I was pretty giddy. I had not been to this part of California for ages and it's where I spent so many hours of my growing up years that I was just happy to see it all again. And Laguna Beach is a very special place with its ocean side cliffs and artist colony vibe. We found a great last minute deal on a hotel so with Tanner safely camped with my cousin and his wife, we took off late Monday morning and arrived in Laguna by 12.30.
|The view from our hotel patio|
Anyway...we watched the temperature drop as we headed to the coast.
|I spent many hours of my youth watching beach volleyball. |
I played, but mainly indoor.
|Main beach Laguna: Still loads going on even on a cloudy day|
We wanted to get to the art show to view the artists on display so we jumped on a free trolley for a ride to the site. Set outside under tents, the Festival of the Arts shows off 140 local award winning artists.
|Outside the Festival grounds|
After a short rest in the late afternoon, it was time for the Pageant. The Pageant of the Masters is set in an outdoor amphitheater with a large stage where master piece paintings and sculptures are re-created using live human beings. It's hard to imagine that real people are standing in these giant recreations but part of the fun is watching them put the art together before your eyes. The stage goes dark and it's really the lighting that "creates" the painting. I last saw the show over 25 years ago and it has developed nicely using modern technology and a vast array of spaces all around the amphitheater. The recreated sculptures were simply breathtaking and the narration and the live music coming from a 29 piece orchestra made for a marvelously magic evening.
Just before the show began, Doug whispered to me, "I still don't get this." Once the first "painting" was rendered, he was a believer in why I love this show so much! Our favorite was this piece, "Snap the Whip" by Winslow Homer.
|The bottom photo shows our fav. You were not allowed to take photos|
One beautiful piece of art after another was recreated before our eyes for a glorious 90 minutes.
I have no idea if we'll get back to do this again (tickets are hard to get) but I am so thankful that we were finally in town when this wonderful art event was taking place. And being back near the coast was particularly satisfying.