The Laguna Art Museum, as always, has some new exhibits to explore
following on the tail of one of its biggest events of the year, the
20th art auction fund-raiser.
Appropriately called AAXX (Art Auction 20), the recent event
auctioned more than 140 pieces, raising more than $61,000. About 250 art enthusiasts and artists attended.
The auction was in memory of Joan Benford, who started the
museum’s auction to raise money for the children’s art program.
Opening on the main level of the museum on Nov. 3 is the
exhibition “In and Out of California: Travels of American
Impressionists.” The exhibit takes a look at California impressionism
and goes a step further, extending the boundaries by looking at
American impressionism and honoring artists from coast to coast, thus
giving impressionism a broader scope.
The artists’ work reflects California impressionism, and it will
be fascinating to review their work depicting their different
perspectives. The work of Alson Clark, Gardner Symons, Colin Campbell
Cooper, John Frost, Guy Rose, Charles Reiffel, Donna Schuster, Joseph
Raphael and Joseph Kleitsch will be shown.
On the upper and lower level, “Strange Fruit: New Paintings by
Hung Liu” has opened. Liu’s paintings are loosely based on
photographs during historic times and social changes in China taken
by early 20th century visitors.
Mural painter Liu was born in China in 1948 and endured the
re-education of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. In his work he gives his
own interpretation of the history, conveying daily life and the
cultural and social implications of those times.
Laguna Art Museum is at 307 Cliff Drive. Information: 494-6531 or
-- Suzie Harrison