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“Beautiful exhibits”

Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Nestled among stately oaks on the shores of Wolf Bay, this campus features Alabama's only daily, open-access hot glass blowing facility where you can watch glass artists make beautiful hand blown works. Also available is The Clay Studio where you can work with our resident clay artist. Classes are also available in both studios. Our art gallery featuring gulf coast artists is currently housed in a small cottage, but our new waterfront gallery will be open in summer 2016. The bay front 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 held the second weekend of March.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 28, 2013

The new glass blowing building is a great way to watch the technique. Lots of interesting art displayed at a beautiful setting on th bay.

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

I read the prior reviews and decided to make glass blowing a family event with our two teenage daughters. We all had a terrific time making ornaments and leaning about the art. Adam is an expert glass blower and equally expert teacher. I'd recommend making an reservation early as they do get booked up. It is fun for all ages. There was a young girl having fun making a sun catcher. Oh, and they mail the keepsakes back to you if needed. The art studio is quite interesting too.

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Neat place...has lots of local art from paintings to wearables. The staff was very nice and took the time to share the history of the building and grounds. They have a park right next to it and you can even walk out to the pier. Well worth the visit. We loved the huge selection and the pride the staff takes in their place

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

The art center is always interesting. Not only do they have rotating exhibits, they have an onsite glass blowing studio (the Hot Shop) and a new pottery studio. This past weekend, the first weekend of March, was the Orange Beach Art Festival at the Art Center. Artists were blowing glass and throwing clay along with the typical festival artists on display. I purchased several Mother's Day, birthday, and Christmas gifts from local artists. Local restaurants offered lunch, concerts, and a kids village. It was a great weekend!

1  Thank trail19
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

I made an appointment to have my 8 year old twins make an ornament in the glass blowing shop (Hot Shop). Adam worked with them and was really fantastic. He was incredibly patient and took the time to not only educate them on how to do it, but also why they were doing each step they were. They actually had to blow the glass to form it. The end result was beautiful and will be a memory we will all cherish. I cannot recommend this enough!

2  Thank Kari F
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