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Lively Mix of Media in Museum’s Auction

Free appraisal from art auctioneers drew a crowd to the museum earlier this week.

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy

The Laguna Art Museum will hold it annual art auction on Saturday, offering a tantalizing array of works by 107 artists. This year’s event, entitled “Love”, is inspired by George Herms, an assemblage artist who stamped his works with the word “Love.” The auction also just happens to fall on the weekend preceding Valentine’s Day.

Herms’ assemblage titled “Case (Violin)” from 1996 is this year’s signature piece, which is valued at $7,000 and has a starting bid of $2,800. The work is also apropos since the Laguna Music Festival, with concerts through Sunday, also included an exhibit of artist-decorated or created violins, up for sale as a fundraiser.

Anyone who enjoyed last year’s OsCene show or the recent Art Shack exhibition might recognize some of the work of artists in the auction. “What makes this auction especially noteworthy is that so many artists who have been involved in recent museum shows are coming back to support us,” said Marni Farmer, a museum spokeswoman.

This year, prospective bidders will be able to bid on a wide variety of work ranging from small plein-air paintings to a luminous glass bowl, from sculpture by veteran Laguna Beach artist Ralph Tarzian to emerging painter James Miller whose painting “Glider” already commands a starting bid of $2,400. A Tony De Lap drawing has a $1,200 starting bid.

Anyone who missed the auction can visit the museum on Sunday between 11 a.m. the 3 p.m. to view and perhaps buy what remains unsold.

Auction proceeds support the museum’s education and exhibition programs, wrote director Bolton Colburn.

Art Auction 2011 runs from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $125 for members and $150 for non-members, and can be purchased online or by calling Events Manager Sarah Strozza at 949.494.8971 x219.

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