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Artists of the iconic Sawdust Art Festival celebrate the beautiful destination of Laguna Beach with over 20 original pieces of artwork

DANA POINT, Calif. – January 17, 2019 – Embracing the local artist community, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel debuts a new exclusive art exhibit, “Essence of Laguna,” presented by artists of the iconic Sawdust Art Festival. The Laguna Beach-inspired exhibit on display now until spring 2019 in the lobby features 22 original pieces of artwork that reflect the beauty of Laguna, from sunsets over the ocean to tranquil canyon walls and underwater wonders. 

Each Sawdust artist participating in the “Essence of Laguna” exhibit has chosen and created work that best presents Laguna Beach through different mediums and perspectives, including colored pencil, water color, ceramic tile mosaic, oil, photography, and the showstopper - stunning blown glass installations. For over 100 years, Laguna Beach has been considered the jewel of Southern California, quickly taking off as an artist community by attracting artists with its natural beauty. In 1996, a small group of Laguna Beach artists created a local art show to embrace the community and what is now known as the Sawdust Art Festival. Considered a nationally-acclaimed art exhibit, the Sawdust Art Festival takes place for nine weeks during the summer, along with weekends in the winter.

 Local artwork on display in the “Essence of Laguna” exhibit includes:

  • Michael Panetta / “Serenity” and “Harmony”/ Blown Glass
  • Monica Prado / “Enchanted Orange Tree,” “Bountiful Vase,” “Enchanted Moon,” and “Moon Flowers”/ Ceramic Tile Mosaic
  • Karen Petty / “Color of Life, Passing Through,” “Color of Life, Daisy,” and “Color of Life, Tropical”/ Oil on Canvas
  • Josh King / “Red Skies”/ Photography on Canvas
  • David Kizziar / “Boardwalk,” “Victoria Beach,” “Shaw’s Cove High Tide,” and “Treasure Island” / Colored Pencil
  • Patsee Ober / “Lotus Flower” and “Outer Space” / Underwater Photography Printed on Metal
  • Michelle S. Burt / “Serenity Sunset” and “Cresting Wave” / Oil Painting on Canvas
  • Lydia Delgado / “Succulent Glow,” “Canyon Walk,” and “Laguna Waters” / Watercolor on Paper

Guests can purchase the art by contacting the Concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel at 949-240-2000.