Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano is a California icon. Perhaps most famous for visits from its annual guests of honor, the swallows, the Mission means many things to many people. For Californians, it is a powerful symbol of the state's complicated colonial history. For Catholics, it is a profound religious site, indicative of the Church's own complex heritage. History buffs spend hours reveling in the facility's many exhibits and displays, connecting viscerally with the sights, sounds and feelings of generations long past. For visitors of any background, it is an undeniably gorgeous place to spend an afternoon-replete with striking architectural elements and lovingly cared-for gardens.
The Festival of Arts Center in Laguna Beach, California was first established in 1932 by John H. Hinchman. Over the years the forms of art changed from drawings to live pictures, slowly getting revamped with backdrops and music. Today, the Festival of Art is a huge event with live demonstrations, artwork for sale, art exhibitions, music performances and food. It is a fun and exciting event that should not be missed.
Laguna Beach has long been a center for art. Creative types flocked here in droves to work their magic along Laguna's pristine shores. The Laguna Art Museum continues this proud heritage with an impressive list of year-round exhibitions and programming. Within these hallowed halls, you'll find classic and contemporary works by artists both fledgling and world renowned. An emphasis is placed on artists hailing from California, but the museum's scope is global nonetheless.
Ole Hanson, co-founder of the city of San Clemente, built Casa Romantica as a family residence in 1927. Now a cultural center, it offers special interest events such as art workshops, poetry sessions, lecture series and so forth. Take a tour of the facility and its beautiful, expansive gardens with a docent for a complete experience.
In collaboration with the city of Santa Ana, the Grand Central Art Center at Cal State Fullerton features exhibits and performances by established and emerging artists. The complex consists of live/work studios for graduate students, in addition to art galleries and a theater for performance art.
Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a beautiful theater equipped with retractable seats, a spacious stage featuring wooden-flooring, as well as, a mezzanine level seating area offering an unparalleled view of the stage. The excellent acoustics and flexible nature of this theater make it ideal for hosting a wide range of events. Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center also features six practice rooms and two rehearsal spaces. This theater is home to the Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale that host regular concerts drawing a large crowd of music-lovers from across the city.
Dawson Cole Fine Art showcases paintings, drawings and sculptures created by American and European artists. Drop by to admire the varied artworks showcased through regular exhibitions. While here, take a tour of their outdoor sculpture garden that has some interesting works of art
Art-A-Fair is known for making waves in Laguna Beach's growing art scene. The gallery is home to various paintings, sculptures and fine art installations sourced by local, as well as international artists. One can also get a chance to personally interact with the artists and get guidance on installations. Don't forget to keep a look out for interesting events and exhibitions, for a more enriching experience.