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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

THE LAGUNA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS


My husband and I at the entrance to the 80th Festival of the Arts

This summer I got to experience one of those "bucket list" sort of events that is at the top of my list.  I have wanted to attend the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach - particularly the Pageant of the Masters, since I first discovered it.  My husband and I (joined by my sister who lives in California) did just that while on a fabulous, West Coast vacation.

If you aren't familiar with the festival and pageant then take time to investigate.  The whole town of Laguna Beach features local artists throughout the summer and you can spend hours walking through established art shows set up all over the community.  The highlight was for me the Festival of the Arts which is just outside of the theater where this community of volunteers presents the Pageant of the Masters.

The Pageant of the Masters is spectacular.  I've included some video from a previous year's production.  The third video shows artists behind the scenes painting the enormous sets.

I had high expectations for this event and it blew me away.  I now want to see it as often as I can make my way back to California.  It is completely created with volunteer help in a beautiful, outdoor amphitheater using a full, live orchestra and professional vocalists.  Wow!  I get chills just recalling the evening.




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