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Art-A-Fair Celebrates With an Open Door

Art-a-Fair offers complementary admission on Sunday.

Daily visitors who are the first to find Arty, the festival’s 45th anniversary character, have been rewarded with an art prize by an Art-A-Fair exhibitor. On Aug. 7, Arty will go into hiding on an hourly basis, providing visitors multiple opportunities to find him and take home an exceptional piece of art.


Visitors to the festival’s 125 artists are serenaded by Upstream’s Caribbean music and Rideshare’s smooth jazz on Sunday. In addition, Sunday’s art workshop, like the daily art workshops offered throughout the season, will feature collage. It will be taught by juried Art-A-Fair artist Agnes Copeland, a mixed media and watercolor artist. Aspiring and established artists may sign up for two-hour sessions at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. for $30 or all four hours for $45.


Art-A-Fair is open daily and hosts entertainment Thursdays through Sundays. Complimentary admission will also be offered Aug. 27-28, the show’s final weekend.


For additional information, visit www.art-a-fair.com, or call 949.494.4514.

 Girls Are Out Making Art


Maggie Spencer’s glass origami bowl.

Sawdust Studio Art Classes announces ‘Girls’ Nite Out’, a series of Monday evening art classes offered from 6 to 8 p.m. during the remainder of the summer festival.


Classes are two hours in length and taught by professional instructors, many of which are artists exhibiting in the 45th annual festival.


Women are invited to create unique art pieces then enjoy live entertainment, food, or the collectible art pieces on the festival grounds. On Aug. 8, the class will feature chain making with Annette Doreng-Stearns; Aug. 15 will learn knit-crochet beaded flowers with Helen McNamara;  and lastly on Aug. 22, Maggie Spencer will teach the art of fused glass origami bowls.


The ‘Girls’ Nite Out’ is $95, which includes admission to the Sawdust Art Festival and a complimentary beverage at the Sawdust Saloon.


To sign up for Sawdust Studio Art Classes, visit www.SawdustStudioArtClasses.com or call Cherril Doty, Sawdust Studio Art Classes Manager, at 714-745-9973.



Art Talks Explore Jewelry and Disaster

Karin Worden.

Next week, art trends and connoisseurship as well as saving art from a disaster are up for discussion during the Festival of Arts’ 10 a.m. art talks on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 9 and 11.


Jeweler and festival exhibitor Karin Worden leads the discussion with other exhibiting jewelers on the art of making jewelry on Tuesday.


On Thursday, Scott Haskins, a fine art conservator and author of “How to Save Your Stuff From a Disaster,” will lead a talk on what you need to know to protect paintings, heirlooms, and collectibles and prevent them from disintegrating, mishaps at home or natural disasters.


Scott HaskinsHaskins serves as an expert witness regarding public art. There is no extra cost beyond admission to the Festival of Arts. Eyeing Black and White PhotographyArtist Eye Laguna Gallery will feature the works of photographer Al Gerk this month, culminating with an artist reception to be held at the gallery, 1294-A S. Coast Highway, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. Al Gerk

Born in Chicago, Gerk attended the University of Illinois where, as a graduate student in metallurgical engineering, he took advantage of the university’s darkrooms to develop his skills as a photographer. Though he pursued a career in materials science, Gerk returned to photography in retirement.


 “Today, the digital age has revolutionized the technology of photography, yet the need for the most important element, the eye of the photographer, remains essentially unchanged,” he said.


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