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The beach is always a fantastic place for artistic inspiration. Whether you enjoy the visual arts or the performing arts, you'll find something that inspires in the Gulf Shores area. Every year, Gulf Shores' white sand beaches and emerald waters call artists from around the country to participate in festivals, camaraderie, and artistic reflection.

The Orange Beach Festival of Art in March involves rows of visual arts displays, live music, food and entertainment as well as an art contest. Last year's featured juror, Bruce Helander, was featured in the New Yorker and has work on display in over 50 museum collections nationwide. Another popular Orange Beach arts festival is the Wine Festival. What goes better with Gulf Coast arts than wine? The wine festival also features an arts fair that showcases the work of artists and artisans in the area.

Visit Gulf Shores art museums, art galleries, or take a painting class on your vacation any time of year. Visit the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, just a short drive from our Gulf Shores condos and Orange Beach rentals, for art shows, festivals, exhibitions, and classes. Also check out the Coastal Arts Center for pottery and glass blowing demonstrations and a gallery featuring photography, sculptures, pottery, and more. The Mobile Museum of Art and the American Sport Art Museum & Archives are just an hour or less away from our Orange Beach condos and Gulf Shores rentals.

If you love the performing arts, there are some community theaters in the Gulf Shores area that put on productions year-round. Theatre 98 in Fairhope has been putting on plays since 1960 and has evening productions throughout the year. If you are in Gulf Shores between August and May, The South Baldwin Community Theater gives performances every weekend. They often perform plays written by local playwrights. Ballets, operas, and more can be found at the Mobile Civic Theatre.

Browse our articles on Gulf Shores and Orange Beach arts, festivals, museums, galleries, and other venues to plan on catching a show or a class on your next Gulf Shores vacation.