Artists migrating to Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s found that the city's close proximity to deserts, beaches, chaparral, and snow capped mountains provided the ideal settings for the development of the California Plein Air Movement. For many of these artists, beauty and the distinct Southern California sunlight was especially attractive in the Arroyo Seco.
To view these original artworks up close, look no further than the Irvine Museum which houses one of the most impressive collections of California Art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930) in the United States. Browse a rich selection of "Plein Air" paintings that captured the natural essence of the Arroyo Seco. Make sure to see the iconic works of Franz Bischoff and William Wendt, two of the most famous Plein Air artists of the era.
For more examples of early 20th Century art, discover the Orange County Museum of Art after grabbing a burger from Daily Grill.
NOTE: The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibition tours are offered weekly every Thursday at 11:15 a.m. Visitors are welcome on this tour without an appointment. The Museum is closed between exhibitions and may be closed for major holidays. Please call (949) 476-0294 for more information.
DIRECTIONS TO START
TRANSIT: From Los Angeles Union Station take the Pacific Surfliner Train 774 towards San Diego. Disembark at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and walk for about 1 minute to the Depot at Santa Ana Dock 10. Take the 59 Bus towards Campus-University Center. Get off at the Von Karman-Dupont stop and walk about 2 minutes to 18881 Von Karman Ave.
CAR: Take the San Diego Freeway (405) South to Orange County. Take the Jamboree Avenue exit and turn right onto Jamboree Avenue. Go approximately one mile to Campus Drive and turn right. Stay on Campus for about 1/2 miles to Von Karman and turn right. Take the first left turn at Martin Street and left again into the parking lot behind the tall marble and glass tower. You may park in any "visitors" or unreserved space in the parking structure. The Irvine Museum is on the ground floor of the building.
Orange County Museum of Art
This museum houses a robust collection of contemporary California art from the early 20th century to the present.
3850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
William R. Mason Regional Park
William R. Mason Regional Park offers a gorgeous 9-acre lake on 345 acres of land complete with biking paths, wilderness hiking, and three child play areas.
18712 University Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Serving up traditional American fare, Daily Grill offers dine in or take out options.
2636 Dupont Drive
Irvine, CA 92612