Comfort Suites San Clemente Beach
3701 S. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672-3452
Phone: (949) 361-6600
Fax: (949) 366-9745
Arts & Museums
The Ocean Institute is located in beautiful Dana Point Harbor and offers ocean science and maritime history programs. It is open to the general public on the weekend. Enjoy hundreds of marine animals in aquariums, watch animal feedings, and see ocean-themed exhibits and videos. Kids can enjoy the hands-on activities. For an extra charge, take a tall ship or marine mammal cruise. The Dana Point Marine Protected Area is steps away from the Institute.
Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano is a California icon. Perhaps most famous for visits from its annual guests of honor, the swallows, the Mission means many things to many people. For Californians, it is a powerful symbol of the state's complicated colonial history. For Catholics, it is a profound religious site, indicative of the Church's own complex heritage. History buffs spend hours reveling in the facility's many exhibits and displays, connecting viscerally with the sights, sounds and feelings of generations long past. For visitors of any background, it is an undeniably gorgeous place to spend an afternoon - replete with striking architectural elements and lovingly cared-for gardens.
The Orange County Natural History Association is committed to the preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of Orange County's natural history. Its goal is to make the public more aware of the environment. Visitors can learn about the habitat of Orange County, its climate and the animals that live there now and those that lived there in the past. It offers a monthly lecture series on a topic related to natural history. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and children under 12.
The unique history and culture of surfers is a big part of the Southern California's personality. As such, the Surf Gallery pays tribute to the whole scene by featuring regular exhibitions by, for and about surfers. Photos capturing the athletes in action hang alongside oil paintings meticulously produced in the off-season by surfers both well-known and up-and-coming.
While in Laguna Beach, be sure to visit the oceanfront gallery of Wyland, an artist well-known for his paintings of marine life. Nicknamed the "Marine Michelangelo," the first thing you'll be amazed by is the variety of mediums used in his art. Murals are seen on the exterior walls while bronze sculptures loom over the front entrance. The inside overflows with even more: Lucite sculptures, acrylic sculptures, oil paintings, abstract art, brush art, photographs, bronze tables, portholes and mirrors.
Sculpture by Richard MacDonald is the focus of this gallery. MacDonald is a native Californian and one of the most collected living sculptors in the United States. His bronze sculptures bring to mind the craftsmanship of times past. His works are highlighted in museums and galleries all over the world, and he has his own galleries not just in Laguna Beach, but also in Monterey and San Francisco. Other artists featured in the gallery include Robert Heindel, Marc Whitney, and Ann Jian Wang.
This is part of a group of galleries owned by Alan Fingerhut, who also publishes art books. The primary artists here are Stephen Holland, Jiang, Barbara McCann and Joanna Zjawinska. Like many Laguna Beach galleries, this one caters to more mainstream tastes, but there are certainly some less characteristic works offered. A scattering of legends can also be found here including Rembrandt, Dr. Seuss and Marc Chagall. Recently, the gallery hosted an exhibit entitled Modern Masters, which included Picasso, Miro, Chagall and Matisse. Admission is free.
This art gallery in downtown Laguna Beach has contemporary solo, group and conceptual exhibitions. You will find paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media on display. The gallery displays only the most talented, promising artists with a focus on southern California artists. The shows rotate monthly. In addition, the gallery is available for private receptions.
This gallery features both solo and group exhibitions of fine art by a wide range of artists in many different mediums. Some of the artists represented include Sally Storch, Richard Bunkall, Wolf Kahn, Marco Sassone, Susan Weller, John Kennedy, and Jerry Wayne Downs. The gallery offers both established and emerging artists an opportunity to show their work. Diane Nelson opened the gallery in 1995. The space is designed with skylights and special lighting in order to better display the artwork. It is a great gallery to visit if you are in Laguna Beach.
Laguna Beach has long been a center for art. Creative types tired of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles flocked here in droves to work their magic along Laguna's pristine shores. The Laguna Art Museum continues this proud heritage with an impressive list of year-round exhibitions and programming. Within these hallowed halls, you'll find classic and contemporary works by artists both fledgling and world renowned. An emphasis is placed on Californians, but the museum's scope is global nonetheless. See website for exhibition schedule and complete visitation particulars.
This museum is home to one of the best collections of the Southern California Mission Indian art and artifacts, including tools, pottery, ceremonial items, basketry and art. It is a great place to visit, and makes for an educational learning experience. There is a lot to learn about this special group of people. Admission is free.
The gallery here showcases modern and contemporary art by both established and up-and-coming artists. Artists include Peter Alexander, Tony Berlant, Joe Goode, Michelle Fierro, Dennis Eckstrom, Robert Graham, Charles Arnoldi, Edward Giardina, Tom Wudl, Sharon Ryan, Ed Moses, David Lloyd and Dennis Hollingsworth. The art is often daring and experimental, and it is a welcome change from the average gallery fare.