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Magic Unfolds at Festival Events

  The theme of the Pageant of the Masters 2014 is “The Art Detective.” Pageant Director Diane Challis was asked: “Who is the art detective?” Her reply? “Anyone who suffers from a case of curiosity. Anyone who is driven to ask who, what, where, when and...

Festival Nurtures a Family of Artists

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Artists credit the Sawdust Festival, the arts and crafts festival whose 48th summer show opens Friday, June 27 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, with providing them financial support and creative motivation for an entire year. The...

Complaints Over Music are Off Key

Editor, Dora Wexell at Seven Degrees has this completely backwards (“Music Fest Wins New Fans,” April 11).  A wedding venue has no business being next door to the Sawdust Festival. Why should the Sawdust Festival have to negotiate? The Sawdust Festival has been here for 50 years....

Music Fest Wins New Fans

Organizer and promoter Rick Conkey agreed to some unusual concessions in setting up last month’s Blue Water Green Earth Music Festival. Besides hiring police for security, keeping an ambulance on standby, he agreed to pull the plug on amplified music for 30 minutes Saturday...

Striking a Chord for Good Works

Whenever a crises strikes, the Laguna Beach community’s support for its own surfaces quickly, for flood-stricken neighbors in 2010 or a recent family’s struggle with cancer. The generous bent of passionate residents fuels 225 nonprofits based in or in service to a town of 24,000...

Getting Out 8/30/13

Sawdust Signs Off With a Raffle As the Sawdust Art Festival’s 47th season ends, 200 local artist-exhibitors and staff prepare for a final weekend of festivities. These include the Sunday, Sept. 1 raffle for a Suburu. Visitors still have a chance to enter the 4 p.m. drawing, which...

Art Seen 8/9/13

Auction Replenishes Fund for Hard Times The annual Artists’ Benevolence Fund Art Auction takes place at the Sawdust Festival on Sunday, Aug. 11; silent bidding takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Healy House and the live auction held on the main entertainment deck from 2...

Looking for More Parking

Editor: I am concerned about the lack of parking in the city of Laguna Beach. Given that the Irvine Company just opened 1,700 apartments and the Five Points developer is selling 5,000 more homes off of Laguna Canyon Road, where will all these cars park? It may be necessary to...

Safety Ideas Wanted for Canyon Road

Editor, How many of us have parked on the north side of Laguna Canyon Road and crossed over to attend the Sawdust Festival despite signs warning us not to do so? So why do we make this perilous decision, especially at night? Because the nearest pedestrian walkway is waaaay too...

Artist Disputes Reason for Her Exit

Editor, The article, “Newcomers Enliven Laguna’s Winter Art Fair”, (Nov. 23 edition) contains several inaccuracies, which I wish to clarify.   1) The caption “Celtic Art Therapist Erin Rado” is both incorrect and misleading. I am an artist, not a...

Ersatz Beatles Reunite for Sawdust Festival

The Sawdust Art Festival presents its Beatles Day this Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., where classic Beatles tunes will be heard, ‘60s era art and craft projects featured at the Children’s Art Spot and Studio One, and Euro Specials offered at the Sawdust Saloon....

Indy Calendar, August 10-16, 2012.

WEEKEND AT THE FESTIVALS Friday, Aug. 10 TGiF@ FoA 5:30-7:30 p.m. Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. 949-494-1145 www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org Jason Feddy, George Lawton, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sister Speak, noon-4:30 p.m.; Ken Garcia, Carrie Margret 5-9:30 p.m.; Kevin Miso,...

Robert Young and ‘The Big One’

By Dion Wright   If Robert “Bob” Young hadn’t had a stash of salvaged telephone poles, “The Big One,” Young’s magnum opus of painting, might never have come to be, and would certainly never have survived the disaster. “The Big One” is absolutely the...

Business Moves

Local to Shape Land-Use Policy   Local Sean O’Malley, a licensed landscape architect and urban designer, has been appointed vice chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Edge Development Initiative Council.   As part of ULI’s focus on land use that supports sustainable...

Appreciation for Sawdust Visitors; Yarn Bomb Mystery Resolved

Editor:   On behalf of the Sawdust Festival artists, board of directors and staff, I want to thank all our visitors who helped make the 2011 Sawdust one of our best festivals to date. We are also grateful to the Laguna community for supporting the arts and for your patience...
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