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February 20, 1987
The Sawdust Festival of Laguna Beach has donated $30,000 for student scholarships and upcoming school and community programs in Laguna Beach. The programs include: - A sum of $11,000 has been given for scholarships for graduating seniors at Laguna Beach High School. - The Laguna school district will receive $10,000 for improvements in the art departments at Top of the World Elementary School, El Morrow Elementary School, Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School.
July 7, 2005 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
The name, Sawdust Art Festival, does not say it all. This summer-long public celebration of Laguna Beach's artistic energy extends itself to craft too, although, careful -- "craft" is a Rodney Dangerfield kind of word, still searching for respect. Art and craft; artist and artisan, fine art and decorative art -- when done well, the two wind up in the same place: bringing meaning into our lives. The artist and the craft artisan draw from the same inspired well.
July 3, 1988 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Robert Wyland, the Laguna Beach marine artist known for his "whaling wall" murals, was suspended from exhibiting in the Sawdust Festival for "disciplinary reasons," a festival official said Saturday. Festival rules require that everything an artist sells be made by that artist, media relations coordinator Tina Arana said. In Wyland's case, she said, there were problems "with him proving that he had actually made" jewelry that was on sale last year in his booth. "We suspended him for this year.
June 28, 2003 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
You'll have to forgive the Sawdust Art Festival if it seems a little uptight. At 37, you just can't be that rowdy teenager anymore. Time was, the Laguna Beach summer show was a hippie haven -- trippy art, revolutionary mind-set. "But all us hippies are gray, old farts now," said Dion Wright, a metal sculptor from Arizona who was at the first Sawdust in 1966. So the show, which opened Friday and continues through Aug. 31, has struggled through some growing pains.
August 29, 1991
Carnival, entertainment, hot-air balloon races, country dancing, vendor booths. Friday (military and families get in free), 5-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5; military, $4; seniors 55 and older, $3; children 12 and younger, free. Balloon races 6:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday. Lake Perris Fairgrounds, exit Interstate 215 in Lake Perris, follow signs. (714) 695-6866.
The Sawdust Festival, home of the summer-long showcase for local artists in an open-air gallery, found a hero last week. Kurt Branton, 26, is being credited with saving the festival's grounds. As the fire approached, Branton, an assistant groundskeeper for the Sawdust Festival, had been helping a family move things out of their house when he began worrying about the festival grounds. He hopped on his mountain bike, sneaked past the blockades on Laguna Canyon Road and headed toward the grounds.
In a cramped, one-car garage, Paul Proppe takes stock of the half-finished fanny packs scattered beneath a sewing machine. Nearby, piles of cowhide strips on metal bookshelves give off a sweet, slightly musty odor. "I'm trying to make as many items as quickly as I can that will sell," Proppe said, gesturing toward the leather purses in various stages of completion. "You still have to put food on the table."
July 26, 1985 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
Once considered the boisterous rebel among Laguna Beach's three summer art festivals, the Sawdust Festival has finally won respectability. Now in its 19th year, the Sawdust lives in a state of official togetherness with its archrivals along Laguna Canyon Road--the Festival of Arts and the Art-A-Fair Festival.
July 27, 1985 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
Once considered the boisterous rebel among Laguna Beach's three summer art festivals, the Sawdust Festival has finally won respectability. Now in its 19th year, the Sawdust lives in a state of official togetherness with its arch rivals along Laguna Canyon Road--the Festival of Arts and the Art-A-Fair Festival.
July 17, 1989
A special Family Day at the Sawdust Festival is scheduled for July 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entertainment to be featured that day will include magic and puppet shows, animal balloons and musicians. The Sawdust Festival will run through Aug. 27 at 935 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. The festival is an annual nonprofit arts-and-crafts fair that also features daily entertainment and a variety of concessions. For information, call (714) 494-3030.
