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Spanish Village Art Center

1770 Village Pl, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1651
+1 619-233-9050
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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, 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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  • Average8%
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  • Terrible0%
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1770 Village Pl, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1651
Balboa Park
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"balboa park"
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"the natural history museum"
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Reviewed March 8, 2018

The Spanish Village Art Center is simply a collection of art shops. It offers nothing overly special and is only worth doing if you have free time to kill in Balboa park, otherwise it can be avoided. Even for arts fans this can be missed.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

If you are in the Bilboa Park go there but we were not impressed. Local artists show their work, some better than others.

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Chris S, Public Relations Manager at Spanish Village Art Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

We are sorry your experience wasn't what you expected. We do work very hard creating our art and hope everyone enjoys it. Try back again sometime maybe your experience will be better.

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Reviewed February 14, 2018

The architecture has a slight Disney feel to them, fanciful and compact people scale. Various unique, individual buildings form a perimeter and an interior courtyard area - making for a quiet, and interesting experience for all ages. The art offerings are many and will interest...More

Thank John T
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Reviewed January 8, 2018

The Spanish Village Art Center, in Balboa Park, is filled with art studios, each one home to a creative soul. You can see real artists creating art work, right before your very eyes. Take a stroll through the historic working studios featuring over 200 artists...More

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Chris S, Manager at Spanish Village Art Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2018

Thanks so much - we are very happy you enjoyed our village of artists. We hope you can visit us again.

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Reviewed December 31, 2017

Spanish Village in Balboa Park is an active art "colony" that features a lot of jewelry as well as a gem "museum". You can shop until you drop for photos, pottery, jewelry and other souvenirs at various small shops clustered on the walk between the...More

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Chris S, Public Relations Manager at Spanish Village Art Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Thanks so much - we are happy you enjoyed your visit. Hope you can visit us again.

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Reviewed December 13, 2017

We had looked forward to visiting this artists’ village and were hopeful we would even find some holiday gifts here. But we were disappointed, as much of the art didn’t seem all that polished or professional, and most seemed overpriced. I did enjoy a lengthy...More

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Reviewed November 7, 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

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Reviewed October 20, 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 October 13, 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
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Chris S, Public Relations Manager at Spanish Village Art Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 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

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Reviewed September 25, 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
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Admission is always free
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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
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