Rejoice in Art!, a fine art fair and exhibition held in Redondo Beach, is back for its 4th year with a record number of entries for its juried show.
The show, titled "For the Beauty of the Earth 2018," begins Oct. 13 and 14 at Riviera United Methodist Chruch. The exhibition will be hosted for three weekends, but the fair, with free parking, admission, live musical events, and a gift boutique, runs opening weekend only.
According to Rejoice in Art director Lynn Attig, there are more than 30 artist booths, free art demonstrations, and a national juried show that features more than 90 original artworks. And, she said, the event is getting well known in the community.
"People that I mail postcards to about the event tell me they’re already aware of it, and excited. And we’re excited, too. The UMC makes the perfect venue for an art show, it’s a large, gorgeous, multi-level facility,” she said.
Attig has had 300 entries this year, with 93 works making the final selection. Juried entries come from across the country as well as from local artists. They range from $250 to $15,000.
Internationally renowned pastel artist Kim Lordier served as juror; judging the exhibition, Peter Adams is the 30-year president of the historic California Art Club, which was established in 1909.
Among the event’s most popular features, the juried art show sold 25 percent of all pieces last year, a significant number of works for a juried show, Attig said.
“And the fine art booths are just a fun, festive atmosphere, with everything from original art to prints to notecards to a master woodworker.”
The event also features what Attig describes as a “crafts boutique, with handmade jams, knitted goods, and other handmade items.”
Among the artists showing at the fair is Otto Sturcke, last year’s Rejoice in Art! juried exhibition judge. This year, he has a demonstration booth and he’s offering a two-day workshop on-site during the second weekend, October 20 and 21st for $250.
Other artists on tap include Hermosa Beach resident David Wolfram, who has exhibited each year. The artist creates oil and pastel landscapes and is a part of the South Bay’s Destination Art.
Internationally acclaimed contemporary oil painter Olga Kirmon will also be a part of the event, and is offering a free portrait painting demonstration on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. “She’s a young artist who collectors are going crazy for right now,” Attig asserts, adding that there will be many other free demonstrations throughout the weekend.
And adding to the fun, an Opportunity Drawing will be held, offering the chance to win an original painting. For the $5 individual ticket price - or $20 for 5 tickets - attendees can place their entries in a box next to the painting of their choice – and if they are lucky enough to win it, they do not have to be present to claim their prize.
“What I most want people to know about this event is that it’s free, there’s free parking, and there’s going to be something for everyone in every corner of the fair," said Attig. "You can drop by for 30-minutes for a quick look, or spend a whole day, or two days."
Net proceeds benefit Riviera UMC’s outreach projects, along with its art and music programs.
Rejoice in Art! Fine Art Fair and Exhibition 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., October 13-14 at Riviera UMC, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach.
For more information, visit RejoiceinArt.com.