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Spanish Village Art Center

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Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-233-9050
11:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00

Located in Balboa Park, this center is home to many art galleries and...

Located in Balboa Park, this center is home to many art galleries and working artist studios. Presently we house 220 local San Diego Artist who create & demo their artwork such as: Fine Art Paintings, Photography,Art Glass, Pottery, Metal Arts, Fiber Arts,Paper Arts, Enamels and more.There are five Guilds on site: Art Glass,Potter's,Wood Carver's, Enamel and Sculptors. We offer classes for all ages and Summer Camp for Kids in our beautiful historic courtyards.Open Daily 11am to 4pm Free WiFi Open to the public Pet Friendly

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Real Artists and Real Art

There are about 35-40 small art studios concentrated here, with artists working in most any media you can think of. Some are more of a gallery with a variety of participating... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are about 35-40 small art studios concentrated here, with artists working in most any media you can think of. Some are more of a gallery with a variety of participating artists displaying their work, while others are more of a single-artist studio where you can often see them actually creating. While you may not appreciate every style or piece,... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just visited this art center earlier this week, and was very impressed with the level of quality. Having visited a variety of art galleries in Zion and in Tucson last year, I enjoyed the variety of works represented in the Spanish Village, and also by the friendliness of the artists and their willingness to explain the process that they were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I didn't know this place existed, until a friend took me there. It is located in Balboa Park and it is a charming collection of shops, styled after a Spanish Village. There is jewelry, art, pottery, etc. I had a wonderful shopping experience and left with many treasures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We wondered into the shops during a rainy day and decided to come back the next day when it was sunny out because we could tell it looked like a charming square. We were right. It is bright and colorful but soothing and enjoyable to see the many artists at work. We purchased a few items and really liked talking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

This is a lovely setting in Balboa Park to find all sorts of hand crafted items from jewlery to pottery to paintings, etc. Many different artists and mediums and they are in house, explaining how they do their crafts. Some items are VERY reasonably priced and others have a higher price tag but all is original art in a lovely... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

It looked like an oversized playground on the pictures, but it turned out to be much more "real" and interesting, kind of like mini-Barcelona. It has its own unique feel and looks authentic. They sell great coffee and you may pause to watch local artists work or listen some street music. The shops sell interesting art pieces.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This area is near Balboa park and zoo, it's not wide range of souvenirs for tourists, just place for relaxing after long walk from the Zoo or Balboa park; however, its operating hours are quite short. If you have a short time, skip this place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This little village in balboa park was a quirky little place where local artists were selling there art. The atmosphere was good with some live music, coffee and loads of art of various types like photopgraphy, glass blowing , painting , jewellery , sculpture at lots more . I even cane home with some artwork to take back to Australia... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

An interesting art centre with some artists in attendance. Some were friendly, talkative and helpful. Others ignore you. Lots of things to choose from if you are looking for a gift for someone. The plaza is nice to visit and just sit with a cold drink. Lots of directional signs to help get around the park. Allow lots of time... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

There are over 35 shops in this small village at the top end of Balboa Park and it is quite pretty although quite commercial

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