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Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach mission is to promote, produce, and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. Every summer the organization hosts California's premier open air fine art show and produces its most famous attraction, the "Pageant of the Masters."

Featuring an outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the Pageant of the Masters is one of the most unique productions in the world.

Every summer since 1933, ticket holders have been amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of "tableaux vivants" (living pictures), incredibly faithful re­creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

This tree features 24 mini masterpiece replicas hand painted by Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy. She has selected 24 iconic images from the book "The Story of Painting" by Sister Wendy Beckett. The mini recreations were drawn freehand and then painted with acrylic paint on canvas boards. Most of the pictures took about 2 hours to paint. All are framed and the artist hopes that her little paintings will have a life beyond the holiday season. Viewers will recognize works by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Edouard Manet and other master artists whose paintings have often been transformed into life-sized recreations in the world-famous Pageant of the Masters.

Also adorning the tree are artist's palettes, mini classical statuettes and a tree topper made of artist's paint brushes. The picture frames and garlands add a golden glamor to the overall effect.

Tree ornaments include 6 (six) tickets to the VIP Night performance of next summer's Pageant of the Masters, "Made in America," on July 6th. Plus, enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour for 6 (six) during a Pageant rehearsal, prior to the show (date TBD). At which time, the winner will have the rare and exclusive opportunity to meet Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy and watch the making of a living picture.

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