Showcasing everything from historic masterpieces, to work by emerging artists. Here are the best art galleries in Laguna Beach.
In the 1870s, a group of artists discovered Laguna Beach and were captivated by the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Ocean vistas, rocky coves, and mountainous terrain. These early settlers put down roots and, in 1918, founded the Laguna Beach Art Association, now named the Laguna Art Museum
. This gave rise to a flourishing art colony and, ultimately, the tourist industry Laguna Beach enjoys today.
With 100 art galleries available to explore amongst the Laguna Beach real estate, where do you start?
First Thursdays Art Walk
Get a good overview of the Laguna Beach art scene all in one evening during First Thursdays Art Walk
, happening the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mix and mingle with art enthusiasts and collectors as you gaze along the coast to galleries that represent diverse works by local and international artists. To make parking easier, take the trolley
Here’s a taste of the art you’ll discover:
“Miao Village Girl” embroidery by Phoenix Art
Laguna Art Museum:
The historic museum
is the main focal point of the city’s art scene, promoting artists and art events since its inception. Admission is free on art-walk evenings. Examples: Emerging Masters of 2019
featuring works by Laguna College of Art and Design graduates; animal Sculptures by Gwyn Murrill
in wood, marble, and bronze.
Lovers of fine textiles and ancient needlework techniques will marvel at the museum-quality, silk-embroidery products hand-sewn by artisans at Phoenix Art
in China. Examples: Paintings
, objects d’ art, and runway fashion
One of the oldest in town, the gallery
features 11 local artists working in a variety of media. Examples: Beach scenes, landscapes, and architectural paintings by artists such as Ellen Gladis
and Mike Kinney
“Cloud of Tadpoles” photography by Eiko Jones for National Geographic
Avran Fine Art: Avran
showcases an extensive collection of works by local and international artists. Examples: Evocative glass sculptures by László Lukácsi
(Budapest, Hungary) and contemporary paintings by James C. Leonard
National Geographic Fine Art Galleries, Laguna Beach:
At nine national galleries, Nat Geo
features fine photography by top international photographers (and operates lodges like The Ranch at Laguna Beach
). Examples: Wildlife, nature, and space.
The Signature Gallery, Laguna Beach:
The three Signature galleries—Laguna Beach
, Scottsdale, and Santa Fe—showcase regional and international artists’ collections. Examples: Vibrant pottery by Randy O’Brien
and paintings by self-taught artist Chuck Joseph
“La Casita” painting by Giorgio Dimichina, Artist Eye Gallery
The Redfern Gallery: Redfern specializes in American Impressionism with an emphasis on paintings by the early California Plein Air Artists (1890–1940). Examples: Plein air paintings by early California and current artists.
Artist Eye Gallery:
See a diverse range of paintings, photography, and sculpture by 16 local award-winning artists represented at this gallery
. Examples: Paintings by Susan Leonhard
(contemporary) and Al and Stella Gerk
Purchase original artwork directly from the artists represented at Cove Gallery
collective--without high gallery markups. Examples: Stylized botanicals and watercolor abstracts by Nancy Roux
and Peter McDonald