The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 1, 1956 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
Issue Date:
Thursday, March 1, 1956
Page 12
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PACK TTTELV1 BLTTinnriLLI (ARK.) OWS1WI KIWI , MARCH 1, Living Art F or JO years, ttie people of Laguna Beach on the Southern C«*ifornla coast annually have staged their Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts. M consists of paintings and sculptures reproduced by living models so painstakingly done that the viewer can almost believe he is seeing the original. Difficult poses are held up to three minutes. Invisible wires support the models during this time. Careful lighting and makeup are used to help achieve the near perfection which characterizes each reproduction. Approximately 500 volunteer models have been cast in the various si&jects. Another 100 persons work backstage on makeup, lighting, music, and other chores. The total represents about 10 per cent of the town's population. This participation has resulted in the Festival being called the "whole town's hobby." Performances are given nightly over a period of more than four weeks. There are three different programs of 22 works in each. Norman Rockwell's painting, "Yankee Doodte," as recreated by live-models at the Laguna Beach Festtwl of Arts. Each performance of the festival closes with this reproduction of "The Last Supper," Leonardo da Vinci's great masterpiece. Jo Williamson helps Anne Rafael correct herpose as Diana for the living reproduction of Paul Manship's sculpture, "Actaeon and Diana." Live reproduction of "Actaeon and Diana," the well-known sculpture by Paul Manship. Models for this work are Dick Bowman and Ann Rafael. firls who will depict characters in the famous art works prepare to transform themselves with wigs. Benvenuto Cellini's "Salt Cellar" *s recreated at the Laguna Beach Festival. Pageant producer Howard Graham looks over Jack Kress and Maxine Whetsler as they try out for "The Danceri." ffik Wxk't PICTIMI IHOW-AP

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