Since a few Laguna Beach artists broke away from the Festival of Arts, in the mid 1960s, the Sawdust Festival has grown to host about 200,000 visitors, each year, during it’s two-month summer run. Even though I’ve lived in Orange County for twenty-five years, this past weekend saw my first visit.
Located on about three acres, this locals only (you have to be a resident of laguna Beach to exhibit, but visitors come from around the globe) festival was created to educate the public and promote the work of local artists. In addition to artist booths, the grounds house demonstrations, food, and entertainment.
One of the first exhibits that we came to was portrait artist, and old friend, Mary Hurlbut. We sort of snuck up on her.
Apologies to PETA, but I love the smell of leather. I know, some will hate me for that. Please, if that’s the worse thing you can say about me, I can live with it. It’s not like I joined the Tea Party 🙂
This gentleman appears to be asleep, but I know that he is just pretending, so his wife will stop talking. No, I have never used this technique!!
After exploring the Sawdust, we walked downtown, had lunch, and strolled along Main Beach.
Laguna Beach attracts an eclectic group of visitors.