A Town Full of Art and Culture

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Wherever you turn, San Pedro is a community with art and culture. Our Downtown area is the main arts district with galleries and studios.  

We are fortunate to have the San Pedro Art Association, established in 1936 and more vital than ever. The association has galleries at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles and presents shows and events at other locations throughout the community. SPAA's members are some of the area's finest artists and you can be confident when you purchase their art or take their classes that you are working with outstanding individuals who care about their community, their art, and your enjoyment.  

On the first Thursday of every month the Arts District opens its doors for exhibitions, entertainment and refreshments for its Art Walk. Beginning around 6 p.m., the galleries and studios are open, shops and restaurants have special offers, and there’s entertainment all around. www.1stThursday.com  

The San Pedro area is home to many remarkable artists. And Mario Mirkovich is known as a real master, especially for his paintings that capture the beauty of the area. He also offers painting classes. Click here to learn about Mario Mirkovich's extraordinary paintings  

Marymount California University offers an extensive program of cultural arts on its Oceanview Campus. Marymount California University 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes, Peninsula 310-303-7223, www.MarymountCalifornia.edu  

Warner Grand Theatre is the centerpiece of Downtown and San Pedro arts and culture. This Art Deco era movie theater was opened in 1931 by Jack Warner who called it "the palace of your dreams." The Warner Grand hosts a wide range of arts and cultural events from films to speeches, stage plays to music. www.WarnerGrand.org San Pedro is home to many wonderful and talented artists.  

And no photographer presents engaging and challenging images like Gil Mares.  

Parkhurst Galleries not only presents the work of some of the world's most famous painters for sale, but also offers its Painting With the Masters classes. These classes truly bring out the talent of anyone who is interested in painting.

Downtown Books & Art Gallery at 414 W. 6th Street in Downtown San Pedro has an inventory of very collectible new and antique books. The Gallery has a new show every month. The phone number is 818-731-1158 and the website is www.DTBooksArt.com.

National Watercolor Society showcases the very best National Watercolor Society (NWS) Gallery 915 S. Pacific Avenue, Uptown Pacific Avenue 310-831-1099, www.NationalWatercolorSociety.org  

San Pedro Waterfront Arts District supports artists and is responsible for lots of great public art around town. Take a look at its website--then take a look at all it has done to beautify San Pedro and give artists great exposure.  

If you like music, you'll love the Golden State Pops Orchestrs. Performing in the historic Art Deco era Warner Grand Theatre, the orchestra presents a series of concerts that inspire and entertain with world-class musicians performing. Arts and entertainment aren't limited to Downtown.   You'll find lots throughout San Pedro and the Peninsula area.  

And up the hill is the Palos Verdes Art Center which offers a variety of exhibitions and classes.  

The Norris Theatre hosts a wide range of stage productions, musical shows, and a variety of classes. San Pedro boasts not just one film festival, but two.  

The Los Angeles Harbor International Film Festival brings new works, documentaries, and classic films to Downtown San Pedro every spring.  

And the San Pedro International Film Festival is the town's premier festival and focuses on new and emerging works every fall. And if you're in town on the right day (which is many), you're likely to see film and television production in action, particularly in Downtown. San Pedro is a popular location for Hollywood production.  

One of the nation's premier film festivals is held just across the channel on Catalina Island. The Catalina Film Festival is a star-studded event that always attracts an interesting audience with more than 100 films screened in an important competition.  

The Port of Los Angeles has turned the Los Angeles Waterfront in San Pedro into a beautiful place--at a significant investment. All along the Promenade that traverses the Main Channel you'll see great pieces of public art that reflect the cultures of Los Angeles and the world. Many are educational pieces about the history of the harbor. Crowning the Promenade is the Fanfare Fountain at the World Cruise Center that presents choreographed light, sound, and water shows. At the other end of the Channel is the SP Slip, home to the Ghost Fish sculpture, along with interpretive signage about life on the docks.  

And San Pedro, Wilmington, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Catalina Island are all favorite locations for film, television, and commercial production. Click here for a list of just some of the films and television programs shot in San Pedro and Wilmington.  

Be sure to check the Calendar of Events for performances and activities. And for information about any of the venues and producers go to this link from the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District.