The time has come to "Eat, Drink and be Merry" as the 78th annual Festival of Arts opens to the public Monday with the Pageant of the Masters following suit Wednesday .
New to the Festival this year are 17 emerging artists, who will join 130 returning exhibitors from Orange County to showcase a complete spectrum of media from traditional painting and photography to hand-crafted jewelry and furniture.
"These new artists bring enthusiasm and a fresh new perspective to the art show," public relations director Sharbie Higuchi said.
Colorful oil paintings by "Poster Artist" Tom Swimm, movement-inspired photographs by Margo Moritz and eclectic sculptures made from unrelated objects by Carolyn Machado, and the works of many others, can be seen. Swimm's winning poster for the Festival was inspired by a trip to Portofine, Italy, and depicts the Splendido Mare Restaurant, making it a perfect fit with this year's theme of "Eat, Drink & Be Merry."