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"Spring Collection" Show
Laguna Beach City Hall
April 19- June 22, 2021
Posted March 30, 2021 at 11:20pm
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"Encounter" by Hugo Rivera

The Artist Fund is exhibiting a “Spring Collection” show online and at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave, April 19 through June 22. Exhibitors include Artists Fund board members Chris Brazelton, Geraldine Cropser, Sharon Jackman, Rick Graves, Hugo Rivera, Wendy Wirth, and past and present Festival exhibitors.

Digital versions, including a scrolling slide-show and video slide-show are available upon request by emailing info@theartistsfund-foa.org

In-person viewing is available by appointment through the city arts coordinator Mike McGregor. Email mmcgregor@lagunabeachcity.net or call (949)497-0743.


Stay at Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach and Help The Artists Fund by booking on GIVING TUESDAY December 1, 2020
Posted November 27, 2020 at 3:15pm
Book on December 1, 2020 for Giving Tuesday to benefit The Artists Fund

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Surf & Sand Resort is offering a special promotion that supports local charity The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts. Guests will enjoy 40%-off the best available rate for bookings through March, purchased on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020. 10% of each purchase will be donated to The Artists Fund.


Artists Fund President Wendy Wirth at The Surf and SandArtists Fund President Wendy Wirth at The Surf and Sand Resort

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"Connecting Through Color" Fundraising Art Show Extended!
September 1, 2020 at 2:45pm
Stu News Laguna Beach News and Community Forum

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts has extended its Connecting Through Color show through late September online and at Laguna Beach City Hall. Originals by 40 Festival artists are exhibited in 10 color groupings, along with color-themed poems submitted by the public.

Poems were curated by Lojo Simon, Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Emeritus. Fifty-seven poems were received, and 10 were selected. “It was quite a challenge to pick finalists, the quality of submissions was quite high,” Simon said. The curators’ prize went to Janis Settle Murray for her piece titled “Laguna”.

Murray, a published book author and former CNN correspondent was thrilled with the accolade. “My heart is so touched; I can hardly breathe. As a poet, it is important to me,” she said. Her work was inspired by her view from the Top of the World neighborhood. Other poems were selected by artists mostly known for their visual art. These include painter Karen Petty, a longtime Sawdust Festival exhibitor, whose untitled poem was selected for the red category.
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Artist Awards Announced
July 15, 2020 at 9:15pm
Winning Artists Announced
Susan Hoehn and her Top Prize for "Best in Theme" painting
"Afternoon at the Met" ~ Photo by Mike Tauber


"Connecting through Color"

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts is presenting its “Connecting Through Color” show now through September online and at Laguna Beach City Hall. Originals by 40 Festival artists are exhibited in 10 color groupings, along with color-themed poems submitted by the public. Artist awards were juried by Maria Hall-Brown, Executive Producer of arts and culture programming at PBS SoCal.

Maria Hall-Brown of PBS SoCal
Juror Maria Hall-Brown of PBS SoCal

Top prize, best in theme, went to Susan Hoehn for her painting “Afternoon at the Met” in the red color group. Elain Twiss won 1st Place for her still life painting of a mason jar filled with crayons. Second place went to Bruce Burr for his surrealist painting in the blue category, featuring ravens and the title creatively painted into the frame. Third Place went to Casey Parlette for his dramatic "Hercules Beetle" bronze and wood wall sculpture in the brown category. Hall-Brown was challenged with narrowing the choices to 4 winners. “I am in awe of artists and the miracles they create, so deciding on just four caused me pause time and again,” she said. As a result, she added 2 honorable mentions. These included "Migration", a vignette of flying birds, in the black and white group, by printmaker Noriho Uriu, and "Nephi Window<"/strong> by photographer Mitch Ridder.

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1rst place winner Elaine Twiss
1rst Place: Elaine Twiss ~ " Mason Jar"

2nd place winner Bruce Burr
2nd Place: Bruce Burr ~ "Flighty Mississippi Bird Feeder"


3rd place winner Casey Parlette
3rd Place: Casey Parlette ~ "Hercules Beetle"

HONORABLE MENTION:

Noriho Uriu
Noriho Uriu ~ "Migration"

Mitch Ridder
Mitch Ridder ~ “Nephi Window”

Connecting through Color exhibit Features Poetry!
July 14, 2020 at 10:00am
Winning Poets Announced
Photo by Mike Tauber
Artists Fund board member Karen Alvarado is excited to announce the Winner & FInalists of the “Connecting Through Color” Poetry Contest.


