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Art Fests Rev Engines to Wrap Up Summer

Fans mobbed “Criminal Minds’ cast members, from right, Mathew Gray Gubler, AJ Cook, Joe Mantegna and Paget Brewster at the Festival of Arts last weekend.

Singer and songwriter Richard Marx will host the Festival of Arts’ Acura drawing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. The winning ticketholder, who need not be present to win, will receive an Acura ZDX valued at $50,000. Up until then, tickets will continue to be sold ($5 for one ticket, $20 for five.)

On Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Sawdust Art Festival, ticket holders vie for another four-wheeled prize, a 2012 Honda Civic hybrid.

Several other special events are planned at the three Laguna Canyon art festivals for their final weekend of the summer season.

On Saturday beginning at 5 p.m., television and film celebrities walk the red carpet at the Festival of Arts entrance, including Camryn Manheim (“Ghost Whisperer”), Jo Frost (“Super Nanny”), Robert David Hall (“CSI”), Vanessa Branch (“The Pirates Of The Caribbean” movies), and others.

Before drawing the name of a new Acura owner, Marx will treat visitors to a performance and then attend the Pageant of the Masters production of “Only Make Believe.” The show continues through Aug. 31.

In anticipation of the event, the Festival of Arts grounds will be closed from 3:30 to 4:30, following which only Pageant of the Master ticket holders and a limited number of guests wishing to attend the Festival grounds only will be admitted.

The Sawdust Art Festival’s 45th summer season has seen a 10 percent increase in visitors browsing the works of its 200 artists, according to front gate and box office figures.
The final weekend will include a palette-full of art classes on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., live music Saturday and Sunday evening by the Missiles of October and World Anthem, respectively, as well as Sunday’s raffle.

Richard Marx performs Saturday night at the Festival of Arts.

Art-A-Fair, which has also experienced an increase in attendance, will admit all visitors free of charge during its customer appreciation weekend, Aug. 27 and 28.
“Our customer appreciation weekend celebrates the generosity of our visitors. We invite them to come back and enjoy another visit ‘on us’,” said Mike Cahill, president of Art-a-Fair, exhibiting 125 artists.
The hunt has been on every day for Arty, Art-A-Fair’s 45th Anniversary mascot, with daily winners taking home exceptional pieces of art created by its artists. The hunt will continue with multiple hidings throughout the final weekend. Bring the kids; they’re very good at finding Arty. Find him and take home a piece of Art-A-Fair.

The Sawdust Festival and Art-a-Fair remain open through Aug. 28.
Also at the Festival of Arts, patrons who have purchased works from the Art-To-Go collection have a chance on Saturday, Aug. 27, to win a one-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in a 1:45 p.m. drawing.
All buyers from the 2011 collection are automatically entered. More than 60 originals are available daily in two exhibit locations on the Festival grounds. Prices start at $75.

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