The ARTery is comprised of three shipping containers arranged end to end, the drab industrial exterior belying the funky local artwork housed inside. Focusing exclusively on works produced by the artsy denizens of the surrounding area, contemporary designs and techniques enjoy a steady stream of bohemian gallery hoppers from the adjacent Lab Anti-Mall. Several charity and outreach events are held at ARTery on a regular basis, meaning your visit can contribute to the gallery's mission of community involvement.
Sculpture by Richard MacDonald is the focus of this gallery. MacDonald is a native Californian and one of the most collected living sculptors in the United States. His bronze sculptures bring to mind the craftsmanship of times past. His works are highlighted in museums and galleries all over the world, and he has his own galleries not just in Laguna Beach, but also in Monterey and San Francisco. Other artists featured in the gallery include Robert Heindel, Marc Whitney, and Ann Jian Wang.
The gallery here showcases modern and contemporary art by both established and up-and-coming artists. Artists include Peter Alexander, Tony Berlant, Joe Goode, Michelle Fierro, Dennis Eckstrom, Robert Graham, Charles Arnoldi, Edward Giardina, Tom Wudl, Sharon Ryan, Ed Moses, David Lloyd and Dennis Hollingsworth. The art is often daring and experimental, and it is a welcome change from the average gallery fare.
Orange Coast Winery calls itself an "Urban Micro-Winery," and that title couldn't be more apt. Located in the industrial district in Newport Beach, this winery may be small but it's known for its big taste! Only a few streets away from the sea, this winery grows its own grapes to make its own unique blend. Visit the tasting room and try their different wines. Don't be surprised if you think their wine is even better then a wine from France or Napa Valley.
Magoski Arts Colony is a collective of artists that bring together a wide range of work in this remarkable gallery. The artwork is unique and the style changes from artist to artist, ensuring you'll find a painting that perfectly matches your taste. Take a look around and you may find an affordable piece of art from an up-and-coming artist. Magoski Arts Colonyis open during the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk or you can schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Established in 1988, Lu Martin Galleries in the Historic Gallery Row is one of the biggest art galleries in Laguna Beach. With an impressive collection of oil paintings by 15 international artists—including Lu Martin herself—realism, impressionism, expressionism, landscape, still-life, figurative and abstract art all make a splendid appearance here. The gallery is open daily. Each month, on the evening of the first Thursday, the gallery opens for the First Thursday Art Walk, providing a variety of beverages and snacks for the occasion. Some of the 15 artists are often seen here mingling with each other and gallery visitors. Serious art-lovers should definitely catch this opportunity. - Hoiyin Ip
Also known as Fisherman's Cove, Boat Canyon Beach is a hidden gem that few know about. A stairway on the north side of Diver’s Cove Condominiums, off Cliff Drive, leads down to the sandy splendor of this secluded beach. The shore along the beach is strewn with rocks and there's a steep drop-off not far from the shore, making this a popular choice amongst divers. Although the beach is almost entirely submerged when the tide is in and is a perilous choice for swimmers, its beauty and allure cannot be denied. Visit Boat Canyon Beach for a leisurely stroll and a little sun-bathing away from the crowds that throng the city's better-known beaches.
This sandy stretch lies sprawled at the foot of the Surf and Sand Hotel, and is a popular choice amongst locals and hotel guests craving a leisurely stroll by the water. Bluebird Beach derives its name from the bluebirds that are often spotted here and at the canyon nearby. Since surfing is not really an option here, the beach is frequented instead by body-surfers, sun-bathers and casual swimmers. In the evening, the setting sun sets the ocean and skies ablaze in a myriad of colors, attracting artists who are drawn by the natural beauty of this tranquil scene. Bluebird Beach can be accessed via a ramp near the intersection of South Coast Highway and Bluebird Canyon Drive.
Dovecreek Park has picnic areas with barbecue pits. It is situated close to a school and children often come here to practice baseball. It also has swings and slides for kids.