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California Cool Art Auction

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18 February, 2019 By Michaell Magrutsche

This 37th Annual Art Auction was another key event for the Laguna Art Museum to keep their artistic and educational programs running smoothly. The California Cool Art Auction is one of the last politically neutral events where you can socialize in the magical surroundings of over 100 works of California’s top talent. Every relevant artist was included from Kelsey Irvin to Tony DeLap and many of the artists were there to mingle with their potential buyers. I longed for the silent auction bid sheets next to the artworks. I feel that it brings more excitement than going to Artsy online to follow the bidding. Supposedly the artsy app works only on iPhone but there were mobile stations that could be used. I miss the longer, older events where every piece made the public auction and a celebration was to follow. I heard visitors complained and so it turned into a shorter event. There was no shortage of food and intoxicants thanks to the exemplary catering by West Coast Event Productions and Simply Sweet Bakery. 

The auction started by promoting their association with the Dana Point Ocean Institute and STEAM and solicited in tiers from $5,000 - $100. From the $1,000 plateau downward more than 20 hands went in the air with every tier, which I found more interesting and exciting since it connects children with the arts and people felt they want to contribute to the next generation. The best of all where the guests, which transformed themselves into art creations for this affair, drawing more attention than the art itself. Congratulations Team Malcolm Warner. It was a wonderful evening. 

 

 

On Saturday, February 16, Laguna Art Museum’s California Cool Art Auction, its 37th annual benefit auction, raised over $435,000. More than 250 guests enjoyed the evening, with proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

The live auction featured 18 works and achieved sales of over $181,000. Among them, Tony DeLap’s Card Trick sold for $24,000; the late John Mason’s Ember Vessel sold for $25,000; Scot Heywood’s Centric—Grey, Black, White sold for $14,000; Laddie John Dill’s 5am sold for $23,000 above an estimate of $18,000; John Baldessari’s Hands & Feet: Hands & Fish sold for $4,600 above an estimate of $3,500; and Don Suggs’s Oasis sold for $4,200 above an estimate of $3,500. The silent auction featured an additional 97 works of art and was highly successful with sales of over $179,000. 

The evening also included a Fund-A-Need campaign, presented by Laguna Art Museum Curator of Educator Marinta Skupin, which raised $41,000 to support the museum’s K-12 education programs.


Multimedia artist Michaell Magrutsche has written three art books and facilitates the SelfAwareArt.com/workshop.


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