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5 Places to See Art in Newport Beach

August 24, 2023

Calling all art enthusiasts! Newport Beach isn’t just about sun and sand; it’s also a vibrant hub for artistic expression and culture. Whether you’re seeking an escape into contemporary creations or a journey through historical masterpieces, we’ve curated a list of the five most captivating places to experience art in our coastal paradise. From well-known galleries to sculpture gardens hidden in plain sight, consider this your guide to exploring the eclectic art scene of Newport Beach.

Prepare to be transported to an enchanting fusion of Eastern and Western art at Gong Gallery. Nestled on the bustling Balboa Peninsula, this gallery was founded in 2019 and showcases a mesmerizing collection of traditional Asian artworks as well as contemporary pieces. Let your senses wander through intricate brushstrokes, delicate porcelain and bold expressions that bridge cultures and time. Here, every piece has a story to tell and art becomes a bridge to diverse worlds. Gong Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Civic Center Park

If you’re in the mood for a double dose of beauty, Newport Beach’s Civic Center Park is your destination. Located on Avocado Ave, just steps from Fashion Island, this 14-acre park features a 1.23-mile walking trail that winds along natural wetlands. As you stroll through, you’ll also encounter a series of outdoor sculptures and installations that seamlessly blend with the natural surroundings. Marvel at how art interacts with the environment, offering thought-provoking interpretations of life and nature. The best part: admission is free!

Ethos Contemporary Art Gallery

For lovers of modern art, Ethos Contemporary Art Gallery is a treasure trove of innovation. Located on Newport Blvd at the base of the Balboa Peninsula, this gallery showcases a dynamic array of cutting-edge pieces across various mediums. From street art and pop art to sculptures that defy convention, Ethos promises a journey into the modern realm of creativity. Prepare to be amazed by the ever-evolving collection of pieces—you can even purchase your favorites!

Balboa Island Museum

Step back in time and embark on an artistic voyage through Balboa Island‘s history at the Balboa Island Museum. Beyond its intriguing historical displays, the museum boasts a gallery space where local artists shine. Experience the unique charm of coastal living captured through the eyes of talented painters, photographers and craftsmen. It’s a celebration of both the past and the present, encapsulated in the vibrant art of the island community. Visitors can even take art classes here! Check their events page for more info.

Sherman Library & Gardens

Spanning 2.2 acres in Corona del Mar, Sherman Library & Gardens is an enchanting oasis that not only offers a respite for nature lovers but also features rotating exhibitions that merge art with botanical beauty. Marvel at the way sculptures and installations intertwine with the garden’s blooms, creating a sensory experience that ignites creativity from all angles. During your visit, be sure to check out the most current exhibit: “The Brandt-Dike Summer School of Painting.” This showcase dives into how in the 1940s, artist Rex Brandt moved his family to a small house in Corona del Mar, which became the center for one of the best watercolor schools in California. He partnered with fellow artist Phil Dike to open this school, and it is estimated that over 4,000 artists attended.

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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