Indian Wells Art Festival

By Marisa Holladay

From Coveted Coastal City to International Desert Affaire

Laguna Beach Artists Selected to Show at the 15th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival

Raku fired ceramics, hand-colored photography, large-scale metal sculpture, jewelry, hand-painted silk fashions, paintings of sprawling landscapes and in the style of classic Russian masters are among the fine art from nine Laguna Beach artists chosen to be showcased at the prestigious 2017 Indian Wells Arts Festival in Indian Wells, California,  March 31 through April 2.

Long-recognized for its scenic coves and influential artist community, these Laguna Beach artists will share the spotlight with two-hundred juried artists from twenty-five countries across the globe celebrating the Festival’s 15th annual show. Metal sculptor Jon Seeman is perhaps best known for his 16-foot-tall sculpture Breaching Whale, perfectly situated at a vantage point in Heisler Park where you can also watch whales swim by on their migration route. Life-long Laguna Beach artist Mike Brennan’s traditional Raku fired ceramics can be seen in Wolfgang Puck’s upscale restaurants and the Palm’s Hotel in Las Vegas. Husband and wife art team Christopher and Dinah Lee hand paint silk georgettes and design their wearable art into flowing jackets, tunics, blouses, shawls and scarves.

Safari photographer Paul Renner was born and raised with the Serengeti Plains and world-famous Ngorongoro Crater National Park as his back yard in Tanzania, but finds his home in Laguna Beach to be just as photographically extraordinary with the splendor of the California coastline. Russian oil painter Vladimir Ryabchikov also splits his time and inspiration bi-continentally with his gallery in Moscow and representation at Elena Fine Art gallery. Tracey Moscaritolo‘s acrylic paintings possess a colorful and abstract quality in addition to an impressionistic style.

Renowned photographer and mixed media art partners Martin Roberts and Dan Witte travel the world together capturing black and white images of modern remains of antiquity and bring them back to their Laguna Beach studio and gallery where the master silver gelatin prints are then painted with traditional art mediums of oils, acrylics and watercolor paints creating an almost 3-dimensional image.

Jeweler MarriJane Morrison’s sterling silver and 18-karat gold elements are organically styled and boldly accented by semi-precious stones into sophisticated adornments, while fellow artist Catherine Reade designs and hand fabricates her fashion forward line of raw, industrial jewelry collections from precious metals and stones.

Just a short eastward drive from Orange County, past the famous windmills, and nestled on the desert floor, the Indian Wells Arts Festival has become a destination event with festival-goers making it a day-trip and weekend-trekker’s art adventure. Artists will transform the grounds of the world-famous Indian Wells Tennis Garden (home of the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament) into an international palette of art with their collections exhibited for a distinguished panel of judges, and will have the opportunity to demonstrate and sell their work directly to the expected 12,000 art enthusiasts in attendance from all over the country.

The 15th annual Indian Wells Arts Festival will take place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, in Indian Wells, California, on March 31, April 1 & 2, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children FREE, Adults $13. Free parking and valet available. For more information visit


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