Pageant of the Masters

The famous real-people-in-paintings spectacular is just a year shy of its 80th. Eye what's in store this year.

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Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach makes its 2012 debut on Saturday, July 7. It has been a part of the famous Festival of the Arts since 1933.
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Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach makes its 2012 debut on Saturday, July 7. It has been a part of the famous Festival of the Arts since 1933.
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How do you apply make up to make a living human being appear painted? Carefully and with much skill, of course.
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The costumes and color have to fit the well-known work of art.
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The theme of the 2012 Pageant is "The Genius" -- art and technology are two topics of the presentation.
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How still could you keep while live on stage? Would you time each blink?
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And the final painting -- the woman from the previous pictures is on the horse, of course.
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Manet gets his masterly due during the 2012 Pageant.
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Every fold has to be just so; a member of the Pageant crew adjusts a dress with the copy of the image in hand.
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The Pageant professionals have a gift for paying homage to every detail in the painting they are recreating.
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A peek backstage.
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Pageant of the Masters is on in Laguna Beach from Saturday, July 7 through Friday, Aug. 31.
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