About Art and Design in Laguna Beach
Home to a vibrant artist community, Laguna Beach has dozens of art museums and galleries along with a robust summer calendar filled with activities and opportunities for art lovers.
Norman St. Claire, a San Francisco artist, first arrived in 1903 and recreated the magic of this out-of-the way location on canvas. He is credited with establishing the town as an artists’ colony, a reputation that has carried on for more than a century. In the early 1920s, a group of landscape painters laid the foundation of the art community which is still thriving to this day.
There are many opportunities for art lovers to experience art in Laguna Beach. One way is the monthly First Thursdays Art Walk which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. This free event goes year round from 6-9pm and many of the town's numerous galleries and museums participate with free entry, wine and cheese as well as live music, and artists on hand to speak of their work. Another "don't miss" opportunity to experience art in Laguna Beach is to attend the Pageant of the Masters. This "You gotta see it to believe it" performance arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. It is world-renowned in the artistry and theatrical illusion of living pictures. This event runs nightly during the summer season but buy tickets early as the shows generally sell out. And finally, there are three summer art festivals that feature 500 artists, 300 hands-on art workshops, dozens of special events, restaurants & more. The Art-a-Fair, Sawdust Festival and Festival of Arts all run all summer long.
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