American Art Festivals, a producer of art expositions throughout California for the past nine years, is making its local debut with the Santa Monica Arts Festival, scheduled Friday through Sunday, September 15th to 17th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and children under 12 years old are admitted free.

Exposition hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Organizers estimate that the event will feature 15,000 original works of art with about 200 artists and contemporary craftspeople in attendance, all selected through a jury system based on the originality and quality of the work.

About 40 painters working in watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylics are offering traditional and modern, landscape and still-life, animal and floral, portrait and abstract, whimsical and surrealistic original works and limited edition prints.

Twelve sculptors will exhibit works as varied in size as bronzes meant to fit on a mantle and large welded assemblages suitable for a yard.

Eight photographers are scheduled to display their works of natural and architectural landscapes, American and international scenes, and portraits of people and animals from around the world, in both color and black-and-white.

Eleven ceramic artists are exhibiting their stoneware, porcelain and raku works, with clay creations, including functional hand-thrown plates, cups, tea sets, vases, whimsical sculptures and hand-carved tiles assembled into bas-relief clay paintings.

Twelve woodworkers will display carvings and creations on domestic and exotic woods.

The festival is presented by Warren Cook, who produced the annual Harvest Festival from 1972 to 1989. Cook’s American Art Festivals are also held in San Diego, Sacramento and San Jose.

Information, (310) 440-0143.

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