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By Cynthia Fung | December 8, 2008
Benny Preston, the official Santa Claus at the 18th annual Winter Fantasy, feels extra pressure this year to keep the spirit of Jolly Old St. Nicholas alive and well. After recently learning the tragic story of a fellow Santa in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Preston is reaching out to his Santa colleagues across the nation to help support a struggling family that not only lost their very own Santa, but a family member as well. 11-year-old Margie Edwards lost her stepfather, Bobby Reed, in August in a tragic shooing during a family dispute, and without knowing it, young Edwards lost her annual visit from Santa, too. As Santa, Reed worked a very busy holiday season taking time out each year to make sure he visited his stepdaughter, the only one left of her friends who still believed in Santa.
FEATURES
By Candice Baker | December 5, 2008
Not all of the namesake sawdust at the Sawdust Art Festival is trucked in; during this year?s Winter Fantasy, a lot is being created by woodturner Jeff Davison. For the first time, Davison is selling his wooden bowls and pens at the festival?s Winter Fantasy, which is open for two more weekends until Dec. 14 in Laguna Beach. ?I love doing what I do,? Davison said. He left a high-stress job a couple years ago, and says he?s now having the time of his life. Business in Laguna has been brisk so far, Davison said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | November 16, 2007
Artist David Nelson, who has been with the Sawdust Art Festival since 1969, has never missed a Winter Fantasy. “For 17 years, we’ve work really hard to make sure it’s not the Sawdust with Christmas lights,” Nelson said. Although the lights are plentiful, the art show, which boasts 170 exhibiting artists this year, is not just a popular alternative for mall shopping. “It’s become a really wonderful, happening community event,” Nelson said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cindy Frazier | November 17, 2011
Winter is right around the corner, and the artists at the Sawdust Art Festival are busy, as Santa's elves are getting ready for the 21st annual Winter Fantasy. The show, dubbed "Put a Little Sparkle in Your Holiday," opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs for 10 days on weekends through Dec. 11. The show closes at 6 p.m. daily. The 11th annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. on opening day. Mayor Toni Iseman will officiate, and special guests include the Laguna Concert Band, Magic Matt, Top of the World honors chorus, the Lil' Dickens Carolers, Tricia Freeman, The Balloon Diva and, of course, the Jolly Old Elf himself.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Barbara Diamond | November 21, 2007
Winter Fantasy organizers’ dreams were exceeded beyond anything they imagined as the opening day crowd was up more than 40% from last year. The 17th annual holiday show opened Saturday, featuring entertainment and 170 artists, in seasonally decorated booths on the Sawdust Festival Grounds. “Guests walk in and fall in love with everything — the art, the decorations, the wonderful holiday feeling and, especially, this year’s standout, the Magic Castle by Ryan Gourley at the entrance,” said Winter Fantasy exhibitor and volunteer Dennis Junka.
NEWS
December 13, 2002
The end is near. There's one more weekend left of the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy. More than 160 artists and craftspersons are offering their personally created items to Festival visitors. New artists this year include Roni Feldman of Santa Monica, whose vividly colored oils depict current events and modern life; bronze sculptor Orlay Gutierrez of Huntington Beach; and Chikako Mukai of Laguna Niguel, who creates one-of-a-kind pillows, stockings and ornaments using Japanese fabrics.
NEWS
December 9, 2010
Remember Laguna nonprofits at tax time Holiday Times are upon us full of cheer and good will. And speaking of good will, this is a critical fundraising time for our more than 150 Laguna Beach nonprofits. The Laguna Beach Community Foundation encourages Laguna Beach residents to remember our local charities with a year-end donation. Laguna Beach nonprofits include all interests from the arts, youth organizations, social and health services, environment and more. Take time now to make a donation to your favorite nonprofit.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | November 17, 2006
This Saturday, where can Lagunans expect to have a snowball fight, partake in a tete-a-tete with Santa and watch gifts being created? Nope, not the North Pole. Try 935 Laguna Canyon Road. The Sawdust Art Festival's 16th-annual Winter Fantasy will feature the work of 170 artists from around the country; locals get in free Saturday after 2 p.m., and the community tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. The event will run four weekends, until Dec. 10. "We work really hard to make sure it doesn't just look like the Sawdust Festival with Christmas lights," said longtime exhibitor David Nelson, who was on the Winter Fantasy's original committee.
NEWS
November 14, 2003
Suzie Harrison Something strange is going on in Laguna Beach. The weather is sunny and 72-degrees, yet there is a 100% chance of snow. That can only mean one thing -- it must be time for the Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy. Now in its 13th year, the Sawdust's winter art show has more than 170 different artists exhibiting and selling their work. It brings in various holiday traditions while transforming their grounds of eucalyptus groves into a winter wonderland.
