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Art Shows in Orange County, California

Late June to Early September. "The Art-A-Fair Festival is the ultimate destination for lovers of art to visit this summer! Nestled in a Colorful garden setting in romantic Laguna Canyon. the Festival is an enjoyable place to spend a summer day in the historic art community of Laguna Beach Open Seven days a week, visitors are offered the opportunity to view and acquire art directly from the artist exhibitors, finalists of a national juried competition An exciting variety of two and three dimensional art is represented including oils. watercolors, pastels, acrylics, drawings, mixed media, photography, Sculpture, jewelry glassworks, Pottery, and furniture. Special artist demonstrations and lectures are highlighted this year. See first hand how they create these artistic masterpieces from conception to completion. Free workshops and supervised children's art activities are also offered."  Laguna Beach
Balboa Island Artwalk 
2004: "The 10th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk will be the largest artwalk to date with over 125 artists exhibiting oil paintings, watercolors, glass and ceramic sculptures, jewelry, photography, hand-crafted items and demostrating throughout the day. Eight bands will fill the air and entertain you as you walk along South Bayfront. New this year, the Artwalk will feature art, music and classic Woodie automobiles at the Balboa Fun Zone... so remember to bring your Island Ferry change. Parking will be available at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum and on Balboa Peninsula. The 10th Annual Balboa Island Art Walk is being presented by Mary Hardesty Realty and supported by local community sponsors. We appreciate their support. Please stop by and say THANKS!" Featured artists include: Doreen Abegg Alexa Alexander Terry Anderson Julie Arnoff Greg Autry Leslie Avalos Trina Baker Barbara Baumgartner Wayne Bender Maria Elena Bicer Ray Bohon William Bonhall Douglas Buchman Lory Butterfass Katy Byerts Shannon Caplan Patricia Cliffton Malle Cole Patricia Colwell-Trujillo Dana Cooper Carlos Covarnbias Jeanee Davis Margie Dorney Victor Dworak John Eagle Jamie Ennen Kathy Esnard Barbara Fudurich Tag Garber Tim Genet Susan Gilbert Edward Gill Stephanie Godbey Timree Gold Pat Graham Iris Gunning-Wyatt Silvia Herrera Chris Hooker Erin Houghton William Hudson Mary Huntsman Suzanne Inloes Margaret Jamison Brent Jensen Wendy Johnson Bruce Juenger Kathy Kehoe Richard Kent Marge Kinney Dee Kirkham Nancy Klann Jolly Kornicks Jim Krogle Allison Kuehn Cathy LeBlanc Judi LeFever Jan Lowe Mollie Markel Enrica Marshall Andra Martin Paul Maurice Fred McClory George McGhee John Mel Tracey Moloney Constance Monroe Julie Neglia Erich Neubert Hughette Nordin Howard O'Donnell Marty Oertel Raymond Otis Marina Pavlovich Peter J'Art Marilyn Poliquin Jeff Price Karen Raidy Lesley Rankin James Robertes Suzanne Salisbury Janine Salzman Donna Sappia Sheryl Sauer Robbie Sayers Joshua Serafin Karen Shaw Steve Simon Leo Simone Marcia Smallwood Janice Steele Marilee Stockman Lyndelle Stonick Scott Sutton Joanne Szabo Marie Taggart Jean Toombs Jack Wang Steve Wang Elizabeth Ward-Bell George Watts Rhys Williams Darlela Wilson Erin Woodruff Max Yamada Lorin Zechiel Greg Zook  Newport Beach
Chalk Art & Music Fest 
Held in October by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Eclectic Orange Festival 
Runs January thru June. "An annual festival of music and ideas, Eclectic Orange is a project of The Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Eclectic Orange Festival celebrates the eclectic nature of our cultural landscape. Ideas meet and mingle, classical arts are refreshed and renewed, contemporary art flourishes, while all of the world's cultures are treated with honor.... The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is grateful to the following organizations and sponsors for their support of the 2005 Ecletic Orange Festival: Irvine Barclay Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County's Pacific Symphony, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Pacific Chorale, UCI Beall Center for Art & Technology"  Irvine
Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters 
Held each July through September. "California’s finest Summer art event is staged in a six-acre canyon park near the ocean in Laguna Beach. The stars of this summertime tradition, which began here in 1932, are over 140 of the Southland’s most accomplished artists. This is a rigorously juried show, requiring exhibitors to demonstrate and maintain high aesthetic standards. Their work is truly fine art! The artworks on display are for sale and represent a complete spectrum of art media: paintings, sculpture, pastels, drawings, serigraphs, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, etched and stained glass, fiber arts, handcrafted furniture and even scrimshaw. All of the works are original art - another element that distinguishes the Festival of Arts from other shows.The Festival is the perfect place to find affordable and unique works of art to decorate your home or business.... In addition to the art exhibition, the Festival provides a relaxing, entertaining environment with plenty to see and do.... In addition to the special events, come and enjoy art workshops, daily docent-led tours offering expert insights to the exhibits, musical entertainment and hands-on demonstrations in printmaking, ceramics, painting and paper art. Then, explore the outstanding accomplishments of talented local students at the Junior Art Exhibit, featuring 150 works selected from over 1,500 submissions.... Each night during the summer season at 8:30 the Festival of Arts presents its most famous attraction, the Pageant of the Masters. What is it? Ninety minutes of "living pictures" - incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant as the best presentation of its kind."  Laguna Beach
