Curator Torrey Cook’s love for the whimsies of lowbrow art and her embrace of community makes her gallery the place to be. There’s always plenty going on here—bands, pins and patches, pop-ups, live art classes—with nary a stuffy piece of “fine art” in the five mini galleries or the larger exhibition space. The move to Anaheim from Laguna has been easier on Cook’s pocketbook and gives her room to do more. A maverick in the best sense of the word, and if you need proof, just walk around the second story of the Anaheim GardenWalk and check out Cook’s curation and organization of the Artists Republic Mural Garden on the top floor (see Best Public Art).
400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 137, Anaheim, (949) 988-0603; artists-republic.com.
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