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The Festival des Arts is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new virtual exhibition, Nine Decades of Art – Selections from the Permanent Art Collection, on Friday April 15 (World Art Day). This online gallery features selected works from the Festival’s collection by artists who have contributed to the rich cultural history of the organization, from the early 1900s to the present day. To see the gallery, go to

“The works of art are windows into history and have the potential to give the viewer a more thoughtful representation of cultural activities related to a particular period,” said Pat Sparkuhl, specialist in the permanent art collection. “With the Festival celebrating its 90th anniversary this summer, we can’t think of a better way to reflect on the organization’s past than through artworks that represent art history and culture. cultural evolution of this region.”

Among the exhibits are Virginia Woolley’s 1932 painting Flower Stalls – the first work of art ever sold at the Festival of Arts; Marco Sassone’s 1986 serigraph titled Laguna Vista and Joane Cromwell’s 1935 oil painting titled Nature’s Symphony.

The online gallery’s immersive 3D experience offers guests the unique opportunity to explore a selection of works from the Festival’s permanent collection. Virtual guests can navigate the gallery themselves or take a guided art tour, and are encouraged to read artist biographies to learn more about their backgrounds and careers in art.

In addition to the virtual exhibition, a pocket art catalog is available for purchase exclusively through the Festival des Arts online store at Proceeds from the book will support the maintenance and restoration of the collection as well as future acquisitions. Cost is $10 per pound.

The Festival’s permanent Art Collection, comprised of over 1,000 pieces, is comprised of an eclectic mix of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works dating back to the early 1900s. Expanded each year through purchases and donations, the collection includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints, glass, photography, mixed media, furniture and jewelry that reflect the uniqueness and diversity that is synonymous with the Arts Festival and the region that hosts it. surrounded.

“We hope viewers will enjoy this virtual exhibition and learn more about the Arts Festival, its rich 90-year history.and the artists who created these magnificent pieces,” added Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Festival of Arts.

The virtual exhibition was produced by the Festival of Arts marketing and public relations team of Sharbie Higuchi and Meghan Perez with works selected by permanent art collection specialist Pat Sparkuhl. It is available free to the public from Friday, April 15, 2022. Stay up to date on all things Masters and Fine Arts Show Tour or follow @FestivalPageant on social media. To support the Arts Festival, please visit


The Festival of Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has always been a local leader contributing to the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Arts Festival’s mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. For every summer for nearly 90 years, the Festival des Arts has produced two world-class events: the Festival des Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters.