The arts open the mind to a world of imagination. Across Orange County, the channels of creativity are flowing thanks to the dozens of art galleries that expose visitors to new and interesting forms of expression. Spanning a myriad of mediums, from painting and sculpture to video installations and other digital media, works emerging from these galleries have one thing in common: a desire to communicate their creators’ messages to the viewer. Embark on an exploration of the rich cultural landscape in Orange County with these five top art galleries in Anaheim and the surrounding area.
Artists Republic at the Anaheim GardenWalk
400 West Disney Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
Laguna Beach’s renowned contemporary gallery reopened earlier this year at the Anaheim GardenWalk in a larger space that allows artists to not only show their work but also interact with collectors and aficionados. The 3,000-square-foot Artists Republic gallery features an exhibition area with five mini galleries as well as a retail area and separate room for live entertainment and demonstrations. Group and solo exhibitions showcase progressive works across all mediums that provide fresh interpretations of themes and the world at large.
Gallery Location: 1175 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
This state-of-the-art engaging museum hosts three national and international traveling exhibits each year, including its current exhibit, Deconstructing Liberty: A Destiny Manifested. Through performance, installation, video, and photography, artists question ideas traditionally associated with American liberty as they resonate in forms of collective identity across the globe. MUZEO's 25,000-square-foot complex also includes Anaheim’s original Carnegie Library built in 1908.
Grand Central Arts Center
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Born from a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and the city of Santa Ana, Grand Central Arts Center is a sprawling complex that serves as a mixed-use creative hub. Four to six exhibitions are held annually in the Grand Central Arts Gallery, project room and teaching gallery. The diverse range of contemporary works—from sound installations and video presentations to paintings—prompts viewers to reflect on their sense of identity, community and culture.
Magoski Arts Colony
223 W. Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Downtown Fullerton’s creative hot spot is a collective of galleries and artist studios that open their doors to the public the first Friday of each month for the city’s art walk. Every first Friday at the Magoski Arts Colony is an adventure that introduces visitors to the incredible talents of lesser-known local artists as well as thought-provoking works curated at gallery spaces such as Hibbleton.
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 N. Sycamore St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
With a focus on social engagement, the nonprofit arts center features a gallery space in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana’s Artists’ Village. Juried exhibitions give a voice to causes and groups that hope to create waves of impact through art, no matter the medium. In addition to rotating works, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art also presents regular programming such as films, concerts, plays and workshops.
250 E. Center St.
Anaheim, CA 92805
A central location at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center places Center Gallery in the thick of the city’s vibrant arts district. A rotating gallery features the work of artists who hail from Anaheim and the surrounding SoCal region, providing a place for these talented individuals to showcase pieces for six to eight weeks.