Con­tin­u­ing Tra­di­tion

American Art Collector - - Show Preview - 650 La­guna Canyon Road • La­guna Beach, CA 92651 • (949) 494-1145 • www.la­gu­nafes­ti­val­o­farts.org Fes­ti­val of Arts of La­guna Beach

Over the years, La­guna Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, has so­lid­i­fied it­self as one of the pre­mier sea­side towns for art with a num­ber of gal­leries call­ing it home and spe­cial events tak­ing place each year. One of the main­stays of the com­mu­nity has been the Fes­ti­val of Arts, which will host its 86th an­nual event July 5 to Septem­ber 1. Hav­ing been rated one of the top art fes­ti­vals in the na­tion by a num­ber of lo­cal and na­tional pub­li­ca­tions, this ju­ried show brings to­gether 140 lead­ing artists.

“Look­ing back at the orig­i­nal Fes­ti­val of Arts in 1932, there was some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy. That tra­di­tion con­tin­ues to­day,” says Shar­bie Higuchi, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and PR for the fes­ti­val. This di­ver­sity be­gins with the ar­ray of art­work the Or­ange County-based artists will dis­play in their booths, which in­cludes paint­ings, sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy, ce­ram­ics and more.

Among the artists in this year’s show are two-di­men­sional artists Gil Dellinger, Lani Emanuel, Marie Tip­pets, Mary As­lin, Paul

Bond, Kathy Jones, Michael Ober­meyer, April Raber and An­thony Salvo; jew­elry de­signer Lance Heck; and sculp­tors Rachel Young and Jor­dan Dim­itrov, to name a few. Their work spans from ci­tyscapes and coast­lines to fig­ures and sur­re­al­is­tic re­al­ism.

In ad­di­tion to the art­work, Fes­ti­val of Arts has a se­ries of fam­ily-ori­ented and col­lec­tor ac­tiv­i­ties that will broaden their scope of the art mar­ket. High­lights in­clude Art Talks on Wed­nes­days at 1 p.m.; the Step into the Spot­light Mu­sic Se­ries on Fri­days from July 13 to Au­gust 31 at 5:30 p.m.: Fam­ily Art Day on July 8 at noon; and the Fes­ti­val Run­way Fash­ion Show on Au­gust 19 at noon.

There will be free art tours daily at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., with a fam­ily tour on Satur­days at 11 a.m. On the tours, at­ten­dees will meet the artists and learn about the art­work first­hand, which al­lows for a per­son­al­ized and in-depth ex­pe­ri­ence of the fes­ti­val. There will be dis­cus­sions about the artists’ tech­niques as well as demon­stra­tions of how they cre­ate the pieces.

For com­plete tick­et­ing in­for­ma­tion, visit the Fes­ti­val of Arts web­site. Also hap­pen­ing nightly at 8:30 p.m., in con­junc­tion to the show, is the famed Pageant of the Masters where art comes to life through an orig­i­nal score, live nar­ra­tion, sets and peo­ple pos­ing in art of a par­tic­u­lar theme.

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An aerial view of the Fes­ti­val of Arts venue in La­guna Beach, Cal­i­for­nia. Photo by Robert Hansen.

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Col­lec­tors browse art dur­ing the Fes­ti­val of Arts. Photo by Ron Azevedo.

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An­thony Salvo, View from Cliff Drive, Evening Light, oil on linen panel, 11 x 14"

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Michael Ober­meyer, Wel­come to La­guna, oil, 16 x 20"

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Paul Bond, The Del­i­cate Coun­te­nance of Fi­bonacci’s El­dest Daugh­ter, oil on can­vas, 42 x 42"

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April Raber, Metropo­lis II, oil on linen, 12 x 12"

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