Who is exhibiting at the 44th Annual Society of Decorative Painters International Conference & Expo in San Diego this June? Over the past few weeks, we’ve been featuring the companies that are exhibiting right here on the SDP Blog! Make sure you get an Expo ticket so you can see their latest products and shop their Expo specials, June 9-11 at the Town and Country Resort.
Today we’re featuring Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, which will be in booth #205!
Spanish Village Art Center’s quaint buildings and courtyards were built in 1935 to depict a charming old village in Spain for the second California Pacific-International Exposition. It was such a popular and beautiful attraction it was allowed to remain when the exposition ended. In 1937, the venue was reopened as an art center by a group of farsighted and dedicated artists.
During World War II, the United States Army used the village for temporary barracks. In 1947, it was reclaimed and restored by the artists. Today it the largest venue of its kind in California, open seven days a week from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Visit the 37 working artist studios, galleries and art guilds that host over 250 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 more. These working studios enable visitors to meet artists, see demonstrations and enjoy the unique atmosphere. Artists offer classes, workshops and summer camps. In addition, their goods are available for purchase.