The Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection is a tangible window to the Festival, Laguna Beach and the region’s rich art and cultural history. The collection is valued by the organization for its cultural and historical significance in relationship to the art, culture and its ability to tell the story of the birth of the Festival art scene and how the Festival became a major influence in the art world of Southern California.
Significant artwork examples, primarily by artists who have exhibited at the Festival, from the Festival’s 80 years as an organization, are represented and form the foundation of the Collection. Today, the Collection is comprised of over 500 artworks and several special collections with art objects exceeding several thousand. The Festival’s Collection along with historical documents are housed at foaNORTH and occasionally loaned to local institutions like the Laguna Art Museum, Ocean Institute and others.
First Painting Sold at First Festival of Arts
The Festival’s opening day was on August 13, 1932 and Flower Stalls by Virginia Wooley, was one of the first paintings sold and now held by the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection.