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Our Gallery Girl Natalie shares about her ArtWalk Experience!

I have always enjoyed Art Walk. The first one I ever attended was up in Park City, UT as an undergrad. I met a lot of artists and people that were in the art world and discovered that I enjoyed being in that scene. Later on I interned at a gallery in Salt Lake City and was in charge of setting up for Art Walk. Making sure that the place was spotless, and that the refreshments were always stocked was my main task.  I learned a lot about the selling process by shadowing my supervisor. I must say, the art scene in Utah is significantly different than that of Orange County, but in no way less interesting.


 For the “Mars Attacks” show featuring Robert Mars at JoAnne Artman Gallery, I not only had the pleasure of meeting Robert himself, but I became well acquainted with his works on display as well. I was in charge of putting together a video of the event, which was fun and exciting to do because I had never had much experience with video editing in the past. The guests that attended the event even came up to me and asked me questions about some of the works on display, which I was more than happy to enlighten them with! (One lady thought I was the artist and then shortly after I introduced her to Robert Mars). I enjoyed seeing which works people flocked to and the questions they had for Robert. All in all I feel like the evening was a success and I look forward to future ArtWalks!


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Adventure Time!

I have often visited California throughout the years. Being from Idaho, and having family down in the area, always made it the perfect vacation getaway. I was fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time on one such visit. As a recent college graduate it is often nerve racking to find a suitable job in one’s field. Not too long after I earned my Art History degree from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, I walked into JoAnne Artman Gallery, and was handed a fantastic opportunity to work there and to finally be a part of the art world as I had long hoped for.

Working at JoAnne Artman Gallery this past week has been exciting, educational, and purposeful. Luckily I have had internships in the past that relate to this job, so many of my previous skills are now being resurfaced again. In the handful of days I have been employed, I have learned to familiarize myself with the space and how it runs successfully. I also have the responsibility of diving into my social media skills a bit, which I am very excited about. Surrounding myself by art or anything beautiful has always been my dream. What a better way to fulfill this desire than to be working at the most vibrant gallery in Laguna Beach? I’m looking forward to the upcoming opportunities that my new occupation will bring, and the connections that will continue to keep me a part of the art world. 

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Don’t Miss ROBERT MARS @ JoAnne Artman Gallery this Thursday, September 4th from 6-8pm!!!

JoAnne Artman Gallery, Presents in the Main Gallery:

“MARS ATTACKS!” New Works by International Mixed Media Artist Robert Mars

September 4, 2014 – October 31, 2014
Artist Reception: September 4th, 2014 from 6-8pm to coincide with Laguna Beach ArtWalk

Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by September 1st, 2014

JoAnne Artman Gallery
326 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 92651

Contact:  JoAnne Artman
Telephone:  949-510-5481
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Open Wed-Sunday, 11-5 & by appointment; First Thursday of every month 6-8pm


JoAnne Artman Gallery is thrilled to announce Robert Mars’ first Solo Exhibition: Mars Attacks!

The remarkable work of mixed media artist Robert Mars explores Americans’ fixation with the iconic. By using symbols from mass media culture –whether the flag, classic film stars, or logos of popular brands – Mars both critiques our culture’s fascination with celebrity and consumerism, while indulging his own nostalgia for America’s golden age of advertising. Deeply influenced by Pop Art, Mars appropriates vintage ephemera into striking new forms that invite the viewer to question their own relationship to these symbols.

Mars graduated from the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York before embarking on his professional career. He has been featured in exhibitions and art fairs internationally, and his work is held by several museum collections. 

Robert Mars’ work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize.