The Festival of Arts accepts applications from artists residing in: Aliso Viejo, Balboa, Balboa Island, Capistrano Beach, Coto de Caza, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest (El Toro), Mission Viejo, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Artists must be able to show that they have resided in one of these cities for at least one year. Jurying fees are $40 per medium submitted.
The jurying process is two-phased. During the first phase, jurors will review three digital images per media submitted by applicants. Artists accepted into this first phase will be notified by mail and invited to submit three finished pieces to a physical jury in Laguna Beach on Feb. 21. The same panel of eight jurors will review the artwork. An invitation will be extended to those who receive the highest scores during phase two to participate in the 2009 Festival of Arts exhibit.
The 2009 jurors are Yachiyo Beck (watercolorist), Gene Cooper (painter), Lynn Lowry (jeweler & stained glass artist), Carolyn Machado (mixed media), Miriam Shelton (sculptor), Julie Sample (photographer), Pat Sparkuhl (mixed media) and alternate juror Monica Dunham (ceramicist).
The 2009 show will run from July 5 to Aug. 31.
Applicants may download an application from the Festival’s website, www.Laguna FestivalofArts.org, or call (949) 464-4234.
Mahler in national portrait competition
Perin Mahler, chairman of the graduate program at Laguna College of Art & Design, has been selected from a pool of more than 3,300 artists as a semifinalist in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Finalists will be announced early next year, and the exhibition opened Oct. 23 in Washington, DC.