On the Cover!

The Sawdust Art and Craft Festival has been showcasing artists of diversity for 50 years! Photographer Brad Thontlin and I put together a special cover of Sawdust images in a “paint by numbers” style. (see the cover for numbers)

Laguna Legend and Surf-Art Icon Bill Ogden (#1) is this year’s guest artist. Bill is a founding member of the festival so pick up the poster he created for the Sawdust’s 50th Anniversary at the gift shop!

Reem Khalil (#2) refined the bohemian look with artistic “wearable art”. Using natural fibers and ancient Japanese Shibori — a style of painting on silk using dyes, she cuts and sews each distinctive piece.

Star Shields (#3) A pioneer of the airbrushing art form, this year he sprays his cool designs onto skate and surf boards. Ask Star about painting your face, board or anything else you want!

Mixed media artist Julie Setterholm (#4) welds copper and bronze and has mastered the art of Copper Enameling. Fused with an active imagination she creates magnificent works to adorn your home.

Karen Petty (#5) paints women from a woman’s point of view. Her unique style of mixed media will have you ponder her powerful “Portals Between Life and Death” and her latest expressions of “Wild Women and a Cow”.

Silversmith David Nelson (#6) blends Old West style with California Ocean vibes to create gold and silver jewelry, belt buckles, money clips and more!

Nicole McQuaid’s booth (#7) next to the glass blowing furnace displays beautiful hand blown wares and extraordinary pieces integrating metal and glass.

Music is an art form and the Sawdust music is pure artistry! Everyday, music is playing on three stages from open to close. Doug Miller’s (#8) booth is next to the Main Deck so he can spring into action with his violin when asked to join a performer. Folk musician George Lawton (#9) is the roaming minstrel.

So come out to celebrate the soul of art that has helped shape Laguna over the last 50 years!

Lisa Farber