Labor Day Weekend: August 31 – September 2, 2013

Welcome to the Sausalito Art Festival!


Celebrate Art with Creativity, Music, Food and Fun

The country’s best art, most exciting artists, a top-name music line-up, tempting gourmet food, fine wines and premium beers, bring more than 30,000 art lovers together in an electrifying atmosphere of creativity, fun, discovery and magic at one of the world’s greatest and most beloved art festivals every Labor Day Weekend. For more than 60 years, the Sausalito Art Festival has brought art, artists and the community together to inspire, and be inspired and to share the life-enhancing power of art and human connection. Join us at the Festival in the beautiful waterfront setting of Sausalito to celebrate art.

The 61st Annual Festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, August 31 – September 2, 2013. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Monday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


American Icon Announcements

The American Icon Competition Announces Judges & Extends Deadline

The Sausalito Art Festival American Icon Art Competition—celebrating images inspired by the American Flag—has extended the deadline for submissions until July 16, providing participants an opportunity to capture photographs and complete paintings of July 4th American flag imagery.

The competition invites photographers and painters ñ whether students, amateurs, or professionals—to submit inspirational images of the American flag. In addition to prize money, winning images will also earn a coveted place in the innovative American Icon multi-media, digital exhibition at the Sausalito Art Festival, Labor Day Weekend, August 31 – September 2. The festival, now in its 61st year, is ranked as one of the top art events in the country.

American Icon submissions will be judged by six acclaimed artists from the U.S. and Canada. They are all working artists, many of whom have previously exhibited at the Sausalito Art Festival.

Edward Avila Known for his pastel painting, Edward studied painting and drawing at Sonoma State University and did graduate study at Pratt Institute in NYC ; he has had numerous gallery exhibits throughout his career. Jeff Cooperman -- an artist and animator residing in Marin County, Jeff studied figurative painting at the New York Academy of Art as well as the New York Studio School. He currently works for Activision/Blizzard and teaches animation at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

Larry Frank A noted travel photographer, Larry spent 24 years with Nikon Canada as manager of their Professional Division. He has advised, consulted and instructed photographers ranging from forensic to fashion and pioneered the Nikon School of Photography. William McCarthy -- William has received numerous awards at art festivals around the country and has been a faculty menber in the Art Department at Wesleyan University in CT for years.

Steve Solinsky With a degree in architecture from the University of California, Steve utilized his design training first as a freelance graphic artist and then as a fine art photographer, exhibiting in galleries and museums throughout the country.

Michael Swearngin A focus of Michael's career has been to keep the heritage of the West alive through his Contemporary cowboy paintings.

Winners will be announced in early August. For more information, competition guidelines and to submit images, go to

About the American Icon Exhibition Inaugurated as part of the 60th anniversary of the Sausalito Art Festival in 2012, the competition was conceived as a way to welcome artists of all skill levels to exhibit at the festival, unrestricted by geography and focusing on a different theme every year that celebrates one of the worldís most recognized icons. This year, that icon is the American Flag.

Old Glory has been the subject of artists from the moment it was first raised over 200 years ago. It was a favorite of 19th century artists and continued to hold an iconic place in the work of many 20th century artists including Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.

Every work of art submitted to the competition, as well as the final show will be exhibited on the American Icon website, enabling those who cannot attend the Sausalito Art Festival and American Icon Exhibition to see all of the images submitted, in addition to the winning images.

The exhibition will be on display in the Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model on the festival site at Marinship Park along the Sausalito waterfront. Presented on a large screen as a high-definition video with a special sound score, ìThe entire American Icon show—from digital submissions to digital exhibit, to no shipping, no travel, no fossil fuel—makes the competition very global and very green.


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