Friday, July 24, 2015

Festival of Arts: Pageant of the Masters

For more than eighty years, living pictures are created each summer in Laguna Beach as part of the annual Festival of Arts.
Laguna Beach has been a magnet for artists - an artist sanctuary - since the turn of the twentieth century. In an effort to bring more people to the small, seaside artist village during the Great Depression, the Laguna Beach Art Association began hosting a Festival of the Arts, which included a "Living Pictures." In the exhibit, local residents were dressed in costume and seated behind a frame, fascinating audiences as great masterpieces came to life!
The Festival of Arts is now a world renowned cultural institute, welcoming visitors from around the world.
The event takes place every evening in July and August, with tickets ranging from $15 -$225. There are more than 40 life-size renditions being created for this year's show. 

Read more about the show and the institute in the Wall Street Journal
Images from this year's show immediately below. 
See a brief documentary and other scenes from past shows below as well. 

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