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Laguna Beach Art Gallery

Originally looking for a larger warehouse to continue expanding his line of artwork, Shaun stumbled upon a unique and vacant showroom in Laguna Beach, California. He jumped at the opportunity with this prime location and within a few weeks found himself remodeling the place from the ground up. 

Upon entering the gallery, visitors are welcomed into a minimalistic, warm and zen-like space, which matches his simplistic artistic style. Shaun strived to create a one-of-a-kind gallery. An experience visitors and collectors could enjoy while viewing his work. This unique modern coastal art gallery has quickly become a must see in Laguna Beach.


Outstanding Creative Artist and Gallery!

Enjoyed visiting and meeting Shaun. Loved the art pieces and one of them now sits proudly in our home in Laguna. Thank you!

Enrique Lavernia

Google Review

We hosted an anniversary party at Thomas Studios - it was the perfect venue for our intimate occasion

The studio has a beautiful outdoor space perfect for entertaining, a very spacious interior for seating - with the perfect laid back laguna chic vibe to the entire venue. Shaun and his Studio Manager Lili were amazing to work with and worked tirelessly to make our event special. I would definitely host there again!

Courtney Konzelman

Google Review

Best gallery in Laguna Beach, by far!

The ambiance is brought to life by a natural fusion of contemporary and coastal inspired art, sculptures, lighting, and furniture. Simply put, I would live in this studio if I could. Also - Shaun is absolutely wonderful to work with. I am a new collector of his contemporary sculpture and I highly recommend setting up a meeting with him as he is incredibly passionate about his work!!! Thanks a million, Shaun!

Tina R

Google Review

This studio is something special!

It caught my eye while exploring Laguna Beach and I am so glad I dropped in to check it out. It has a modern, coastal vibe to it and I LOVE the wall art out front. The wood canvas he uses for his art makes each piece feels so natural and the designs really have a way of bringing each piece to life. I now have a piece up in my house and look forward to going back to purchase a larger sculpture in the future. If you are in the area, do yourself a favor and check it out. Even if only to enjoy the feel of the space

Michelle S.

Google Review

A Must-See Art Gallery!

Thomas Studios upstairs location is definitely a unique hidden-treasure. The wood wall sculptures, home showroom and variety of amazing artwork provides a welcoming atmosphere and interesting experience. We can't wait to see what's next with the great collection of artwork and design pieces.

Lisa Marie

Google Review

Fantastic art studio like none other you’ll find on Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.

A hidden treasure with a modernized showroom with some of the most unique art you’ll find. The ocean inspired artwork is breathtaking and the artist himself, Shaun Thomas, is amazing. Look for the incredible light feature in the window and follow the steps up to the second floor, you will not be disappointed.

Jennifer Taylor

Google Review

Thomas' work is masterful and perfectly fits our modern beach home

We loved our first piece so much we just hung a second piece in our study. Thomas was very helpful in answering our questions and the pieces were easy to hang. Looking forward to our next one!

Peter & Michelle Fritz

Google Review

Love, love, love! Already looking at empty walls wondering what is next 🙂

I'm so excited to support a local artist and I can see this from inside /out and it always makes me happy. Everyone who comes has amazing feedback. Thank You!

Andrea Malis

Google Review

Surf Gallery Laguna Beach

Hours: Saturday, 12pm – 5pm

*Closed Labor Day Weekend*

If you are not able to visit the gallery during our Saturday hours, get in touch and we can schedule a time that works for you to open our gallery doors.*


Please use this form below if you have any artwork or gallery related questions or concerns. If you are not able to visit the gallery during our weekend hours, let us know and we can schedule a time that works for you to open the doors. 


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      Laguna Beach, Southern California’s premier coastal destination, has been known as an artist’s colony for more than 100 years.

      The annual festivals include:
      Laguna Beach Music Festival: February, 2022
      Laguna Beach Pride: May, 2022
      Fete de la Musique:
       June, 2022
      Laguna Art-A-Fair: June – August, 2022
      Sawdust Art Festival: June – August, 2022
      Festival of Arts Fine Art Show:
       July – September, 2022
      Pageant of the Masters: July-September, 2022
      Laguna Dance Festival: October 2022
      Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational: October, 2022
      Coast Film Festival: November 2022
      Art & Nature: November 2022
      Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy: Weekends: November & December 2022

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      Montage Laguna Beach resort earns a Five Diamond award for 2018 for top marks in appearance, amenities and service standards.
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      Top 10 Sexiest Beaches in America – ForbesTraveler.com (2008)

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      5. Currently, there are more than 80 Laguna Beach Art Galleries and 400 working artists in Laguna Beach.

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