Sawdust isn’t just for lumberjacks
The Sawdust Art and Festival is home to wonderful pieces of artworks, none of which, sadly, are made of sawdust.
Instead, it is an art festival held between June 3 to Sept 30 and every weekend between Nov. 19 through Dec. 18. Established in 1965, it was the brainchild of a group of hippie-like artists who were disillusioned by the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Hoping to remove themselves from the establishment, they formed the only non-juried art festival in Laguna Beach. Though initial attendance was sparse and there were brief incidents with religious preachers, the festival is now attended by more than 200,000 visitors a year.
This year, more than 250 local and non-local artists who work with all mediums will display their winter fantasy-themed creations to the public, showing the nature of their craft with demonstrations and workshops. These hands-on workshops will be available to all ages, including children, who will have the opportunity to utilize their creativity in a children’s art booth. Additionally, there will be various outdoor cafes selling food and beverages within earshot of various live performances.
Though it was mocked as “The Rejects Festival” by critics when it had first opened, it has established itself as part of the community — its permanent site is home to year-round classes, including screen printing, glass blowing, water coloring, soldiering, silk painting and jewelry-making, available to everyone from beginners to professionals.
While a day with sawdust may make a mess at home, a day at the Sawdust Art Festival is sure to be a good experience for all attendees. Tickets for attendees above 12 are $8 and for children under 12 are $4.
Image courtesy of Sawdust Art Festival.