The 3rd annual Rejoice in Art! Fine art fair takes place this weekend, Oct.14-15 at the Riviera United Methodist Church.

Titled For the Beauty of the Earth, the event includes a national juried show, 30 local area artists, live music, food trucks, a children’s art show, a gift boutique and painting demonstrations. With a total of 88 original paintings on display, mediums from acrylic to watercolor, photography, oil and ceramics will be shown.

According to Lynn Attig, director of Rejoice in Art!, the event is a celebration of the creative talent in the South Bay.

“We are so blessed to live here, next to the ocean, with these stunning views and beautiful weather. Since moving here from Chicago 27 years ago, I try to remind myself every day that people in other parts of the country don't have this. But they can get a glimpse of it through the vision of the artists who capture it on canvas, or in clay, or through the lens of a camera,” she explains.

Attig notes that the original fine art fair includes exhibit space in tents and booths as well as inside ocean-view galleries at the UMC location.

“Riviera UMC has long been known for its musical excellence, so it was easy to expand to the visual arts and also to connect with musical performers donating their time to entertain throughout the weekend art event, including jazz, classical, rock, guitar, Persian setar, vocalists and more,” Attig said.

According to Attig, the event also features an educational component with free public art demonstrations in oil, pastel and watercolor. Local art school Canvas & Clay will host a children's show. Thirty pieces of fine art have been donated for an opportunity drawing. So, for a $5 raffle ticket, many people will win something beautiful, she said.

All net proceeds from the event benefit mission projects and art/music programs at UMC.

“It is a happy atmosphere, and I am always thrilled to see the smiles on the faces of those who attend and participate,” said Attig.

Among the standouts at this year’s event, Attig mentions the work of Chino Hills-based artist Lisa Mozzini-McDill, featured in this month's Southwest Art national magazine as an “Artist to Watch.” Her oil work “Zion Overlook” will be on display.

“Some exhibition artists, including Kathleen Weil, Mike Ishikawa and Otto Sturcke are standouts in the very competitive Pastel 100 competition by the Pastel Journal magazine, and we also have paintings by noted artists from the National Watercolor Society, including Jan Godachy and Louisa McHugh. Plus we have multiple-award-winning local artists, including Hermosa Beach resident David Wolfram and Joe Mancuso from Manhattan Beach,” Attig adds. “Juried artists were selected from as far away as Connecticut, Florida and Georgia, and Washington state.”

Attig is excited to coordinate another Rejoice in Art! event, noting that the during the last two years of the exhibition, many artworks sold.

“The heart and soul of Rejoice in Art! has remained the same over the years, but the event continues to evolve to become bigger, better and more prestigious. We have expanded from a one-day fair in 2015 to a full-weekend fair this year. The juried show grew from California-only artists the first year, to a national juried show this year.”

This year, the exhibition broadened their theme from seascapes-only the past two years to the current more inclusive theme of nature, including landscapes, seascapes, still-life and floral works, animals and wildlife, portraits and figures.

“As a result of broadening and also opening it up nationwide, we attracted nearly three times the number of entries this year,” Attig said.

Artworks have been juried by oil and pastel painter and author Richard McKinley, current president of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Exhibition winners will be selected by artist Otto Stürcke. After opening weekend, the fine art exhibition continues until Oct. 29, Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with other viewing hours by appointment.

Rejoice in Art! Fine Art Fair and Exhibition is Oct. 14-15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Riviera UMC, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd., in Redondo Beach.

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