Sawdust Festival celebrates Mardi Gras Day on July 11

The Sawdust Festival is into their second week of festivities and fun. Visitors can look forward to amazing art and artisan creations, music, classes and food, all in an idyllic canyon setting.

July at Sawdust Art Festival is sizzling with excitement, offering an explosion of creativity that showcases Southern California’s largest gathering of emerging artists.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Don’t miss the magic of Sawdust

Where Art Meets Magic at the 58th Annual Sawdust Art Festival: Open daily: through Sunday, September 1

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Single-day admission tickets may be used any day of the summer festival:  $12 for adults. $10 for seniors, ages 65 and up. $5 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission and do not require a ticket to enter.

Single day and annual pass tickets are available.

For tickets, click here.

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Glassblowing demonstration

Classes:

There are complimentary classes in three studios. Classes are based on a first-come, first-served policy. They cannot be pre-booked. They are free unless otherwise stated. All classes are subject to availability. For pottery, please sign-up the same day at the Ceramics Studio as spaces fill up early.

Classes are available in Studio One, Art Spot and the Ceramic Center.

For a full listing of classes, click here.

Music:

Three entertainment stages feature live music and entertainment every day of the show. Roaming acts also include balloon artistry, magic shows and acoustic guitarists.

For a full listing of music, click here.

Artists:

Shop handcrafted art by 180 Laguna Beach artists in a variety of media including ceramics, painting, jewelry, glass, photography and more. For a full listing of artists, click here.

Don’t miss the chance to meet April Solomon, Sawdust’s dragon specialist, at Booth 111, or witness artist Ed Chang exhibiting his captivating photography at Booth 609. With unforgettable experiences around every corner, Sawdust is the ultimate destination for art enthusiasts. Grab your tickets now and dive into this artistic adventure that promises to ignite your imagination and leave you spellbound.

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Sawdust Saloon

Outdoor Dining

Grab a drink at the Sawdust Saloon and enjoy a bite to eat at one of our six outdoor dining options that include Evan’s Gourmet, GG’s Mediterranean, Taco Loco by Chef Gonzalo Rebollar, Espresso on the Go and Fran’s Popcorn.

For a list of concessions, click here.

Special Events & Theme Days

–Sip, Talk & Walk Wine Tasting & Docent-Led Tour: Wednesdays | 3-4 p.m.

–Mardi Gras Day: Thursday, July 11 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

–Surf Day: Tuesday, July 23 and Tuesday, Aug. 20 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

–‘80s Day: Saturday, July 27 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Country Western Day: Saturday, Aug. 3 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Sawdust Fashion Show: Sunday, Aug. 4 | 12-2 p.m.

–Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction: Sunday, Aug. 11 | 12-3 p.m.

–Beatles Day: Saturday, Aug. 17 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

For a listing of OC Resident Nights and Free County Days, click here.

Artist Note:

Note from Sawdust artist Joan Gladstone: She will be introducing vibrant new oil paintings that celebrate summer and iconic California coast imagery. The Sawdust Festival opens June 28 and continues every day through September 1. “This is my fourth year exhibiting at the Sawdust Art Festival, Southern California’s premier outdoor art festival. I’ll teach a watercolor class every Monday at 2 p.m.” There are art classes for all ages, great music and a magical atmosphere are always free with admission.

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“American Dream” by Joan Gladstone

Sawdust Art Classes has many expressive and informative classes offered every week that the Sawdust Art Festival wants to share with you (far too many to mention here!). For more information, click here.

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Intro to Mosaic Art – July 13 and 20

Saturday, July 13 and 20

Introduction to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends

The ancient art of mosaics is one of the most beautiful and oldest in the history of mankind. Working closely with Ron Shearer, you will create a mosaic that you will be proud to display. It will open a whole new world of creativity that you can easily continue on your own. Step-by-step, he will take you through the process of design, materials, cutting techniques and then carefully guide you through the application, initially using glue for positioning. You’ll have a little bit of fun “homework” to do between classes. When you return to the second workshop, you can home in on the fine details and finishing your artwork. A wonderful, informative and creative workshop, and one that we have had many requests for. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or those who want to fine-tune their skills. All materials are provided including supplies from WitsEnd Mosaics.

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Cost: $350 per student which is fully inclusive of six hours of intensive instruction over two weekends, and all materials including a pair of nippers that you can keep, mosaic glass tiles, design and backing board. Maximum 10 students per class – if you are a larger group, contact Sawdust directly at learnart@sawdustartfestival.org.

Saturday, July 20, 3 p.m.

Seascape Palette Knife Painting

Painting with a palette knife creates a sense of color vibrancy that is added to the artwork. The viewer is drawn into a visual array of color and texture.

At first it may seem different to learn painting with a palette knife but with little practice and artist-led instruction, students will be amazed at what can be achieved. Join artist Michelle Burt to learn one of the most rewarding techniques that produce absolutely eye-catching effects.

The fundamentals of values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective and composition will be discussed in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Each participant will leave with a completed painting ready to hang.

Cost: $110.


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