The 2010 Pageant of the Masters "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" theme was celebrated appropriately at the Artists Preview Party Saturday night.
A happy crowd jammed the Irvine Bowl Park to feast their eyes as well as their stomachs. Invited guests of the artists perused the exhibits of 140 artists while imbibing beverages and nibbling on munchies on the newly renovated grounds.
"The Festival of Arts is truly fortunate to count among its exhibitors some of the most talented artists in the country," festival President Wayne Baglin said. "It is not only our mission, but our privilege to provide them with a forum in which to share their creativity with hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer.
"And since their works are available for purchase, patrons have the opportunity to bring home amazing, original pieces to be enjoyed for a lifetime."
The show was named this year as the top art festival by the Travel Channel. It is the longest-running outdoor fine arts exhibit in California.