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The verdict? It's art.

Entrants must pass through jury to get exhibited at Laguna Beach's annual Art-A-Fair.

February 14, 2013|By Rhea Mahbubani
  • Art-A-Fair artist volunteers help artists apply to be juried.
Art-A-Fair artist volunteers help artists apply to be… (Mary Gulino )

Tim Scoggins has never created a stick figure.

Able to draw even before uttering his first word, Scoggins spent his childhood sketching school friends — accurate two-dimensional portrayals of all that surrounded him.

It was this "God-given talent," as he calls it, which was noticed Sunday at Art-A-Fair's Jury Day at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Scoggins was one of 23 artists added to the art festival's current line-up, which features exhibitors not only from across California, but the world.

In its 47th year, Art-A-Fair is a summer-long showcase of two- and three-dimensional art in all mediums, including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Three original works are required to apply for each medium.

Scoggins submitted a series of portraits of Native Americans — sepia-toned 24-by-24 inch mixed media on ash wood panels.

"I came across some old tintype photos from the late 1800s one day while on the Web, and I was struck by their power," said Scoggins, 51, who began stockpiling the most captivating finds in a folder. "I started sketching the ones I really liked, slightly changing their jewelry or feathers, but keeping their faces exactly as they were, because for me, that was really the emotional contact."

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Before the festival launches on June 28, Scoggins also plans to complete a 36-by-48 inch painting of the Beatles.

The Murrieta artist commented that he would have been more of a "nervous wreck" if he'd been aware, going in, that a laundry list of contenders was vying for a limited number of spaces.

It was at Art-A-Fair that Orange-based wildlife painter Carol Heiman-Greene debuted nearly 17 years ago. In the years since, she has been afforded the opportunity to learn from artists and interact with visitors who are brought together by a shared passion.

"Art-A-Fair is a venue for artists of all media, levels and experiences, so we showcase work by well-established, plus upcoming, names," she said. "That was the case when I first started. They took a chance on me."

Returning this year not only as an exhibitor but also a judge, Heiman-Greene was captivated by hand-made etchings, old-school illustrations and abstract paintings highlighted by mother of pearl.

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