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Huntington Beach--Are you a budding artist who's not quite defined yourself as an artist just yet? There's an exhibit that allows you to add a "showing" to your resume--minus the pesky qualifications most galleries require. For a fee of around $20, you are guaranteed a spot on the wall at the Huntington Beach Art Center (first come first serve.)


This offer only happens once a year, however. Normally announced in Oct - December annually, a call for non-juried art (maximum several pieces) goes out across the Internet, and appears in City of Huntington Beach publications, requesting individuals show up with their works and payment on a specific day to be part of "Centered on the Center" art show.


Over a decade old, this event continues to grow in popularity and now fills up fast, reaching capacity in just a short time.


In the picture above you can see a wall filled with artwork from the exhibit. You can also see a gent in a hat taking a digital photo of his artwork displayed.  The lion from the "Wizard of Oz", a woman playing a guitar, a lady decked out in a fancy dress and black stockings and black hat or umbrella, several people walking on the Huntington Beach Pier with Ruby's Diner in the background, and many additional paintings and art pieces can be seen. Providing a sampling of what you can expect at this event, this is by no means the only artist opportunity. By joining the HB Art League, artists can also sign up and pay a fee to show their works at a small "Corner Gallery" in Huntington Beach Central Library, or at Huntington Beach Civic Center City Hall building.


While professional galleries are limited to just a handful in the city, and premier art showings and contests are rare, the amateur category opportunities are abundant throughout the year.


Huntington Beach Art Center
538 Main Street

Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Call: (714) 374-1650
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday - 12 noon - 6 pm;

Sunday - 12 noon - 4 pm;

Closed Monday - Tuesday



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