May 29, 2013
For Immediate Release
47th Annual Sawdust Art Festival Opens June 28
The 2013 Sawdust Art Festival runs June 28 through September 1, 2013
Laguna Beach, CA – The Sawdust Art Festival celebrates its 47th annual season this summer, opening its doors to the public Friday, June 28 with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 am. Sawdust President Gavin Heath will make the Opening Day announcement and Laguna Beach City Council Member Steve Dicterow will officially cut the ribbon, kicking off the 2013 summer season. The festival will open daily from 10 am to 10 pm through Sunday, September 1.
201 Laguna Beach artists, 18 new artists, excitedly anticipate a new summer season in hopes of drawing an even greater crowd than last year to expose their unique handmade artwork and interact with new festival visitors and friends. The diverse range of artwork featured at the Sawdust comprises all art mediums, including ceramics, glass, woodwork, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography, textiles, clothing, furniture, mixed media and much more.
In support of the Sawdust’s mission to educate the public on the arts created in Laguna Beach, Sawdust artists are encouraged to share their creative processes with guests, demonstrating how their artwork is formed. Visitors can experience the awe in artwork being created before their eyes, including the large glass-blowing enclosure where glass masters perform their skill at the furnace.
In addition to the 18 newbies joining the Sawdust family, also new this year is Sawdust’s auto sponsor, Subaru. In the booth display by the Greek Island Grille, an all-new 2014 Subaru Forester will be raffled off to guests. Tickets will be sold during the festival season at $5 per raffle ticket or 5 for $20. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on Sunday, September 1 at 4 pm on the Main Entertainment Deck. Moneys raised from the Subaru raffle will benefit Sawdust’s art education programs.
A variety of fresh and exciting arts and crafts projects will be offered at the Children’s Art Booth and Studio One. The new schedule of classes will be available at sawdustartfestival.org/classes and on the grounds during festival season. The year-round Sawdust Studio Art Classes will continue to be offered every Friday and Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm in the Sawdust studio upstairs. Guests can experience the magic of the Sawdust studio and create their own unique art piece, to wear or to share, in just one two-hour session. For an updated schedule check www.sawduststudioartclasses.com.
Exciting new entertainment scheduled this year includes:
- Brother Yusef – Jazzy blues with a lot of heart and soul
- Alturas – South American high energy music rich with Inca and Aymara Cultures
- Amanda Castro Band – young jazz singer playing vintage 1920’s and 1930’s music with a twist of New Orleans and Latin jazz
- Moonshine – Laguna Beach locals perform classic 1950’s rockabilly
The annual Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction, which supports Laguna Beach artists that have experienced a catastrophic event, will take place on Sunday, August 11 from 2-5 pm on the Main Entertainment Deck. All Laguna Beach artists, and not only Sawdust artists, benefit from the Artists’ Benevolence Fund.
Scheduled special events include:
- Hawaiian Surf Day – Saturday, July 6
- Green Day – Saturday, July 20 from 11 am to 5 pm
- Country Western Day – Saturday, August 3
- Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction – Sunday, August 11 from 2-5 pm
- Beatles Day – Saturday, August 17
- Tropical Tuesdays – every Tuesday
- Residents Nights – Laguna Beach residents are admitted free after 5 pm with ID on Thursday evenings; other local cities will also be featured for free admission after 5 pm on various weekday evenings, cities listing available on sawdustartfestival.org
To check out more details about the Sawdust Art Festival’s 47th annual summer season and calendar of events, please visit www.sawdustartfestival.org or call 949-494-3030. The Sawdust Art Festival is open 10-10 daily June 28 through September 1, and is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach with free City trolley service to and from the Act V parking lot. Admission prices are: Adults $7.75, Seniors (65+) $6.25, Children (6-12) $3.25, Children (5 & under) Free; Summer Season Pass $15; Annual Pass $20.
The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit art organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach.
The Sawdust Art Festival thanks its 2013 sponsors Subaru, 104.3 MYfm, Kona Brewing and Kendall-Jackson.