Art festivals bid adieu

Sawdust, Art-A-Fair and Festival of Arts plan events to end their summers in style.

August 26, 2010|By Ashley Breeding,
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To celebrate another successful season, and the patrons who made it happen, Laguna's three renowned summer art festivals will give back to the community over closing weekend through an array of fun activities, and one will even give a bang for no buck.

Art-A-Fair will "give back to its patrons" with a Customer Appreciation Weekend, which will provide free admission to its 125 featured artists and lineup of blues, doo-wop and dance music performances today through Sunday.

Vice President of Marketing Joyce Kaspryzk said the festival staff wishes to honor the folks, despite a still-rocky economy, who trekked to the canyon from all over to support the artists through their attendance and purchases.

"We're celebrating the generosity of our visitors," she said. "We invite them to come back and enjoy another visit 'on us.'"

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Festival of Arts Gala

Actor, director and "Extra" host Mario Lopez will host the Festival of Arts' 12th annual Pageant of the Masters Gala Benefit at 5 p.m. Saturday, which will feature other celebrity guests including Donna Mills, Jerry Mathers, Sarah Drew and the cast of the hit series, "Criminal Minds."


The exclusive red-carpet event will offer guests a private viewing of the Festival's fine art show, music, dancing, silent auction and the summer's popular Pageant of the Masters "Eat, Drink & Be Merry" performance. Attendees will also have a chance to win an Acura ZDX valued at more than $49,000.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Festival of Arts Building Fund, a nonprofit that produces California's Premier Fine Art Show and the pageant, whose mission is to support the arts and arts education.


Scavenger hunt

Festival of Arts-goers will also have a chance to enjoy a scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the final day of the festival, which is sure to bring a day of fun as well a chance to win tickets to next year's show.

Based on a practical joke among the artists, the Scavenger Hunt of Parodies will challenge patrons to find 35 or more parodies located throughout the grounds within the booths of the exhibitors.

All hunters will receive a gift just for playing the game, and the first two people that find at least 35 parodies will receive two tickets each to the 2011 pageant, "Only Make Believe."

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