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.
An aerial view of the Festival of Arts venue in Laguna Beach, California. Photo by Robert Hansen.
Collectors browse art during the Festival of Arts. Photo by Ron Azevedo.
Anthony Salvo, View from Cliff Drive, Evening Light, oil on linen panel, 11 x 14"
Michael Obermeyer, Welcome to Laguna, oil, 16 x 20"
Paul Bond, The Delicate Countenance of Fibonacci’s Eldest Daughter, oil on canvas, 42 x 42"
April Raber, Metropolis II, oil on linen, 12 x 12"