935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Price: $7.75 – Adults, $6.25 – Seniors (65+), $3.25 – Children (6-12), Free – Children 5 and under, $15 – Summer Season Pass, $20 – Annual Pass
Dates: June 29 to September 2 – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This summer will see the 46th annual season of the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach, opening the morning of June 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Sawdust President Gavin Heath will lead with Opening Day remarks and the Mayor of Laguna Beach, Jane Egly, will officially cut the ribbon and start the 2012 season that will continue until September 2.
More than 200 Laguna Beach artists, about 20 of them newcomers, impatiently wait for this summer season hoping to draw the biggest crowd ever to admire their creations. Their handmade artwork will include several mediums such as jewelry, woodwork, sculpture, painting, photography, textiles, mixed media and more. Glass work will be a big hit during the festival thanks to the glass-blowing enclosure, where artists will perform their craft at the furnace while visitors see beautiful pieces come to life before their eyes.
The Sawdust Festival has added a Chamber Music Sunday series to the lineup this year. This is a new music genre at the event that will see chamber music groups performing on the grounds every other Sunday. Also added this year is a roster of arts and crafts projects offered at the Children’s Art Booth and Sawdust Studio One. The schedule at this booth is posted on the Sawdust website and will be available on the grounds throughout the season.
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A highlight of this year’s festival is the collection of art panels called the 2012 Original Collector’s Panels created uniquely by Sawdust artists to support the 3rd annual Sawdust Art Education Fundraiser. The panels will be exhibited throughout the grounds and visitors will be able to bid on them in a silent auction.
Sunday August 12, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., will host the Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction which supports artists who have experienced a catastrophic event. This is a particularly important event this year since the fund needs to be replenished after substantial money was spent during last year’s disastrous floods. This is a great way for the community to offer support because the fund benefits all Laguna Beach artists. Whether or not they participate in Sawdust is not taken into account.
Sawdust guests will look forward to September 2 for one primary reason – a chance to win a 2013 Civic Natural Gas, which will be raffled off at 4 p.m. on the Main Entertainment Deck. Two Honda hybrid vehicles will be on display on the grounds during the festival. One of them will be taken home by whoever purchases a lucky ticket for just $5 (or five for $20).
As in previous years, guests will enjoy live entertainment on three stages and roaming acts around the grounds, plus great food and drink, artist demonstrations and more. There are also several special dates and events including Hawaiian Surf Day on Saturday, July 7; Green Day on Saturday, July 21; Country Western Day on Saturday, August 4; Beatles Day on Saturday, August 18; Tropical Tuesdays every Tuesday; and Residents Nights when Laguna Beach residents are admitted free of charge after 5 p.m.
Make a visit to this year’s Sawdust Art Festival for a great outing with friends and family. All ages will walk away with smiles.