Art Auction 2015 Most Successful to Date

Laguna Art Museum’s 2015 Art Auction fundraiser raised nearly $300,000 on February 7, 2015 for the museum’s education and exhibition programs, making it the most successful in the event’s 33-year history.
The highlight of the evening was the scintillating 20-item live auction led by Sotheby’s dynamic auctioneer Andrea Fiuczynski. In fact things got so energized during the live auction that Ms. Fiuczynski had to remove her stylish silver jacket and catch her breath with a short rest sitting on the edge of the stage. Highlights of the live auction included Laddie John Dill’s Light Sentence which sold for over value at $27,000 and Danny Heller’s Palms and Architecture which was valued at $3,400 sold for an incredible $13,000. All 20 items featured in the live auction sold.

Art Auction 2015: California Cool’s silent auction component featured museum-curated works of art by an additional 100 California artists. 84% of all offered artworks sold.

In addition to art, the nearly 400 guests enjoyed a sampling of cuisine from local noteworthy restaurants Wine Gallery, Side Door, Tortilla Republic, Slap Fish, and Simply Sweet Cakery; “California Cool Fusion” cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka; coffee and desserts from Urth Café; floral design by Laguna Nursery; and production design by The Showpros Group. Attendees had the chance to mingle with featured artists, fellow collectors, and the museum’s curators and executive director. Led by Art Auction 2015 co-chairs Sara Heeschen and Deborah Lake; committee members Tina Cook, Jeannie Denholm, Vanessa Helin, Karen Morally; and Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza, Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art Auction has become one of Orange County’s most exciting art and social experiences. This event is a major annual fundraiser for the museum’s education and exhibition programs.









Holiday Gift Show - Something for Everyone

An exceptional opportunity to view and acquisition 140 excellent works (paintings and sculpture) in one exhibition location by 28 emerging, mid career, and established artists in a large variety of mediums priced at $795. and $895. each. A solution to the lack of an Orange County art fair and alternative to not being able to attend concurrent Art Basel Miami Beach/satellite art fairs. This is our gift to you this holiday season.

Jane Bauman, Ed Bopp, Cathy Breslaw, Virginia Broersma, John Eden, Sam Erenberg, Sheldon Figoten, Mieke Gelley, Michael Giancristiano, Eric Johnson, John Paul Jones, David Michael Lee, Michael Maas, Dominic Massaro, Leland Means, Jeff Peters, Ryan Pratt, Brett Rubbico, Bradford J. Salamon, Leigh Salgado, John Scane, Trevor Segraves, Jan Taylor, Chris Trueman, Suzanne Walsh, Megan West, Maura Williams, William Wray

6 December 2014 - 10 January 2015

Opening reception Saturday 6 December 2014 6:00-10:00 p.m.









Coastline Community College Art Gallery - RIBBA| 500 Open Call

Everything must be in a IKEA RIBBA frame.

Article Number: 502.688.74 (ONLY)
Size: Width: 20 ½ " x Height: 28 ¼ "


Reception: Friday, September 12, 2014

Dates: September 12 - October 11, 2014


Coastline Community College Art Gallery

1515 Monrovia Ave.

Newport Beach, CA 92663 



Dave Barton from OC-WEEKLY gave the show a favorable review.







 THOR- X Currently Touring Canada



Revolutions: The Inexorable Evolution of Art

Revolutions: The Inexorable Evolution of Art is a space art exhibition examining how space exploration and related technologies are being used to transform art and culture, and inspire a new generation of innovators. Representing the works of over 50 internationally acclaimed space artists, Revolutions will feature a variety of space artworks including art derived from space technologies, art designed for microgravity environments, orbital art, and art inspired by space developments.

Slated to tour nationally, the CSS is debuting Revolutions on September 12th with a star studded benefit event at Endeavor Arts Gallery in Calgary. Proceeds from this event will go to the Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild initiative in support of artists and arts communities who were affected by the 2013 floods.

The event will include space-inspired live music and dance performances, fashion shows, special guest appearances, and a DJ party that promises to be one of the highlights of the Beakerhead art and technology festival. Local artists featured in the Revolutions flood benefit event include: conceptual space artist Bryan Versteeg, wearable art designers Dee Fontans and Eric Willis, sculptor Jeff de Boer, film maker and artist Brian Batista, Trip the Light, DJ Fayyaz Khimani of Pez Productions and many more!

