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The Best Art Exhibitions and Installations Coming to California This Year

Art is amazing for so many reasons: It can take shape in truly different and mind-blowing forms; it can offer us new perspectives we wouldn’t have thought about; and it can move us in many ways. Whether we’re feeling all the feelings, indulging our senses, or snapping pics of work we want to remember, there are few experiences that rival indulging in someone else’s creativity. Live in California or planning a trip to the West Coast in the coming months? Lucky you — there are heaps of brilliant new installations and exhibits coming up. Scroll on for the 411.


1. Napa: The heart of wine country has solidified its reputation as a destination for art and culture lovers with Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa. The world-class art spans two miles of the Napa Valley Vine Trail and will feature new murals in coming months. From what we’ve heard, the Insta-worthy new works will feature a girl reaching toward a glowing butterfly, a colorful abstract, and a view of “ungravitied constructions.” Make the most of your visit with a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train (the Legacy Tour is a treat for anyone interested in wine country history) or a stroll through the quaint downtown. Talk about perfect pairings! (Photo via Birdman Photos)

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2. Sacramento: Exciting news: California’s state capital is about to become home to the largest mural festival on the West Coast, with more than 50 artists coming together for an installation called Wide Open Walls in August 2018. Though the installation itself is worth a trip, this epic art event will also leave 40 permanent works behind in places like the Sacramento International Airport and Sacramento Convention Center. (Photo via Wide Open Walls)

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3. San Francisco: San Franciscans have been #blessed to experience some of the year’s trendiest experiences, such as The Museum of Ice Cream and Color Factory — along with the glorious re-opening of the Museum of Modern Art. Now, Bay Area residents and tourists are in for another treat with “Sanctuary,” an interactive installation created by 36 international artists. Through March 11, 2018, people can explore and better understand how refuge has shaped human history. (Photo via Robert Divers Herrick)

4. Santa Barbara: It might be a smaller city, but Santa Barbara packs a mighty punch when it comes to art offerings. Not only does this idyllic palm tree-lined place have dozens of museums and an adored Theatre District to visit and enjoy, but it’s also a named participant in “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” through January 2018. While you’re feeling the fun vibes, make it a point to catch three interactive exhibits at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. (Photo via Jason Rick, courtesy of MOXI)

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5. Monterey: The heart of California’s picturesque Monterey Bay, this town’s vibe and landscape have long inspired great artists. The National Steinbeck Center, a museum and memorial dedicated to John Steinbeck, is a great starting place for an artistic adventure. Next, plan to scope out the new “Dali17”, a permanent exhibition of Salvador Dali’s work. Notably, this private collection is the biggest in America, boasting 557 lithographs and 230 originals, along with rare sculptures. If you can turn your trip into a weekend away, be sure to save time for nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea, with more than 110 art galleries within a single square mile, not to mention incredible boutique shopping and indulgent eats. (Photo via Scott Campbell/Dali17)

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6. Los Angeles: Already home to some of the state’s coolest museums, galleries, and vista points, Los Angeles is a world-famous creative hub that continues to blossom. New openings include the Institute of Contemporary Art and the brand-spankin’ new Marciano Art Foundation, a haven for contemporary art. The Getty Foundation’sPacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America” explores Latin American and Latino art at 65 art institutions and galleries across LA and Southern California through January 18. Prefer the performing arts? Fans can enjoy new shows downtown too, with never-before-seen operas, dance performances, and comedy shows slated to start with the new season. (Photo via Marciano Art Foundation)

Which exhibition are you most excited about? Let us know @BritandCo!

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)