Lovers of local arts, crafts, music and theater strolled the grounds of the Thousand Oaks Civic Center and The Lakes Friday and Saturday to take in the sights and sounds of the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival.
The 11th annual event featured over 60 visual artists.
The work of iconic Conejo Valley photographer Ed Lawrence was on display at the Thousand Oaks city booth. The soon-to-be 90-year-old photographer was on hand to answer questions and sign autographs as fans clamored over historic images that span the 50 year evolution of the region.
The collection of Lawrence’s 17,000 images are owned by the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation. “I wanted to make them available for the public to enjoy,” said the first-time festival participant.
On the outdoor main stage Sunday, festival co-chair Richard Williams introduced honorary co-chairs Patrick and Catherine Warburton to the gathered crowd. The couple encouraged the audience to participate in the arts and local programs.
“It’s an honor,” said Catherine. “Even though we live in Santa Rosa Valley, we are T.O. folks. We shop here, our kids attend school here. This is such a great opportunity to celebrate local artists at the same time exposing your children to fun arts and crafts projects.”