LAGUNA BEACH, CA (July 2013)—In July Laguna Art Museum will host an array events, including the first ever Elements of Art Summer Camp for kids, which will take place every Sunday in July; a live concert with classical guitarist Lee Zimmer on July 11; a talk with featured Faux Real artist Mattias Merkel Hess on July 14; the Laguna Beach Film Society screening of The Big Lebowski on July 18; and a One Hour / One Painting program led by Peter Clothier on July 25.

Elements of Art Summer Camp
Sundays in July (7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28)
2:00-5:00 p.m.
First through eighth grade
$100 total per student

In Laguna Art Museum’s first ever Elements of Art Summer Camp, students will explore the six elements of art: line, shape, form, space, color, and texture. While studying and being inspired by the art on display in the museum, students will learn about each element by creating their own unique art works, with projects varying in complexity according to the student’s age. The classes are designed for students first through eighth grade, but the museum will make exceptions for younger students who are interested in participating.

Another Elements of Art Summer Camp will take place August 5 through 9. Since this camp is one day longer, the cost is $125 total per student. Each camp is limited to only thirty participants. To sign up, parents can contact Jennifer Gardiner at jgardiner@lagunaartmuseum.org or 949.494.8971 x221.

Live! at the Museum: Lee Zimmer
Thursday, July 11
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Free to museum members, free to non-members with museum admission

Live! at the Museum is an ongoing series of early-evening concerts in the museum’s galleries presented by Laguna Beach Live! that take place the second Thursday of each month. In July, classical guitarist Lee Zimmer will perform a solo concert. Zimmer studied for several years with Maestro Seiko Sesoko, and has performed with Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isben, David Russell, Michael Newman, and Jorge Morel, among others. Zimmer is a virtuoso performer who has delighted audiences with his elegance and sense of musicality. He is adjunct professor of guitar studies at La Sierra and California Baptist Universities, and is also the music department chairperson for the Fender Center’s Kids Rock Free program, where he developed the current curriculum for guitar, bass, and band studies.

Lecture with Faux Real Artist Matthias Merkel Hess
Sunday, July 14
1:00 p.m.
Free to museum members, free to non-members with museum admission

Los Angeles artist Matthias Merkel Hess will lecture on his works featured in the museum’s current exhibition, Faux Real. Hess cleverly recreates everyday containers like buckets, jugs, and milk crates using glazed clay. In doing so, he allows the viewer to reconsider such familiar things as art objects.
Faux Real
 is a group exhibition (on display in the museum’s main level galleries through September 29) that features installation artists and sculptors who recreate reality with a twist, using off-beat materials and a keen sense of humor. The results are playful, intriguing, and highly entertaining.

Laguna Beach Film Society presents The Big Lebowski
Thursday, July 18

6:00 p.m. reception at Laguna Art Museum (307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach)
7:00 p.m. screening at South Coast Cinema (162 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach)
Free to members of the Laguna Beach Film Society, a council of Laguna Art Museum
Non-members: $20.00 for screening and reception; screening only: $7.00 pre-sale, $9.00 at the door, $5.00 for students

The Laguna Beach Film Society continues its Summer Comedy Series, which features films with a humorous focus on the people and places of California, with the 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski. The film was written by Ethan and Joel Cohen, directed by Joel Cohen, and stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore. “Dude” Lebowski (Bridges), mistaken for a millionaire also named Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. The last film in the Summer Comedy Series is Sideways onAugust 15.

One Hour / One Painting with Peter Clothier
Thursday, July 25
7:00 p.m.
Free to museum members, free to non-members with museum admission

In One Hour / One Painting, author and critic Peter Clothier invites small groups of participants to sit in front of a single artwork for a full hour. For this session, the group will study an abstract composition by John Altoon from the museum’s permanent collection. Clothier begins with a brief introduction to the principles of closed-eye breath meditation, encouraging participants to relax and refresh the eyes. This leads to an alternation of closed- and open-eye work, with the facilitator guiding the process with brief instructions and directions.
Clothier is a long time observer of the contemporary art world and a widely published writer. His publications include fiction, poetry, and a memoir, as well as David Hockney (a monograph), and a collection of political essays, The Bush Diaries. His most recent book is Mind Work: Shedding Delusions On The Path To The Creative Core, a series of essays examining the importance of self-examination to the creative process. His other recent publication, Persist: In Praise Of The Creative Spirit In a World Gone Mad With Commerce,addresses the predicament of the creative individual in a culture in which celebrity and money trump talent and quality of work. A graduate of Cambridge University, Clothier came to the U.S. in 1964 for the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa. Graduating with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, he came to L.A. in 1968 to teach at USC. He became Dean and Director of Otis Art Institute, and was Dean of Fine and Communication Arts at Loyola-Marymount University before leaving academia in 1986 to devote himself full time to writing. He has been happily unemployed since then and describes himself as a recovering academic.

Laguna Art Museum is a museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.
Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who had discovered the town and transformed it into a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, on the corner of PCH and Cliff Drive, next door to Las Brisas restaurant.

Monday-Tuesday, Friday-Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesday
Closed New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

$7.00 general admission
$5.00 students, seniors, active military
FREE for children under 12 and museum members
FREE the first Thursday of every month from 5:00-9:00 p.m. during the Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk

The museum offers complimentary docent-led tours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. one week after an exhibition opens. No reservations are necessary. Audio tours can be accessed on any smartphone at www.LagunaArtMuseum.org. Patrons without smartphones can rent an iPod Touch for free at the museum’s front desk.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Marni Farmer, Director of Communications at Laguna Art Museum, at 949.494.8971 x208 or at mfarmer@lagunaartmuseum.org.


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