Your Favorite Places to Enjoy Art in California

Summer is formally over, and the times are rapidly getting shorter as we ease into the autumn.

It’s an ideal time to go indoors and luxuriate in some artwork, whether or not as a household exercise on the weekends or after a busy workday so as to add some pleasure to your day.

For a number of months, readers have been emailing me their favourite locations to expertise artwork in California. Today, I’m sharing one other number of these strategies, sorted by area and edited for size and readability. These suggestions are a part of a seamless collection; you may learn earlier installments right here, right here, right here and right here.

Send your individual strategies to Please embrace your title and town the place you reside.


Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco

“For anyone in the Bay Area, this is one of the greatest underappreciated places to see modern art. Many of San Francisco’s best private galleries decamped there a few years ago, when downtown commercial space got priced out of their reach by all the tech start-ups flush with venture capital money. The Rappaports are saviors of the local art scene, and the complex is an anchor of the budding Dogpatch neighborhood. Always free and open to the public.” — Ted Weinstein, San Francisco

Friday Nights on the Oakland Museum of California

“Lots of locals celebrate the end of the workweek alongside out-of-towners with gallery access, live music, food trucks and love of art in all its forms. You can meander through eclectic exhibitions, relax in the gardens, or spin on the dance floor. It’s the art of togetherness.” — Karina Moreno, Oakland

The Ren Brown Collection in Bodega Bay

“I love the intimacy of the space and its thoughtful layout. The drive up there from the East Bay, where I live, is beautiful and makes an easy day trip.

The two-floor gallery specializes in Japanese prints, including the work of the artists Tanaka Ryohei and Mayumi Oda. The gallery also sells some ceramics and decorative objects by Japanese, Japanese American, and American artists.” — Mari L’Esperance, Richmond

Winfield Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea

“In a town where so many galleries feature the usual seascape and cypress tree paintings, this eclectic gallery stands out. Mr. Winfield has an eye for contemporary realism and often shows outstanding works by David Ligare and other notable Californian realists. It’s also a great place to see sculpture, and the wine bar that lines the gallery entrance adds to the experience. Highly recommended!” — John Seed, Cambria

Esco Alley Art in Escondido

“A multistreet mural project in historic downtown Escondido, Esco Alley Art has upward of 70 murals of different sizes displayed over three city blocks. The colorful community project is the result of artists and property owners coming together to transform the forgotten spaces of Escondido’s working alleys into a delightful art walk and outdoor art gallery. Organized by the Esco Alley Art Committee and sponsored by city grants, the project initially favored local artists but has grown to include national and international artists. This is the third year and alley of the project, and in 2024 it is expected to hop across Grand Avenue and start a loop back to Maple Street through the north-side alleyways.” — Heather Moe, Escondido

J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles

“I have memories of my grandmother bringing me there as a child. They have stunning collections of impressionism works by Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh. Some paintings are part of the Getty’s permanent collections, such as Van Gogh’s ‘Irises,’ and it also has rotating displays and exhibitions. Besides impressionism, the Getty is also known for photography, renaissance art, still life, and beautiful rose gardens and sculptures.” — Justine Morgan, Los Angeles

Chicano Park in San Diego

“In the Barrio Logan area of San Diego, the underpass of the Coronado Bridge serves as a canvas for Mexican American artists with over 100 murals and sculpture in the span of 25 square blocks, some 50 feet high. This predominantly Hispanic neighborhood offers great food; eclectic, arty bookstores; and galleries such as Sew Loka and Libélula surrounding a park with play structures and areas for weekend music and cultural events.” — Emily Dolton, San Diego

Today’s tip comes from Steven Bellenot:

“I have a daughter in Santa Cruz, and I grew up in Sylmar where my parents use to live. Many times we have vacationed and enjoyed the trip between. While some years we have stayed along the 101, we have come to value the time spent in Morro Bay. Why Morro Bay? The sea otters at the start of the bay. The long sandy beach for morning walks, usually in the fog.

Up the coast on the Pacific Coast Highway is Cambria, San Simeon and a zebra herd at times, but there is always a trip to the elephant seals. Wine country trips go north to Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero and south to San Luis Obispo, Edna and around Los Olivos. The farmers’ market in San Luis Obispo is a favorite, as are drives around the hills.”

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For many years, the Olympic Auditorium, a sports activities and leisure venue in downtown Los Angeles, was the scene of among the metropolis’s most notable boxing and wrestling matches.

The venue noticed boxers and wrestlers like Julio César Chávez and Rowdy Roddy Piper ascend to fame, topped combined martial arts greats and was additionally dwelling to Los Angeles’s curler derby workforce. It grew to become one thing of an establishment for a various and vibrant spectrum of followers, in addition to an particularly important cultural area for town’s Mexican American group.

A brand new exhibition on the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is honoring the historical past and the legacy of the Olympic Auditorium, which closed in 2005. The exhibition, known as “18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium” and impressed by a documentary of the identical title, explores the 80-year historical past of the punch palace and town that outlined it, by pictures, illustrations and historic artifacts.

The exhibition, free to attend, is on show till May 2024. Read extra about it right here.

Thanks for studying. I’ll be again tomorrow. — Soumya

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Maia Coleman, Briana Scalia and Shivani Gonzalez contributed to California Today. You can attain the workforce at

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