Category: 1917 – 1933, Mabel George Haig

Looking Back, 1917 – 1933

Mabel George Haig (1894 โ€“ 1977), and her husband Myron, moved to Whittier, California in 1914. Mabel pursued her art, becoming involved with the art colony in Laguna Beach. She became close friends with Anna Hills, who cofounded the Laguna Beach Art Association with Edgar Payne in 1918. Mabel exhibited at the Laguna Beach Art Gallery at least 28 times, beginning in 1921.

Edgar Payne in his Paris studio, 1922 โ€“ 1924

Edgar Payne “completed a studio bungalow” in Laguna Beach in 1918.ย  Under his direction, the old Laguna Hotel pavilionย  was remodeled to “meet the needs of an exhibition and club room”. This photo of Edgar Payne, was taken
in his Paris studio during his paintingย trip to Europe, c. 1922-1924.

The Laguna Beach Art Gallery

The Laguna Beach Art Gallery opened in 1918. The gallery was managed by the Laguna Beach Art Association
that formed soon after the galleryโ€™s opening.ย  Edgar Payne was the Associationโ€™s first president, and Anna Hills,
the first vice president.

Main Beach, Laguna 1920

In 1920, about 300 people lived in Laguna Beach. People could โ€œmotorโ€ to Laguna Beach by driving through
Laguna Canyon. Pacific Coast Highway from Newport Beach to Laguna was not completed until 1926.

1929 December 27, ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™– ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™– ๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™๐™š๐™œ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง:

The prosperous Roaring Twenties came to an abrupt end with the stock market crash, October 24, 1929.
The Laguna Beach Art Association occurred some debt. The Art Association’s artists held three art auctions to
raise funds to pay-off the debt. Both Mabel Haig and her close friend, Anna Hills, donated paintings to be sold for
the benefit of the Art Association.

1930 June 27, ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Mabel George Haig exhibits at the Laguna Beach Art Gallery in July, 1930. Her water color painting, Shanty Town
is entry #18. Some of the other participating artists are George Brandriff, Benjamin Brown, Frank Cuprien, Elanor Colburn, Phil Dike, Clyde Forsythe, William Griffith, Anna A. Hills, Joseph Kleitsch, Hanson Puthuff, Edgar Payne,
and Donna Schuster.