Festival of Arts 2015

Festival of Arts now accepting artists’ applications for the summer of 2015 Fine Art Show – Free seminar Sept 29

Festival of Arts – California’s Premier Fine Art Show is a prestigious, highly competitive, regional juried fine art show featuring original artwork by southern Orange County’s finest artists. The 2015 show will run next July and August.

Artists who would like to apply for the 2015 fine art show should submit a CD with three digital images per media and a completed application form to the Festival of Arts by Oct 31, 2014 (by 4 p.m.). Applicants may download an application from the Festival’s website, www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org, or call 949-464-4234.

The Festival of Arts accepts applications from artists residing in the following cities: Aliso Viejo, Balboa, Balboa Island, Capistrano Beach, Coto de Caza, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest (El Toro), Mission Viejo, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Artists must be able to show that they have resided in one of the aforementioned cities for at least one year prior to Oct 31, 2014. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted.

The jurors will score the submitted artwork based on quality, intention and content; excellence of craftsmanship; facility with media; excellence in the use of design elements; and professional presentation.

The free seminar (Sept 29) – “How to prepare your artwork for submission to the 2015 summer exhibit” will help interested artists to learn more about the Festival of Arts, the application process and photographing artwork effectively for submission, artists are invited to attend at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds from 7 – 9 p.m. on a first come first served basis. For more information, please call (949) 464-4234.

Dr. Lynette Henderson – Featured Works

Lynette K. Henderson is a working artist in drawing and painting, with a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1986), and MFA from the University of Minnesota (1989).

A figurative painter, Henderson is deeply connected to spiritual and aesthetic aspects of nature, interested in landscape and animals, both domestic and wild. In addition to studio work, she is also a professor of art education at California State University, Northridge.

E-mail:  lynettekhenderson@mac.com

Shelley Heffler – Featured Works

Growing up in the Bronx project, I often found myself wanting to get out. I knew that there was more to the world than my confining environment. At a young age, I learned to navigate my way through the city streets and subways using transit maps as my guide and the subway my gateway to explore the city jungle.  My thirst to discover new lands and experience new cultures has led me around the world. The maps I held promised routes and passages to travels unknown.

Roaming the city I discovered the Met and the Art Students League, both nurturing my artistic education. Eventually, I attended Fashion Institute of Technology receiving an A.A. degree in Interior Design. This landed me a job designing carpets for Edward Fields. Two years later, I transferred to Los Angeles where I met my first husband. We left L.A. to live in Spain and travel overland to India. Our journey took us to exotic places such as Morocco, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. After a year, we returned to Los Angeles, I attended CSUN receiving a Masters Degree in Fine Arts.

Traveling the world and mapping my journeys has been a way of exploring cultures, terrains and enhancing the visible search for adventures. What emerges is a visual exploration of the world around me.

My recent series of paintings reflect my interest in maps, cartography and topography. They do not represent actual maps, but reference a composite collection of locations that intuitively evoke a sense of place. The paintings are constructed on the grid as an underlying structure of poured colored paints, richly layered surfaces that reveal and conceal strata and crust. I am interested in the physicality of landforms and its evidence of time and age as it emerges from the residue of human marks.


Shelley Heffler is an artist and teacher. Her teaching experience includes Cal State University, Northridge, Otis College of Art and Design, and high school ceramics in Los Angeles.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Shelley discovered the Art Students League at the age of 15 taking drawing and painting classes. She received an A.A. degree in interior design from Fashion Institute of Technology. Painting was her first love and she worked as a carpet designer for Edward Fields. After moving to Los Angeles, she left the country for a year to travel abroad to destinations that were rarely seen and explored by western eyes. Returning to Los Angeles, she attended Cal State, Northridge, studying drawing with Marvin Hardin and sculpture with Robert Bassler.

She received a Masters degree from C.S.U.N. in sculpture and immediately had success with exhibitions at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Municipal Art Gallery.
Shelley has been teaching ceramics for more than 20 years. She is Nationally Board Certified Professional teacher and mentors new teachers for Los Angeles Unified School District. Her current studio is in Inglewood, California.


2010    Studies    Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2009    Studies    Penland School of Crafts, NC
1986    MFA         California State University, Northridge
1984    BA           California State University, Northridge
1972    AA           Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Email:  shelleyheffler@yahoo.com

Website: www.shelleyheffler.com

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