The Festival of Arts’ student artists will have their 2002 Holiday
Show and Sale Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wells Fargo Bank on
the third-floor gallery. The show has been moved from the festival
grounds because of construction.
About 30 adult art students from the festival’s art education
program will participate in the show, submitting raku pottery,
sculpture and mixed media.
Local artists Monica Dunham and Mada Leach teach the classes at
the festival for a community outreach program that started in 1992.
Dunham specializes in raku, pottery and sculpture, and Leach teaches
“The Festival of Arts advisory board got the idea to focus on art
education for the community,” Leach said.
Most of the participants have been doing the art classes five or
“There are a lot of professionals, teachers and principals who are
absolutely devoted,” Leach said.
Some of the students are now competing in shows and many won
awards in the Orange County Fair.
“It’s good and very encouraging, teaching that in any work to
notice the good in it,” student Shahla Etedali said. “I think the
show is a very good idea. It gives exposure to people who might not
be known as artists per se. And it gives the public access to works
in this class.”
Etedali has been a student for three years.
“The show will have a wide range,” Dunham said. “Each student has
their own selectivity, own series of pieces, good pieces and
Dunham is pleased that the festival has acquired a kiln that is
perfect for raku and ceramics. Her students do raku yaki, which
philosophically means pleasure, serendipitous and spontaneous.
The character of the art form is the crackled surface, the clay,
the pearl and copper essence and the blackened clay -- constituents
that make every creation unique.
“Each piece is different. It’s when fire, earth and chance merge
together,” Dunham said. “Every piece is special. No two pieces are
Dunham said that with this type of work, one can’t have
expectations because of the spectrum of outcomes.
“The classes have a different feel, even an emeritus program,”
Leach said. “Because Monica and I are both professional artists,
The holiday show offers varied works with a lot of affordable
pieces according to Leach. There’s also some experimental art that
both encourage in their classes.
“I want to have a successful show,” Dunham said. “A show will only
be as successful as the amount of people who go to it.”
The Wells Fargo Bank is at 260 Ocean Ave.
For more information about the Festival of Arts Community Outreach
Program, call 494-1145. The next workshops start in January. There is
also a junior program for ages 3 to 15 and a summer workshop during
the festival by artist Anne England.