Spanish village art colony


In Balboa Park, San Diego, it is an art colony on 1,200 acres dating back to the mid 1930s, when its Center building of Spanish-Renaissance architecture was constructed for the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. Sherman Trease was the initial organizer of the art center, which grew from a dilapidated set of buildings into an tourist attracting art village of 1200 acres with zoo, performing arts theatres, museums, restaurants, and 38 artist studios. It closed during World War II and resumed operation in 1947. Activities include woodcarving, painting, pottery, fiber art, metal work and glass blowing. Early Spanish Village artists included Jeanne Rimmer and Anni Baldaugh. Sources:; San Diego Historical Society (LPD)