Home for the Holidays

A Virtual Benefit

Presenting “Home for the Holidays,” a virtual event featuring artist demonstrations, stories, musical acts by some of your favorite entertainers, and a special appearance by our beloved Santa!

Home for the Holidays

A virtual benefit featuring artist demonstrations and stories, music by David RosalesThe Salty Suites, and Victoria McGinnis and Mark Turnbull, and the beloved Sawdust Santa!

Coming in 2021

Individual, funky, creative, unique, inspiring and magical – Sawdust Art Festival has been home to more than a thousand local artists since its inception in 1967. Learn about our Summer Show here.

Explore Mediums

Ceramics

Clay artists, or mud masters, will tell you this special kind of earth is extremely versatile. You can throw it, roll it, pour it, or sculpt it into beautiful art pieces or functional vessels.

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Clothing

One thing that all textile artists have in common is their absolute love of fabric, fibers and textures. It's a bit of an addiction.

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Glass

Working with glass is both mesmerizing and chaotic at the same time. To watch the fluidity of the glass, can put you in a trance like state. To constantly be working on a razors edge of creation and failure can absolutely break you as an artist.

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Jewelry

Working with jewelry is creating little sculptures that have to both be an adornment while functionally sound. I think it has the widest range of artistic interpretations of any medium as well as audiences. 

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Leather

The intense aroma of leather is a catalyst for any leatherworker. The hide, like a lover demands trust, instinct, honor and refinement of skill.

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Metal Work

When you work the metal and hammer it into shape when metal is cold, you’re a whitesmith.  When you hammer the metal while hot, you’re a blacksmith.

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Mixed

As a named category of, "Mixed Media", the label synthesizes two pre-existing syntheses as if they were something new, leaving the definition of what it is, for purposes of rationalization

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Painting

Translating thoughts into patterns and colors, a painter truly practices a magical blend of imagination and technical skill.

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Photography

Photography have evolved perhaps more than any other medium. Sawdust artists turn their focus from the stars in the tide pools to the stars in distant galaxies.

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Sculpture

Sculpture is a parable in three dimensions, a symbol of a spiritual experience, and a means of conveying truth by concentrating its essence into visible form.

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Woodworking

The trees are my grandparents. Our oldest relatives. When they lay down to die, we come along and give them life in another form so we continue to live together.

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Sawdust offers year-round art classes

Festival Classes

Over 500 art classes are offered at the Sawdust Art Festival during festival season at three demo booths, covering a wide variety of arts and crafts for all ages.

Sawdust Art Classes

Sawdust Art Classes provides a platform for Sawdust artists to teach their unique trade to the public in the festival off season, while highlighting the artistic history of Laguna Beach.

Shared Experiences

The Sawdust Festival is just, well, AWESOME!!

David P.

Such talent and all local! The history and tradition is alive there. I remember going to the Sawdust Festival back in the late 70’s when I was in high school. Its even better now because I actually have a home where I can collect and collect and display art! 

Lee D.

It was my first visit and it won’t be the last. I had a wonderful time.

Ted T.

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