When you think about art in Orange County, you probably think that you can’t get much of anything for an affordable price. After all, people here have money to spend. While things are generally expensive here in Orange County, you can get quality art from local artists for less than $100. With Christmas right around the corner, it’s good to know where you can get good deals on art here in Orange County. These are the best places to buy low-priced art in the area.
Laguna Beach Craft Guild
Laguna Beach CA 92651
Laguna Beach is known as a haven for artists, so it’s not surprising that you might be able to find local art at reasonable prices. The Laguna Beach Craft Guild gives local artists a chance to sell their wares every other Sunday from 9 a.m. to sunset. As you walk on the cobblestones of Main Beach, you will see booths with paintings, jewelry, glass and more all for sale. With all of the art on display, finding something for less than $100 shouldn’t be a problem. It is not only a great atmosphere, but also a great way to support local artists.
Santiago Art Walk
Corner of Santiago and Santa Ana
Santa Ana, CA 92701
If the best place to get reasonably priced local art is directly from the artist, then one of the best places to go is the Santiago Art Walk in Santa Ana. The third Saturday of every month between 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., artists in the Santiago Lofts open their doors for people to walk by, peruse and buy their art. There are lots of galleries on this route, but it’s best to check the Art Walk website and see which galleries are planning to be open for each art walk.
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The Living Room Salon
125 Rochester St.
Costa Mesa CA 92627
No, salon is not synonymous with art gallery. This is an actual hair salon that has a new art display by local artists every couple of months. In addition to the art displays, The Living Room has an Artomat, a retired cigarette machine that holds not smokes, but art. For $5, you can buy a painting on a canvas, a paperweight or some other such object made by a local artist.
Fullerton Art Walk
223 W. Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton CA 92832
With its music venues, restaurants and shops, downtown Fullerton has become a hip location in Orange County. In keeping with the vibe, the Fullerton Art Walk is a hip way to spend an evening. Artists of all ages and media are welcome to be a part of this event. The art is displayed in stores and galleries in downtown Fullerton. The Fullerton Art Walk is the first Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Be prepared to do some walking because the art walk is spread over several blocks around Harbor and Commonwealth.
Schroeder Studio Gallery
112 E. Maple Ave.
Orange CA 92866
Judy and Katie Schroeder are the resident artists at Schroeder Studio Gallery, which now represents artists from more than 100 studios. Enjoy a variety of media from clothes and jewelry to ceramics and art glass (ornaments, vases, etc.). Combined with the fact that so many artists are represented here, you won’t have any trouble finding some good art for less than $100.
Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.