First Thursdays Art Walk 
Three walks connected by free shuttle buses: North Coast Highway, Central Downtown, and South Coast Highway. Modern Contemporary Traditional Abstract Expressionism Impressionism Sculpture Crafts Furniture Glass Metal Wood Texture Watercolor Oil Mixed Media and Collage Photography "Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on the First Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. for a festive cultural evening. Free shuttle service circles the city starting at 6:15 p.m. Free admission to the Laguna Art Museum."  Laguna Beach
Fun with Chalk Children's Creative Festival 
"Fun With Chalk is a unique festive celebration of the heart, mind, and creative spirit. Thousands of visitors are captivated annually by one of America's most fun Festivals! Incredible images are created directly on asphalt, by artists, using their enormous talent, and chalk. Yes, chalk! The entire parking lot of the Norman Murray Community Center is transformed into a canvas of hundreds of images, some recreations of famous masterpieces, and others original creations of incredible design and color. The Childrens Creative Festivals, producers of Fun With Chalk, is an all - volunteer organization of people who care deeply about children and art, and who work and plan all-year round to bring a first class event to the community."  Mission Viejo
Imagination Celebration of Orange County 
2004 Festival runs from April 17th thru May 16th at various locations. See website for schedule and exhibitions. "Welcome to event, exhibition and general information for the 2004 Imagination Celebration of Orange County's annual spring festival titled 'Renaissance 2004'. This is our 19th year of providing some of the best performing and visual art featuring the youth of Orange County! Children will have the opportunity to try their hand at variety of art workshops, while families will enjoy the musical and performing groups featuring students from Orange County." Includes a Saturday... "afternoon is a fun filled interactive event for all ages. Families are treated to mini performances, storytelling, and crafts. Aspiring dancers are given the opportunity to try on tutus and pointe shoes while meeting professional ballerinas. Remember to bring your camera!" 2004 schedule includes exhibits, venues & participation by: The Anaheim Ballet, Bowers Kidseum, OC Museum of Art, Ballet Montemarte, Little Shop of Horrors, The Children's Museum at La Habra, Rancho Canada School, Journey School, Cypress Festival of the Arts, The Curtis Theater, Forum Theater, McGaugh Elementary, Newport Beach Public Library, California Choreographer's Dance Festival, Art-A-Fair, OC Department of Education, Pacific Symphony, Huntington Beach Library, Knott Avenue Christian Church, Assistance League of Irvine, Laguna Art Museum, OC Performing Arts Center, Fullerton Museum Center, Southland Ballet Academy, South Coast Repertory, Waldorf School of Orange County, Santa Ana High School, Anaheim High School, ICOC Poster Contest, 1000 Pieces of Arts, All District Art Exhibit, Crayola Dream-Makers, Public Exhibitions of Student Artwork, 'Art off the Wall' - A 3D Exhibition, Photography & Multimedia Exhibit, Rising Starts Elementary Art Awards and Scholarship Performance Reception, OC Public Library, OCDE Family Art Show, 28th Annual Very Special Arts Exhibit, Young Masters Art Show.  Irvine
Sawdust Festival 
Held June through September. Includes musical entertainment, art classes and demos. "Welcome to the world-famous Sawdust Art Festival where visitors experience the artistic wonders of 200 Laguna Beach artists amidst towering eucalyptus trees and tranquil waterfalls within a three and half acre canyon setting. Since 1966 the Sawdust has drawn art enthusiasts looking for original artwork including: painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, textile arts, wood and metal sculpture, hand blown and fused glass and even scrimshaw. This year we invite you to join us in celebrating our '40 Creative Years' with special events and exhibits to give visitors a glimpse into our history and that of our artists. Included with your Sawdust admission are daily artist demonstrations including glass blowing, complimentary art projects for adults and children, three outdoor cafes and continuous entertainment. This shopper’s paradise allows visitors to meet and even purchase art directly from the artists. The Sawdust Art Festival is truly the ultimate, interactive art experience for any one at any age.... The Sawdust Art Festival is a 5 - 10 minute walk from downtown Laguna, Main Beach and the other Laguna Beach art festivals."  Laguna Beach
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