The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts is presenting its “Connecting through Color” show now through July 30 online and at Laguna Beach City Hall. Originals by 40 Festival artists are exhibited in 10 color groupings, along with color-themed poems submitted by the public. Poems were curated by Lojo Simon, Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Emeritus. Fifty-seven poems were received, and 10 were selected. “It was quite a challenge to pick finalists, the quality of submissions was quite high,” Simon said. The curators prize went to Janis Settle Murray for her piece titled “Laguna”. Richard Kendrick Ferncase won Honorable Mention for his yellow-themed submission. Additional writings are by Lisa Hughes Anderson, Jan Friend, Jennifer Irani, Ellen Girardeau Kempler, Logan Leeds, Karen Petty, Tom Swimm, Patrick James Whalen, and Grace Wilson.

To view poetry, CLICK HERE

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Poetry Contest for Those Who Love Color
June 7, 2020 at 10:30am
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Photo by Mike Tauber
Artists Fund board member Karen Alvarado encourages poets to submit entries to “Connecting Through Color

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach invites poets everywhere to submit entries for its color-themed poetry contest. Submissions may be emailed to The Artists Fund now through June 20, 2020. Up to ten winning entries will be featured among the art works in the “Connecting Through Color” exhibition. The show runs now through July 30 online, and at Laguna Beach City Hall during regular business hours. Selected poetry will be added in early July.

Works must be original, and single or multiple short-form entries are invited. Poems will be curated by Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Emeritus Lojo Simon. One poet will receive a $50 Curators Prize and additional publicity. Proceeds from art sales support both the exhibitors and the hardship fund for Festival artists in need. The exhibit is supported by a grant from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation. City Hall is at 505 Forest Ave. Email poems to INFO@TheArtistsFund-foa.org.

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2020 Board of Directors Show
Posted April 22, 2020 at 8:54pm

NOW ONLINE: Facebook Gallery

Artist Fund Exhibit Features Divers Cove, Zinc Cafe, Humpty Dumpty, and Manta Ray
The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts is exhibiting its Board of Directors Show in collaboration with City of Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Department, now through June 26 online. On view are 30 originals by board members, and special guest artists who won awards at the 2019 Art-To-Go exhibition.

Board member exhibitors include Chris Brazelton, Geraldine Cropser, Jordan Dimitrov, Elizabeth McGhee, and Wendy Wirth. Guest artists include Judith Cameron, Dennis Carrie, Mark Jacobucci, Mitch Ridder and exhibit curator Mike Tauber.

The Artists Fund provides grants to past and present Festival exhibitors. Hardship grants help artists in need due to medical or unforeseen circumstances; Enrichment grants are gifts to artists enhancing their careers.

For information, email Info@TheArtistsFund-FoA.org or call (949) 612-1949. Visit TheArtistsFund-foa.org. Laguna Beach City Hall is at 505 Forest Avenue.

Chris Brazelton is among exhibitors in the Artists Fund Board of Directors Show
Chris Brazelton is among exhibitors in the Artists Fund Board of Directors Show



Stay at Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, Save 40%, and Help The Artists Fund by booking on December 3, 2019
Posted November 26, 2019 at 8:54am
Book on December 3, 2019 for Giving Tuesday to benefit The Artists Fund

Save 40% at Surf & Sand & Help The Artists Fund. Buy on Giving Tuesday: December 3. Stay Anytime Through March 31st 2020

Stay at Surf & Sand, Help Local Artists in Need

Buy on Giving Tuesday – Stay Anytime Through March 2020

Surf & Sand Resort is offering a special promotion that supports local charity The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts. Guests will enjoy 40%-off the best available rate for bookings through March, purchased on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 10% of each purchase will be donated to The Artists Fund.

Top rated by Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure Magazines, Surf & Sand Resort is noted for its spectacular shorefront setting, easy beach access, soothing Aquaterra Spa, luxury amenities, and walkable Laguna Beach location.

