From late 2016 up to April 2017, Southern California enjoyed more rain than it has in a long time. Gratefully, I took advantage and over those few months I would bike ride near my home and take pictures here and there. This video is the culmination of those trips. So, just in case you didn’t get to see the wildflowers this year, now you can. Enjoy!




History, Art and a Lovely Summer Day

History, Art and a Lovely Summer Day


Nestled in Balboa Park between the San Diego Zoo and the Natural History Museum is the Spanish Village Art Center. With 37 studios and over 90 artists this little shopping area has much to offer. But on this particular summer day in June I went to attend the pottery show and sale.

Amongst the blossoming purple jacaranda trees and the vibrant painted tiles of the Spanish Village the art was only another addition to the beauty of the surroundings. Merchants and students alike were selling their beautiful works of art in the center on tables set up just for the occasion. As the humidity rose and the heat of the day intensified, so did the crowds. Baskets in hand carefully choosing their next treasure. I too had a basket and had a hard time choosing from all the wonderful pieces on display.

Many artists were on hand to answer questions and tell you all about their passion. Live music playing and all the surrounding studios open offered hours of enjoyable shopping. Everywhere you looked were the colors to remind you of a lovely summer day in the park, the tile floor of the village, the pottery, the flowers, the trees, I couldn’t have been lost on the beauty if I tried. The pottery and art on sale were beautiful, crafty and skillfully created. There were cups, bowls and pots in every size, shape, color and design imaginable. I wanted to take all of them home with me, but ultimately I chose only a piece or two.

Treasures in hand, I make my way back to my car being lullabied by the carousel music at the other end of the parking lot. Someone is waiting for my space so sitting and listening wouldn’t be right. They’d like to go to the sale to find their own treasure. But I’ll be back and soon, after all Balboa Park is a treasure in and of itself.

Want to learn how to make your own pottery? Most of the studios offer classes in practically every art medium there is including pottery. Only visiting? Schedule your class for when your here. Go to www.spanishvillage.com for more information and a schedule of classes.

Although you may have missed the sale today, don’t worry this is a semi-annual sale and it will be back in November. There are many other sales throughout the year so don’t miss out. Check online today to find out what’s coming up.

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