We chatted with Shaun Thomas, the artist, and owner behind the Thomas Studios art gallery and private event space venue in Laguna Beach, California, to find out where his inspiration comes from and the events held at his space.
What is the best part of your job?
The great reactions and feedback we receive during and after an event from our clients. Our intimate venue allows us to really connect with clients and their guests, capturing their positive interactions within the gallery. Everyone seems really grateful and appreciative of being in the space.
Tell me about your venue – the story behind it, the location, the decor.
In 2018, I simply wanted to open up a space to display my artwork in downtown Laguna Beach. I wanted collectors and clients to be welcomed into a space where they could really enjoy my works in an open and creative environment. My artistic coastal style is minimalistic with a modern and contemporary approach. I wanted to incorporate that throughout the gallery so you not only see it in my work but feel it as you walk about the space.
The gallery is located in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach, right on Pacific Coast Highway. Next door to all the popular restaurants, bars, and world-renowned galleries. Perched on the second story, this location has a private and exclusive feel to it. The gallery’s patio boasts amazing ocean and sunset views, along with outdoor artwork on display. Throughout the venue, you’ll find more works of coastal-inspired art, blown glass lighting, and designer furniture, creating a comfortable and cozy lounge-like environment for all visitors and guests to relax and enjoy.
What types of events are commonly held at your venue, and why is your space perfect for these types of events?
Any event smaller than 50 people does very well at Thomas Studios. We specialize in the following events.
What makes your venue special or unique?
It’s not every day that you go to an event hosted inside an Art Gallery. The unique environment always tends to be a great conversation starter, and it allows guests to enjoy their surroundings aside from the actual event, creating a one-of-a-kind experience.
“Once you walk into the space, you still start to feel your mood change into a more relaxed state. Art can be calming and healing.” – Shaun Thomas
What event trends are you seeing this year that you love? And what event trend do you wish would go away?
I personally don’t pay too much attention to industry trends. I focus on my own work and gallery space, allowing the event planners and clients to use the space as they see fit. I’m always intrigued to see how each client will use the space for their ideal event.
What has been your favorite event to execute and why?
I’ve hosted a few proposals at the gallery. It’s amazing to see someone use the space for such an important moment in their life. For it to be a special place for other people is an amazing feeling. It helps fuel new ideas so I can continue to create unique artwork and an environment to host these special moments.
“This location is incredible! Shaun’s art is inspiring, and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset from the patio! The lighting indoors was fun for our guests, and the host was very accommodating to our event. We had 35 people attending, and the space was cozy and fit us perfectly. 10/10”
– Brooke S., Company Event
Book Your Next Event at Thomas Studios
Are you ready to schedule your next event at Thomas Studios? Check out their EventUp listings to connect with Shaun Thomas and his events staff and to request an event quote.