The Artists Fund provides aid to artists suffering hardship from disaster, medical necessity, or other unforeseen hardships. “We are extremely grateful to Surf & Sand Resort, and all those who buy on Giving Tuesday,” said Wendy Wirth, Artists Fund President. “This campaign will help insure that our working artists stay healthy and productive, and honor the legacy of Laguna Beach as an artist’s colony.”

Artists Fund President Wendy Wirth at The Surf and SandArtists Fund President Wendy Wirth at The Surf and Sand Resort

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The offer is valid on stays through March 31, 2020. Blackout dates and some restrictions apply

To participate:

1. Consider dates for stays through March 31st 2020. (blackout dates and restrictions apply)

2. Book and purchase on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019 by calling (844) 679-4689 or click here for Reservations

3. Buyers will enjoy 40% off best available rate.

4. Surf & Sand Resort will donate 10% of each sale to The Artists Fund.

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Art-To-Go buyer wins stay at The Tides Inn
Setember 6, 2019 at 9:30am
Stu News Laguna Beach News and Community Forum

Karen Kremer, of Orange, was thrilled when her receipt was pulled in this year’s Art-To-Go hotel prize drawing. She was among 110 people who bought originals in the fundraising sale at Festival of Arts this summer. Her prize is a certificate for a two-night stay at The Tides Inn in Laguna Beach.

“This is amazing, I’m so happy!” she screamed. She purchased a necklace donated by Sheri Cohen. “I love buying from Art-To-Go, anything that supports the artists is great. I visited the Festival 10 times this summer and was always proud to show off my gorgeous necklace,” she said.

Necklace donated by Sheri Cohen
Jeweler Sheri Cohen wearing one of her originals

Proceeds from Art-To-Go sales benefit The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, providing hardship and enrichment grants to artists. “We are so grateful to our donating artists, our volunteers, and buyers,” said President Wendy Wirth. “We also thank City of Laguna Beach, Festival of Arts, Laguna Clay Company, Laguna Coast Real Estate, The Tides Inn, and artist Peter Levshin for supporting us in our 20th year of service to artists,” she stated.

For more information, visit www.theartistsfund-foa.org or call (949) 612-1949. Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.


August 2, 2019 at 2:45pm
Stu News Laguna Beach News and Community Forum
Watch artists paint platters at Festival of Arts on Aug 6

A special nighttime glazing demonstration will be offered at Festival of Arts on Tuesday, Aug 6 from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Visitors to The Art Center will enjoy watching 12 exhibitors paint signature designs on ceramic platters.

Hugo Rivera is among 12 artists painting platters on Tuesday, Aug 6

Hugo Rivera is among 12 artists painting platters on Tuesday, Aug 6
Hugo Rivera is among 12 artists painting platters on Tuesday, Aug 6
The fired platters will be available alongside the Art-To-Go display in mid-August. Artists include Sandra Jones Campbell, Kate Cohen, Hugo Rivera, Vinita Voogd, and more. Proceeds from sales support the Artist Enrichment Grant, a program of The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts. The event is free with regular Festival admission (free for Laguna Beach locals with ID) and sponsored by Laguna Clay Company.

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July 21, 2019 at 2:45pm
Stu News Laguna Beach News and Community Forum
The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts recognizes outstanding artists at Art-To-Go Best-in-Show
Stu News Laguna Beach News and Community Forum

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts presented the Art-To-Go Best-in-Show awards to seven artists recently. The fundraising sale, themed “Full Circle,” features original works donated by Festival exhibitors to support the hardship fund for artists. Works are available daily through August 25 on the Festival grounds.

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StuNews Story on Artwalking Event May 2, 2019
Posted March 18, 2019 at 11:15am

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Artwalking Radio Interviews The Artists Fund, Live Broadcast May 2, 2019 on KX93.5 fm RADIO
KX93.5 Broadcast featuring The Artists Fund

(Photo by MIKE TAUBER) Wendy Wirth, Hugo Rivera, and Elizabeth McGhee speak about The Artists Fund May 2, 7-9pm on KX93.5fm.

