Whereas many of Laguna Beach's festivals focus on local artists, Art-A-Fair is unique because every summer it attracts 125 artists from around the globe.
The festivities begin Friday and carry on until Aug. 28.
Mike Cahill, president of the board, is looking forward to the 45th annual festival.
"We've got 25 new artists out of the 125 total," he said. "It's always exciting when you have new people come in because they bring new work, new outlooks on life, and it adds a lot of spice to the show."
The artists are juried in — selected in a competitive process — annually based on concept, execution, presentation, creativity and technical skill. There are no residency rules for the applicants, unlike at Laguna's two other festivals.
Photographer Linda Berman is one of the 25 who will be participating in the festival for the first time. An award-winning photographer, her stills have been recognized by the 2011 Kodak Silver Bullet Award.