Laguna Museum of Art Announces 40th Annual California Cool Art Auction

The Laguna Art Museum announces the 40th Annual California Cool Art Auction taking place February 5-March 5 with online and in-person auction events. Registration for the online auction will begin via Artsy on January 12 and bidding will begin on February 5.

The in-person event will take place at the museum on March 5 from 6-9 p.m. The online silent auction will end on March 5, during the event, at 7:50 p.m. PST. The live auction will start at 8 p.m.

“This is Laguna Art Museum’s most anticipated and exciting event of the year. From contemporary artwork to plein air painting, the 40th Annual California Cool Art Auction will feature both emerging and seasoned Californian artists,” said Julie Perlin Lee, Director of the Art Museum of Laguna. “Over the past four decades of curating the art auction, the museum has cultivated artists like Kim Abeles and Scot Heywood who have made their way to the forefront of the California art scene, and we are pleased to offer such an array of impactful works to the community.”

The museum’s auction will feature works by more than 100 of California’s most coveted artists, including Maria Bertran, Judy Chicago, Alex Couwenberg, Woods Davy, Laddie John Dill, Jacques Garnier, Jimi Gleason, Kelsey Irvin, David Krovblit , Andy Moses, Kenton Nelson, Ed Ruscha, Millard Sheets, Fred Tomaselli, Beth Davila Waldman and many more. Proceeds from the annual auction support the museum’s mission to collect and preserve California art, provide critically acclaimed exhibits, and expand art education for all ages.

On the evening of March 5, the in-person auction will attract hundreds of competing art collectors, a bar with creative cocktails and hors d’oeuvres designed by Kora Kroep and West Coast Event Productions. The live auction will be presented by auctioneer Aaron Bastian of Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers.

Tickets for the March 5 event are $160 and are available for purchase at To participate in the online auction from February 5 via Artsy, register at

Sponsorship opportunities for the 40th Annual California Cool Art Auction are available. For more information, please contact Julie Perlin Lee’s office at [email protected] As a special thank you for your support of the Laguna Art Museum, sponsors will be invited to join a VIP preview and artist reception on March 4.

For more information on the 40th Annual California Cool Art Auction and the Laguna Art Museum, visit

Mildred D. Field