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The Laguna Art Museum announces the programming and exhibitions of the ART & NATURE FESTIVAL

On Thursday, November 3, the Laguna Art Museum will launch its tenth annual Art & Nature Festival, featuring an engaging lineup for all ages, plus four new exhibitions that honor California’s rich art history. This large-scale event is the museum’s largest public program of the year, bringing together thousands of attendees to foster an appreciation of nature, environmental awareness, and discover the intersections between nature and the arts.

The 2022 Art & Nature Festival will feature featured exhibitions The Sea Around Us by artist Rebeca Méndez and Pyramidion by artist Kelly Berg, a keynote lecture by National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle, a family-friendly festival in free open air and two additional exhibits including The Big One and Five Summer Stories: The Exhibition.

The Sea Around Us, an immersive 360-degree video art installation, will transport viewers to an area of ​​the Pacific Ocean 30 miles off the coast of Laguna Beach, depicting the ocean as a fully animated body as well as a place of deep interconnection for all living things. Pyramidion is an interactive sculptural experience that invites viewers to contemplate the multi-layered history and unique geology of Laguna Beach. The big one by the artist Robert Young It is believed to still hold the record for the largest painting ever created in Laguna Beach and will be exhibited at the California Gallery. Five Summer Stories: The Exhibition, presented in partnership with MacGillivray Freeman Films and Coast Film Festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic surfing documentary, will include a preview of the film and historic footage, clothing and artefacts from the era of the film.

For over 100 years, the connection between art and nature has been continually explored by Laguna Beach artists. In 1929, the Laguna Beach Art Association built a gallery on the idyllic shoreline, close to the natural wonders that have inspired countless artists. The gallery is part of what is now the Laguna Art Museum and continues to be the place to be for leading creative and scientific thinkers of all ages.

Art & Nature Festival Calendar of events and exhibitions

Thursday, November 3

Art & Nature’s outdoor installation, Pyramidion, is on display throughout the day and during the art walk on the first Thursdays. Robert Young‘s The Big One also opens for viewing. The Laguna Art Museum will offer free admission from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The museum is proud to partner with Wax & Wood Gallery, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Gallery Q at Susi Q, Las Laguna Art Gallery and BGC Laguna Beach, who each present nature-themed exhibits in collaboration with Art & Nature.

friday november 4

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle will give this year’s Art & Nature keynote at the Art & Nature Opening Night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. After the keynote, the museum will unveil The Sea Around Us by artist Rebeca Méndez and invite opening night guests to experience the immersive exhibition at 7:00 p.m. Besides light bites and libations, the event will give guests the opportunity to get a first glimpse of some Art & Nature exhibitions, to meet the artists. behind this year’s festival and to help the museum raise much-needed funds for future programs and exhibitions. LAM’s partnership with MacGillivray Freeman Films and Coast Film Festival, Five Summer Stories: The Exhibition, will also debut during the party. Tickets to attend the conference, opening night and exhibition preview are $150 per person. Tickets to attend the party and exhibit preview only are $100 per person. Tickets can be purchased on the Laguna Art Museum website.

saturday november 5

Art and nature fans of all ages can join the Laguna Art Museum and its partners for the Art and Nature Family Festival at the Main Beach Cobblestones and Museum from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will include a docent-led tour of the main beach cobbles through Heisler Park to see Pyramidon and back to the museum. There will be fun and enriching hands-on activities and educational stations set up throughout the museum that explore art, climate, science, animal welfare and environmental education. The Art & Nature Family Festival and all-day museum admission will be free.

The museum is pleased to partner with local community organizations including the Laguna Beach Unified School District, Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Visit Laguna, City of Laguna Beach, Coast Film Festival, Surfrider Foundation, the Laguna College of Art and Design, Pacific Marine Mammal. Center, Laguna Beach Canyon Foundation, La Vida Laguna, Laguna Ocean Foundation, Get Inspired, Crystal Cove Conservancy and National Charity League.

sunday november 6

The Laguna Museum of Art will host a panel discussion: The Sea Around Us moderated by Los Angeles Times environmental reporter Rosanna Xia at 3:00 p.m. Join featured artist Rebecca Méndez as she delves into the process of creating the sea around us and its important ocean message. preservation. Panelists will include University of California, San Diego, Professor of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Lihini AluwihareUniversity of California, Santa Barbara Professor of Geochemistry and Microbiology david valentine, and more. Tickets are $20 for museum members and $30 for non-members and can be purchased on the Laguna Art Museum website.

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

About the Laguna Art Museum

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

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

For more information, please visit lagunaartmuseum.org.