We will host our annual Arts Afire! Fall Festival on Saturday, October 31st. Wear your costume and stop by between 10 and 3 to enjoy hot glass demo's, Raku pottery firings, DJ music, and a trick or treat trail for the kiddos! We are hosting some of the most dynamic and creative local artists on our lawn, so you can get the feel of a fall festival with the charm of our unique island community. The gallery and gift shop will be open with monitored accesss to assure safety guidelines.
COVID19 update: The Hot Shop and Clay Studio are offering limited one-on-one "Make Your Own" classes at this time in order to allow thorough cleaning between appointments. The main Gallery, as well as the art studios are open M-F, 9-4 and are free to enter. Per the Governor's mandate, masks are required and 6' social distancing protocols are in place while visiting in our buildings.
Other available glass and pottery activities include fused glass "Suncatcher" projects ($30) and "Pick-n-Paint" pottery ($25 and up). CALL for an appointment. Scavenger Hunts are available for children and families. (free)
The Coastal Arts Center campus overlooks scenic Wolf Bay and offers many artistic experiences with a breathtaking view. The stunning 10,000-square-foot fine art gallery features a spacious two-story building displaying works by Gulf Coast artists. Our campus is also home to The Hot Shop, Alabama's premier hot glass blowing studio where you can make your own glass piece! Or, come play in the clay at our Clay Studio, where you can throw on the wheel or hand build your own creation. Adult art classes are available at various times of the year. The center cherishes its place in the rich history of our area while bringing new and innovative ideas in the arts -- all in a warm and welcoming environment of Southern hospitality. With our new facility and stunning grounds, we now also provide the perfect location for a destination wedding or special event. Check out our Facebook Page for the most recent photos of our new facility.
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Art Center creative options:
- Hot Glass demonstrations and Make-Your-Own fused/blown glass in The Hot Shop.
- Pottery demonstrations and Make-Your-Own clay items in The Clay Studio.
- A Gift Shop area with original unique items by local and regional artists.
- Summer Art Camps and After School Art Program.
- Kids birthday parties with art projects included
- Visual Arts classes
Appointments are required for The Hot Shop & The Clay Studio to blow glass or for pottery classes: 251-981-ARTS (2787)
From AL & FL Beaches: Take Hwy 182/Perdido Beach Blvd to Highway 161/Orange Beach Blvd heading north. Turn right onto Hwy 180/Canal Road heading east. Drive 0.3 miles and the Arts Center will be on your left. You may enter at the gravel driveway or via Nancy Lane.
From Hwy 59 in Gulf Shores: Head east on Hwy 180/2nd Street along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Arts Center is 0.3 miles east of the intersection of Canal and Hwy 161.
From I-10 East and West: Take the Hwy 59 exit heading south; continue for approximately 18 miles then turn left onto Foley Beach Express ($2.75 toll). Turn left at the light onto Canal Road. Continue approximately 2.5 miles and the Arts Center is on your left.