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

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

July 13, 2018 at 2:45pm
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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 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
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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

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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 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!


Saturday August 13, 2015

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
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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 (949) 612-1949. 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily.

StuNews Article: Art-to-Go redefines the meaning of shoeshine
June 28, 2016 at 4:30pm
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Photos by Mike Tauber

Suzie's ARTiculation By SUZIE HARRISON

While 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.

Good Luck Purse, by printmaker Varsha Patel

"Good Luck Purse," by printmaker Varsha Patel
So, why the shoe theme, The Shoe Show? Art-to-Go program coordinator Mike Tauber explains, "We like to relate the theme to the Pageant of the Masters theme, which is 'Partners.' So we were thinking, what theme would be about partners, and that evolved into thinking about pairs, which evolved into pairs of shoes!" said Tauber. Well, Pageant director Dee Challis Davy told me that some of her favorite pieces in "Partners" are of famous dance duos. Let's face it, dance shoes…Right!!

Mock Moccasin, by Jacquie Moffett
 Mock Moccasin, by Jacquie Moffett

"The artists are having fun with the shoe theme. It relates back to 2000-2005, 'Tie-One-On,' with artist decorated ties; a stepping point for the artists," Tauber said. "This year the artists have really stepped it up and put their best foot forward, coming up with some fantastic art to really support and help other artists."

Art-to-Go Shoe Show special dates:

The entire show opens on July 2, and July 5, with exhibits at Tivoli Lane and by the Junior Art Exhibit through Aug 13, and with a silent auction, 1 to 4 p.m., during the Festival's Fashion Runway Show.
There will be an Awards show on Sunday, July 10, 5:15 p.m. Vote for your favorite piece to win the "People's Choice Award."

While I've been trying, not really, to "eschew" all shoe related metaphors, I'd say if the shoe fits, buy it. Then you too can shine, helping artists in need, while procuring a one-of-kind piece of art.

For more information, view the online galleries, or to purchase a piece online, please visit,, then click "online gallery," or go to their Facebook Page. Side note: I originally learned about the Artists Fund and Art-to-Go when I interviewed the co-founder, Anne England, for a story in 2002. What an incredible cause! As everyone knows, Anne has done so much for Laguna Beach and our artists. She is an artist I truly adore. Until next time, so much kick ass shoe art…so little time!


June 6, 2016 at 9:000am

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2016 ART-TO-GO

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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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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

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

The 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
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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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