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Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer Scene: Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival

Forty-seven years ago local newspapers dubbed it The Rejects Festival when a faction of disgruntled artists broke away from Laguna Beach, California's juried Festival of the Arts to organize an arts and crafts showcase on their own terms.

Luckily, the name didn't stick. 

In 1968, however, when the rebel artists moved to a 3-acre site at 935 Laguna Canyon Road and dumped sawdust on the pathways to mitigate the dust and mud, the Sawdust Festival finally found its moniker and its home.

Today, the Sawdust Festival and the juried, more formal Festival of the Arts happily coexist on the same stretch of picturesque canyon road each summer from June to Labor Day. Everybody wins.

Locals Only: participating artists must live and work in the Laguna Beach community. 

Keep America beautiful! Support the arts: buy one piece of art every year (at least!).

True to its roots, the Sawdust Festival is an equal opportunity showcase for emerging artists and pros alike. Painters, potters, jewelry makers, photographers, weavers and more create their own open-air booths beneath a canopy of Eucalyptus.

The atmosphere is casual, creative, Californian.

In addition to browsing (and hopefully buying!) art, the festival also features demonstrations and classes (for kids and adults). Inspired!

Photographing the artwork inside of the booths is not encouraged, and sometimes it's prohibited -so instead I got pics of the artists in action (one of my favorite subjects!).

I guess that means you'll have to drive down the coast and see for yourself...sounds like a good excuse to me...

For dates, times and directions check out the website at: SawdustArtFestival.org/summer-festival/ .

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