July 22, 2001
Re "New Resort, Monarch Bay Residents Battle Over Right to Use Private Club," July 10: Finally, someone has spilled crushed-marble sand under the wheels of the St. Regis resort's skateboard. The impending collision between the hotel and residents offers some hope of beachside conservation. As a longtime resident of the affected area, I too worry about the hotel's impact on Salt Creek beach. Seen from PCH it resembles a general hospital. From Niguel Road the decor is worthy of the Sawdust Festival.
August 10, 2000 | Sharon Nagy, (949) 248-2168
The Sawdust Festival is offering free tickets over the Internet today to help generate interest in the event, attendance at which organizers say has dropped 10% this summer. Jim Steins, Sawdust board treasurer, believes that the lower crowds are due to the cloud of controversy that lingers over the nearby Festival of Arts show, which may relocate to San Clemente. Residents can print unlimited "e-tickets," which will save adults $6, seniors $5 and children $2. For free tickets, visit http://www.

How to Get There: Directory of Venues : Venues Continued from TO : Huntington Beach Library & Cultural Center, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 842-4481. : Hyatt Newporter, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, (949) 729-1234. : Improv, 945 E. Birch St., Brea, (714) 529-7878. : Improv, 4255 Campus Drive, Irvine, (949) 854-5455. : Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, (949) 854-4646. : Irvine Fine Arts Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine, (949) 724-6880. : Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8800 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, (949) 855-4515. : Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, (949) 494-6531. : Laguna Playhouse, Moulton Theater, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, (949) 497-2787. : MainPlace, 2800 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, (714) 547-7000. : McKinney Theatre, Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4656. : Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6595. : Mission San Juan Capistrano, 31522 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 248-2048. : Mozart Camerata, (949) 830-2950. : Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, [714] 432-5880. : Orange County Fair, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 708-3247. : Orange County Marine Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, (949) 496-2274. : Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122. : Orange County Museum of Art, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Suite 1000, Costa Mesa, (714) 759-1122. : Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787. : Robert B. Moore Theatre, Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5880. : Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4656. : Santa Ana College, 17th and Bristol streets, Santa Ana, (714) 564-5661. : Santa Ana Zoo, Prentis Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 835-7484. : Santora Arts Building, 207 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 571-4229. : Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, (949) 494-3030. : The Shack, 1160 N. Kraemer Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 630-0121. : Shakespeare Orange County, Waltmar Theatre, Chapman University, 301 E. Palm St., Orange, (714) 744-7016. : South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 708-5555. : Spaghettini, 3005 Old Ranch Parkway, Seal Beach, (562) 596-2199. : Steamers Cafe, 138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-8800. : SANTA MARIA/SOLVANG : PCPA Theatrefest, Marian Theatre, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria and Festival Theatre, 420 Second St., Solvang, (805) 922-8313. : VENTURA COUNTY : Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, (805) 495-3715). : Elite Theatre Company, 730 South B St., Oxnard, (805) 483-5118. : Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, (805) 378-1485. : Moorpark Playhouse, 45 E. High St., (805) 529-1212. : Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, (805) 486-2424. : Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St., (805) 646-0117. : Theater 150, 918 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, (805) 646-4300. : Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, near Simi Valley, (800) 410-8354, (805) 522-8444. : Santa Susana Repertory Company, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, [805] 493-3415. : Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., (805) 581-9940. : Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Kavli Theatre and Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., (805) 449-2787. : Ventura Theatre, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura, (805) 653-0721. : SANTA BARBARA COUNTY : Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, (805) 962-8606. : Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., (805) 963-4408. : Center Stage Theatre, 751 State St., Paseo Nuevo Mall, Santa Barbara, (805) 963-0408. : Earl Warren Showgrounds, Ventura Freeway at Las Positas Exit., Santa Barbara, (805) 687-0766. : Ensemble Theatre Company, 914 Santa Barbara St. (805) 962-8606. : Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 963-0761. : Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara, (805) 969-4726. : Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, Granada Theatre, 1216 State St., Santa Barbara, (800) 366-6064, (805) 966-2324. : Santa Barbara County Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., (805) 568-BOWL. : Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., (805) 963-4364. : SAN DIEGO COUNTY : California Center for the Arts Museum, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, (760) 738-4138. : Coors Amphitheatre, 2050 Otay Valley Road, Chula Vista, (619) 671-3500 : La Jolla Playhouse, Mandell Weiss Center, UC San Diego, (619) 550-1010. : vl,1 : Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, (619) 454-3541. : Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego/Downtown, 1001 Kettner Blvd., (619) 234-1001. : Old Globe Theatre, Cassius Carter Centre Stage, Festival Theatre, Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego, (619) 239-2255. : San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre, Sweetooth Theatre, 630 F St., San Diego, (619) 544-9079. : San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, (619) 232-7931. : San Diego Repertory, 79 Horton Plaza, (619) 544-1000. : SAN BERNARDINO AND : RIVERSIDE COUNTIES : Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion, 2575 Devore Road, Devore, (909) 88-MUSIC. : California Theatre of Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino, (909) 924-6141. : Historic Plaza Theatre, 128 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, (760) 327-0225.

