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    Casa Laguna Inn & Spa offers ten unique room-types, each with luxurious seven-layer bedding, gas or ambiance fireplaces, flat-panel HDTV with DVD, and air conditioning. Read more...

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    Casa Laguna Inn & Spa's guests choose from a menu of acclaimed gourmet breakfast entrees and sides each morning and enjoy a selection of hors d'oeuvres and wine every evening. Read more...

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    Casa Laguna Inn & Spa's exclusive on-site spa pampers guests with a variety of indoor and outdoor rejuvenating massage, reflexology, salt scrubs, and relaxing therapeutic soaks. Read more...

Welcome to Casa Laguna Inn & Spa

Operated as a tranquil alternative to bustling family-style resorts, Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a relaxing escape from work and worry. Built on a terraced hillside in the 1920s and 40s, today’s Casa Laguna is often compared the to the Mission-style villas of Spain. In order to assure a romantic, calming ambiance, room occupancy is limited to a maximum of two persons regardless of age. Accordingly, our inn would not be suitable for children, infants, groups, or events. Our guests can relax on a garden patio, schedule a massage and therapeutic soak, or take a picnic to nearby Victoria Beach. Our inn is only 1.5 miles from downtown Laguna Beach shops, restaurants, art galleries, and renowned summer art festivals. Public transportation is available just outside our door. Our inn is famous for fabulous gourmet breakfasts. We have been recognized as one of the Top 25 Small Hotels and Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the United States, as well one of the Top Ten Luxury Inns in the world. Read more...

Welcome to Casa Laguna Inn & Spa

With historic Mission architecture, lush gardens, and expansive ocean views, Casa Laguna Inn and Spa is unique among Laguna Beach hotels. Unlike bustling family-oriented resorts, Casa Laguna is intended as a tranquil getaway for couples and individuals. Our bed & breakfast-style inn is all about all about romance and serenity. Read more...

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Casa Laguna's Plein Air Art Collection

After you check into your accommodations at Casa Laguna, you will notice that your room is decorated with one or more original paintings in the style of Plein Air. Prior to becoming a bed & breakfast inn, the buildings that now comprise Casa Laguna Inn & Spa were once an artist colony-- home to dozens of Laguna Beach artists. Over the years, we continued that tradition through the support of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. Casa Laguna is the proud owner of nearly 60 examples of Plein Air art, and we continue to add to our collection annually. We are the only Laguna Beach hotel with such an extensive collection of original plein air art in our rooms.

Painting “en plein air” means, quite literally, painting in the open air. Plein Air artists compose primarily landscape scenes on location, as they are viewed from in front of the canvas.  The style traces its origins to the French Impressionists of the late 19th century, who attempted to capture the fleeting impressions or feeling of a scene, rather than detailed realism. Thus, for non-aficionado, Plein Air paintings are best viewed from a distance. Plein Air artists generally paint "ala prima," laying down a scene with quick broad, colorful brush strokes, foregoing the typical 'building up' of paint. Depending on the light and weather, Plein Air paintings are generally done in one session. Artists may add final touches to their work once they are back in the studio.

Many of our guests are so taken by these beautiful paintings that they have asked to purchase them. Ours are not for sale, of course, but we are pleased to direct prospective buyers to Studio 7 Gallery on Pacific Coast Highway, which represents many of the artists whose works can be found here at the Inn. Guests concerned with the safety of our collection should not worry--each painting is protected by a secure locking
system, alarms, and/or electronic tracking chips.

The Casa Laguna Plein Air Collection with Artists Bios
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Don Demers: Born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Don originally specialized in maritime subjects, but later expanded into landscape painting. He has produced illustrations for major magazines and received numerous awards, and his work has been featured and discussed in many art publications.
Gay Faulkenberry: A native of Oklahoma, Gay worked in watercolors during childhood and while studying at Southwestern State and Oklahoma State universities. She also studied independently with Russian master Sergei Bongart and others. She is now, herself, an instructor and mentor whose work is featured in major collections and exhibitions nationwide. 
George Strickland: George began his career as a commercial artist, then moved to Arizona in 1989 to begin concentrating on Western landscape painting. His work is featured in many shows and galleries.
Jacobus Baas: Jacobus was born in the Netherlands and came to the United States as a teenager. He began painting in high school, then traveled Europe, studying the masters. He later became interested in goldsmithing, and divided his time between painting and jewelry making. He was a founding member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and received the Award of Excellence at the 2011 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational.
Janine Salzman: Janine was born in Tunisia, educated in Paris, and finally settled in California, where she honed her skills as a contemporary impressionist painter. Her work is featured in numerous galleries and private collections.
Jeff Yeomans: Jeff is a native Californian who has worked as a muralist, graphic designer, and public television art director. His plein air work concentrates on California landscapes and regional diversity. He divides his time between Laguna Beach and his San Diego studio, and is represented by Studio 7 Gallery
 
