Festival of Arts: Calendar of events Aug 18 – Aug 24

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule:
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission
Saturday, Aug 18: Black Market Trust
Sunday, Aug 19: Bob McChesney and Calabria Foti

Concerts on the Green:

Sponsored by Cambria Estates Vineyard and Winery

Lee Ritenour

Date: Saturday, Aug 18

Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission)

Growing up in LA in the ‘60s, Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty-year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You,” which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic.

Adult and Teen Art Classes:
Painting with Fabrice Spies
Date: Saturday, Aug 18
Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

In this easy, fun and entertaining class, students will create their own painting inspired by Laguna Beach. With step-by-step guidance from the instructor, participants will create a beautiful finished painting to take home. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

Wine & Painting Nights:
Octopus with Mike Tauber
Date: Saturday, Aug 18
Time: 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts. Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Mike Tauber. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included.

$75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required. 

Festival Runway Fashion Show

Date: Sunday, Aug 19

Time: Noon – 3 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $25 per person (includes festival admission).

Festival of Arts Calendar Fashion

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2017 Runway design by Kirsten Whalen, and modeled by Erika Schindele

The Festival of Arts is known for putting on truly unique and imaginative events, and this summer Festival artists are making fashion their medium at the “Festival Runway Fashion Show.” See who’s IN and who’s OUT this year as Festival artists compete to create the most inspired couture using reclaimed, reused or recycled materials. 

The fashion show will be hosted by KTTV FOX11’s Entertainment Reporter Amanda Salas. She has been covering red carpets and award shows for over 10 years for Hollywood Today Live and the Orange County Register before joining the FOX11 team in 2017. Selecting the winners will be a panel of judges including Radar Online Entertainment Editor Alexis Tereszcuk, OK! Magazine Associate Publisher Shelley Fariello, LACMA Curator of Costumes and Textiles Kaye Spilker, costume designer Alex Jaeger, and film production designer Nelson Coates.

Adult and Teen Art Classes:
Abstract Painting with Kathe Madrigal
Date: Sunday, Aug 19
Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Explore the nature of abstract art painting with artist Kathe Madrigal. Students will experiment with mark making techniques to find the most comfortable way of expressing their artistic expression. This class is open for all levels and will include a brief education on the masters of Abstract Expressionism. Students will work quickly through several loosening-up exercises and then create an abstract piece, which will be ready to take home and hang. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Weekday Nightly Music Schedule:
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival Admission
Monday, Aug 20: Anne Walsh and Tom Zink
Tuesday, Aug 21: Here and Now: The Legacy of Luther Vandross with Terry Steele
Wednesday, August 22: The Salty Suites
Thursday, August 23: The L.A. Collective (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Friday, August 24: Terron Brooks (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Art and Story Time:
Date: Monday, Aug 20
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under. Every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. Fun for children and their parents! On Monday, Aug 20, author Liz Climo will read her book “Rory the Dinosaur: Me & My Dad.” Liz Climo grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after college to work as a character artist on The Simpsons. She is the author of Rory the Dinosaur, The Little World of Liz Climo, and Lobster is the Best Medicine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Art Talks and Tea:
Sponsored by PBS SoCal
Date: Wednesday, Aug 22
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join us for fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors at Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. On Wednesday, Aug 20, the topic will be “Fashion Show,” featuring the participants of the Festival Runway Fashion Show. They will have their designs on display and discuss their inspiration and process creating their recycled fashions.

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate:

Sponsored by Charles Schwab
Performance by The L.A. Collective

Date: Thursday, Aug 23
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family. 

The L.A. Collective is an exciting, contemporary jazz group that was formed several years ago as a backup band for several artists on the Dave Koz Cruise. The L.A. Collective’s personnel includes guitarist Adam Hawley, drummer Tony Moore, keyboardist Greg Manning, and bass player Darryl Williams. 

This talented group of players has continued to impress Southern California audiences and enthusiastic fans for years. Their success comes directly from their diverse musical talents, coupled with their combined energy on stage. The ability to switch effortlessly from one style to another comes from their shared love for many different styles of music, along with an intense passion and dedication to that music. There is a raw energy to their sound, which is a blend of jazz, funk, Latin, and soul. 

Adult and Teen Art Workshops:
Printmaking with Vinita Voogd
Date: Friday, Aug 24
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Explore the art of printmaking at the Festival of Arts! This class will focus on the collagraph technique which combines collage, drawing, painting and sculptural elements. Students will use oil-based paints applied with brushes and rollers to create their own colorful, textured and unique prints. For Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

For full schedule and reservations, call (800) 487-3378 or visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.