The first time I visited Laguna I was so inspired by it's beauty. The amazing mountains in the backdrop and Pacific beach with Rocky Coves and amazing sunsets. This is what has drawn artists here for centuries. With its bursts of vibrant colors, lush flora and seaside landscape, Laguna Beach is an impressionist painting come to life. It’s for this very reason that Norman St. Clair, a San Francisco artist, abandoned his cramped fog-laden studio in Northern California to become a permanent resident of Laguna Beach. St. Claire arrived in 1903 and masterfully captured the beauty and essence of Laguna Beach on canvas. He is credited with establishing the town as an artists’ colony, a reputation that has carried on for more than a century. By 1917, 40 artists were living in Laguna and in 1918 they formed the Laguna Art Association. Once artist came to town, Laguna was no longer the quite little community it had once been. In 1932 a group of artists displayed their paintings in a vacant lot on Forest Avenue. This became he first Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts.
Laguna Beach is as much the art community that it was in the early '90s. Laguna is the home of three art festivals (Festival of the Arts, Sawdust Festival and the Art-A -Fair) and the Pageant of the Masters, a live re-creation of classical and contemporary works of art staged using real people.
Famous Artist Wyland lives here in Laguna Beach and has painted giant murals all over the world. He is passionate about saving our natural resources and gives back to the communities around the world. His gallery is located in Laguna Beach.
Take classes from Water Color to Glass Blowing
Local Artists area amazing and styles vary - stop by the many galleries and art museums .