Immerse Yourself in October’s Artful Delights at the Laguna Art Museum

Lecture with the Curator: Scott A. Shields on Breaking the Rules – October 15, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. 

  • Embark on an artistic journey with esteemed Curator Scott A. Shields as he unveils the inaugural exhibition lecture, Breaking the Rules: Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown. In reaction to the sweeping wave of Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s and early 1950s, a group of avant-garde artists in the San Francisco Bay Area boldly reengaged with the tangible world. These artists melded the expressive style of action painting with depictions of people, landscapes, and still lifes, birthing the “Bay Area Figuration” movement. Discover the captivating odyssey of artist duo Paul Wonner and William Theophilus Brown, a testament to their enduring legacy More information can be found at this link.

New Moms at the Museum – October 16, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.

  • Join us for a uniquely enriching gathering at the Laguna Art Museum, tailor-made for new parents. Immerse yourself in an artistic symphony of education, enlightenment and socialization. Revel in an introduction to a featured piece of art by our knowledgeable museum staff. Benefit from the wisdom of specialists, offering insights on self-care and newborn matters during the fourth trimester and beyond. Our experts hail from the realm of midwifery, doula services, newborn care, nutrition, acupuncture, massage therapy, and more. The final 45 minutes are dedicated to mingling and connecting. We encourage you to bring a yoga mat for your little one and a cozy blanket for added warmth in our museum’s embrace. Please note that this event is tailored for infants aged from zero (pregnant) to six months. Light bites and refreshments will be provided. More information can be found at this link.

Storytime Saturday – October 21, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. 

  • Bring your little ones to Laguna Art Museum for an interactive Storytime and art-making experience unlike any other. Read-alouds will be supplemented with mindfulness exercises, art-making projects, or in-gallery activities that promote meaningful connections with caregivers and others. This month’s selection is Outside In: A Caldecott Honor Award Winner by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Cindy Derby. Kids will participate in an engaging read-aloud led by our education staff as well as in-gallery and art-making activities that encourage us to evaluate our connection to nature. More information can be found at this link.

Wish of a Lifetime – October 22, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

  • Join us for an extraordinary event featuring Inna, a child of war, Holocaust survivor, mother, and artist. Inna was born in Ukraine in 1941, and A Wish of a Lifetime brings her to the Laguna Art Museum to share her life story and fulfill her wish of showing her painting in an art museum. In this public talk, Inna will discuss the challenges and losses of her lifetime and the power of art to heal the human spirit. More information can be found at this link.

Art Access: October – October 27, 2023 at 12:45 p.m.

  • Join us for a day of immersive art education and enrichment! For our October Art Access excursion, on October 27th, we will have access to exclusive studio tours of two celebrated California artists: Gianne de Genevraye, a Contemporary Nature Painter who focuses on spreading a message of sustainability and beauty, and Jane Bauman, whose work is grounded in landscape, desire, and botanical intelligence. More information can be found at this link.

Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Celebration – October 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

  • Self Help Graphics & Art brings their Barrio Mobile Art Studio (BMAS) to teach screen printing in the newly redesigned STUDIO/Lab. Help us celebrate 50 years of Chicano/a/x and Latinx printmaking innovation and excellence in this hands-on silkscreen printing workshop, and continue SHG’s 50-year tradition of working with artists and communities to celebrate Day of the Dead. More information can be found at this link.

Movie-Made Los Angeles: Lecture and Book Signing – October 29, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

  • Embark on a captivating exploration of the historic ties between Laguna and early Hollywood with renowned film professor and author John Trafton. Meet the author and have your copy of his latest masterpiece, Movie-Made Los Angeles, personally signed after the program. Uncover the cinematic origins of Los Angeles before the birth of the silver screen. Discover how Southern California’s artistic heritage laid the foundation for Hollywood’s rise. Prepare for an enthralling journey, delving into the first-ever film shot in California (right here in Laguna), the earliest incarnation of The Wizard of Oz (29 years before Judy Garland donned her ruby slippers) and World War I movies filmed in Orange County’s picturesque sycamore canyons. More information can be found at this link.

Credit: Laguna Art Museum.

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