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts will be featured presenter on KX93.5 Artwalking Radio show, broadcast live on May 2, 7:00pm-8:00pm. Hosts Craig Cooley and Leah Vasquez will interview Elizabeth McGhee, Hugo Rivera, and Wendy Wirth, who will discuss the mission of the organization, how it helps artists, and upcoming events for the public.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, The Artist Fund has distributed more than $185,000 in need-based grants to Festival artists suffering economic hardship due to illness, injury, fire, flood, and unfortunate circumstances. The fund operates by proceeds from sales in the annual Art-To-Go program. A separately funded career enrichment grant program is also offered.

All 3 panelists are Artist Fund board members, noted painters, and annual exhibitors at Festival of Arts. The Hugo Rivera Gallery, a member of First Thursdays Art Walk, will host a free listening party during live broadcast of the show. Visit the gallery at 550 South Coast Highway.

The Artist Fund 20th Anniversary program is supported by Laguna Coast Real Estate. Tune in to Artwalking Radio May 2, 7:00-8:00pm at KX93.5fm or on the internet at KX935.com.

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Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events
Posted March 17, 2019 at 10:15am
2019 Artists Fund Calendar

Posted October 30, 2018 at 11:00am
We are saddened to announce the passing of our founder, Anne England

Anne was an example of faith, strength, love, and perseverance. She truly loved and cared about others. She acted on her "caring" and founded the Artists Fund at the Festival of Arts, and the Benevolent Fund at the Sawdust Festival. She loved her artists and "art" and co-founded LOCA. She started the "Blessing of the Artists" at St, Catherine's because she truly loved the Lord and believed in the "gifts" of each artist. Her legacy lives on through her acts of love.

Services for Ann England are as follows:

Funeral Mass
Friday, November 9, 2018
10:00 AM
St. Timothy Church
29102 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Celebration of Life
Saturday, November 10, 2018
11:00 AM
Sawdust Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651



Ann England Memorial Services

October 9, 2018 at 10:15pm
Surf & Sand resort Gives to The Artists Fund

July 13, 2018 at 2:45pm
Stu News Laguna Beach News and Community Forum
Malcolm Warner, exec director of LAM, picks Red Hot Winners at Art-To-Go

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts presented the Art-To-Go Best-in-Show awards to seven artists last Sunday. Art-To-Go is a fundraising sale of original works donated by Festival exhibitors to support the disaster relief fund for artists.
These Red-Hot themed works are available daily on the Festival grounds now through August 26.
2018 Art-To-Go Best-in-Show awards goes to seven artists
(L-R) Artists Fund Vice President Wendy Wirth, Sherry Cohen, Michael Obermeyer, Maaria Kader, Elizabeth McGhee, Jonathan Hunt, and Sharon Jackman

Maaria Kader won both People’s Choice City Hall and Festival Grounds categories for “Always Hot”, her portrait of a Laguna Beach firefighter. Scratchboard artist Maaria Kader won both People’s Choice City Hall and Festival Grounds categories for “Always Hot”, her portrait of a Laguna Beach firefighter. “I’m so grateful for these awards,” she said. “I hope it brings more attention to scratchboard as a fine art medium.”

Malcolm Warner, Executive Director of Laguna Art Museum served as awards juror. “I like seeing all the ways the artists interpreted the Red Hot theme,” he said.

His picks included Mia Moore for first place, and Michael Obermeyer for second place with his nude figure.

“I asked my daughter if it was too racy to display, but she told me – no dad, definitely turn it in,” Obermeyer said. “I’m glad I listened to her!”

Fire Temple by Mia Moore won first place in the Art-To-Go fundraising sale
Fire Temple by Mia Moore won first place in the Art-To-Go fundraising sale Ceramicist Sharon Jackman took third place, and honorable mentions went to printmaker Jonathan Hunt and painter Elizabeth McGhee. Best in them went to Sherry Cohen for her Rising Flame necklace.

All Art-To-Go buyers qualify to win a two-night stay at The Tides Inn. View the collection online at www.TheArtistsFund-foa.org or call (949) 612-1949. Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.



