Festival of Arts Exhibit Debuts at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents its annual summer Festival of Arts exhibit featuring 13 contemporary artworks from the Festival’s Permanent Collection. Honoring the oceanfront resort’s long-term partnership with Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, guests are invited to view the exhibit from May 11 through September 4, 2018.

Mrs. Rothchild Goes Bananas, pastel by Helen Weld

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents its annual summer Festival of Arts exhibit featuring 13 contemporary artworks from the Festival’s Permanent Collection. Honoring the oceanfront resort’s long-term partnership with Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, guests are invited to view the exhibit from May 11 through September 4, 2018. Guests can also visit the Festival of Arts, featuring 140 of Orange County’s finest artists, and experience the Pageant of the Masters UNDER THE SUN-themed stage performance where art comes to life.

The exhibit, titled “Fantastic Imagination: 45 Years of Contemporary Art,” was curated by Pat Sparkuhl and includes:
Iranian Strongman, Rob Gage, photography, 1972
Untitled, James Nussbaum, acrylic on canvas, 1972
Evolutionary II, Andy Wing, mixed media, 1983-84
Kimono, Joan Swanson, handmade paper, c.1985
Untitled, David Rosen, oil on canvas, 1986
Silke, Gregg Stone, watercolor, 2011
The Magician, Murray Kruger, digital, 2011
Red Billow Camera, Bradford J. Solomon, oil on canvas, 2012
Bold Tree Trunk I, Yoonsook Ryang, monotype, 2013
Mandala, Mariana Nelson, mixed media, 2016
Homework, Kathy Jones, oil on canvas, 2016
From Line to Color, Noriho Uriu, printmaking, 2016
Mrs. Rothchild Goes Bananas, Helen Weld, pastel, ND

Additional pieces include images of hand-painted costumes, behind the scenes photographs, as well as a photo of one of the Pageant of the Masters Tableaus – The Kiss on the Hand from 2016.

“This year’s exhibit is truly one of the most diverse Festival of Arts exhibits that we have presented,” said Director of Sales & Marketing Shannon Gilbert. “It features everything from watercolors and mixed media to photography and digital media spanning from 1972 to 2016.”

The 2018 theme for Pageant of the Masters “UNDER THE SUN” incorporates the early years of the 20th century, a new generation of impressionists and plein air painters set up their easels outdoors and reveled in the natural beauty to be found as far as the eye could see. In this year’s show, theatrical magic, live music and light-hearted storytelling will honor Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration.

2017 and 2018 are significant years in the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters’ history as they celebrate their respective 85th anniversaries. Beginning in 1932, The Festival of Arts has been a major influence in preserving the history of this region by supporting artists and creating the world-renowned entertainment venue, Pageant of the Masters. The Festival’s mission statement sums up the goals – to promote, produce, and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study, and performance of the arts.

Overnight Pageant Experiences
For a more comprehensive art experience, guests can book one of two Pageant of the Masters overnight experiences that feature incredible seats and exclusive offerings. The BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE experience features ocean view accommodations on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level, two premium seat tickets to the Pageant, a guided docent tour of the Festival, and a backstage tour of the Pageant for $1,999 per night. The Pageant of the Masters “UNDER THE SUN” package includes overnight accommodations and two premium seat tickets to the Pageant with rates starting at $899 per night.

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About Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts
The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts’ crowning jewel and arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Real people magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of arts. A live narrator guides the audience through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra. The Festival of Arts is California’s premiere fine art show. The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel rises above the Pacific Ocean and affords panoramic views across the horizon and the miles of sandy beach below. The resort’s extraordinary bluff top setting creates a backdrop that elevates the guest experience and creates distinctive and unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. Make the oceanfront resort a part of your travel plans and #riseabove. For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel.

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