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The Art & Nature festival returns to the Laguna Art Museum


“Any-Instant-Whatever” by Rebeca Méndez is the flagship exhibition of the Art & Nature Festival at the Laguna Art Museum. Photo by Daniel Langhorne

The Laguna Art Museum was to kick off the ninth edition of the Art & Nature Festival on Thursday, with the installation of three new exhibitions inspired by the natural world.

The flagship Art & Nature installation “Any-Instant-Whatever” was opened to the public during the First Thursdays Art Walk. Artist Rebeca Méndez created a multimedia experience by capturing a cloud-rich Los Angeles sky projected onto a wall the size of a movie screen. The looping video is accompanied by a haunting soundtrack composed by Drew Schnurr from crystal bowls filled with water.

Méndez’s work will be on display until April 2022.

“We are delighted to welcome art lovers and families to the museum once again for this year’s Art & Nature,” said Julie Perlin Lee, Executive Director of the Laguna Art Museum. “Art is for everyone and we love to see families spending their time together exploring our exhibits.”

The festival also includes the exhibition A Fanciful World: Jessie Arms Botke and Sky Space Time Change. Mainly active in the 1930s, Botke’s work adorned with gold and silver leaf is inspired by Japanese design and European landscapes.

The focal point of the exhibit is a 29-foot-long mural, depicting various species of birds, which was once on display at the Oaks Hotel in Ojai, California.

A 29 foot long mural with gold and silver leaf by Jessie Arms Botke at the Laguna Art Museum. Photo by Daniel Langhorne

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Daniel Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens, will be giving the Art & Nature Lecture on John James Audubon this year. Tickets cost $ 25 for museum members and $ 30 for non-members, and can be purchased at

The Art & Nature Gala scheduled for November 6 at Sherman Library and Gardens is sold out.

Finally, the family Art & Nature festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 14. The event will feature fun and hands-on activities and educational stations throughout the museum that explore art, climate, science, animal welfare and environmental education. Entrance to the Family Festival is free.

“Skypot” a ceramic piece by Jeremy Rothman at the Laguna Art Museum. Photo by Daniel Langhorne
An untitled oil on canvas by Tom Wudl at the Laguna Art Museum. Photo by Daniel Langhorne

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