Red Hot Preview Show featured on Laguna Beach City Website
May 16, 2018 at 9:354am
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City Hall Exhibition & Grant Received
April 27, 2018 at 10:30am
Stu News Laguna Beach News and Community Forum

Artists Fund Receives Donation

The Artists Fund sends a big Thank You to the Gross Family Charitable Foundation for sending a generous donation recently. The funds will be allocated to the disaster relief fund for artists in need, as well as the scholarship fund for career advancement. The Artists Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible.

Thank You to Gross Family Charitable Foundation

Stu News Laguna Beach News and Community Forum
Art-To-Go announces winners of the travel-themed exhibit and fundraiser
This week Art-To-Go announced the winners of the travel-themed exhibit and fundraiser for the artists’ disaster fund. First place went to ceramicist Antje Campbell for Waiting, a seated female figure.

“Of course!” exclaimed juror Christine Dodd, “travel is all about waiting, and she’s doing it so gracefully.”

Second place went to Susan Jarecky for her painting of a weather beaten Ford pickup. “The truck is a testament to a life well traveled,” Dodd said.

2017 Art-To-Go Winners

(L-R) Juror Christine Dodd, exhibitors Gerald Schwartz, Antje Campbell, Jeff Horn, Jonathan Hunt, Anne Moore, Karin Worden, Susan Jarecky, Barbara White, and Board Member Wendy Wirth.


Dodd, arts writer and publisher, assigned third place to the silver necklace by Karin Worden. The work, titled Three Ways, features miniature canoes in Worden’s signature contemporary style.

“It’s amazing that a jeweler could create a travel-themed necklace,” said Dodd. The Festival exhibitors have donated 100 original pieces to benefit the artist disaster relief fund at Festival of Arts, available from July 5-August 21 while supplies last. One buyer will win a two-night stay at The Tides.

Juror Christnia Dodd

Juror Christine Dodd with sculpture by first-place winner Antje Campbell (Photo by Mike Tauber)

New items are added weekly to the travel themed exhibit, and will be on display constantly for all to see.

Honorable mentions went to Festival newcomer Jonathan Hunt for his digitally patterned skateboard, and painters Jeff Horn and Gerald Schwartz.

People’s Choice went to printmaker Anne Moore, and Best-in-Theme went to Barbara White for her emotional photo of an Asian net fisherman. “I’m very honored!” White said.

Proceeds from Art-To-Go sales help artists suffering economic hardship due to disaster, such as fire or flood, or unexpected medical necessity.

“One disabling injury or surgery, coupled with a high deductible can create a problem for a working artist,” said Artist Fund Board Member Roger Folk. “We get some very emotional thank you letters from grant recipients.”

For more information, visit the online gallery at TheArtistsFund-foa.org or call (949) 612-1949. Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.



Scroll Highlights Festival Exhibit at City Hall
April 25, 2017 at 8:55am
Festival of Arts aquires The Artists Fund Boardmember's Art

The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts is exhibiting a Board of Directors show at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., now through May 30 during regular business hours. Exhibiting board members include Hedy Buzan, Anne England, Roger Folk, Elizabeth McGhee, Rick Graves, Hugo Rivera and Wendy Wirth. Most notable is The DaVinci Scroll, a hand inscribed rice paper document by Board Treasurer Ashley LaJune who uses the pen name Ashley Gregg. A practitioner of Gregg shorthand writing, she wanted to honor the Festivals 85th Anniversary. "I typed the names of all 147 artists using a classic Brother typewriter," said Gregg. "At times, I let the typewriter take over, resulting in some beautiful irregularities. Then I wrote each artist name in its own shorthand symbol – showing each with it's own personality. Each is framed by an oval cartouche, which is an ancient way to display a royal name in scrolls," she stated. The Artists Fund, founded by Anne England in 2000, provides financial aid to Festival artists suffering economic hardship, and also offers a career scholarship program. Additional board members include Karen Alvarado, Cynthia Ayers, Angela Goodwin, Roseanne Nolan, and Shirley Rush. Detail of the DaVinciScroll by Ashley Gregg

Detail of the DaVinciScroll by Ashley Greg


Detail of the DaVinciScroll-b yAshley Gregg

Geraldine Cropser with her photograph


Artist Fund Boardmember & art-to-go curator's art is added to Permanent Collection
August 24, 2016 at 9:30am
Festival of Arts aquires The Artists Fund Boardmember's Art

We're proud of Boardmember Elizabeth McGhee and ART-TO-GO curator Mike Tauber. Their Art has been selected for The Festival of Art's Permanent Collection! Congratulations to them both!


