Spanish Village Art Center

Discover San Diego’s coveted secret for art lovers at Spanish Village Art Center. Located between the Zoo and theNAT these quaint buildings and colorful courtyard were originally built in 1935. They depicted a charming old village in Spain for the second California Pacific International Exposition. In 1937, the Village reopened as an art destination by a group of dedicated artists. During World War II the U.S. Army used the village for temporary barracks, and in 1947 it was reclaimed and restored by the artists. 

Over the last 60+ years, San Diego artists have continued to preserve and enhance this historical landmark by adding to its beauty with colorful concrete tiles, flowers and unique studio entryways. Today the Village continues to be a thriving community of over 200 local artisans who share their talent and the love of all things art with you. Independently juried local painters, sculptors, metalsmiths, jewelry designers, clay artists, gourd artists, photographers, printmakers, fiber artists, basket makers, mixed-media artists, glass artists, enamel artists and many many more await you. Watch daily demonstrations in studios, on the colorful courtyard and visit the onsite glass blowing facility. 



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Throughout the year there are numerous special events including semi-annual art glass and potters sales. Classes, workshops and camps encourage art for all ages. Gallery 21 hosts rotating art exhibitions from local to international artist. On weekends (and most weekdays) musicians can be in the courtyard. Come watch, learn and shop all in one location daily. Free admission, priceless experience.