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Winter Fantasy Brims With Holiday Cheer

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy The tree-shrouded grounds of the Sawdust Festival will wear a holiday glow for the 24th annual Winter Fantasy that begins Saturday, Nov. 22. Established in 1990, the event has drawn a variety of artists eager to sell their wares outside of the summer...

Grateful for Patience by Residents

Editor, Summer in Laguna means tourists, beachgoers from neighboring communities and the art festivals, all good for our economy. But it also means traffic congestion and resulting annoyances to many locals. On behalf of the artists, board and staff at the Sawdust Art Festival, I...

Resurrected Masterpieces

Sculptor Shamus Koch, formerly known as James Koch, brings new life to old objects. By Cheryl Pruett | Photos by Jody Tiongco   Growing up in a small Wisconsin town, Shamus Koch—then known as James Koch—didn’t realize that his Mark Twain-style childhood would one day set him...

The Slant

What’s Under the Sawdust? What has three acres, over 200,000 visitors and sold at least 15,000 cups of beer and 3,600 glasses of wine last year? It’s Lagunas friendliest art show: The Sawdust. If you have never been or have not been in a while, you should come see what you have...

Art Seen

Sawdust Adds New Art Programs In addition to the 16 new artists and several new musical acts, the Sawdust Art Festival presents two new art programs, including Sip, Talk & Walk artist tours Wednesdays at 3 and 7 p.m. and Kids Art Alley art classes on Thursdays at 6 p.m....

Crowds at Sawdust Festival Ring In Summer

  Painter and performance artist Deborah Paswaters earns special attention at this year’s Sawdust Art Festival, where every artist’s booth is decked out to lure the eyes of potential patrons. Paswaters, though, invites people to experience the painting of a live model who is...

Local Heroes Inspire Unusual Tree Theme

Girl Scout Troop 834, 145 and their little brothers dedication their Christmas tree at the Sawdust Art Festival this year to local Laguna Beach fire fighters. They decorated with a fire hose, handmade fire engines and stockings for each fire fighter, including a very special one...

Silk Painter Seeks a New Canvas

Long-time artist Linda Pirri will take a sabbatical from the annual Sawdust Art Festival after 15 consecutive years of exhibiting in the show, and is moving to the Kohala coast in Hawaii. Pirri started her Sawdust career back in 1998 when she relocated to Laguna Beach from Los...

Free Admission to Festival Goers Donating Supplies

Continuing its mission to educate the public and feature the arts in the community, the Passport to the Arts team of Laguna Beach, including and the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau, will hold its third annual Art Supplies Donation Day, August 10. Visitors who donate...

Sawdust Taps its Country Roots

Sawdust Art Festival is hosting its first Country Western Day on Saturday, Aug. 4, with themed musical entertainment, including Patti Booker and The Players on the Main Deck, art classes and Saloon specials to celebrate the day’s festivities.

Laguna’s Color Enlivens the Airport’s Canvas

In an effort to market its cultural wares to visitors, the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau will open an exhibit showcasing the town’s past and present through its arts organizations this weekend in John Wayne Airport’s new Terminal C. The exhibit debuts July 15 and...

Weekend Finale for Summer Art Fests

Festival of Art   Friday, Aug. 26, DJ Style with Lucky Lou, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, Acura Celebrity Event, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Richard Marx 7-8 p.m Sunday, Aug. 28, Art in Motion: Irish dance, 3-4 p.m.; meet celebrities such as Camryn Manheim arriving at 5 p.m.; Beatles...

Indy on Arts

Looking in on Fun at the Fests   Festival of Arts   Friday, Aug. 19, DJ Style with Lucky Lou, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, Recycled Fashion Show, 1-4 p.m.; The Fugowies, 6-8 p.m., “Criminal Minds” cast, 7-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, Food demo, 1-3 p.m.; Art in Motion: dance...

Top Weekend Picks at Art Festivals

Festival of Art   Friday, Aug. 12, DJ Style with Lucky Lou, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, conga drummer Poncho Sanchez, 1-3 p.m.; Nick Manzini Trio, 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, Cooking demo, 1-3 p.m.; Art in Motion: Hip-Hop to Tango, 3-4 p.m.; Beatles Sunday, Jason Feddy &...

Indy on Arts

Weekend Music at the Art Fests  Festival of Art   Friday, July 22, DJ Style with Lucky Lou, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 22, Jazz on the Green, Michael Paulo, 1-3 p.m.; Rob Mullins, 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 23, Art in Motion: Hip-Hop to Tango, 3-4 p.m.; Beatles Sunday, Jason Feddy...
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