Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Art Centers, Galleries & Lessons

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Are you an artist at heart? Or maybe you just love taking in a destination’s local art scene while visiting? How about adding a little culture to your next beach vacation? In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we’ve got plenty of intrigues to inspire the artist in you. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have dozens of local artists creating their work in local studios. Many display their art in galleries and shops here and some share their craft through demonstrations and classes. All set amid the beautiful coastal Alabama landscape, you’re sure to be inspired!

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Eastern Shore Art Center
401 Oak St.
Fairhope, AL 36532
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Since its inception, the goal of the Eastern Shore Art Center has been connecting people of all ages and abilities with the arts through education, exhibitions and outreach activities. The Art Center is free to the public and offers free guided tours through the five galleries.

• Exhibits change monthly

• Check out First Friday Art Walk, outdoor art festivals and much more

• Experience hands-on classes and workshops

• Community outreach through education and the arts

• Facility rental available

• Limited parking

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Christie
Various locations
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Our painting sessions are a great way to add something fun and different to your day or night out. Plan an event at your location of choice or a local venue and paint your own masterpiece! Our trained, fun artists are here to guide you and to help inspire you with step by step instruction and assistance. Never painted before? It's ok - any skill level can do this! Check out our Facebook gallery to see what our happy artists have painted! More Info More Info
Clara
7518 Riverwood Dr.
Foley, AL 36535
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The Coastal Textile Center at Clara's Loom is a cheery learning center for classes in various weaving techniques and fee-based studio for experienced textile artists. Visitors to this destination for textile lovers enjoy the eclectic variety of yarns, fibers, travel looms and drop spindles for sale in the retail sector, Clara's Loom. Fiber artist Celia Dionne, the owner, maintains her private studio on the premises. She sells her handwoven shawls, scarves, cord necklaces and framed Alpha Omega art series here. More Info More Info
Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach
26389 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Nestled on four acres facing beautiful Wolf Bay we offer a waterfront art experience for everyone as well as a stunning destination wedding location. Peruse the gorgeous fine arts gallery featuring Gulf Coast artists, blow your own glass in our Hot Shop, or make your own clay creations in our Clay Studio. Custom crafted art available in our gift shop. No admission fee; but all classes require an appointment and have fees starting at $65.00. We also offer summer art camps and after-school programs. More Info More Info
Blue Girl Beading
2200 E. 2nd St., Ste. F
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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From classes to customized jewels, Blue Girl Beading has something for everyone. Since 2003, we have provided a great selection of beads, findings and unique treasures to the Gulf Shores community. We also offer classes and birthday parties to create customized jewels. Our instructors can teach everything from basic stringing to wire, metal work and intricate stitching. We can also help you design a product and put it together for you. • Must register for classes • Open Monday – Saturday • Fundraising, shows and events all year More Info More Info
The Clay Studio at The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach
26389 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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The Clay Studio is located on the beautiful grounds of the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. Resident ceramics artist Maya Blume-Cantrell will guide you through hand building, throwing on the pottery wheel, glazing or pick-n-paint. Browse all our beautiful two and three-dimensional art in our new 10,000 square foot fine arts gallery and then browse the gift shop to take a piece of local artistry home with you. Call us today to book your birthday party, special event or field trip. More Info More Info
The Hot Shop at The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach
26389 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Since 2009, The Hot Shop has been Alabama’s premier hot glass blowing facility. We are an open facility so feel free to come by and watch our artists at work. We also offer "Make Your Own Glass" classes M-F at 9am. Please call for an appointment. The classes are $75. We have beautiful glass art available for sale in our new 10,000 sq. ft. fine arts gallery of the Coastal Arts Center. Located on gorgeous Wolf Bay, we are also a stunning wedding venue. More Info More Info
The Susan N. McCollough Gallery and Studio
350 Cypress Bend Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Welcome to The Susan N. McCollough Fine Art Gallery and Studio. Here you will find the work of artist Susan McCollough for viewing and on sale. McCollough paints primarily on large canvases. Her works are abstract expressionist in style with freedom of movement, vibrant or monochromatic colors. She sculpts and paints in oils, acrylics, charcoal, ink, pastels, water-colors and mixed media. We are open to the public weekdays from 10am-4pm and weekends by appointment only. Visit our website for more information. More Info More Info
Tino
2200 E. 2nd St., Ste. H
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Original artwork, limited edition prints, giclee, pottery, stained glass, mosaics, custom picture framing and local art by local artists are all available at Tino’s Fine Art & Frames. More Info More Info
Sand Castle University
Various Locations
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Sand Castle University specializes in teaching sand castle building techniques to groups of all ages and skill levels. We bring our equipment right to your beach location, and every class includes a free time lapse video of your group along with a list of all the tools used. Custom sculptures are also available as a great addition to a wedding, engagement, corporate event, birthday and much more. Contact us for pricing and design details. Book a class with us today, and let’s build sugar-white sand castles together. More Info More Info

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Local Art Galleries

The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach sits on the banks of Wolf Bay and offers a wealth of options for those who love the arts. This beautiful 10,000-square-foot art center displays the works from dozens of local artists. The Coastal Arts Center also hosts special events, to promote visual and performing arts throughout the year. Gallery entry is free and open to the public while custom-crafted art is available in the gift shop. On the center's campus, you’ll also find the Hot Shop and Clay Studio. Artisans create glass work and pottery, offering demonstrations to visitors along with a schedule of hands-on tutorials.

In Gulf Shores, you’ll also find the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance art gallery and gift shop in Waterway Village. The gallery features the paintings, pottery, and other works from approximately 50 local and regional artists. The alliance also hosts weekend art markets during the year where artists show and sell their original work.

Fine art lovers will also love a visit to the Susan N. McCollough Fine Art Gallery and Tino’s Fine Art & Frames (where original Rick Tino artwork can all be found along with limited edition prints, pottery, and stained glass). There are also local potters displaying their work at Pottery Central and Sea Oat Studio in Gulf Shores.

Art Class on Vacation!

The Coastal Textile Center at Clara's Loom offers classes in various weaving techniques. Visitors can shop the eclectic array of yarns, fibers, looms and more in addition to the beautiful handwoven shawls and scarves for sale in the retail shop. At Blue Girl Beading, classes and birthday parties are fantastic occasions to create festive and fun customized jewelry. During events and classes, participants are taught basic stringing, wire, metalwork and intricate stitching. If you'd rather just appreciate the results, there are unique designs available for sale. Local shops and boutiques throughout the gulf area offer local art and jewelry.

Performing and Cultural Arts on the Beach

Performing arts come alive as members of the South Baldwin Community Theatre bring their talents to the stage during a wide range of both adult and children’s performances throughout the year. For a unique coastal twist on the arts, Sand Castle University offers an in-depth peek into the intricacies of building fabulous sand castles to all ages and skill levels.

You may want to schedule your trip to coincide with one of our exciting events during the year. From the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance’s annual Ballyhoo Festival to the Orange Beach Festival of Art each spring, there are dozens of events to punctuate an art-filled visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach any time of year. Book your Orange Beach and Gulf Shores vacation now to experience it all!

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