Sawdust Festival and Laguna Beach

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.

Meandering Sawdust Paths

Meandering Sawdust Paths

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.

Card Tricks

Card Tricks

One of the first exhibits that we came to was portrait artist, and old friend, Mary Hurlbut. We sort of snuck up on her.

Portrait Artist - Mary Hurlbut

Portrait Artist – Mary Hurlbut

Mary and My Wife, Carmen

Mary and My Wife, Carmen

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 🙂

Leather Crafts

Leather Crafts

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!!

Yes, Dear!

Yes, Dear!

Exhibitor Mike Heintz

Exhibitor Mike Heintz — Silversmith & Photographer

After exploring the Sawdust, we walked downtown, had lunch, and strolled along Main Beach.

Are Words Really Necessary?

Are Words Really Necessary?

Main Beach, Looking South

Main Beach, Looking South

Laguna Beach attracts an eclectic group of visitors.

No Need for Sunblock

No Need for Sunblock

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