    Jim Wodark: Jim was born and raised in Colorado. He received a marketing degree from Universtiy of Northern Colorado, the worked for a while as a cartoonist before discovering a passion for plein air painting that has lasted for more than a quarter century. His work has won numerous awards.  
   
  
John Budicin: Although born in Italy, John has lived in California for most of his life. He worked as both a commercial artist and freelance illustrator, then happily settled into the role of award-winning plein air painter and workshop instructor. 
 
John Eagle: John is a Laguna Beach artist, owner of Studio 7 Gallery, and art instructor for the City of Laguna Beach. He studied at the Otis Art Institute and the Laguna College of Art & Design.
Kathleen Robison: Another local artist, Kathleen lives in San Clemente and is represented by Studio 7 Gallery in Laguna Beach. A former cartoonist and greeting card designer, Kathleen specializes in Coastal California landscapes. 
 
Ken Auster: Ken grew up in Long Beach, California, and received his Fine Arts degree from Long Beach State. He then worked as a designer and silk-screener, specializing in surfing art. He became serious about plein air painting in the early ‘90s, and has received numerous awards and accolades for his work.
Louise DeMore: Louise is a Signature member of Plein Air Painters of America and has served on the board both as Vice President and Treasurer. She is the author of Painting Oils (North Light Books).
Lynn Gertenbach: A signature member of The California Art Club, Plein-Air Painters of America, and Oil Painters of America, Lynn's paintings and portraits are in the collections of celebrities, art museums, and enthusiast-collectors. She is a recipient of a Life Achievement Award from the Colorado Art Institute and is a Hall Of Fame Inductee.
Matt Smith: Matt has painted in France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Italy, but lived most of his live in Arizona, painting the Sonoran Desert.  Besides being an award-winning painter, he is also known for his instructional DVDs filmed on location and in his studio.
Ned Mueller: After graduating the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, Ned worked as an illustrator and studied with some of the modern painting masters. He now teaches and writes about painting technique, while exhibiting his own work for which he receives many accolades and awards.
Peggi Kroll: Peggi trained at Arizona State University and Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design. She worked as worked as a fashion and advertising illustrator before making the transition into fine art. She specializes in small paintings of children and “unexpected” still life subjects. Her husband, Ray, is also a well-known plein air artist.
 
Rachel Uchizono: Rachel is a California native and Laguna Beach resident who has devoted the last several years to studying and refining her skills in the plein air tradition. She exhibits at Studio 7 Gallery in Laguna Beach.
Ray Roberts: Ray won the Gold Medal for "Best Painting" at the California Art Club and the Artists' Choice Award, the highest accolade from fellow artists, at three major Southwest art events. He has lived in California for most of his life. He met his wife, plein air painter Peggy Kroll, while both were attending Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design.
 
Richard Rice: Richard began a career in advertising and design after attending the Art Center College of Design. He began painting in the plein air style after he retired, and studied with some of the top contemporary artists of the time. He has since won numerous awards and accolades for his work.
Skip Whitcomb: Skip was raised on a ranch in Colorado, and after attending the Art Center College of Design in California, returned to Colorado to pursue his love of plein air painting in the Western outdoors. He is a two-time winner of Red Smith Memorial Award at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming.
D.J. (Doug) Martin: Doug earned his photographic degree from Colorado Mountain College  in the early seventies and worked as a fine art and commercial photographer in Denver. He picked up a paintbrush for the first time at age 51, and began studies at Denver's Art Students League. While he travels extensively to find subjects for his landscape work, he continues to live in Colorado with his wife and son.
 
  Unknown artist: The artist signature on this work was illegible. Please contact Casa Laguna if you can indentify the artist who created this painting.

We sincerely thank the many artists who have been a part of the Casa Laguna family over the years.

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