Things to do in Topanga Canyon

What to do in Topanga Canyon?

Looking for a quick escape from Los Angeles? Come visit Topanga Canyon located in the Santa Monica Mountains and get away from it all. Head down the PCH and turn right onto Topanga Canyon Blvd. It will take you 15 minutes if there’s not much traffic. You can also take Topanga Canyon Boulevard South from the highway 101.

The first thing you can do in Topanga Canyon is improve your driving skills by navigating the twists and turns of Topanga Canyon Blvd. Jim Morrison once said, “Keep your eyes on the road and your hand upon the wheel.” The road has many bicyclists and the occasional coyote so share the road. Put in some tunes, and enjoy the ride through the spectacular Santa Monica mountains.  If you’re really really, really lucky you might even see a mountain lion…but probably not.

The stress of city life and traffic is melting away as you zig zag up the canyon pass. You roll down your windows and inhale the fresh air. On either side of you is a green blur of oak and sycamore trees. You’ve emerged from the fog. Its June gloom no longer. The air has warmed up, the sunlight hits your face and a deep blue sky emerges. You are on your way…

The second thing you can do in Topanga Canyon is visit the Topanga Canyon Gallery. In about 4 miles from PCH you’ll come into “town”. Make a right at second stop light and turn into the Pine Tree Circle mall. The gallery is located in the strip.  Come on in. Don’t be shy. There are many beautiful and affordable paintings, sculptures, ceramic mugs, plates and jewelry to look at and purchase for your home. Its a feast for your eyes!

Topanga scenes, animals and spiritual motifs are often depicted by the local artists in their imagery.  For these artists experience is reflected in their art. But not all art in the gallery is representational. There are quite a few abstract and conceptual artists here. Their art begs you to take a closer look and ponder universal ideals, the meaning of art, and current trends in society. Delight in the mastery of their craft, the beauty, and the passion each artist has for his and her medium. It is a gift for all who enter.

Chat up the friendly person sitting behind the desk. He or she is one of the member artists of the gallery and can answer all or some of your art related questions, tell you some Topanga lore or maybe give you a great recommendation of what to do in Topanga!









Rea Nagel

I paint what I find exciting, be it a mountain, a tree, a group of houses, a flower or whatever.  I love color and shape.  Everything I paint comes from viewing it and an emotional response to whatever I am looking at.
Most of my paintings are watercolor, but I also mix the use  of acrylics, collage, and pastels.  Many of my paintings are a combination of all these media, whatever gets my vision across to the viewer.  Blending colors and enjoying expressing my emotions on paper dominate my  subjects. Anything I can see may inspire me and then I interpret them on paper.
I love to draw and   have many, many  sketch books filled with the things I have seen from the passenger seat of the car.  I usually use my sketches as the basis of a painting.   I enjoy blending colors and believe that nothing is a solid tube color and mix my colors on the paper to get the wanted results.  Most of my paintings have several versions of the same scene done until I decide on the composition.  To me composition and values are the what makes a painting worth looking at.

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