new exhibit, Open Air & Light: Art in Laguna Beach,
1906-1941, is on
display in the Langson Library Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery
In the early 1900s, a group of landscape painters discovered the beauty of Laguna Beach and laid the foundation of an art community which is still thriving to this day. By 1917, over thirty noted artists were working in Laguna and in 1918, the Laguna Beach Art Association was founded to advance interest in art and create a spirit of cooperation and fellowship between painter and public. By the early 1930s, Laguna was well known for California Impressionism art and its most popular annual events, the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters, were firmly established.
Our opening night event speaker was James Irvine Swinden, President of The Irvine Museum, a public museum dedicated to California Impressionism. In addition to overseeing the museum’s exhibits and publications, Mr. Swinden gives lectures regarding the artistic and environmental significance of the Museum’s collection. He is also the owner of A.R.C. Properties, and serves as the vice president and chief financial officer of the Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clarke Foundation, which supports environmental, artistic and medical research activities. Swinden is a long-time friend and supporter of UC Irvine, serving as a trustee of the UCI Foundation, and is the recipient of UCI’s Lauds and Laurels Award for Outstanding Community Friend.
Open Air & Light: Art in Laguna Beach, 1906-1941 will be on display through April 2014 in the Langson Library Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery during regular library hours.
Laguna Beach Coast. 1911. Edgar Payne. Image courtesy of the Peter and Gail Ochs Collection
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