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Laguna Beach Art Festival

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Art aficionados shouldn't miss visiting art-friendly Laguna Beach from July 5 through August 31, 2010. This is when a renowned Laguna Beach Art Festival offering stunning artwork, hands-on demonstrations, wine tasting, and much more is scheduled to take place. A Laguna Beach tradition since 1932, the Laguna Beach Art Festival is held each summer throughout July and August. It is the oldest and finest annual art show in Southern California, which showcases the pieces of art by more than 150 of Southern California's most accomplished artists.

The finest summer art event in all California is staged in a scenic six-acre canyon park near the ocean in Laguna Beach. The festival is pretty large now, and it includes the formerly "alternative" Sawdust Festival across the street. This show is a rigorously juried, and all exhibitors demonstrate high aesthetic standards that distinguish truly fine art! All of the works displayed are original art and include paintings, sculpture, pastels, drawings, serigraphs, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, etched and stained glass, fiber arts, handcrafted furniture and even scrimshaw. The artworks on display are for sale so you can get affordable and unique works of art to decorate your home or business.

2010 Pageant of the Masters - Where Art Comes To Life! (July 7 - August 31, 2010, Gala Benefit Saturday, August 28, 2010 )

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Each night during the summer season the Festival of Arts features its most famous attraction called the Pageant of the Masters. During ninety minutes visitors will be able to watch "living pictures", amazingly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works using real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces! With an outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the Pageant is considered to be the best presentation of its kind.

The 2010 Pageant of the Masters Theme is "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" which promises a memorable feast for the senses. This year Pageant of the Masters will devote its uniquely theatrical performance to celebrating the singular joys of being alive, raising a sincere toast to the good life. From Bacchus to Bourbon Street, from the elegant fetes of 17th century Europe to the flappers of the Jazz Age, Eat, Drink and Be Merry will demonstrate the timeless masterpieces that have captured and enhanced the exhilaration of good times.

Enjoy unforgettable theatrical "living art" on Saturday, August 28, 2010, visiting the Pageant's twelfth annual Gala Benefit. During this exclusive celebrity-attended event, you will be able to enjoy a Pageant performance of Eat, Drink and Be Merry, hors d'oeuvres, music, living tableaux up-close and more.

Other Festival Festivities

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In addition to the art exhibition, the Festival offers a relaxing and entertaining environment with plenty of exciting things to see and do. Enjoy a full palette of fabulous festival festivities that include daily art activities, special events and exhibitions. Children and adults alike will marvel the Junior Art Exhibition, a juried show featuring 150 paintings and drawings by about 300 Orange County gifted school children displayed in the Junior Art Gallery.

During the Festival all visitors are welcome to come and enjoy art workshops, covering a variety of activities including wood sculpture, still life drawing, watercolor, papermaking and much more. Kids of all ages will have lots of fun participating in a different art experience each day at General Daily Art Workshops. At Printmaking Workshop you will be able to acquire skills in mono-printing, embossing and relief printing this summer. Plus there are countless hands-on demonstrations in ceramics, painting and paper art.

Or take a free guided art tour for art novices and connoisseurs alike, offering expert insights to the exhibits. During Laguna Beach Art Festival you will also be able to meet the artists and learn firsthand about their artwork and techniques through discussions and free art demonstrations.

If you are flexible try to go to the Festival on a weekday and take advantage of lower ticket prices and easier parking. Besides, restaurants and hotels are less crowded during the week and better seats are available.

Fine Dining During the Festival

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Featuring cascading fountains, beautiful sycamore trees and blooming flowers, the Tivoli Terrace offers traditional American cuisine to all who visit Laguna Beach Art Festival. Nestled hillside adjacent to the Festival of Arts and the world famous Pageant of the Masters, with an antique gazebo and stained glass windows creating a romantic and elegant atmosphere, Tivoli Terrace is a perfect place to have a lunch break or dinner after a busy day at the Festival. Tivoli Terrace is known for its delicious summer pageant menu featuring a wide selection of salads and sandwiches and fresh seafood ideal for lunch as well as a variety of traditional American cuisine for dinner. The restaurant is planning to open a full bar and provide live jazz entertainment nightly.

Offering first-rate Italian cuisine, Gina's Alfresco features a very diversified menu. The specialties include Pizzetta, freshly baked individual pizzas, various salads and grilled Italian style sandwiches. Desserts range from caramel apple wedges and "hot" caramel kettle corn to freshly baked cinnamon rolls.

Shopping

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters offer a variety of souvenirs and gifts available for purchase, including posters, note cards, T-shirts, jackets, silk scarves and much more!

Address and Directions

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are easily accessible by freeway and scenic Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy1). The address is: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651