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Best Art Museums In Orange County

May 14, 2012 6:00 AM

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Get a taste of what Orange County has to offer in its abounding arts and culture scene. Locals are lucky to be living in such an area where art is readily at their fingertips. These Orange County art museums offer a variety of artistic and cultural exploration for adults and children alike.
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Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-1122
www.ocma.net

Price: Adults – $12, Students with valid I.D. and Seniors 65+ – $10, Children under 12 – Free, Members – Free, Second Sunday of the month is free admission
Hours: Wed to Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events.

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is a renowned visual art gallery that showcases contemporary and modern art. The current exhibition featured is “Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series,” composed of paintings, prints, drawings and collages. Another exhibit currently on display is “Pairings: The Collection At 50,” which will show more than 50 pieces of artwork from OCMA’s collection of artists, covering a vast range of art mediums. The highly-anticipated upcoming exhibit scheduled to be showcased is “Jack Goldstein X 10,000.” It will illustrate Goldstein’s films, paintings and records (a listening station will be provided as well). Spend a day at the OCMA and open your eyes to some new visual captivations.

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Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 N Sycamore St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 667-1517
www.occca.org

Price: Free, Special events may have a donation fee
Hours: Thurs – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Fri and Sat – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Mon to Wed – by appointment only
Click here for a calendar of events.

The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) was founded in 1980 and is an uncensored gallery that encourages an innovative approach to art. Current exhibitions offered are each uniquely interesting and include “Gothic,” “A Pocket Full of Vision” and “Random Acts of Time.” OCCCA also has spring and summer art classes in 2012 and provides free events for the public such as film screenings, forums, concerts and artist receptions.

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The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and Bowers Kidseum
2002 N Main St (The Bowers Museum)
1802 N Main St (Kidseum)
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600 (The Bowers Museum)
(714) 480-1520 (Kidseum)
www.bowers.org

Price: Click here for The Bowers Museum and here for Kidseum
Hours: Click here for The Bowers Museum and here for Kidseum
Click here for a calendar of events at The Bowers Museum and here at Kidseum

The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and Bowers Kidseum provide an opportunity for adults and children to explore a variety of art and culture from all over the world. Some of the current gallery talks offered at The Bowers Museum include “Art Of Adornment,” “California Gold” and “Ancient Art Of China.” The Kidseum enables kids’ imaginations and creativity to flourish by offering kids the opportunity to dress-up internationally, play tribal instruments, wear ethnic masks, explore international languages and participate in an art lab.

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Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8971
www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Price: Free Admission through June 8
Hours: Mon, Tues, Fri to Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events.

The Laguna Art Museum was founded in 1918 and showcases a variety of artwork including contemporary and historical, as well as a surf and car culture that is highly indicative of Southern California. The current exhibition being featured at the museum is “California Artists.” However, you will want to hurry to see it as it will only be available through May 20. Some noteworthy, upcoming exhibits are “Clarence Hinkle,” “Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight” and “Abstract Classicists.” These will each present very different artistic pieces, so see them all and decide which is your favorite.

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The Muzeo Museum
241 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 956-8936
www.muzeo.org

Price: Children – $9, Adults – $13, Children under 17 need to be accompanied by an adult
Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events.

Currently, The Muzeo Museum is showcasing two exhibits including “THE WORD: Ink & Blood” showing through September 9 and “Resonating Fields: Photography by Lois Greenfield” showing through October 31. “THE WORD: Ink & Blood” explores the history of the Bible and written word documented 5,000 years ago. Several significant artifacts are on display such as clay tablets, dead sea scrolls and pages derived from Gutenberg’s original Bible. “Resonating Fields: Photography by Lois Greenfield” illustrates the aptitude of the human body in black and white intricate images. Both exhibits are definitely worth the price of admission because you will walk out with a newfound understanding of the diversity behind art.

Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, watching movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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