Festival Highlights

Festival of Arts

Art of Cooking

Watermarc's chef Kiel Anderson will demonstrate his recipes, which helped place the restaurant on Orange Coast Magazine's "Top Ten" list in 2010, from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the festival's weekly Art of Cooking event.

Afterward, he'll let patrons sample his dishes before they head home to try their own hand at his recipes.

An Orange County native, Anderson has worked in the food industry since he was fifteen. While in culinary school at the Art Institute of Los Angeles, Orange County, he worked at Marbella Country Club, Tail of the Whale and Opah Restaurant.

He was later promoted to Chef de Cuisine, where he currently works with Marc Cohen, the chef and owner of Watermarc.

Youth Arts Education

The theme of Wednesday's Youth Arts Education day is "Bag Day," where festival artists will teach kids to use paper, plastic, glue, paints, paper, stamps, string, wire and found objects to create masks and 3-D sculptures.

Meanwhile parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the festival grounds.

Open to kids ages 5 to 12. Cost is $10. Reservations are required, so call (949) 464-4233 or e-mail carole.boller@foapom.com.

Coffee and Conversations

Get inside the minds of mixed media artists at Thursday's "Coffee and Conversations," when artist Hedy Buzan will lead a discussion from 10 to 11 a.m. with Mia Moore, Betty Haight, John Warren, Gerard Basil Stripling and Carolyn Machado called "Collage, Assemblage and the Found Object."

The artists will discuss an overview of the historical sources of mixed media, which influenced many of the modern art movements and how this impacts the artists' own work.

The discussion will touch on the various processes of Fine Art Printmaking and the issues facing printmakers in our highly digital world.

Participation is free with festival admission.

Sawdust Festival

Sawdust Music Entertainment

The festival will feature an array of musical talent, including a performance by Paul Pederson from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Tavern.

All three stages will play live surf music all day Saturday.

This Side Up will get down from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the Main Deck.

Get Bluesy with Satin Blue from noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday on the Deck.

Singer-songwriter Nick I will give a soulful performance from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tavern. Sasha Evans will deliver an equally soulful performance at the same time and place on Wednesday.

The Girls just want you to have fun from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m. Thursday at the Main Deck.

For a complete list of performances, visit http://www.sawdustartfestival.org.

Hawaiian Surf Day

Saturday is Hawaiian Surf Day at Sawdust, where patrons can celebrate beach life with surf music, creative crafts and other Hawaiian-themed activities.

Learn how to paint seascapes, make leis and grass skirts, and design a surfboard with Festival artists; enjoy one of the many specials on Hawaiian cocktails and beer offered throughout the day at the Sawdust Saloon; and enjoy live surf-themed music on all three stages.

Art-A-Fair

Music Performances

Art-A-Fair will host an eclectic mix of performers throughout the week, including a pop-rock show with Bob Johnson from 5 to 8 tonight.

Blues with Shades of Blue from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

A Jazz Attack is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

A performance by classical guitarist Joseph Yashar is from 5 to

8 p.m. Thursday.

Art-A-Fair Workshops

New to Art-A-Fair this year are daily workshops, including Chinese brush painting with K.C. Horng today; classic beading with Janeen Shagman on Sunday; watercolor with Barbara Kimmel-Palmer on Monday; oil and palette knife with Elaine Hughes on Tuesday; acrylic painting with Carol Heiman-Greene on Wednesday; and drawing with Sharon Cannon on Thursday.

For more information about the workshops, including agendas and costs, visit http://www.art-a-fair.com/workshops.

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