Laguna Beach, known to many as an artists colony has become a renowned destination for it’s Summer art festivals, galleries and world-class artists. It won’t be long before the streets of Laguna Beach are lined with tourists making their way through more than 100 art galleries and flooding into the major art festivals and the ever famous Pageant of the Masters. Be sure to check out the line up as you plan the perfect art-lovers Summer vacation.
Pageant of the Masters – The Pageant of the Masters is held in an outdoor amphitheater just as you arrive into Laguna Beach from Laguna Canyon Rd. With a professional orchestra, an original score, intricately designed sets and supported by hundreds of local volunteers, this widely recognized living re-creation of classic and contemporary works is a must-see. The performance consists of 90 minutes of ‘living pictures’ with real live people dressed and posed to mimic their counterparts in the original art pieces. This year’s theme is ‘Genius’ as the festival celebrates it’s 80th birthday of bringing art to life and promises to be fun and inspiring. The Pageant of the Masters runs from July 7th – August 31st, 2012.
Festival of Arts – The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach is a beautiful outdoor gallery nestled inside the courtyard of the Irvine Bowl and just outside the outdoor amphitheater. This prestigious juried art festival is where you can find some of Orange County’s finest fine art, jewelry, photography, scultpture, glass, ceramics, handcrafted wood, furniture and more. In addition to the art show, the festival features live music daily, workshops, tours and hands-on demonstrations by the artists themselves. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a bottle of wine while surrounded by art and music or grab a bite from one of several onsite pop-up restaurants. The Art festival runs from July 1 – August 31st. Admission is $7 Mon-Fri and $10 Saturday & Sunday. Children under 12, Military and Laguna Beach residents get in for free.
Sawdust Art Festival – Considered by many to be a Southern California staple, the Sawdust Art Festival has been around since 1966 includes more than 200 local Laguna Beach artists. Visitors can enjoy live art demonstrations, participate in workshops and interact with the artists as they share their creative process. Some of the media includes hand-blown and fused glass, painting, jewelry, surf art, ceramics, clothing and textiles, wood and metal sculpture and photography to name a few. You can also find live entertainment and the true to it’s name, the ground throughout the festival is covered in sawdust. The Summer festival is open from 10am – 10pm daily and admission for one adult is $7.75 but senior, military, local and group discounts are available.
Art-A-Fair – The Art-A-Fair festival takes visitors and art enthusiasts beyond Laguna Beach to with the opportunity to purchase a variety of juried art including oils, watercolors, photos, pottery and more directly from the artists. The festival prides itself on selecting art for its Summer festival that is “rich in quality yet diverse in content so that every visitor to Art-A-Fair will connect with at least one artist’s work”. You will inspired, impassioned and awed at the works of over 125 artists from around the world. Art-A-Fair festival runs from June 29th – Sept 2nd and admission is $7.00.
Want to check out them all? You can purchase a PASSPORT TO THE ARTS which gives you convenient access all season long to over 500 artists at the Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival for only $21.50.
First Thursdays Art Walk – Plan your visit to Laguna on the first Thursday of the month and take a “Walk on the Art Side” with Laguna Beach’s 1st Thursdays Art Walk. Free shuttles are available to take you from North Laguna to South Laguna and even out Laguna Canyon Rd. where you can explore more than 50 participating galleries whom help to the city’s strong cultural heritage. Galleries open their doors from 6 to 9pm and visitors during this special night can enjoy artist demonstrations, exhibition openings, music, dance and more. Admission is free and many galleries serve complimentary snacks and beverages. Our new favorite gallery,
Ritual Yoga Arts Studio is the fusion of yoga and fine art, a space where it’s visitors may “challenge and nurture their bodies and find the very edge of our physical limitations and move beyond them. Where fine art that stirs the soul is available for purchase, or simply to admire and inspire”.