May 20, 1999
LOS ANGELES COUNTY Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 525-0202. Actors Alley, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 508-4200. Actor's Circle Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 289-2999. Actors' Gang, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, Actors Gang El Centro, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 660-8587, (323) 465-0566. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 628-2772. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd.
Having survived a winter of record-setting rains and destructive mudslides, Laguna Beach's art community turned out in force Thursday for the opening of the 32nd annual Sawdust Festival. On a warm, sunny day that drew shoppers and browsers to exhibits offering everything from pottery to pearls, artists and artisans talked about the contrast. "It's amazing that we're here considering where we were four months ago," said Mike Heintz, a jeweler and photographer.
Wyland is the creative force behind his $40-million business, but the rapidly expanding company is very much a family affair. When hundreds of collectors gathered at his bluff-top gallery in Laguna Beach in June, his mother, Darlene Wyland, was on hand to replenish the wine and cheese table with supplies she'd purchased earlier in the day at a nearby Price/Costco. Bill Wyland, the artist's 39-year-old brother, has grown rich by promoting Wyland's artwork in Hawaii.
June 29, 1997 | AMY A. WEBER
LAGUNA BEACH--Pots, prints, paintings and plenty of other creations will be on display at the Sawdust Festival, Thursday to Aug. 31. About 175 local artists and artisans will exhibit wares, and visitors of all ages can try their hand at making pottery or other crafts. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. $5 adults, $1 children 6-12, under 6 free. (714) 494-3030. PALM DESERT--The city shoots the works on the Fourth with food, fireworks, fun and games. Starting at 6 p.m.
July 29, 1988 | KAREN NEWELL YOUNG, Karen Newell Young is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
Don't you just hate it when there is something you really need and nobody carries it? Like the time you ran out of toe rings? Or when you just had to have a giant bird made of melted spoons? Or when you couldn't get through another day without a cement table for the living room? Until the end of August there is one spot that carries not only cement coffee tables and toe rings, but also ceramic masks, neon art, spoon sculptures, paper earrings, leather bolo ties and fish-shaped carving boards.
July 6, 1986 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
Not far from Bill Darnall's pottery booth Saturday afternoon, a musician strummed his guitar, a saxophone player attracted a crowd and the sounds of a dulcimer from another part of the Sawdust Festival drifted over. Like the musicians and other artists gathered to kick off the 20th annual festival in Laguna Beach, Darnall drew his share of festival-goers, or "sawdust kids" as he called them. They wanted to try making their own cup or mug or bowl, or anything accomplished with hands and clay.
Some artists' work begins not with canvas or clay but with fabric from which they create one-of-a-kind clothing. Visitors to the 30th annual Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach (through Aug. 25) can find all kinds of art to wear, from hand-painted silk Hawaiian shirts to coats of antique damask linens. Here's a sampling of fashion made by four Laguna Beach artists who have booths at the festival. (Maps are at the gate, and dressing rooms are available.) * Booth No.
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