The saying, “Art buyers are typically wealthy, but the artists are poor” doesn’t always ring true. These Orange County art galleries, art walks and organizations show that art should be celebrated and shared without a hefty price tag. Many of the events below are free, and the art is accessible to those wanting inspiration without emptying their wallet. Check out this article for additional places to buy affordable art.
Neighborhood Studio (PÄS Gallery)
223 W. Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
This contemporary gallery nestled in downtown Fullerton gives visitors a chance to “pause” and “reflect” as highlighted in the gallery’s “Pause Blog” which can be seen here. Showcasing creative, mixed-media art pieces including photography, fabrics, sculptures, woodwork, word art and painting, PÄS Gallery awakens the inner artistry within. The affordable yet inspiring art gallery is welcoming to seasoned art lovers as well as those new to the scene. Stop in, reflect, learn and maybe even leave with a new piece of art.
Laguna Beach Craft Guild
Laguna Beach CA 92651
Laguna Beach is an ideal location to display art. The breathtaking views and warm weather excite the spirit, so it’s no wonder the Laguna Beach Craft Guild consists of a multitude of talented artists. Whether woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, photography, glass, painting, photography or clothing inspires you, the Laguna Beach Craft Guild will have it on display. The non-profit coalition of artists hosts the event on Sundays by the beach, so put your flip flops and sunblock on and soak up the sun, art and culture. To learn how you can showcase your art with the Laguna Beach Craft Guild, click here.
Downtown Fullerton Art Walk
223 W. Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton CA 92832
As one of Orange County’s most popular art walks, the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk illustrates how art can bring the community together. With more than 30 stops available for visitors to explore, the first Friday of your month is sure to be filled with artistic influence. In addition to an array of art galleries, the free event showcases performance art and live music. There’s even free food throughout the art walk to feed your appetite for more than art. Additionally, the event’s “Walking Man” can be seen throughout the tour. You can vote for your favorite here.
Downtown Huntington Beach Art Walk
200 Main St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Add some sun and surf vibes to your next artistic excursion at the Downtown Huntington Beach Art Walk. Hosted by the community once a month on the third Thursday, visitors can browse artwork showcased throughout the downtown area for free. Many of Huntington Beach’s local businesses exhibit the art, and some of the artists will even be present for a meet and greet. To share your art during the next event, download an application on the website.
Santiago Art Walk
656 N. Santiago St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
This unpretentious celebration of art enables guests to peruse the community of emerging artists for free. Held once a month each third Saturday, visitors get the opportunity to check out an array of artwork that won’t break the bank. In addition to admiring the art galleries, you may also want to indulge in some gourmet food provided by the food trucks in the area. There’s also live music to accompany your artistic outing.
View Best Shops To Buy Affordable Art In OC in a full screen map