NEWS
November 15, 2002
HAPPENINGS Art unplanned Artist Suzanne Short never intended to be featured at this year's Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy. Just why might surprise you. B1 ALSO: Reel critics discover what's guilty about "Femme Fatale." B5 Greer Wylder has her toes on the nose in Best Buys. B3 The Garden Fanatic takes a walk through one of Laguna's biggest gardens -- the Greenbelt. B3 CITYSCAPE After the shots Jacques Nenijian and Michelle Estele are still suffering the aftereffects of last month's dramatic robbery.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 21, 2013
For the Garrard family, Christmas lasts all year long. Things have been this way since late 2010, when Italia turned to her parents with sadness etched on her face. She didn't want the colorful lights and presents to be boxed up and tucked away, she said, mournful in a way that perhaps only a 4-year-old can be about the conclusion of holiday festivities. And so, Angelica and LaMoin began mulling over how to prolong the day and its inherent spirit. They cut out a small part of the Christmas tree trunk and decided to join their children in painting it. Seated around the dining table, the Glendora family derived so much pleasure from the shared activity that they kept at it. Their efforts took the shape of ornaments that were distributed to friends and family, who, in turn, suggested they sell them.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | September 19, 2013
Robert Holton had the desire to be an exhibitor at the Sawdust Art Festival. He had years of experience as an artist. He had connections in the industry. There was only one problem: Holton lived in Anaheim, and Sawdust rules require that participants live in Laguna Beach for two years. Problem solved. Holton, who runs a sign-making business and takes commissions through his side company, Drizzle Pop Art, signed a lease a month ago for a tiny apartment off Pacific Coast Highway.
NEWS
March 25, 2013
How many years does it take for a world renowned artist colony to build a Village Entrance? You know, that inviting reminder to tourists who support the very existence of its attraction and the revenue brought in to our town. Neighboring communities such as Dana Point built a bridge that goes from an empty lot to a Denny's. Now Newport has one of those bridges that takes one no where also. Not to mention the millions of dollars Santa Ana invested in its art projects over the past five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 15, 2012
Deeply humbled by the impact of his craft on people of all ages, Star Shields has contributed to the Sawdust Art Festival for 29 years. The Laguna Beach-based face and body artist counts Led Zeppelin, Paul and Linda McCartney, Deep Purple and Bob Dylan among those who have donned his brightly hued, airbrushed outfits. "After I painted stage clothing for Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant came to visit my infamous 'flying saucer booth' incognito in a rickshaw," Shields recalled. "This festival has helped me grow as a creative artist, allowing me to share my skills everywhere I paint.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker, Special to the Coastline Pilot | June 28, 2012
Editor's note: 'Tis the season to celebrate the arts in Laguna Beach. As the city's various art festivals for 2012 get underway, we asked Candice Baker to compile this guide to help you art lovers out there make the most of a full summertime palette: * Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters Where: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach When: Sunday to Aug. 31 Cost: General $7 weekdays or $10 weekends; students/seniors...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cindy Frazier | November 17, 2011
Winter is right around the corner, and the artists at the Sawdust Art Festival are busy, as Santa's elves are getting ready for the 21st annual Winter Fantasy. The show, dubbed "Put a Little Sparkle in Your Holiday," opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs for 10 days on weekends through Dec. 11. The show closes at 6 p.m. daily. The 11th annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. on opening day. Mayor Toni Iseman will officiate, and special guests include the Laguna Concert Band, Magic Matt, Top of the World honors chorus, the Lil' Dickens Carolers, Tricia Freeman, The Balloon Diva and, of course, the Jolly Old Elf himself.
NEWS
December 9, 2010
Remember Laguna nonprofits at tax time Holiday Times are upon us full of cheer and good will. And speaking of good will, this is a critical fundraising time for our more than 150 Laguna Beach nonprofits. The Laguna Beach Community Foundation encourages Laguna Beach residents to remember our local charities with a year-end donation. Laguna Beach nonprofits include all interests from the arts, youth organizations, social and health services, environment and more. Take time now to make a donation to your favorite nonprofit.
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | November 27, 2009
The Sawdust Festival’s Winter Fantasy gives us all something to be thankful for: We don’t have to fight the post-Thanksgiving crowds at the mall to shop for those special gifts. Opening Day ceremonies Saturday included the traditional tree lighting by Mayor Kelly Boyd — one of his last official and most heartwarming acts before handing over the gavel to his successor to be named at the December council meeting. “It was magical,” said Sawdust General Manager Tom Klingenmeier . “Listening to the people and hearing the oohs and aahs from the children when the lights went on and the three machines were pumping out snow was perfect.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2009
The following is a list of special events for the 19th Annual Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival, which opens Saturday and will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends through Dec. 13. Tree lighting: The Festival will kick off with Community Night at 6 p.m. Saturday with a Tree Lighting Ceremony and a speech by Mayor Kelly Boyd. Special guests and community performers including the Laguna Community Concert Band, Sasha Evans, Rene?s Marionettes, Laguna Presbyterian Church hand-bell group, Top of the World honors chorus, Balloon Diva and Santa will help celebrate the event.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ashley Breeding | November 20, 2009
For Laguna Beach artist Isaac Anderson, art is his ?voice,? meant to inspire people through beautiful forms. His distressed acrylic-on-plastered wood panel creations, which display photographic or painted images within images, he said, are inspired by nature, world affairs and the people he encounters throughout his travels. ?It?s a way to raise awareness without being too ?heavy.? This is what art used to do ? reach people or challenge them on a deeper level, through pretty pieces that also look good on their wall,?
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