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Los Angeles isn’t just made up of a great big freeway. Featuring a vast amount of culture, LA offers a great big bundle of art galleries in many places around the city. Every neighborhood in town seems to be teaming with unique art enclaves. From sea to city, here are some of the top galleries in each.
Downtown LA
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(credit: Jack Burke/DiversionsLA.com)

CB1 Gallery
1923 S Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 806-7889

With so many galleries to choose from, including a score of smaller, innovative spots in Chinatown’s Chung King Road, it’s difficult to pick just one downtown LA location, but CB1 Gallery comes out on top. Recently moved by owner Clyde Beswick from the Historic Core to this former soap-factory just south of the Arts District proper, the large, clean, inviting space allows plenty of room for exhibits such as the modern spiritual artist Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia and the collage-like style of Timothy Nolan. A former collector, Beswick assembles exhibitions that reflect a definitive sense of personal taste and style – one that other art lovers will want to share.

East LA
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(credit: 356 Mission)

356 Mission Gallery
356 S. Mission Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 609-3162

A cavernous warehouse space just across the river from the DTLA art district, 356 Mission is the spot for cutting-edge, large scale exhibitions from a multi-media cat-themed show to a community-participation painting project from contemporary artist Jonathan Horowitz, and the paintings, sculpture, and musical installations of Seth Bogart. Comfy communal tables encourage hanging out to appreciate the art, openings are more like great big parties celebrating community, art, and food. It’s not just 12,000 square feet of space, it’s 12,000 feet of cool space.

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(credit: The Gabba Gallery)

The Gabba Gallery
3126 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Located in Filipinotown, The Gabba Gallery is vibrant with the energy and color of street art, and the boundless enthusiasm and stellar curating of Jason Ostro and Phil Santos. Known for fantastic group shows, openings as busy as a Hollywood premiere, and a focus on emerging artists, it’s hard not to have a good time here, and equally hard not to find something wonderful and reasonably priced to add to any art collection.

West Hollywood
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(credit: Jack Burke/DiversionsLA.com)

Los Angeles Art Association
825 N La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 652-8272

This non-profit art association gallery is dedicated to emerging artists, and operates as a co-op in 4 independent gallery spaces. The emphasis the Los Angeles Art Association places on emerging talent has a long history. Founded in 1925, it is a central meeting ground and exhibit space for LA artists and the art community. Here, exhibits bring unique individual perspectives, and many shows feature installation pieces that encompass the viewer within a complete and riveting world.

Beverly Hills
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(credit: Barry W./Yelp)

Garboushian Gallery
427 N. Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 274-5205

While a lot of Beverly Hills galleries tend to focus on traditional pieces or celebrity artists, Garboushian Gallery takes a walk on the wild side with a commitment to contemporary art that pushes beyond obvious boundaries, encouraging viewers to reflect, inquire, and study the meaning behind the vibrant paintings, sculpture, and photography the space exhibits.

Santa Monica/Venice
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(credit: C.A.V.E. Gallery)

C.A.V.E. Gallery
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-6960

The home of Pop Art, photos, and a mix of local and international artists, C.A.V.E. is a clean well-lighted space amid the shops, bars, and restaurants of bustling Abbot Kinney. Many well-known LA based artists, like Max Neutra, make repeat appearances here, and the gallery has a homey feeling that belies the art works’ often sharply contemporary style.

(Credit: Offramp Gallery)

(Credit: Offramp Gallery)

Offramp Gallery
1702 Lincoln Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 298-6931

Visiting Offramp Gallery makes art lovers feel right at home because it is located in a historic residence that was once a single story bungalow with a dance studio added on. Today the owners live on site and offer often personally curated art shows. An eclectic mix of styles and forms is the signature of this gallery, which makes great use of the house’s layout to display the art on exhibit in every nook and cranny.

Beach Cities
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(credit: Gloria Plascencia)

Gallery H of Phantom Galleries
12619 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA
(213) 703-4362

Phantom Gallery takes vacant commercial properties and turns them into art galleries organized by local art organizations. The Gallery H location on a busy commercial strip, bridges the South Bay/Beach Cities and the Los Angeles art scene, serving up new exhibitions every six weeks.Themed exhibits both group and solo are highlighted here; recent shows included a Dias de Los Muertes exhibition with live dance performance art.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.