Retracing Payne’s Footsteps


The exact locations where one of Laguna Beach’s best-known plein aire painters set up his easel will be the subject of a free Historical Society program Tuesday, Sept. 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.

Local resident and art sleuth Eric Jessen will describe his three-year undertaking for the curators of an Edgar Payne exhibition to determine the location of 15 works he painted in the Eastern Sierra. Payne was the founding president of the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, the county’s oldest cultural institution, which became the Laguna Art Museum.

PBS has produced a documentary about the exhibit, which will be aired on KLCS (Channel 38 in Laguna Beach) at 9 p.m. Oct. 7 and  10 p.m. Oct. 9.

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