From Laguna Beach Art Museum: On Saturday, September 29, 2018, Laguna Art Museum will host a one-time exclusive event to celebrate the museum’s centennial year.

In the summer of 1918, a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne opened their first exhibition in a small board-and-batten pavilion near the Laguna Beach Hotel and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association. Ten years later, they led a successful effort to build a custom-designed and permanent gallery on Cliff Drive, which opened in 1929 and survives within the present museum building.

The founding of the LBAA is the beginning of the story of Laguna Art Museum, as well as the story of Laguna Beach, the art colony. The Laguna Playhouse, founded in 1920; the Festival of Arts, founded in 1932; and the Pageant of the Masters, first presented in 1933, are among the arts organizations that also trace their roots to the LBAA. The Festival of Arts grounds, wonderfully historical and beautifully renovated for the Festival’s 85th anniversary, provides an especially fitting place to celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s 100th year with the Centennial Ball.

On the evening of September 29, guests will experience a voyage through milestones in California art, beginning with the historical California painters of the early 1900s, moving to the bold aesthetics of modernist and mid-century artists, and concluding with the uniquely Californian light and space movement and contemporary art.

The Centennial Ball will feature two top chefs for an incredible culinary experience. Chef Amar Santana, of Broadway by Amar Santa, and Chef Craig Strong, of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, will present unique hors d’oeuvres and an amazing dinner complemented by an exciting program, live music, and dancing.
In addition to celebrating the milestone of 100 years, the Centennial Ball will provide support for the museum’s acclaimed exhibitions and educational programs, strengthening the foundation for it to continue as the cultural and artistic center of Laguna Beach for the next 100 years. From June 24, 2018, through January 13, 2019, the museum will present the exhibition Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935 with works by major artists that were seen in the original exhibitions of the Laguna Beach Art Association.

The Centennial Ball co-chairs are Kathleen Abel and Deborah Engle, and the committee members are Wendy Aird, Susan Davis, Amy Fulford, Vanessa Helin, Lucetta Kallis, Suzanne Mellor, Marisa Robbins, Laura Rohl, Kristin Samuelian, Ann Wareham, and Leslie Weaver.

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