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Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach

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Address: 26389 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone Number: +1 251-981-2787
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Description: Nestled among stately oaks on the shores of Wolf Bay, built in 1923 this...
Nestled among stately oaks on the shores of Wolf Bay, built in 1923 this historic property was the first hotel of Orange Beach. It now houses an art gallery with more than 100 regional artists. Other features of the arts campus are The Hot Shop, Alabama's only public access hot glass studio, and The Clay Studio where you can work with our resident clay artist. Classes are available daily. The beautiful grounds are perfect for weddings and special events. The Art Center is also home for the highly regarded annual fine arts show "Festival of Art" of Orange Beach.
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So cool!

I went to Gulf Shores Visitor center - looking for something to do on a rainy day. The glass blowing was amazing to watch and then we went next door to the pretty and Paint... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I went to Gulf Shores Visitor center - looking for something to do on a rainy day. The glass blowing was amazing to watch and then we went next door to the pretty and Paint building and did the "pick and Paint" activity. So awesome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We were there during the Art Festival and we really enjoyed many different artists, the food and the overall atmosphere. The center by itself is certainly worth a visit even without the larger art fair. Several buildings with glass blowing, ceramics, dance and music, set in an inviting atmosphere with beautiful views of the bay. Very relaxing way to spend... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Expensive day making Christmas ornaments as a family.. we are a pretty inquisitive bunch.. the glassblower said maybe two words and the lady in the office that lost our reservation was pretty rude. We are all artists in our family and this would have been a place we visited year after year if the reception was "warmer."

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in here after lunch to watch the glassblowing craftsmen. Always fascinating to see how the artists make glass vases and other items. They will also teach you how to blow glass yourself! Items available for purchase. There's also a pottery studio where you can watch artists on the wheel, take classes, or paint your own. Nice mugs and other... More 

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Monticello, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

It was cold and raining cats and dogs the day we visited, but we watched the glass blowers make a couple of pieces and it was fascinating. There was much more we would have loved to see, but after we got cold and wet getting from one building to the other, we left and promised ourselves we would come again... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Wonderful Local Art. Hands on Pottery classes, Glass blowing experience, etc. it is in a beautiful setting on Wolf Bay. All through the year they have special events going on that are entertaining, educational and Fun. Go!!!!

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Stopped by on a cool day and was I impressed, a great and educational attraction for folks of all ages -- the staff was very knowledgeable and the artisans were fantastic

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Princeton, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

There was an amazing range of artists' styles and mediums displayed, and a beautiful small gift shop in a large coastal-style home. Our favorite part by far was our visit to the "Hot Shop" to watch a very skilled couple of glassblowers in action. This trip was during the surprise storm that hit the coast, and we were close enough... More 

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Orange Beach Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

It is difficult to add to the positive things said about this facility. The "HotShop" is where my fascination lies with this. There are "glory holes" in abundance with glass, glass and more glass. The glassblowers are inspired, professional, enthusiastic and friendly, they will walk one through the process of blowing a piece of glass for themselves such as a... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was a great birthday gift form my wife and teens. Adam and Kerry were wonderful in guiding my family in creating their own piece of art at the Hot Shop. For a minimal fee per person you can have unique birthday party or just browse around and see how this lost art creates beautiful pieces of art.

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