If you’re looking for something to do indoors for a few hours during your next Laguna Beach vacation, the Laguna Art Museum may be the perfect diversion. You’ll see works from California artists, and works that express the life and history of the state. You’ll find pieces that range across many different styles, nineteenth-century to present-day.
Originally known as the Laguna Beach Art Association, formed by local artists in 1918, its first members where local artists meeting to show their works. Following a successful fund-raising drive in 1929, they open the grand custom-built gallery designed by architect Myron Hunt. Although greatly expanded in 1986, that original structure still stands as the Steele Gallery within the present museum building.
Currently on display until September 27, Phil Dike: The Wave and Malibu Set Series (1968 – 1981), watercolor on paper. From the artist: “The days I walk on the beach,” he said, “are not just a search for a subject to paint, or to fill a notebook of facts and ideas, but to somehow reawaken the sensations of pleasure and wonder that I have felt for the sea in the years I have been painting. There is a deep satisfaction in the rhythm of the waves, the light, the smells, the sand and rock pieces that change from day to day…”
The Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive Laguna Beach and we hope you make it part of your next Laguna Beach vacation.