Irvine Studio Arts Festival

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One of my favorite things to do is peruse for craft and art fairs. I think it is extremely important to support local artists so I decided to explore the Irvine Fine Arts Center’s Annual Studio Arts Festival .  It showcased many talented local artists exhibiting original works of art including ceramics, mixed media, glass, painting, printmaking, wood, and metal arts. The exhibits started inside with several artists showcasing their photography and jewelry. Friendly faces distracted me from the crowded hallways. As the path led us outside, I was not expecting to see so many white tented displays.  It was sunny and beautiful and the scenic view of the lake at Heritage Park made me even happier that I decided to come.

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A few artists definitely stood out to me. My favorites among over 100 artists were:

Chuck & Helen Benes Photography– stunning photos including Old Gas Pumps and another of the Cerrillos Museum in New Mexico

Jill Dufau- gorgeous jackets made of vintage textiles

Jared Millar – printmaker of Tasty Americana, a suite of relief prints inspired by vintage fruit crate labels

Carol Tripp Martens– ceramic artist, including beautifully made teapots and other works of art

Laura Catlin – One of a kind stone art, including end and accent tables

Please take the time to visit their websites and support their talent. As I did not even get the chance to meet or speak to most of them, I think the artwork speaks for itself.

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable,, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.