Festival Artists stay connected through color

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts is presenting its “Connecting Through Color” show now through July 30 online and at Laguna Beach City Hall. Originals by 40 Festival artists are exhibited in 10 color groupings. Proceeds from sales support the hardship fund for artists in need.

“It’s really striking to see the gallery organized by color,” said Chris Brazelton, Artists Fund Board Member. “I especially like the green group,” he remarked about an abstract piece by printmaker Anne Moore, a fantasy painting of nocturnal creatures by Yuri Kuznetsov, and a geometric female figure by ceramicist Fred Stodder. 

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Artist Chris Brazelton with his art display 

“Many viewers are surprised by all the sculptural pieces,” said exhibit curator Mike Tauber. Examples include a blue ice necklace by jeweler Sheri Cohen, a Hercules beetle in exotic wood by Casey Parlette, and an expressionist bird sculpture by Kate Cohen. The exhibit is highlighted by a custom wall installation of blown glass spheres titled “Happiness” by Christopher Jeffries. 

Color-themed poems, submitted by the public, will be added in mid-July. Fifty-seven poems were received and curated by Laguna Literary Laureate Emeritus Lojo Simon. “I was impressed by the quality of the writing!” she said. Selected poems, as well as the Curators Prize poetry winner, will appear at City Hall and in The Artists Fund newsletters. 

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Artwork by Bruce Burr 

Art lovers everywhere are invited to cast votes for the People’s Choice award category. One voter will win a $150 buyers credit toward the purchase of any item in the show. Voters must be 21, and one vote per person is invited. To enter, email item number and artists name to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline to cast votes is July 17.

The exhibit is supported by a grant from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation. To view “Connecting Through Color,” click the Online Gallery link at www.theartistsfund-foa.org or visit Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave, during regular business hours. Mask and distancing codes apply. 

For more information, call (949) 612-1949.