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Sawdust Art & Craft Festival

June 06, 2016 15:51 ET

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival Celebrates 50 Years in Laguna Beach

The Popular Summer Event Will Feature New Activities and Events in Celebration of Its Milestone Anniversary

LAGUNA BEACH, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 6, 2016) - In celebration of 50 years, Sawdust Art & Craft Festival -- a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting art created in Laguna Beach -- is proud to announce the new theme for its annual festival: "Celebrating the Soul of Art for 50 Years!" Running from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, August 28, the popular summer event will feature the fine art and crafts of more than 200 Laguna Beach artists, as well as live performances, fashion shows, workshops for all ages and an array of delicious food and drink.

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival, which draws more than 200,000 yearly visitors from around the world, has become Southern California's most popular summer art festival. Along sawdust-covered paths through a handcrafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship, a wide range of new and returning artists -- all Laguna Beach residents -- will eagerly share their creative processes with visitors, answer questions, provide art classes and put on live art demonstrations.

"The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival was always intended to be different from other art shows: an artists' happening rather than a typical exhibit," says general manager Tom Klingenmeier. "We are thrilled to be celebrating 50 years here in Laguna Beach. We look forward to welcoming both new and returning visitors for what promises to be our best event yet!"

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, special features at the art festival will include: Sip, Talk & Walk, an insider's guided tour around the grounds with a complimentary wine tasting; Bicycle Garden, the city's first sculptural bike rack by Sawdust artist Liz Avalon; and Gallery 935, a historical space featuring Artist of the Year, Dion Wright's, mandala titled Taxonomic Mandala (1965-1966), along with other works by Sawdust artists from the 1960s and 70s.

Presale tickets are available on the website: $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors (65+), and $4.00 for children (6-12). Children 5 and under are free.

For more information, as well as a comprehensive list of events and special features at this year's festival, please visit www.sawdustartfestival.org.

About Sawdust Art & Craft Festival: Founded in 1967, the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting art created in Laguna Beach. Best known for offering two highly attended seasonal festivals, the organization also hosts a variety of workshops and classes throughout the year. Sawdust's legendary summer festival is a nine-week summer celebration of fine art and craft -- the largest in Southern California -- with more than 200 Laguna Beach artists who exhibit and sell their original art and handcrafted items. The festival also offers live entertainment, fashion shows, artist demonstrations, hands-on art workshops for all ages, and a variety of food & drink offerings. Sawdust's Annual Winter Fantasy Festival occurs for five weekends leading up to the holiday season, and boasts an international collection of over 175 artisans who create, showcase, and sell their original, handcrafted artwork on the Sawdust grounds, which are lavishly decorated to resemble a winter wonderland. Special activities include "Winter Art Series" classes, where guests can create holiday-themed works, and a highly anticipated annual community tree-lighting ceremony. Throughout the remainder of the year, the organization continues to provide its Sawdust Studio Art Classes in a variety of mediums, on-site and off-site. For more information, visit: www.sawdustartfestival.org

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