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Art & Nature Festival brings art and the community together in celebration of our history and future.
The event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.
The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has fostered art, the love of nature, and environmental awareness.
In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built a gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline, close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.
This year's event features native California artist Elizabeth Turk. She is an artist consummately inspired by the natural world, referencing the elegant structure in her multi-media work. The "Shoreline Project" is based off of Turk's body of work, Seashell X-Ray Mandala Series, which was previously shown at the Laguna Art Museum. The seashell mandala images will be transferred onto a canopy of 1,000 umbrellas lit by LED lights igniting the shoreline of Main Beach into a live art masterpiece.