Art Festivals Light Up With Special Events

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Two of the summer’s most popular art festival events take place this weekend at the Festival of Arts: the recycled materials fashion show Saturday, Aug. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. and the 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 award ceremony for young artists.

Cristina Ferrare hosts the fashion show where a dozen festival exhibitors compete to create inspired couture using reclaimed, reused, or recycled materials. The judges include artist Regina Jacobson, costume designer Alex Jaeger, and production/set designer Nelson Coates.

Artists scheduled to compete include Jessica deStefano, W. Bradley Elsberry, Richard A. Evans, Elizabeth McGhee, Richard Moren, Adam Neeley, Mariana Nelson, Casey Parlette, Jayne Reich and John Tolle.

The spotlight at 650 Laguna Canyon Road shifts Sunday to the Junior Art Exhibit when the PIMCO Foundation awards medals to the top three students from each grade, pre-kindergarten through high school seniors.

At the Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., on Sundays, a professional instructor will be teaching dance choreography on the main entertainment deck from 5- 9:30 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, Chef’s Night with Mark Medina, pastry chef of Tamarind of London, puts a spin on traditional Indian desserts.

Also on Aug. 18, the Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund will sponsor a workshop for youth ages 13 to 17 from Santa Ana’s Warwick Center led by festival artist Shamus Koch. The artist will present realism and abstract art with wire and wood block sculptures.

: Festival of Arts special events coordinator Susan Davis hosts Art Talks at noon  Thursday, Aug. 20, who will be joined by artists that competed in the weekend show.
: Festival of Arts special events coordinator Susan Davis hosts Art Talks at noon Thursday, Aug. 20, who will be joined by artists that competed in the weekend show.

Call ahead to register for the Wednesdays Sip, Talk & Walk tour; watch artists demo their work and share stories of the festival’s history and a get a complimentary wine tasting.

The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. Tickets are $8.50. Admission is free after 5 p.m. to residents of south Orange County on Sundays and free to locals on Thursdays.

In summer’s final weeks, at Art-A-Fair, featuring 125 juried artists and craftsmen, guests can listen to live music Thursday through Sunday, dine at Tivoli Too! and watch artists create their art in their booths.

Hours are Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

There is free admission for the closing weekend, Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30.

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