2016 FESTIVAL RUNWAY SHOW
ART-TO-GO SILENT AUCTION

Saturday August 13, 2015
ON THE CENTER GREEN
FESTIVAL OF ARTS GROUNDS

Art Preview & Bidding: 10:00am - 1:00pm
(You may buy art for full retail price at any time during the bidding)
Runway Fashion Show 1:00pm
Bidding closes 2:00 - 3:00pm

Tides Hotel Buyer's Bonus Winners Announced!!!

StuNews Article: Art-To-Go NAMES "BEST IN SHOE SHOW"
July 15, 2016 at 9:30pm
StuNews Laguna Beach Artciles about The Artists Fund

2016 Art-To-Go "Best in SHoe Show" Awards

Photo by Rick Graves

(Back L-R): Artists Fund Vice President Wendy Wirth, awards juror Jessica Cline, Hugo Rivera, John Repka, Barbara White, Roger Bennett and Tim Brown. (Front L-R) Yoonsook Ryang, Jacquie Moffett and Rosemary Swimm for Tom Swimm.

“Wow – I never expected that!” exclaimed Barbara White of her third place win in the Art-To-Go Best in Show awards. White, a photographer, was among eight artists recognized at a ceremony on Sunday at Festival of Arts. 

Themed “The Shoe Show”, the collection features 100 works donated by Festival exhibitors.

 “What a great honor” said new exhibitor Tim Brown, winner of best in theme for his assemblage titled “Shoe Fetish”. Other titles included first place to Roger Bennett, for his photo of burley Dutch men wearing wood clogs, and second place to Jacquie Moffett for her moccasin constructed from watercolor paper. 

Honorable Mentions went to John Repka, Hugo Rivera, and Yoonsook Ryang. The people’s choice award, tallied from votes cast by Festival exhibitors, resulted in a tie between John Repka for his wall relief, and Tom Swimm for his deck shoe transformed into a miniature speed boat.

Awards juror Jessica Cline, publisher of Modern Luxury magazine stated, “I was very impressed with the variety and quality of works in this collection. I favored pieces that had interesting messages, or reminded me of places I’ve traveled to”.

Proceeds from Art-To-Go sales support The Artists Fund, a hardship relief fund for artists in need. The collection is available daily now through Aug 13 on the Festival grounds. Items may be viewed by clicking the online gallery tab at TheArtistsFund-foa.org (949) 612-1949. 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily.

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StuNews Article: Art-to-Go redefines the meaning of shoeshine
June 30, 2016 at 4:30pm
StuNews Laguna Beach Artciles about The Artists Fund

Photo by Mike Tauber

Suzie's ARTiculation By SUZIE HARRISON

While Dictionary.com defines shoeshine, as "an act or instance of cleaning and polishing a pair of shoes," or "the surface of a polished pair of shoes or shoe,"this year's Festival of Arts' Art-to-Go theme, "The Shoe Show" has redefined the meaning; taking it to a whole new level. Not only do these shoes shine, they are truly works of art: 100 to be exact. That's how many shoe themed pieces of art Festival exhibitors have generously donated for the Art-to-Go Artists Fund fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit artists in need due to disaster, health, or hardship. Since its inception in 1999, the Festival has granted over $175,000 to qualified artist applicants. To kick-off the event, over 80 attendees enjoyed a fun pre-Art Walk, mini-preview, with 40 of the two-dimensional displayed at an exhibit at City Hall, which runs through Tuesday, June 28, 5 p.m. Always impressive creative Festival artists, these pieces are exceptional, such as printmaker Varsha Patel's "Good Luck Purse," a beautiful silk purse with bead embellishments and horseshoes as the handles, and Jacquie Moffett's, "Mock Moccasin," made from watercolor paper.

Themed “The Shoe Show”, the collection features 100 works donated by Festival exhibitors.

 “What a great honor” said new exhibitor Tim Brown, winner of best in theme for his assemblage titled “Shoe Fetish”. Other titles included first place to Roger Bennett, for his photo of burley Dutch men wearing wood clogs, and second place to Jacquie Moffett for her moccasin constructed from watercolor paper. 

