Saturday, July 19, 2008

Pageant of the Masters 75 Years

©2006 The New York Times/Monica Almeida

©2006 The New York Times/Monica Almeida

click on image for article from www.welcometosocal.com for the history of Pageant of the Masters.

click on image for article from www.welcometosocal.com for the history of Pageant of the Masters.

All the above pieces have one thing in common... they all use live models to recreate famous works of art. I attended the Pageant of the Masters this last week and had been waiting years to see this incredible homage to fine arts and I was not disappointed. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take any photographs so I can only share images I found through the internet, but maybe this is better so as to tease you into seeing the real thing. It's amazing what is put together and the show is beautifully set at a permanent outdoor theater created solely for the event that happens only twice a year and always sells out early. I have a wonderful and generous art loving client that bought our tickets back in December to make our outing possible. There were six of us venturing to Laguna Beach (just about an hour south of Los Angeles) to see the show and despite having only two sets of binoculars (which are a MUST) we shared close-up views of paintings and sculptures that from where we sat looked just like the real thing. But to steal the up-close peeks you truly appreciate what you are seeing before you. Maybe this should be the 8th Wonder of the World?