Posted on August 6, 2008 by Sawdust Art Festival

August 6, 2008

(August 13, Wildlife Days from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Laguna Beach, Ca – On August 13, guest artist Chris Hoy will present the last of two Wildlife Days on the Main Entertainment Deck at the 2008 Sawdust Art Festival, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Hoping to again capture the success and excitement of the first Wildlife Day last month, Hoy returns now with a 6-month-old African male lion
and 2-month-old baby Timber wolf. Along with long-time associate Shannon Thompson, a co-founder of E&E Animals, Hoy will share with Sawdust visitors some of the other animals that inspire his wildlife paintings, to include:

  • African Male Lion – part of the Pride group. One of the most impressive carnivores, African lions can weigh up to 420 pounds and reach up to 6.5 feet.
  • Binturong – Asian Bearcat found in southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Palawan Island. Binturongs are highly endangered in parts of their range, and average 24 to 38 inches in length.
  • Baby Red Kangaroo – live over most of the central part of Australia. Red kangaroos are the world’s largest marsupials and can hop along at great speeds, reaching over 35 mph.
  • Baby Timber Wolf – one of the largest members of the dog family. Timber wolves will grow to be 5 to 6.5 feet and weigh 75 to 120 pounds.
  • Burmese Python – the largest subspecies of the Indian Python. Burmese Pythons are one of the 6 largest snakes in the world.
  • Serval – African Wildcat, one of seven species of small to medium-sized African cats. Servals weigh between 29 to 41 pounds and are 27 to 39 inches in length.

Hoy, who has 20 years experience sharing wildlife with audiences, has journeyed to all 7 continents twice, and has had the opportunity to interact with over 1,000 exotic wild animals, including a 6-month-old baby panda during his last trip to Mainland China. These experiences are clearly visible in Hoy’s many acrylic paintings. The 2008 Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through August 31. Parking and free trolley service to and from the Act V lot is available for $7 per day. Act V is located on Laguna Canyon Road one-half mile north of the Festival. Metered parking along Laguna Canyon Road is available for $1 per hour. Admission prices are: Adult $7; Seniors $6 age 65 and up; Children $3 age 6-12
years and Free for children under 5 years of age. Summer Season Pass is $20 and the Annual Pass is just $25 (unlimited admission to both the Summer and Winter shows). For more information call 949-494-3030 or navigate to

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public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach.
The Sawdust Art Festival thanks our 2008 sponsors Czechvar, Kendall-Jackson and
our Official 2008 Media Sponsor, The Los Angeles Times.