Where To Find Art Outside OC Museums

August 26, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: John Wayne Airport)

(credit: John Wayne Airport)

(credit: John Wayne Airport)

ExplorOcean is currently being featured in the ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space at John Wayne Airport. Located in the pedestrian walkway between Terminals B and C, this space features rotating displays of local Orange County art & culture venues. (credit: John Wayne Airport)

These Orange County businesses offer more than quality services and products; visitors and employees alike can enjoy the ambiance created by the art displayed on the walls. Who knows, maybe part of the businesses’ success is a reflection of the expressive, creative environment that the art provides.

(credit: Gypsy Den)

(credit: Gypsy Den)


Gypsy Den
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 835-8840
www.gypsyden.com

With art hanging from wall to wall, this hip hangout is the perfect place to enjoy a latte and delectable food while simultaneously being inspired by the artistic environment. Not only is art visible on the walls, but it’s supported by Gypsy Den during open mic nights when people can share poems, short stories or other artistic works aloud. Click here to see all of Gypsy Den’s upcoming events. Additionally, the downtown loft-like interior complements Orange County with a hint of urban style and provides customers with a peaceful, relaxed vibe. So bring in your favorite book or the manuscript you are working on and indulge in some tasty food and beverages at this unique Orange County spot.

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(credit: John Wayne Airport)

Flight of Ideas is a large scale three-dimensional sculpture that is installed above the baggage carousels in Terminal C at John Wayne Airport. This permanent sculpture is composed of 21 aluminum birds with wing spans ranging in size from three feet to 14 feet suspended on an “S” shaped structure 100 feet long. (credit: John Wayne Airport)


John Wayne Airport
18601 Airport Way
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(949) 252-5200
www.ocair.com

If your flight at John Wayne Airport is delayed, or worse, you’ve missed it and have to catch another, you might need to kill some time. Head over to Riley Terminal, where you can see a variety of museum-quality art installations from the Airport Arts Program. Exhibits might include nautical items, portraiture from well-known artists, sculptures and artwork from local children.

Green Earth Coffee Roasters
20025 Lake Forest Dr #101
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 305-2800
www.greenearthcoffeeroasters.com

If you are looking for a top-notch local artisan coffee shop that showcases artwork inside, then look no further. Green Earth Coffee Roasters develops micro-roasted coffee with supreme smell and taste. If you can’t drive to the Green Earth Coffee Roasters location, but still want to get your coffee fix, then be sure to check out the online merchant store here. You can order some of your favorite coffee and tea blends to enjoy at home.

Related: Best Permanent Museum Exhibits In OC

Gallery and Cafe 419 Veronese
419 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 578-8265
www.419cv.com

Gallery and Cafe 419 Veronese incorporates a collection of art, tasty food and an uplifting ambiance into visitors’ experiences. You can peruse the lavish garden on site, order from a comprehensive food and drink menu (including crepes, Italian dishes, soups, sandwiches, coffee, juice, cake, wine, beer and even ice cream) and tour the art gallery. With a combination of cafe favorites, outdoor landscaping and memorable visual art, Gallery and Cafe 419 is an ideal place to relax, engage and visit. Take a peek at some of the artists showcased in the gallery here.

The Lost Bean
13011 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 544-2584
www.thelostbean.com

This organic coffee shop showcases several local artists; currently, the work of Orange County photographers is being displayed. In addition to exploring the photography and sipping on delicious coffee or tea, you can feel good about where your money is going. Thirty percent of The Lost Bean’s profits go to non-profit organizations, and the company’s sustainable business practices support the environment. Now that’s something to drink to.

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

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