July 25, 2008

July 17, 2008


Artist Edward Eyth and Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy with “Olympic Spirit” sculpture display.

July 17, 2008 - Laguna Beach, CA - California sculptor Edward Eyth and his family were recent special guests at the 2008 Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters. Eyth holds the unique distinction of being the only living artist whose work is featured in this year’s Pageant, the renowned theatrical celebration of art in tableaux vivants that is celebrating 75 years of “living pictures” at the Festival of Arts this summer. His bronze sculpture, “Olympic Spirit” is a highlight in this year’s Pageant, All the World’s a Stage.

Having seen previous Pageants, Eyth, who has his home and studio in Pacific Grove on the central California coast, was pleased when he was initially contacted about including his dynamic bronze of a man and woman holding aloft the five Olympic rings in this year’s production. “Olympic Spirit” had originally been created for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Sculpture Design Competition. After being selected from over 2,400 entries from 84 countries, the sculpture was presented with the Olympic Ring Award this spring, and a duplicate of the bronze will be on display in Beijing for the Olympic Games.

In addition, through a special arrangement with the artist, visitors to the Festival of Arts can also see Eyth’s original sculpture on display near the entrance to the Festival grounds this summer. For anyone wishing to see other examples of his work, Eyth is represented locally by Laguna Fine Art.

Pageant scriptwriter Dan Duling, who first brought the sculpture to the attention of director Diane Challis Davy, was quick to praise the artist. “Edward Eyth has been a joy to work with. His professionalism, cooperation and generosity have been remarkable. It was important to everyone associated with the Pageant that he be pleased with our re-creation of his work.”

“Olympic Spirit” appears in Act Two of All the World’s a Stage. Following the performance the artist shared his enthusiasm for what he’d just seen. “I'm still in awe of the spectacle and wonder of the Pageant as a cultural/entertainment experience,” Eyth said. “This year's program exceeds my recollection of the previous Pageants I've attended, and not just because I have the grand fortune of playing a small part. The art, the music, the writing, just first class all the way.”

The soft-spoken and modest artist concluded by saying, “The Pageant of the Masters really is a gem of education, culture and a fantastic night of theater. Our evening’s experience was a memory we’ll cherish for years to come.”

The Pageant of the Masters will be performed nightly from July 9 through August 30, with the Celebrity Gala Benefit Performance to be held on Saturday, August 23. General tickets are $20 – $100 (depending on seat location and night of the week); Gala Tickets $50 - $350. Pageant of the Masters ticket holders may present their stub at the Festival of Arts front gate for free admission. For further information, call 949-497-6852, or toll free 800-487-3378.

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Southern California, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, the Ritz-Carlton of Laguna Niguel, the Orange County Register and Time Warner. The Festival of Arts is a nonprofit organization that produces The Festival of Arts - California’s Premier Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. For general information, call 949-494-1145 or visit the website at www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California. Proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Laguna Beach.


Edward Eyth with Pageant President and former Laguna Beach Mayor Wayne Baglin





February 3, 2008


Beijing, June, 2007 - "Olympic Spirit" by U.S. sculptor Edward Eyth, shown here on display at the Beijing Millennium Monument as part of the 2008 Olympic Sculpture Exhibition International Tour.

Sculptor Edward Eyth received the distinction of being the only living artist to have work selected for this years Pageant of the Masters program.  The Pageant is the highlight of the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, considered to be California’s premiere fine art exhibition.  Borrowing from the tradition of tableaux vivants dating from medieval pageants and plays, Pageant of the Masters recreates famous works of art in living, breathing reality, using live actors and superbly recreated sets.  Works by artists ranging from Michelangelo to Norman Rockwell are brought to life with an astonishing level of accuracy.  The 2008 program draws its theme from Shakespeare; All the World’s a Stage includes notable figures from fine art history including Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, and DaVinci.  

Eyth’s sculpture titled “Olympic Spirit.” was created for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Sculpture Exhibition, a presentation of Olympic themed art that has toured internationally to locations including Rome, Barcelona, Moscow, Seoul, Hong Kong, Geneva and cities across China.  The sculpture depicts the five ring Olympic symbol (representing the five continents) being held aloft by two powerful athletes, one male and one female.