Thursday, September 12, 2013at 6:00pm - 2:00am in UTC-06

Endeavor Arts Gallery #200 1209 First Street SW Calgary AB T2R 0V3

Revolutions was launched in Calgary, Alberta Canada at Endeavor Arts Gallery and traveled to Ottawa for the CSS Annual Space Summit before moving on to Toronto and Montréal in 2014. This year (2015) the exhibit will be appearing at CSS events in Winnipeg and Vancouver.






Giancristiano to exhibit at Los Angeles World Airports


LosAngeles World Airports (LAWA), in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs presents: "Out of Thin Air" curated by Enilda Van Hook


LAX Terminal 1East Hallway April 2012 - October 2012


Los Angeles, The City of Angels as it is known, is a magical and enchanting landscape of diversity in the arts and culture bringing together influences from across the world. The exhibition titled “Out of Thin Air” reflects upon the cultivation of these fine arts in Southern California where the illustrious sunshine creates a unique ambiance and glow in which to paint, plein-air or in-studio, traditional oils, wood carvings or emerging digital and film technologies; each are represented in a significant collection of Paintings and Mixed Media works exhibited in Terminal One Gate Two between April 2012 and October 2012.


While the city celebrates The J. Paul Getty’s initiative for Pacific Standard Time across the West with shows revealing post war artists working through the 1980’s … “Out of Thin Air” materializes to continue the conversation started by the PST and celebrates the contemporary local artists working in the present day, while simultaneously giving homage to the artists that came before them. Using the language of symbols and abstract ideas, both with Japanese Characters or texts from comic book references, as well as both traditional handmade paintings and digital technologies, these artists weave stories, fictions, film industry fantasies and mythological lore, metaphysical meditations and demonstrate ecological reverence as some of the themes that become visible “Out of Thin Air”.

Enilda Van Hook


Eleven artists representing the immediate LAX Airport community and surrounding local areas, including several alumni from Otis College of Art and Design (the art school which borders the runway of one of the nations’ busiest airports); are exhibiting their original Paintings and Mixed Media. Mentioned in alphabetical order, these artists derive a certain amount of inspiration, interpretation and motivation, “Out of Thin Air”. Also these artists influence each other by virtue of living, working, practicing and experiencing artwork in the LAX community ofLos Angeles.

Mark X Farina, Steve Fujimoto, Michael Giancristiano, Shizuko Greenblatt, Scott
Grieger, Kenneth Ober, Renée Fox, Michael Massenburg, Holly Tempo, Luke Van
Hook and Hung Viet Nguyen demonstrate the diversity and complexity of
creativity from the inspiration of practicing their art inLos Angeles.


About Los AngelesInternationalAirport (LAX)

LAX is the seventh busiest airport in the world and third in the United States, offering more than
565 daily flights to 81 domestic cities and over 1,000 weekly nonstop flightsto 65 international destinations on over 75 carriers. In 2010, LAX served over 59 million passengers, processed over 1.9 million tons of air cargo valued at nearly $84 billion, and handled 575,835 aircraft operations (landings and takeoffs). LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports

– along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general aviation – that are
owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of
the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.







Giancristiano to Exhibit a Panel on the Artists Tower of Protest


Artists' Tower of Protest

Installed at Sunset Boulevard and Hilldale Ave. in West

Through - March 24 2012

Organized by LAXART and the Getty Research Institute for the Pacific Standard
Time Performance and Public Art Festival Curated by Cesar Garcia, LAXART Senior

Originally conceived by the Los Angeles Artists’ Protest Committee and
designed by sculptor Mark di Suvero, The Artists' Tower of Protest was erected
on a lot on Sunset Blvd. and La Cienega in 1966 as a symbol of collective
dissent against the Vietnam War. Surrounded by hundreds of artist-designed
panels, The Artists' Tower of Protest will be re-staged in 2012 as a way to
reflect on this important historical moment in Los Angeles and to open a
dialogue about the role of arts activism today. It is considered the focal point
of West Hollywood's Pacific Standard Time celebration, formally called
PST...It All Started Here.

Cesar Garcia
Associate Director|Senior Curator
2640 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034