Discover Our 10 Favorite La Jolla Art Galleries!

Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery La Jolla Art GalleriesWhether you’re a seasoned art expert or just beginning to get into art, you’ll find pieces to love at any one of La Jolla’s art galleries. La Jolla features more than two dozen art galleries, each with their own unique focus. We’ve chosen 10 of our favorites to visit here.

Whether you’re looking for something new and modern to add to your home or some classic pieces, you’ll be able to find it in La Jolla. In addition to classic paintings, several galleries are dedicated to photographs, sculptures, jewelry and more art forms. Work from local, national, and international artists is always on display, and you can find original works and prints that you can purchase for display at home.

View close-up portraits of nature from all around the world at Thomas D. Mangelsen’s Images of Nature gallery (pictured at top). This gallery also makes for a soothing lunch break during the week!
Find them at 7916 Girard Avenue
Sun – Thu 10 am – 6 pm, Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 9 pm

For a uniquely La Jolla experience, be sure to stop by Legends Gallery, which features works by Dr. Seuss alongside other contemporary artists.
Find them at 1205 Prospect Street, Suite B
Mon-Wed 10 am – 8 pm, Th 10 am – 9 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Sun 11 am – 7 pm

Madison Art Gallery is one of La Jolla’s central contemporary art galleries. Marked by Asa, a friendly statue by Boaz Vaardia, you can catch art by John Baldessari, artist of the Brain/Cloud mural, here along with a long list of other talented artists.
Find them at 1055 Wall Street Suite 100
Mon – Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 12 pm – 4 pm

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If you love the ocean, be sure to stop by Upwelling Fine Art, a gallery of underwater photography and related art! Right now, catch Glassd surfboard art by local artist Katy Helen Stockinger.
Find them at 2148 Avenida de la Playa, Suite E
Sun – Mon, Th – Sat 12 pm – 5 pm

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts features contemporary American and European artists, specializing in French impressionist and post-impressionist artists. If you’re looking for a calming landscape or pensive portrait of wildlife, this is the art gallery for you.
Find them at 7932 Girard Avenue
Mon – Sun 10 am – 5 pm

Quint Gallery
Find them at 7547 Girard Avenue
Tues – Sat 10 am – 5:30 pm

Joseph Bellows Gallery
Find them at 7661 Girard Avenue
Mon – Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday by appointment

Thumbprint Gallery
Find them at 920 Kline Street
Wed – Thu 12 pm – 6 pm, Sat – Sun 12 pm – 4 pm

Martin Lawrence Gallery
Find them at 1111 Prospect Street
Mon – Wed 10 am – 6 pm, Thu – Sat 10 am – 9 pm, Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

Pannikin features smaller works by local artists for sale along with delicious breakfasts, lunches, and coffee concoctions. Stop by their La Jolla location at 7467 Girard Ave Mon-Fri 6am-6pm or Sat – Sun 6:30am-6pm for a snack and some art!

If you’re looking for a fun weekend outing, consider spending some time visiting La Jolla’s diverse collection of art galleries – they’re all within walking distance of one another. Hungry from your touring? Luckily, you’re in the middle of some of La Jolla’s finest restaurants. Heading down to watch the sunset at La Jolla Cove is a great way to wrap up your day.

In addition to visiting La Jolla’s private galleries, art lovers should also plan to spend a bit of time visiting the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art or the La Jolla Map and Atlas Museum. Visiting the museum is a great addition to a day spent discovering La Jolla art galleries. Let us know which your favorite galleries were in the comments!

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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