Art Museums To Visit In The OC

Orange County, California is far more than its great beaches, surfing, and Disneyland. The Southern Californian region which also part of the inspiration for new wave of reality shows also has a pretty cool art scene. There are dozens of art galleries and museums for people of all ages and backgrounds to visit. Below are just a few of the local places filling up the summer with innovation, skill, creativity, and craftsmanship.

Fullerton Museum — Starstruck

StarstruckHave you ever caught yourself staring at a movie poster before watching a film trying to figure out what the plot was about or how the story would end up? How about just admiring the film poster just for its carefully planned aesthetics and how it catchers the essence of a movie without using a ton of text? There’s an art to the designing movie posters, and the exhibit, Starstruck, at the Fullerton Museum shines a light on of the movies and their posters since the late 1800s from the Miller Archives. The exhibition had it’s opening reception on May 12, 2018, from 6 pm to 9 pm. It is currently on display through August 5, 2018.

Laguna Art Museum — 100 Year Celebration

The Laguna Art Museum is celebrating 100 years this year with special exhibitions throughout 2018. Along with some pretty interesting events celebrating the work of local artists throughout history, the museum also participates in the local art walk every first Thursday of the month (called First Thursdays) offering free admission from 5 pm to 9 pm and tours of the museum.

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University

The Hilbert Museum of California Art is associated with Chapman University and was opened in 2016 with the generosity of Mark and Janet Hilbert. There are five exhibitions currently on display through October 13, 2018, that are themed heavily around film and other local interests. The museum states that it aims to “Tell the story of the Golden State through the power of the visual image.”

Kidseum — Inspiring Our Next Generation
Bowers Museum
Photo by Ray of the Bowers Museum

Kidseum is the “Kid-centric extension of the Bowers Museum.” It offers art and cultural programs for children and families. I’m all about encouraging children to attend museums while their young to get accustomed to visiting their local museums in the future. Programs and opportunities such as Kidseum help instill and cultivate a love of the arts and learning from a young age. It’s important for our community and for the future of the arts to continue passing down our passion for the subject.

The Bowers Museum — Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating The Tet Festival

The Bowers Museum current exhibition, Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating The Tet Festival, opened May 26, 2018, and will be on display through August 19, 2018, can be viewed during its new extended summer hours on Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. The exhibition aims to promote understanding of Vietnamese culture through the works of art that are showcased. It’s $10 for everyone above the age of two to view the exhibition, and it’s $2 for Bowers Museum members and Santa Ana residents on Sundays.

The Irvine Museum — Drawing On The Past: Works on Paper

The Irvine Museum is associated with the University of California, Irvine. Their upcoming exhibition, Drawing On The Past: Works on Paper, will open July 7 at 11 am and be on display through October 4, 2018, at 5 pm. The exhibition will display a range of drawings, pastels, watercolors, and etchings by California artists dating as far back as the 1800s.

Brea Art Gallery — PaperWorks Refolded

Brea_cityhall-externalThe City of Brea Art Gallery has an upcoming exhibit titled, PaperWorks Refolded that will open July 14 and run through September 14, 2018. The exhibition will display works that skillfully explore the depth of the potential of paper as an art form in and of itself whether it be folding, tearing, cutting, and crafting. An opening reception is scheduled to happen on Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 7 pm to 9 pm. There will be live music, refreshments, and a chance to meet some of the artists whose works are on display.

Huntington Beach Art Center — Water Works

Huntington Beach Art Center has an exhibition, called Water Works, that will openJuly 14th and run through August 25, 2018. A public reception will be held July 14, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. The exhibition is the second installment in the museum’s contemporary series, The Power of Pigment: A Collaboration of Color.” Work from regional artists will be on display showcasing pieces that delve into transparent, water-soluble media. The museum is also holding a call for artists to submit their work for the upcoming watercolor exhibition. Don’t forget that there will be an “Art for Lunch” event on July 26, 2018, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm as well.

Grand Central Art Center  — Contemporary Art and Visual Culture

The Grand Central Art Center is a unit of California State University, Fullerton’s College of the Arts. The center is dedicated to the exploration of contemporary art and visual culture. The center has several amazing exhibitions running throughout the summer, and anyone can visit them Tuesday through Thursday from 11 am to 4 pmFriday and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.


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