California Art Festivals

Squish some clay at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach

200 Laguna Beach artists invite visitors to stroll along sawdust-covered paths through a village of fine arts and superb crafts. Since 1966 this event has drawn visitors from around the world who are looking for one-of-a-kind artwork, including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, sculptures, hand-blown glass and more. Meet and purchase directly from the artists! Varied art demonstrations including glass blowing, complimentary art workshops, children’s art activities, refreshments and live entertainment make this a memorable event. When Friday, July 1 through Sunday, September 4. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. *Sawdust Art Festival will close at 6:00 pm on the 4th of July
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irishlass said...

Labor Day Chalk Art Festival in Downtown Sacramento

Chalk It Up! to Sacramento is a nonprofit organization created to benefit children's arts education and art activities. Funds are raised through an annual chalk art festival held each Labor Day Weekend since 1991.

The festival features over 200 sidewalk paintings created at the festival by local artists who donate their time, energy, and talent. These concrete masterpieces are left on the sidewalk for the public to enjoy throughout the month of September. The pieces are done with soft chalk pastel mixed with water. The squares are divided into five categories:

Sponsored Squares
The numbered squares are reserved for artists who volunteer to create a chalk drawing sponsored by a local business or organization. Each sponsor donates $75 per square, and major and signature sponsors donate $300 and $500 respectively for a double square or corner. Major sponsors receive a photo of the finished artwork; Signature sponsors also receive an artwork photo, in addition to recognition on the festival poster. The artist receives a photo, chalk supplies, food and refreshments, and a festival T-shirt.

Personal Squares
A personal sidewalk is available for those who are interested in creating their own masterpiece outside the community square. The sidewalk squares can be purchased for $10.00 and the price includes a box of artist's chalk. Squares can be purchased at the Chalk Booth during the festival.

Community Squares
The community square is free and open for the public to create their own sidewalk artwork. Chalk is supplied by the festival and we request only that children be accompanied by an adult and that all artists keep the community chalk as well as their artwork within the confines of the square.

Born in Sacramento
The Born in Sacramento square is reserved especially for native Sacramentans to make their mark.

Nonprofit Squares
Any leftover squares are made available to artists who would like to create an artwork for a local nonprofit organization.

During the festival, local bands, musicians, and other performers entertain the artists and the public. Many of these performers donate their time for this festival and a list of performance times is posted near the stage area.

Children's Activities
Since the aim of Chalk It Up is to encourage children's art programs, all children's activities at the festival are free. These include chalk drawing on the community chalk square, face painting, clay sculpting, and a variety of other activities.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND • SEPT. 4-6, 2006 • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EVERY DAY

Artist Information

If you are an artist, we hope you will consider being an artist for this year's event, our 15th annual festival.

Just like always, the festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd-5th, 2006. Fremont Park is located between 15th and 16th Streets and P and Q Streets in downtown Sacramento. The three-day event will be filled with sidewalk artists, local bands and entertainers, food and craft vendors, as well as arts and crafts activities for children of all ages.

The festival is an excellent opportunity for artists to gain exposure. Because of the strikingly vibrant atmosphere of our event we always receive extensive media coverage. We anticipate thousands of people will come to see the artworks scheduled to be created during the festival and even more visit the artworks at the park during the month following the festival.

We hope you would consider being a artist this year. In exchange for their time and artist talents, artists receive a box of chalk, a festival t-shirt, and complimentary refreshments. You also receive a color photo of your finished artwork after the festival.

If you are interested in being an artist at the 2006 festival, please fill out the attached artist form or contact us at artists@chalkitup.org.

Anonymous said...

Sonoma Plein Air

A Celebration of Outdoor Painting!

Artists Paint on Location: September 4th - 8th
Gala Dinner & Auction: September 8th
Exhibition & Sale: September 9th

The 5th Annual Sonoma Plein Air event will showcase award-winning artists from across the United States. They will paint en plein air
in Sonoma County, California.
This year, the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation donated $57,000 to childrens art education programs
in Sonoma Valley.

irishlass said...

Cat Paintings will be for sale (Yes, that means paintings that are painted by cats) as well as human paintings about cats at Happy Tails Painting for Paws! Art Show and Reception, June 10th in the parking lot of Sacramento Magazine at 56th and H Streets, Sacramento from 6-9pm. Food, Drink, Music and Fun.

Anonymous said...

Sausalito Art Festival

Labor Day Weekend 2006
Friday · September 1 · 6:00pm · Gala Premiere
Saturday · September 2 · 9am-6pm
Sunday · September 3 · 9am-6pm
Monday · September 4 · 9am-5pm
In Scenic Northern California

Recorded Information HotLine 415.331.3757

Festival 2006 Exhibitors
Every Labor Day weekend, stars of the contemporary art scene are showcased on the sparkling bay shores of Sausalito, California's Mediterranean-like seaside village. Over one-million visitors from throughout the world have experienced the Sausalito Art Festival since its inaugural event in 1952. Sausalito hosts the West Coast's ultimate Art Experience, featuring a world-class collection of fine art and craft.

The internationally famous beauty of Sausalito, with its historic waterfront and unique art galleries and shops, has long attracted art collectors. Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito is located on the San Francisco Bay shoreline with breathtaking views.

The best local, American, and International Artists bring their combined perspectives, virtuoso skills, and more than 20,000 original works of art — including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. From functional to surreal, witty to the elegantly decorative, these one-of-a-kind and limited edition Art Works form an unparalleled collection that can only be seen once a year.

Enjoy the opportunity to meet the Artists one-on-one or stretch out on the lawn in the scenic bayside park. Enjoy nonstop entertainment on three stages or gourmet delights with champagne and fine wines. The Sausalito Art Festival is the #1 Event of its kind and the perfect way to celebrate your Labor Day Weekend.

Anonymous said...

Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show

Established in 1965 by local artists, the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show was inspired by the sidewalk art shows of Europe and the prestigious “Jardin del Arte” in Mexico City. Sponsored by the City Parks and Recreation Department since 1966, the show is now the only continuous, non-juried arts festival of original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography in the world. Whatever the size, subject, media and price-all are original art, done by the artists you meet.

The Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show enjoys a beautiful beach setting under the palms along Cabrillo Boulevard east from State Street on all fair weather Sundays and holidays.

Approximately 250 Santa Barbara County resident artists display their own original work in an informal atmosphere that encourages visitors to the show to talk with the artists about their work - and in some cases even to see them in action.