FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

California Visions:  Art Auction XI
Saturday, May 14, 5 p.m.
FREE Exhibition Preview April 29 - May 13


Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803
Contact: Cari Marshall, Manager of P.R. & Marketing
(562) 439-2119 ext. 229
E-mail, <carim@lbma.org>
Web site, <http://www.lbma.org>


The Long Beach Museum of Art and its fundraising affiliate, Phoenix, present California Visions: Art Auction XI, one of the top auctions of contemporary art on the West Coast. The Museum’s biennial Art Auction draws a sell-out crowd of hundreds of discriminating arts patrons from the greater Los Angeles area, seeking works by some of today’s most sought-after artists, many of them from California.

Guest curated by Ron Nelson, California Visions: Art Auction XI includes more than 175 works in all media and is a component of California Visions, the Museum’s year-long celebration of California artists. The preview exhibition opens Friday, April 29; admission to the exhibition is FREE April 29 – May 13. This is an excellent opportunity to view works by some of today’s top artists – plus, silent bidding is encouraged during this preview period.

Just a few of the artists included in the auction are Sarah Arnold, Ralph Bacerra, Ruth Bernhard, Fern Bowen, Alexander Couwenberg, John Frame, F. Scott Hess, William Hunter, Tony Marsh, Cecilia Z. Miguez, Mineo Mizuno, Jesse Powell, Nancy Weber and Peter Zokosky. Tickets for the May 14th event are $111 per person (to celebrate the 11th year!). VIP tables are available.

This special night includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s artistic and educational programs. Visit <http://www.lbma.org>  for a complete list of participating artists, to view several of the works and to purchase tickets. AAXI is made possible through the generous contributions of many artists and galleries, plus these official sponsors: KKJZ-88.1 FM, Venice Magazine, Craig’s Extraordinary Catering, REMAX – Pierre Billard, Long Beach BMW and Mini, Windes & McClaughry, 1900 Ocean Apartments, Evans Alloys and Environmental Communication.

About the Long Beach Museum of Art

Located on a magnificent bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Long Beach Museum of Art features a lively schedule of changing exhibitions, artmaking workshops for all ages, an historic mansion and carriage house, expansive galleries and gardens, a café (Claire’s at the Museum), and a popular Museum Store. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (Claire’s opens at 8 a.m.), open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays; admission is $5/adults, $4/students & seniors, free for Museum Members and children under 12, and free for everyone the first Friday of every month. Free parking is available one block west of the Museum. For more information, call (562) 439-2119 or visit <http://www.lbma.org>.




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