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Treat Your Eyes: Best Art Tours In Orange County

August 20, 2012 6:00 AM

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One of the best ways to appreciate art in Orange County is by attending local art walks and art tours. Many up-and-coming and veteran artists open up their studios or display their latest work in local galleries. These lead to great opportunities for all art enthusiasts to explore various art forms and techniques used by area artists. Take a stroll and get a glimpse of the local art scene in Orange County by participating in these art walks and tours.

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ArtWalk Food Tour of Old Towne Orange
960 N Tustin St, Suite 163
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 404-1661
oldtownorangewalkingfoodtours.com

Tours take place on the third Saturday of every month from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This tour takes you on a guided trip, stopping at local art venues in the historical area known for its antique shops, buildings and restaurant community. The art galleries in Old Towne Orange include an eclectic selection from the Art of California, the American Southwest, studio watercolor, hand-blown glass, contemporary fine art and a center by a world-acclaimed illustrator. The tour includes private presentations by artists and gallery owners, food tastings in the galleries and samplings from local eateries.

Related: Best Art Museums In Orange County

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First Thursday Art Walk Laguna Beach
Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 683-6871
firstthursdaysartwalk.com

Tours take place on the first Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This free event for the public celebrates the rich and diverse cultural art scene in the Orange County area. Throughout the evening, you can see artists demonstrating their techniques and sharing their insights. To view art at all destinations is simple: hop on the free trolley and travel to all locations to get the full Laguna experience. Stop by any gallery to pick up an Art Walk brochure that will include a map featuring all of the evening’s special events.

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Laguna Beach Art Tours
Locations vary
Laguna Beach, CA
(714) 270-0388
lagunabeacharttours.com

Dolores C. Colin offers personalized and intimate art tours in the Laguna Beach arts scene. The tours can be catered to any special occasion and can include private tours of artists’ homes and studios, gallery tours and much more. Enjoy meeting the artists and see masterpieces created in front of your eyes. Reservations are highly recommended. The tour includes a guide, souvenir and snack.

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Huntington Beach Art Walk
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-8300
hb-downtown.com

Art walks take place on the third Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Take a walk through one of Orange County’s eclectic and diverse groups of professional artists every third Wednesday in Huntington Beach. The city showcases many local artists at the various art studios and museums including the Surf Museum in downtown. Take the opportunity to speak with the local artists, grab a bite to eat and dance the night away. The locations and artists vary each month, so refer to a map found at participating galleries to see where else to get a look at great art.

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Santa Ana Art Walk
200 N Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(949) 394-5699
santaanaartwalk.com

Art walks take place on the first Saturday of every month from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This monthly event gives insight and access to original work by local Southern Californian artists. Take a stroll along the 2nd Street Promenade from Spurgeon Street to Broadway Avenue and stop in at galleries along the way. The art venues include the California State University Fullerton Grand Central Art Center, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santora Arts Building, Empire Arts Building and many smaller galleries from new artists in the area. This art tour is great for all ages and includes outdoor performances, coffee shops and restaurants.

Related: Best Casual Art Classes In Orange County


Elle Toussi is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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