Honorable Mentions went to John Repka, Hugo Rivera, and Yoonsook Ryang. The people’s choice award, tallied from votes cast by Festival exhibitors, resulted in a tie between John Repka for his wall relief, and Tom Swimm for his deck shoe transformed into a miniature speed boat.

Awards juror Jessica Cline, publisher of Modern Luxury magazine stated, “I was very impressed with the variety and quality of works in this collection. I favored pieces that had interesting messages, or reminded me of places I’ve traveled to”.

Proceeds from Art-To-Go sales support The Artists Fund, a hardship relief fund for artists in need. The collection is available daily now through Aug 13 on the Festival grounds. Items may be viewed by clicking the online gallery tab at TheArtistsFund-foa.org (949) 612-1949. 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily.

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JUNE 2016 MODERN LUXURY MAGAZINE

June 6, 2016 at 9:000am

JUne 2016 Modern Luxury Magazine

2016 ART-TO-GO

2016 Art To Go Show Show Ad

Art-To-Go Presents The Shoe Show at Festival of Arts

Patrons visiting the Festival of Arts will be swept off their feet upon viewing the summer 2016 Art-To-Go fundraising exhibition. More than 100 artists put their best foot forward in donating original works inspired by all forms of footwear.

Flip-flops, high tops, oxfords, stilettos and even swim fins have been transformed into sculptures, wearables, and wall art. 'Must-sees' include a dog sculpture made from suede boots by Shelley Evans. "I went to the thrift shop and bought shoes that spoke to me", said Evans. She also assembled sandals into a type of praying mantis wall sculpture, complete with light bulbs as eyes. Bruce Burr took inspiration from an Alfred Hitchcock movie in decorating some high heels with a flock of black bird silhouettes. Another highlight is a deck shoe by Tom Swimm, embellished to replicate a vintage Chris Craft wooden speedboat. The footwear theme is also portrayed in jewelry and classic two-dimensional media including painting, printmaking, drawing and photography.
Tom Swimm's Shoe Boat
The Shoe Show kicks off with a free opening reception at Laguna Beach City Hall on Thursday June 2, 5:30-6:30pm. Works are available for purchase on the Festival grounds, daily starting July 2 and conclude with a close-out auction on August 13 during the Festival Runway Fashion Show.

Proceeds from Art-To-Go sales benefit The Artists Fund, a disaster relief fund for artists.
Examples of Shoe Art created for 2016 ARt-To-Go Fundraiser
Photos by Mike Tauber

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Art-To-Go at The Festival of Arts
July 1, 2014 at 1:40pm

Sale of 100 originals donated by Festival exhibitors under the theme "People, Places, and Things". Runs July 6 through August 24th. See schedule for free receptions during the Festival.

See Article in Spark OC
Art-To-Go Reception, June 5, 2014 Laguna Beach
June 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Art-To-Go at Laguna Beach City Hall Exhibit.........June 5 through July 1, daily during regular business hours Reception..June 5, 5-6pm, free. View 40-originals by Festival exhibitors under the 2014 theme "People, Places, and Things". Presented by The Artists Fund, a disaster-relief fund for artists.

See Article in Spark OC
The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts will present "People, Places, and Things" at Laguna Beach City Hall until July 1, 2014
May 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

The show comprises 45 works of art that have been donated by exhibitors. The display can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 505 Forest Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call (949) 612-1949 or email miketauber@sprintmail.com.

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Art-To-Go reception this Saturday on the Festival grounds
August 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

he Artists Fund at Festival of Arts is exhibiting its 2013 Art-To-Go collection now through August 31 at Tivoli Lane on the Festival grounds. The fundraising program, themed Little Pictures with a Purpose, features 60 originals available for purchase daily, while they last. Reception events, free with regular Festival admission and to Laguna Beach residents, are August 10 and 17, noon - 4 p.m.

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Fund raises money for artists - Article by TERYL ZARNOW - THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
October 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

The Artists Fund at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach knows this first hand. This nonprofit provides financial aid to professional artists suffering economic hardship — wonderfully talented and optimistic folks who often feel stability is just one good commission away.

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