Annual Junior Art Awards Ceremony at Festival of Arts honors 2018 Junior Art Exhibit winners 

On Sunday, Aug 12, the Festival of Arts celebrated the talent and hard work of Orange County students at the annual Junior Art Awards Ceremony. The 2018 Junior Art Exhibit is sponsored by California First National Bank and Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach. 

A jury made up of Mark Porterfield, Steve Chadima, Emma Patton, Pat Sparkuhl and Stephanie Cunningham selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the more than 300 Orange County students’ work of art on display in the Festival’s Junior Art Exhibit. The awarded categories were photography, two-dimensional works and three-dimensional artwork for each grade from pre-kindergarten through high school. 

At the ceremony on Sunday, the 2018 winners were acknowledged, honored and presented with gold, silver and bronze medallions and certificates by Leslie Jewett, Chief Financial Officer of California First National Bank and Festival of Arts President David Perry. Mark Porterfield announced the award recipients to hundreds of friends, family members and art instructors who turned out to support and congratulate the recipients of the Junior Art Awards. 

Annual Junior group

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Orange County art students receive awards from California First National Bank, Mark Porterfield and Festival of Arts 

“California First National Bank is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Festival of Arts Junior Art Exhibit,” said Leslie Jewett, a longtime Laguna Beach resident. “We feel it is important to encourage creativity in students and support arts education.” 

The 2018 Junior Art Exhibit is presented by the Festival of Arts and funded in part by California First National Bank and Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach. The exhibit is produced in partnership with the Imagination Celebration, Arts OC and the OC Department of Education. The Festival of Arts is a nonprofit organization. Proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Laguna.

Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, (800) 487-3378. For a full listing of events and ticket information, visit