Laguna Canyon Artists, a one-day-only spring Open Studios event on May 18

Immerse yourself in the bustling creativity of the Laguna Canyon Artists complex during a special one-day-only Open Studios event on Saturday, May 18.

This hidden gem of an arts complex is the creative home to painters, jewelers, sculptors and photographers, many renowned for their contributions at the Festival of Arts, Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair.

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Courtesy of Wendy Wirth

Wendy Wirth’s “Summer Sun” painting

From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., more than 20 artists will open their doors to offer a behind-the-scenes look at their artistic processes and tools of the trade, providing an opportunity to purchase original works directly from the creator. (Contact individual studios/artists for Sunday participation).

Visitors will have the opportunity to see live demonstrations, engage with the artists to understand their inspirations and get an exclusive preview of their upcoming works slated for this year’s festival season.

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Courtesy of Cheyne Walls

Cheyne Walls’ “The Tree of Life” photography

“The spring event is a chance for all of us artists to connect with the community before the busy festival season begins. We get to share the passion behind our work, and celebrate the diverse creativity that thrives here. I’m thrilled to be part of such a vibrant community and look forward to welcoming everyone into our creative space,” said Studio Jeweler Karin Worden, a long-time tenant of the complex and exhibitor at the Festival of Arts.

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Courtesy of Kelley Mogilka

Kelley Mogilka’s figurative drawing

Participating artists: Lesli Bonanni, Elizabeth Bridy, Cynthia Britain, Bruce Burr, Hedy Buzan, Sandra Jones Campbell, Elaine Cohen, Shelley Evans, Adrienne Fayne, Rick Graves, Fred Hope, LOCA Arts Education select artists, Kelley Mogilka, Pegah Samaie, Betty Shelton, Judi Smolin, Sue Thompson, Cheyne Walls, Mason Williams, Wendy Wirth and Karin Worden.

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Courtesy of Mason Williams

Mason Williams’ landscape painting

Event highlights include: Personal interactions with artists – art demonstrations and talks that delve into the techniques and stories behind the creations; special previews of artworks to be featured in upcoming local festivals, and art sales, offering the chance to acquire unique pieces directly from the creators.

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Photo by Ghazaleh Nasseri

Jewelry by Karin Worden

Admission is free and the event is family friendly. There is plenty of easy, free parking available.

Note: A select number of artists may also be opening their studios on Sunday, May 19.

The Laguna Canyon Artists Open Studios is located at 3251 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, visit

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