About Us:

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 or blown glass piece in The Hot Shop.
  • Pottery demonstrations and Make-Your-Own clay items in The Clay Studio.
  • Scavenger Hunt  in the gallery, for kids of all ages - Pick up at the gallery desk
  • A Gift Shop area with original unique items by local and Gulf Coast artists.
  • Summer Art Camps
  • After School Art Program and Home School Program
  • Visual Arts classes

Appointments are required for The Hot Shop & The Clay Studio to blow glass or for pottery classes:  251-981-ARTS (2787)

Driving Directions:

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.

Hours of Operation

Office Gallery/Gift Shop Hours:

Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday


Gallery is closed on the following holidays:

  • Half day New Year's Eve & all day New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Mardi Gras Day
  • Easter Holidays
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Holidays
  • Christmas Holidays




Our Location

Orange Beach Art Center
TEL: 251-981-2787
FAX: 251-981-6981