This summer, the Festival des Arts is celebrating a major milestone: its 90th anniversary. On Saturday August 13, 1932, the Festival of the Arts opened its doors for the very first time as two dozen artists hung their paintings on fences, trees and buildings along the main street of Laguna in the hope to attract tourists to the first Arts Festival. This summer, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, the world-renowned Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will open its doors to celebrate 90 years of art, welcoming hundreds of patrons to savor at one of the nation’s top art festivals. The Arts Festival is sponsored in part by Volvo, Fidelity Investments, Celebrity Cruises, KOST Radio 103.5 and The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.
To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the Arts Festival will host 120 award-winning artists from July 5 to September 2. This professionally juried art exhibit features a diverse selection of artwork including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more by Orange County artists. Since its opening in 1932, thousands of people have shown and sold their works of art at the Festival and many of them have featured their work in the private collections of major art collectors, celebrities and museums around the world. . For a full list of 2021 participating artists, please visit www.foapom.com/exhibitor-gallery.
The festival has been rated one of the top festivals in the nation and hosts more than 100 of Orange County’s most talented artists each year. Recent accolades include Orange County Register’s Best Place to Buy Original Art, the Art Fair Calendar’s Top Five Art Fairs in the West, and the Nation’s Top 5 Art Festival as voted by USA Today readers.
“Avid art collectors and festival-goers will have an exceptional variety of artwork to browse and purchase as they stroll through the artist exhibits,” said Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.
In addition to the variety of works of art, the Arts Festival offers a wide range of daily activities that the whole family can enjoy. The schedule includes nightly live music, guided art tours, art workshops, and weekly series featuring concerts on the green and art, jazz, wine, and chocolate (sponsored by Charles Schwab and Cambria Estate Winery). Several one-day special events will be back this year, including the popular Festival Runway Fashion Show and Family Art Day. On August 13, the Festival des Arts will celebrate its 90th anniversarye birthday with a birthday party filled with fun activities including a concert with Stray Cat Lee Rocker in partnership with the City of Laguna Beach. The festival’s art center, sponsored by Bank of America, will be a buzz of creative energy with art classes for all ages Friday through Sunday and free art workshops offered daily.
“Thinking back to the original Arts Festival in 1932, there was something for everyone. That tradition continues today,” Higuchi said. “With beautiful artwork, live music every night, workshops for all ages, and unique events, the Festival is truly a complete arts experience.”