A Brief History of Laguna Beach
Thursday, March 22
Included with museum admission
Gene Felder, former president of the Laguna Beach Historical Society, gives a talk on the goings-on about town in the heyday of the Laguna Beach Art Association.
The museum traces its origins to the Laguna Beach Art Association, formed in 1918 and incorporated in 1920 with artist Edgar Payne as president. At first the members met and showed their works in a converted board-and-batten cottage. In 1929, following a successful fundraising drive headed by early Laguna Beach painter Anna Hills, they opened a grand, custom-built gallery designed by the well known Los Angeles architect Myron Hunt. This survives as the Steele Gallery within the present museum building. The LBAA used the gallery essentially as a way of showing and selling the members’ own works. With the growth of a permanent collection of donated works and the beginnings of a program of exhibitions, however, the gallery took on some of the characteristics of a museum.
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