Local artists don't fiddle around when handed an unvarnished violin by the Laguna Beach Music Festival.
They create "Artful Violins," meant to be displayed rather than played. The violins are auctioned annually to raise funds to support the festival's outreach and educational programs.
Violins created by artists Sandra Jones Campbell, Cheryl Ekstrom, Michael Obermeyer, Shannon Richardson, Lucas Rise and Kirsten Whalen were unveiled at a private reception before last week's First Thursday Art Walk at S Cube Gallery on North Coast Highway.
The Music Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, a collaboration of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. The weeklong event features concerts and special attractions that include open rehearsals, informal chats and salons with violinist Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, the Calder Quartet and Calidore Quartet.
Hotel Laguna is headquarters for the festival, which this year honors the legacy of philanthropists and music lover Ed Halvajian. The festival is from Feb. 6 to 12.