Festival of Arts Calendar of Events and Workshops August 10 – August 16

Ellis Hall, Image by Darnell Wade

Weekend Nightly Music ScheduleDates/Times: July 5 – September 1Daily at 5:30 pm Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission

  • Saturday, August 10: The Darryl F. Walker Band
  • Sunday, August 11: Leslie Page

Concerts on the Green Sponsored by Cambria Estates Winery Ellis Hall: The Ambassador of Soul Date: Saturday, August 10 Time: 1 – 2:30 pm Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission).Through the ages, there have been a number of famous blind African American male entertainers in Gospel, Blues, Soul and Pop but few as unilaterally gifted as Ellis Hall. He is a seasoned and accomplished vocalist in possession of a powerful 5-octave range. He is a songwriter, arranger, producer and educator that teaches clinics in which he records all the parts of a song in 45 minutes. Ellis’ first instrument was drums before he went on to master piano, keyboards, guitar and – his favorites – upright and electric bass. Across a career of 40-plus years and counting, Ellis Hall has proven himself as an all-around performer that has entertained audiences on five continents, sharing stages with giants ranging from James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Toby Keith to Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Bobby Womack, George Duke and Sheila E. His reputation of excellence earned Ellis the moniker, “The Ambassador of Soul.”
Adult and Teen Art Classes Ceramics with Marty Barth Date: Saturday, August 10 Time: 3 pm – 5:30 pm Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)Instructor Marty Barth will guide students through the process of creating their own ceramic piece. In this dynamic class, participants will learn how to work with clay using a variety of ceramic tools and hand-building techniques. Designed for all skill levels, this class is a great introduction to ceramic fundamentals.  Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.
Wine & Painting Nights Monterey Coast with Anthony SalvoDate: Saturday, August 10 Time: 8:30 – 10 pm Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission) Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts! Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Anthony Salvo. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. $75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.
Adult and Teen Art ClassesJewelry with Sheri CohenDate: Sunday, August 11Time: 3 pm – 5:30pmCost: $60 (includes Festival admission)
Make your own one-of-a-kind jewelry at the Festival of Arts! This class will explore non-symmetrical and unusual color combinations for truly unique earrings and necklaces. Instructor Sheri Cohen will lead discussions and demonstrations on color, shape, texture and orientation. Tools and an assortment of beads will be provided with additional instruction on how to evaluate beads and tools when purchasing for future projects. Students will also learn how to create their work and go beyond the boundary of traditional beading patterns. Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.
Weekday Nightly Music ScheduleDates/Times: July 5 – September 1 Daily at 5:30pmCost: Free with $10 Festival Admission

  • Monday, August 12: Laguna Community Concert Band
  • Tuesday, August 13: Joni Mitchell Project featuring Kiki Ebsen (part of the Tribute Tuesday music series)
  • Wednesday, August 14: True Willie
  • Thursday, August 15: Scott Wilkie (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
  • Friday, August 16: Gabriel Royal (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Youth Art Classes Dates/Times: July 8 – August 16Mondays – Fridays 1pm & 3pmCost: $20+ material fee/session Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Art Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed-media, watercolors, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week! Open to children ages 5 – 12. Reservations required. For schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

  • Monday, August 12: Printmaking (1pm), Drawing (3pm)
  • Tuesday, August 13: Ceramics (1pm), Painting (3pm)
  • Wednesday, August 14: Painting (1pm), Watercolors (3pm)
  • Thursday, August 15: Wax Painting (1pm), Ceramics (3pm)
  • Friday, August 16: Sun Prints (1pm), Mixed Media (3pm)

Art & Story TimeDate: Monday, August 12Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under. Every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30pm, enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. Fun for children and their parents! Monday, August 12, will feature the book “A Unicorn Named Sparkle” by Amy Young. When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she’ll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny—and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn’t pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realizes that even though he wasn’t exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs.
Portraits on the GreenDates: Tuesday, August 13Time: 1 – 2pmCost: Free with $10 Festival admission. Watch as Festival of Arts exhibitors paint, sculpt or photograph live models on the Festival’s Concert Stage. This series will focus on how an artists’ interpretation of the same subject matter can vary based on their own unique style and perspectives. Patrons are invited to observe the artists at work for an up-close look at their creative process.
Art Talks and TeaSponsored by PBS SoCalDate: Wednesday, August 14Time: 1 – 2pmCost: Free with $10 Festival admission. Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join us for fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors at our Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. On Wednesday, August 14, the topic will be “Pageant Light and Magic,” a look into theater magic with the Pageant creative team including Director Diane Challis Davy, Scriptwriter Dan Duling and Technical Director Richard “Butch” Hill.
Art, Jazz, Wine & ChocolateSponsored by Charles SchwabPerformance by Scott WilkieDate: Thursday, August 15 Time: 5:30 – 7pm Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from Cocoa Parlor. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family. 
Known for his fiery live performances, Scott Wilkie’s contemporary jazz recordings are popular worldwide, and he has toured throughout the US, Asia, Latin America and Europe. On August 15 at the Festival of Arts, he will debut his newest album “Brasil,” featuring Jimmy Haslip on bass, Kleber Jorge on guitar, Jeff Olson on drums, Gibi do Santos and Hussain Jiffry on percussion.Art and Yoga with LululemonDates: Friday, August 16 Time: 1 – 2pm Cost: Free with $10 Festival admissionGrab your yoga mat and get ready to flex your creative muscles at the Festival of Arts for “Art and Yoga” with Lululemon. Experienced yoga instructors will guide participants through a relaxing and meditative session outdoors surrounded by fine art. Whether you are brand new to yoga and want to test the waters or an experienced Yogi, all skill levels are welcome.
Adult and Teen Art Workshops Painting with Carole Heiman-GreeneDate: Friday, August 16 Time: 3 – 5:30 pm Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)In this easy, fun and entertaining class, students will create their own painting inspired by nature. With step-by-step guidance from the instructor, you’ll create a beautiful finished painting to take home. Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.
Step into the Spotlight Music Series Sponsored by Viking Cruises Gabriel Royal Date: Friday, August 16 Time: 5:30 – 7 pm Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $20 per person (includes Festival admission).On Fridays the Festival brings to center stage some of those amazing voices that are usually seen (and heard) in the background with the music series “Step into the Spotlight.” There’s an extraordinary lineup of back-up singers or background vocalists who will take the stage this summer. 
Gabriel Royal got his start as a busker on the New York City subway, but the Oklahoma-born, Brooklyn-based musician has emerged as trailblazing talent with inimitable style and enviable range. He’s performed at NYC’s top music venues, including Poisson Rouge and Blue Note Jazz Club; played to sold-out crowds in countries around the world; and collaborated with some of the industry’s most in-demand names, including the Beyoncé-endorsed music video director Blake Farber. Known for his soaring vocals, hum-along melodies, and lush arrangements, Royal, a classically trained musician, is among a select number of artists combining cello and voice.
Pints, Pinots and PrintsDate: Friday, August 16Time: 8:30 – 10pmCost: $75 (includes Festival admission) Create a beautiful one-of-a-kind print with Festival exhibitor Vinita Voogd! Using a variety of colorful handmade papers and hand cut relief blocks, students will learn the basics of monoprint and overprint techniques in this creative printmaking class. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Credit: Laguna Festival of Arts.

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