Art-A-Fair offers chance for all artists to display their work

Elizabeth Ortiz

Laguna Beach has hosted the Art-A-Fair for 47 summers, welcoming local artists as well as those from around the world.

It does not restrict to residency like other local shows in town. It is a place welcoming visiting artist to display their work.

A committed board of artist members volunteer time and energy to guide the progress and growth of this event. There are 125 exhibiting members currently displaying art.

Wine and cheese were offered by many artists who are nearby to answer questions.

“Being from Iran, I learned to oil paint from my talented brother Siavash Zafarmand,” said shabnam Zafarmand. “I migrated to the States and opened up an art school for children (Mission Art Center) in the city Orange and was excited to sell a painting my first night of the show.”

Luis and Clara Gac Tapia, a husband-and-wife team from Chile, displayed their ceramics.

“It’s our third year at the show and we sold quite a bit,” Luis Tapia said. “My wife puts flowers on teapots and I like to create interesting shapes for vases.”

Moran Nhel is inspired by nature and wants to make an impact by creating ceramic art involving animals. He uses wood from Cambodia that sits under a sting ray.

“I come from Cambodia and grew up in a fishing village where I remember an abundant sea life and parakeets were flying everywhere,” Nhel said. “But if you go back today there is nothing left. All the animals seem to be gone because the Basil tree has been cut down and everything has become a city.”

To find out more about the art show as well as information about participating artists, visit