‘People & Places’ Exhibit on Display Now through September 15, 2019The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach is thrilled to present its newest off-site exhibit, People & Places, open now through September 15, 2019.  Located within The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, People & Places showcases a variety of contemporary artworks from artists represented in the Festival’s Permanent Art Collection and selected

A visitor enjoys the work of artist Gerald Schwartz

set pieces from past Pageant of the Masters’ performances.
“We are beyond thrilled to partner with our friends at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel to be able provide the community a glimpse into the Festival’s Permanent Art Collection,” said Pat Sparkuhl, Curator, Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection. “Along with the contemporary art exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity to view images and actual painted wood props created by the Pageant of the Masters’ artisans, like the memorable Dragon from the 2012 Pageant performance.”
The exhibit showcases an assortment of artworks selected from the over a thousand pieces that span the period of 1913 to the present. Visitors can enjoy work from Jacques Garnier, born in Los Angeles, who is credited as one of the six artists responsible for creating the world’s largest photograph from the world’s largest camera, a F-18 jet hangar at the now closed Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Other artist on display includes printmaker Noriho Uriu, photographer Brian Day, and a 1986 painting by David Rosen, who during the Depression joined the Federal Arts Project where he worked with the infamous Siqueiros Art Workshop before moving to Laguna Beach and to open an art studio he owned for over thirty years.
The People & Places Exhibit offers visitors the unique opportunity to appreciate images and actual painted wood props created by the Pageant of the Masters’ artisans. Props includes the hand-painted Dragon from the 2012 Pageant “Heroes & Heroines” performance of St. George the Dragon; Urns from the re-creation of The Land of Make Believe by artist Maxfield Parrish from the 2009 Pageant “The Muse,” and many more.
“Since 1932, the Festival of Arts has been a major influence in preserving the history of this area by supporting artists and creating the world-renowned entertainment venue, Pageant of the Masters,” adds Sparkuhl. “This exhibit invites the viewer to take a visual stroll through history as well as explore a variety of artistic styles.”
The Festival of Arts People & Places Exhibit is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel at One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. The exhibit is free to the public and is open daily through September 15, 2019. For more information visit www.foapom.com.

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