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