Chronicler of California Art Honored



Ruth Westphal

Laguna Art Museum will honor Ruth Lilly Westphal, a Newport Beach resident, as the first recipient of the California Art Award on Saturday, June 30.

Westphal is accomplished for having published three books that became the foundation for the serious study and reassessment of early California art (“Plein Air Painters of California: The Southland” (1982), “Plein Air Painters of California: The North” (1986), and “American Scene Painting: California, 1930s and 1940s” (1991).

The California Art Award is a new award that Laguna Art Museum, a museum of California art, will bestow upon individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the study and public awareness of California art.

Speakers include Westphal’s long-time friend collector Gene Crain; Laguna Art Museum’s curator of collections Janet Blake; Executive Director Malcolm Warner; The Irvine Museum’s Executive Director Jean Stern; and Historical Collections Council President Bob Ehrlich.

The three-course dinner catered by 24 Carrots is preceded by a cocktail reception with live music.

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