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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1996 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a court case to be heard today, opponents of the Newport Harbor-Laguna Art Museum merger say new evidence shows that trustees lied in stating that the Laguna museum would go broke unless the institutions were combined. Trustees have asserted repeatedly that the Laguna museum risked insolvency without a merger, which became effective two weeks ago after two votes by museum members.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1996 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of the Newport Harbor-Laguna Art Museum merger are charging that trustees are "buying" support in an upcoming vote by issuing at least 100 free museum memberships. Memberships in the new Orange County Museum of Art, usually $45 each, were given out free this week to about 100 employees of the O'Melvany & Meyers law firm in Newport Beach, which donated more than $100,000 worth of pro-bono work to the merger effort, museum officials said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1996 | ZAN DUBIN
A veteran Newport Harbor Art Museum trustee has resigned over museum leaders' handling of its merger with the Laguna Art Museum. Eugene C. White, a Newport trustee for 14 years, said Wednesday that he is upset that the museum's full board wasn't more involved in planning the merger, which was negotiated by a committee of three executive trustees from each institution. The merger was put to a vote by each museum's full board.
NEWS
July 20, 1996 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge refused Friday to block the Newport Harbor-Laguna art museum merger but set an Aug. 1 court date to hear merger opponents' objections. Superior Court Judge Raymond J. Ikola denied claims by the Motivated Museum Members group that "irreparable injury" would occur if the merger, made official on Tuesday, proceeds. Ikola said he wants to give the newly formed Orange County Museum of Art time to prepare its defense against the opponents' charges of false assertions and unfair tactics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1996 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the merger of the Newport Harbor and Laguna art museums became official Tuesday, opponents announced their plan to go to court today to block the deal. Trustees who celebrated the new countywide art museum at a party Tuesday evening had learned just hours earlier of opponents' plan to ask a Santa Ana Superior Court judge to halt the merger. Motivated Museum Members, which wants the Laguna Art Museum to remain autonomous, hopes to stall the merger at least until Aug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1996 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state attorney general's office has approved the controversial merger of the Laguna and Newport Harbor Art Museums, removing the last official hurdle in the 8-month-old effort to create a countywide institution. Merger proponents, who expected the approval, said Wednesday that they are elated and are not overly concerned that opponents say they will continue their efforts to block formation of the Orange County Museum of Art.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 1996 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A hardy strain of Midwestern humor flavors the speech of Mark Chamberlain, the lanky, Iowa-bred proprietor of BC Space, a photography gallery and studio. That down-home philosophy has served him well as a member of Motivated Museum Members, the feisty group that opposes the merger of the Laguna and Newport Harbor art museums and is still pursuing the ouster of the Laguna museum's 22 trustees after its membership narrowly endorsed the merger recently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1996 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state attorney general's office is exploring whether any donations or gifts to the Laguna Art Museum, which plans to merge with the Newport Harbor Art Museum, came with restrictions prohibiting their use outside the city. Although the merger agreement provides for a satellite museum at the present museum site, the Orange County Museum of Art would be based in Newport Beach, in the present Newport Harbor museum building.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1996 | MAX JACOBSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Money was the buzz at the ninth annual Art of Dining benefit Sunday for the Newport Harbor Art Museum. The price this year was a gaudy $500 a plate, yet the event quickly sold out the 420 or so seats. Combine those numbers with funds raised during auctions held between courses at the Four Seasons Hotel, and you've got a gross for the evening of $620,000, according to museum officials--not exactly chump change.
NEWS
May 21, 1996 | KATHRYN BOLD
Six renowned chefs combined their talents to create a masterpiece Sunday at the Newport Harbor Art Museum's Art of Dining IX. Approximately 420 guests, many of them connoisseurs of food, wine and art, attended the Exhibition of Culinary Art at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach. The $500-per-person black-tie gala grossed a record $620,000 for the museum, thanks in part to a successful live auction and generous underwriters.
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