Highlights of the live auction led by Aaron Bastian of the auction house Bonham’s, included eager bidding on Lita Albuquerque’s “Emanation,” John Baldessari’s “Octagon,” and Andy Moses’s “Morphology 725.”
The fund-a-need campaign, presented by Laguna Beach High School art department chair Bridget Beaudry-Porter and museum education curator Marinta Skupin, raised $18,000 specifically to support the museum’s K-12 children’s education programs.
The silent auction featured another 95 works that drew bids of $147,000.
Museum’s To-Do List Shrinks
Laguna Art Museum will offer free admission to all residents Feb. 19 through March 31 as a gesture of gratitude for completion of its first major improvement under a matching grant program from the city of Laguna Beach.
Last March, the museum and Laguna Playhouse received matching grants of up to $250,000 per year through 2019 for use on capital improvements.
The museum raised the funds and undertook its first project, improving a ventilation system to control temperature and humidity and enable the museum to borrow works from other museums.