Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 9, 1961 · Page 65
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 65

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 9, 1961
Page 65
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LACUNA 'BEACH'S -American lesion in Art (Continued From Cover) on wider recognition, as a number of foreign correspondents h a v e a n - nounced t h e i r intention of visiting tlie "phenomenon" so they may tell their people in lands across the sea what Laguna Beach is doing in honoring the works of the masters who painted before Laguna was even born. Some of the works of the real old mastets to be seen at this summer's Pageant of the Masters will be a Viennese porcelain, "The Portrait Painter," by Antonio Grassi; Britain's contribution to the Pageant, an 18th Century group of two famous portraits by Sir Thomas Laurence and one by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Florentine art conies from "Adoration of a Child" by Andrea Delia Robhia. The Dutch master, Gerard Ter Borsch, depicts tlic life and garments of the period w i t h "The Suitor's Visit." THE VENETIAN master, Giorgione, is represented by "The Holy Family"; "The Dancers" by Harriet Whitney Frishmutli, an American; "The R e t u r n of theCProdigal Son" by the Spanish artist Bartolome F.steban Murillo"; "Stealing the S h o w" by Cydney. an American; "Sweet Adeline" by Norman Rockwell; "Interior and W i n t e r Landscape" by the Japanese artist. Toyoharu Utagawa; "Omer Talon" by Phillipe de Champagne, l-'lemish a r t i s t ; "Daybreak" by Maxfield Parrish; "Marie Antoinette ai Home" by the French artist, V. de Peredes; "Dancers in Blue" by Edgar Degas; "The F.ight Immortals" Chinese ivory, traditional Taoism figures; "Dance at Bougival" by Pierre Auguste Renoir. French impressionist; "Haymaking" by I. e o n Augustin L'Herrmtte. The Civil War Centennial will be commemorated in a special picture adaptation titled "The Blue and the Gray." Other u n i q u e presentations include "The Stained Glass Window" reproducing an ancient form of art, and a sculpture g a l l e r y composed of seven figures created by world famous sculptors. In addition to the foreign correspondents who plan to cover the Festival of Arts, a number of consuls representing oilier nations have accepted invitations to be guests of the board of directors, all of which will add considerably to the international flavor of the 2Glh a n n u a l art spectacle. One of the first artists to visit the Festival to see one of his pictures brought (o life on the stage by living figures was Norman Rockwell. He sat in the audience the f i r s t half of the program when his picture was shown, and at intermission requested permission to visit back stage and to meet the characters in his work t i t l e d "Hollywood Dreams." THIS SUMMER John Callan, producer of tfie Pageant, has a cast list of !CO men, w o m e n and children ready to do their parts in maintaining the success of the Festival which was assured the first time it was presented in 1932. It was born t h a t year in a little street which was more commonly referred to as a downtown alley just about a block long. All about on adjoining fences and walls were hung the paintings of the few artists who then called Laguna Beach home. In 193), the Festival management voted to liven up the show a little by adding w h a t they called a living tableau. I.olita Perinp, who had retired from an aclive career on the stage, was chosen to pose in the tableau. This f e a t u r e , the management decided, should be continued the next year, and probably expanded. Roy Ropp, an artist who also sold real estate, was alert to the potentialities of the project and gave this part of the Festival the title of Pageant of the Masters. From the little alley, the pageant moved h i t h e r and yon, one of the earlier-day successes being scored on a point overlooking the Pacific Ocean where the now famous Victor Hugo Inn stands. There were parades and dancing along with the Festival then, and "a good time was had by all." There have been no parades since, principally because Laguna's streets have been packed with traffic all during the summer season, and the center of town Iras been slashed w i t h a nrjjor north-south highway. HOWEVER, GAIETY has not been shelved during the Festival season. Artists and artisans vie enthusiastically to present the most colorful exhibits on the grounds, and for many years prizes were awarded to the most o u t s t a n d i n g . The major portion of the six-acre tract at the mouth of Laguna Canyon where the Festival is now permanently located was donated by the Irvine Ranch Co., and another small tract purchased to round out the needed space. From the first "alley" presentation of the Festival it now has its own permanent stage which was built at cost of $90,000, and again assistance came from the Irvine firm--a cash gift of $25,000 in appreciation of the group's efforts to give the country something really worth while in art education. The Festival of Arts thrives on the strength of an eager community spirit. People from alt walks of life, and of all ages, enter i n t o the work with an enthusiasm that is hard to explain. The Festival is a once-a-year event and is unlike any other community enterprise. Few persons realize that the project is a labor of love to more than 700 natives of the area. One year's event is hardly over before preparations begin for the next. A GREAT BACKLOG of costumes and h a n d - p a i n t e d backdrops for each i n d i v i d u a l subject, accumulated during the 20 years of production, defies any valuation. Hundreds of wigs and hair pieces, props, elaborate make-up especially prepare;! create the illusion (Continued on Page 22) Portrait in the English grand style by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Laciy Delme and Her Children, will be posed by live models in Pageant of the Masters- Nostalgic reminder of a popular picture in the blue and gold that was a mart of the wort of Ma«f!eld Parrish in the early twenties is "Daybreak." *g*3O o'll / e e u n v Modern facilities serve to present Laguna's Festival. Center, booths for display of arts, crafts; center background. Pageant of Masters theater.

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