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Spanish Village Art Center

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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...more
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1770 Village Pl, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1651
Balboa Park
+1 619-233-9050
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 June 2007

This is a wonderful place! There are many artists studios and galleries which have many different types of great art for sale for great prices. The village itself is a really unique place styled after a quaint Spanish Village from the 30's. This is a...More

5  Thank PJSOCAL
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 October 2015

Spanish Village was an absolute disappointment. I am a big fan of locally produced arts and crafts, so a stop at Spanish Village was an anticipated stop during my visit to San Diego. What a huge disappointment! The art is pedantic. Most of the "art"...More

1  Thank Mikef100
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a place to buy local art and this did not disappoint! Such a great place! We had so much fun making our own spirit totem. Such a fun memorable piece of art to have. Highly recommend the Spanish Village Art Center...More

3  Thank TripSeekerGal
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

A little center close to the zoo and Bilbao Park. We went twice, once on Sunday morning (a lot of artists had tables all around the courtyard) and on Tuesday to buy beautiful gifts and souvenirs. Some of the artists are very talented, others less...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

We did arrive somewhat late in the afternoon - when several of the artists had already closed up for the afternoon. Of those that were still open we thought that the items for sale - though well crafted - were a bit expensive. Rest rooms...More

Thank BobandJosie
Chris S, Public Relations Manager at Spanish Village Art Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Bob and Josie - I am so sorry you were disappointed. I'm not sure what time you were in our Artist Village but our normal hours are 11am to 4pm. All of our art is hand created by local San Diego artists and some of...More

Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed visiting the Spanish Artist Village and met several local artists. This was a great take in. Many artists proudly share their background and enjoy teaching their techniques with spectators. There are about 37 studios and many local artists featured. Great place for shopping.

Thank WBDover
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This a beautiful place. The colorfully painted floor tiles give the place a lively atmosphere. It's a fun place to explore!

Thank Kiwi000001
Management response:Responded 23 August 2017

Thank you so much - we are very proud of our colorful patio and glad that you also enjoyed it. We hope you can come back again!

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This section of Balboa park has a great collection of artists - painters, sculptors, glass, pottery, prints, jewelry - plenty to sample. Many different styles and dozens of galleries, some with multiple artists. Everything seemed reasonably priced. There are also benches and a fountain if...More

Thank C0dys_Dad
Management response:Responded 14 August 2017

Thank you so much - we really appreciate your compliment and hope you can return again. Kathi

Reviewed 8 July 2017

This was truly an original. Charming casitas left from the exposition in 1935-36 now serve as artists studios and stores . The quality of the work varied from ok to excellent but all the artists were very friendly and welcoming. There's a great variety of...More

Thank Cathleen M
Management response:Responded 10 July 2017

Thank you so much for a great review. It always makes us happy when our visitors can enjoy our area. We hope you can come back again.

Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

The Village is made up of a collection of little art studios. All have work offered for sale; some have the artists creating their art and visitors are welcome to observe. We visited most of the studios at a leisurely pace and saw a wide...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2017

Just steps behind the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park this center displays the finest artists in San Diego of all types

Thank jwyblf
Management response:Responded 11 May 2017

Thank you so much - we are all have to go through a jury process to be able to be in Spanish Village Art Center. Which really helps keep the art very at a higher level. Thanks again I hope you can come by again.

Reviewed 27 April 2017

We started by visiting galleries around downtown (gas lamp, little italy, etc.) and were about to give up on art in San Diego, but then we went to Spanish Village in Balboa Park-- we should have started here and saved a bunch of Steps! The...More

Thank lhep_11720
Management response:Responded 28 April 2017

Thank you so much. We all enjoy what we do and want to create art that people can live with. I am so happy that also worked for you. Kathi

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Margie R
5 March 2018|
Response from ChrisS12771 | Property representative |
Admission is always free
10 May 2016|
Response from HollyBerryElf | Reviewed this property |
There are a parking lot right beside Spanish Village which has a couple of handicap spaces. Lots of competition for any/all parking ... suggest you go early (Village opens officially at 10am, but a few places open a bit... More