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June 26 to August 30, 2015
An extraordinary spirit of cooperation and fellowship permeates the Art-A-Fair Festival in Laguna Beach, contributing to the unique character of this nationally recognized premier art exhibition. From June 26th to August 30th, Art-A-Fair’s 125 local and national artists work together as an artist cooperative – supporting, building and caring for their extensive display of original fine art. They even form a spur-of-the moment ‘bucket brigade’ to save their precious art work, should the weather’s perils threaten.
Several successful family collaborations contribute to the extended family feeling at Art-A-Fair. Father/daughter mixed media artists Gwen and Carl Lind have a long history that dates back to Gwen’s preschool years and include poetry, music, sculpting, painting and ceramics. Today, their collaboration produces artwork that combines acrylic painting and hand-crafted woodworking, including their stunning signature 3D illuminated pieces.
Chilean ceramist Luis Tapia and his artist wife Clara merge creativity with ingenuity by using all manner of household objects as tools. They also share a passion for clay, with which Clara creates exquisite porcelain dolls. Luis has been known to use his distinctive sought-after pencil drawings as trade for all manner of things.
Leonard Duarte’s 40-years’ woodworking experience provides the foundation for turning raw materials with character into “something exciting” in the home he shares with artist-wife, Natalia Eremeyeva-Duarte. A nineteen-year career architect turned artist, Natalia’s delicate watercolors have consistently earned her Art-A-Fair’s coveted “Artist’s Choice” award in watercolors, while her skilled drawings reflect her professional background. Leonard’s exquisite inlaid boxes, carving boards, candle holders and even a full-sized chess board, artfully combine colors and textures, all from recycled scrap wood. He is as talented in the kitchen as he is at the lathe.
In addition to the superb collection of art, Art-A-Fair features live music for listening or dancing pleasure, Thursdays through Sundays; daily art workshops taught by professional artists; and Tivoli Too! restaurant provides a relaxing retreat in its garden courtyard. Art-A-Fair is especially user-friendly for mothers and seniors with its cement walkways, lack of steps and clear grounds – easing the way for those using a stroller, wheelchair, walker or cane.
Art-A-Fair has several special events during its 2015 season, beginning with the Opening Day Ribbon Cutting on Friday, June 26th at 10:00 am; an Art Auction & Wine on Sunday, July 12th to benefit the Laguna College of Art & Design; The Old West Quick Draw on Sunday, August 9th — a free challenge for artists to paint live subjects in a limited amount of time. Orange County Residents Nights are offered Sunday through Tuesday. Check the Art-A-Fair website for specific cities’ nights. Beginning July 11th, a Demo Booth in front of the show will feature Art-A-Fair artists, rotating throughout the day.
Discover all Art-A-Fair has to offer Sunday-Thursday 10:00am-9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm. A season pass is $7.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and military, children 12 and under are free with an adult. Call 949-494-4514 or visit www.art-a-fair.com.
Directions: Traveling south on the 5, 405 or 73 Toll Road – Take the 133 southwest. The 133 turns into Laguna Canyon Road. Traveling north on the 5 or 73 Toll Road – Take El Toro Road south to its end at Laguna Canyon Road and turn left. The Lot #16 (ACT V) parking lot on Laguna Canyon Road is marked by multiple “Public Parking” signs beginning about a mile before you arrive at the parking area. The low daily rate includes free tram service to and from the art festivals and throughout Laguna Beach. All street parking is metered. Other paid parking lots are also available at higher rates. Visit www.visitlagunabeach.com for additional trolley and parking information.
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Art-A-Fair VP Marketing
Art-A-Fair artists creations, from left clockwise: The Linds’ signature illuminated 3D artwork, ‘Syomka’ by award-winning watercolorist Natalia Eremeyeva-Duarte, ‘Something exciting’ in wood by Leonard Duarte, one of ceramist Luis Tapia’s “favorite works”.
|The ‘bucket brigade’ at work, saving their precious artwork from the threatened rain.|