Art on Catalina Island includes world-renowned installations

Dale Chihuly with Chiostro di Sant’Apollonia Chandlier, 2008, Chihuly at the de Young
de Young Museum, San Francisco, California

art on Catalina Island

For generations, Catalina Island has been a muse for artists in nearly every medium.

From the early days of the technology, photographers have captured remarkable images on the island.

Oil painters from around the world have interpreted its hillsides, seascapes and the charming village of Avalon.

And craftspeople have created tile, pottery and jewelry inspired by its creatures, features and architecture.

Thanks to the vision of several artists and art aficionados, Catalina Island is also the location of two world-class art installations.

In the Casino Dive Park, Underwater Pavilions, by visual artist Doug Aitken, inspires contemplation and conservation of the marine environment. The three large underwater sculptures invite interaction, both by marine creatures and human explorers.

At the Catalina Island Museum, internationally-renown glass artist Dale Chihuly will be installing a series of glass sculptures throughout the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building, including in its galleries and outdoor spaces. Known for his fascinating large scale glass installations in both public spaces and in museums, Chihuly captures and explores the interaction between light and glass. During the exhibit, Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, visitors will be able to experience Chihuly’s work during the daytime as well as in the evening, when the pieces will be lit dramatically. The exhibit opens to the public on March 26 and will remain on exhibit through early December.