Posted on October 10, 2008 by Sawdust Art Festival

For Immediate Release
October 10, 2008



(2008 Winter Fantasy features 175 fine artists and craftspeople)

Laguna Beach, Ca – This year’s Winter Fantasy, A Season of Dreams, at the Sawdust Art Festival welcomes 35 new artists and craftspeople to its 18th annual winter art exhibition. New to the winter show are creative talents who specialize in a unique variety of media and include:

  • Debi Burton – a custom jeweler for over 20 years, Burton has branched off intoantique restoration to work with metal in a new and different way and is currentlyexploring color in enamels. Burton enjoys “doing pieces that elicit a smile or lookof awe on faces” and draws from everything she sees, colors and shapes.
  • Jeff Davison – a unique woodworker, Davison makes gnarly natural edgebowls. Davison says, “It is a thrill to take one of God’s creations, a section of a tree, and shape it into a useful functional piece of art.”
  • Ken Denton – known as the “Butterfly Man,” Denton has been a long-timesummer exhibitor, and decided to show in the Winter Fantasy his work in “preserving, setting and displaying the butterfly artistry in nature as depicted on the natural wings of cultured tropical butterfly,” to match the color and excitement of the season.
  • Robert Holton – a “drizzle” artist, Holton prints photographs onto canvas and then embellishes his piece with a unique drizzle-style painting. Holton finds the process of creating his artwork to be a huge creative outlet and has helped him to express himself.
  • Sarvi Hosseini – a jeweler and leather artist, Hosseini makes one-of-a-kind belt buckles and jewelry pieces. Hosseini creates a combination of macramé and hand stamp and dyes her own leather. Inspired by nature and a resident in the canyon, Hosseini’s jewelry is a combination of lost wax casting, fabrication and leatherwork.
  • Gregory Lincoln – an acrylic painter, Lincoln’s impressionist artwork is inspired by the great outdoors. Lincoln enjoys painting images from “nature, odd shapes, mythological scenes, and out of his imagination.”
  • Linda Pirri – an artist who hand paints on silk, Pirri is another summer artist who wants to spread holiday cheer this season through her artwork at the Winter Fantasy. Pirri is inspired by a “combination of the beauty she sees in all things: horses, ocean, desert, and people.” Pirri combines this beauty with “her vivid imagination, unique sense of bold composition and colorful painting style” to create her beautiful pieces.
  • Barbara Nei – a colorful acrylic painter, Nei paints on canvas in free form. Nei decided to exhibit at this year’s Winter Fantasy “because she believes (her) art is inspirational and healing.” Nei says, “With all the changes that are occurring in our world, I felt now is the time to come forward with whatever I can to help uplift and express peace to anyone interested through my art.”
  • Dominique Vialar – a textile artist, Vialar works with flowing fabrics such as silk, cotton, wool or canvas, to create breathable garments. Vialar’s “relaxed chic” style is inspired by many years spent in Morocco. Vialar is excited about the Winter Fantasy, and says, “It seems like a great place to meet new customers and a fun place to spend weekends with fellow artists.”

Twenty-six other new artists make up the 175 fine art and craftspeople exhibiting at
the 2008 Winter Fantasy.
Artist Name Media
• Karen Adams Painting
• Jason Blankenship Photography
• Ray Caruso Scrimshaw engraving in fossil ivory
• Sandra Chadwick Painting
• Paula Collins Ceramics
• Carlos Covarrubias Hand-blown glass
• Cherril Doty Mixed Media
• Katlin Evans Painting
• Barbara Fudurich Painting
• Natalie Gourdal Painting
• Charleine Guy Painting
• Kelly Headrick Painting
• Michael Hermann Glass
• Marjorie Horner Knitted hats and scarves
• Chris Hoy Painting
• Joshua Hoy Sculpture
• Jody Hoy Photography
• Sharon Jackman Ceramics
• Myriam Morgan Woodworking
• Ryder O’Regan Painting
• Troy Poeschl Mixed Media
• Suzette Rosenthal Mixed Media
• Anne Sanregret Old World Santas
• Joshua Serafin Painting
• David Sullenger Woodworking
• Carrie Zeller Photography

The 18th Annual Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival runs for four weekends: November 22 & 23, November 28, 29 & 30, December 6 & 7 and December 13 & 14. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Adult admission is $6; Seniors $5, age 65 and up; $3 for children age 6-12; children under five years of age are free; and $9 for a Season Pass. The festival is located at the Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For additional information, please visit www.sawdustartfestival.org or call 949-494-3030.

The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the
public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach.