Avenue, Huntington Beach, California 92647 Call: (714) 847-5973
Windows Gallery at Huntington Beach
Library and Cultural Center, founded in 1995, features watercolors, oils,
photographs and a variety of mixed media art in a
beautiful setting appropriately named "Windows Gallery"
for the huge panes of glass that provide open views of
Central Park. The paintings and displays reflect onto
the windows, offering reflections of the art from
various window angles.
This area of the Library is
maintained by the Huntington Beach Art League. They hold
monthly featured artists lectures and meetings at
Michael E. Rodgers Senior Center in Huntington Beach.
Formed in 1962, the foundation of the Art League today.
The League has been, from the beginning, an integral
part of the cultural activities of the community, as
well as contributing to city drives and fund-raisers.
In 1990 a scholarship was established in the Huntington
Beach Art League founder's name. "Rheta Gillette"
scholarship is awarded to a promising young artist in
the community. It now includes seven awards presented to
Golden West College and five local high schools.
In 1995 the League acquired space in the Huntington
Beach Central Library and Cultural Center for WINDOWS, a
large and beautiful gallery. This gallery belongs to the
members of the League, and is becoming well-known for
its professional-quality art at reasonable prices.
In 1996 the Huntington Beach Art League merged with Arts
Associates, another local art group. This merger
increased the membership and added another gallery, The
Artists' Corner, also located in the Huntington Beach
Central Library. Since that time, the combined groups
have grown and prospered into becoming the leading Art
League in Orange County, with approximately 200 members.
Those founding members of 1962 began the Huntington
Beach Art League with high hopes and great dreams. They
would be proud of what it has become
Once the reading area where magazines
and periodicals were offered, the popularity of local
artwork and its enhancement to the open spaces of
Central Library brought the works out of the Artist's
Corner, where typically a single artist or several rent
the space for one month and are allowed to showcase
their creative efforts, hold artists' receptions and
place prices on the works for public sales.
Central Library and Cultural Center
was designed by famed architectural father-son team of
the Neutras. When the father passed away, his son
carried out the project which was designed to highlight
its surroundings and blend with the natural elements of
Central Park. Many of the window views in the
Library provide serene landscapes of large, flowing
waterfalls and fountains framed by huge, graceful green
trees. The views provided are so beautiful, they
look like pieces of art.
To maintain the lovely grounds of
Central Park, the Huntington Beach Tree Society has
place a donation meter outside the Library. The Society
also offers opportunities for commemorative tree
plantings on the grounds of the park.
As for the art, the collection of
original pieces has grown in the Library to include
several children's themed sculptures outside the
Children's Wing. Be sure to take a look as you
enter the Library at two sculptures, one by Pastorius,
and one called Lady by Margaret Owings.