Many of the world’s tastemakers, culture-shapers, and most artistic minds call Southern California home. Santa Monica, Los Angeles’ beach city, celebrates this artistic sensibility with a number of notable venues. Get a taste of it for yourself at these noteworthy art galleries.
Housed in the historic Bergamot Station for trollies, Bergamot is a literal hub for art galleries. More than 20 galleries feature their photography, sculpture, and paintings here. As the largest art gallery complex and cultural centre in Southern California, visitors can easily make a day of visiting Bergamot with this visual feast. And if that’s not filling enough, stop by the Bergamot Cafe for delicious sustenance tucked in a unique former loading dock.
Adamm's Stained Glass & Art Gallery
Feast your eyes on a wonderland of colour and light in the showroom of this artists' studio, shop, and gallery. Located one block east of the world famous Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, the gallery includes the work of over 200 of America's top glass artists. Your eyes will light up as you peruse blown glass vases, sculptures, perfume bottles, paper weights, bowls, platters, glassware goblets, jewellery, and more.
Santa Monica Art Studios
A studio built in an airport hangar: now we’ve seen it all! This gallery allows local artists to work, take classes, and discuss art together in a unique location at Santa Monica Airport. The process of the artists here is collaborative, unlike the work at so many individuals’ galleries. If you visit once, a second visit is bound to be different, since the gallery showcases an ever-changing program of exhibits.
Jeanie Madsen Gallery
“Fashion is more art than art is.” This Andy Warhol quotation takes on a life of its own at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery, where the two worlds collide. Designer Madsen features fashion-forward wearable art alongside artworks in exhibits that double as boutiques.
18th Street Arts Center
This incredible space is the largest artist residency in all of Southern California. It is here where artists come together to produce groundbreaking works to the mainstream public. These works often stemmed from discussions about progressive social issues and in greater society. Here, art has a heart.
Main photo: credit Santa Monica Art Studios