Another picture perfect day in Balboa Park!

Another picture perfect day in Balboa Park's colorful Spanish Village Art Center.
Another picture perfect day in Balboa Park’s colorful Spanish Village Art Center.

Any day is a good day in Balboa Park. Bring a camera, and your day is certain to be picture perfect!

I took almost all of these photos today during a long walk through the beautiful park. I took the photograph of folks singing and playing music in the House of Ireland on another wonderful Sunday a few months ago.

The sun shines on the California Building's tile dome and the California Tower in Balboa Park. Many architectural styles are combined in this iconic San Diego landmark.
The sun shines on the California Building’s tile dome and the California Tower in Balboa Park. Many architectural styles are combined in this iconic San Diego landmark.
Gazing out from the Botanical Building at people enjoying Balboa Park's reflecting pool.
Gazing out from the Botanical Building at people enjoying Balboa Park’s reflecting pool.
A bee in a flower behind the San Diego Museum of Art.
A bee in a flower behind the San Diego Museum of Art.
Rear view of the Casa del Prado's two towers from the beautiful building's courtyard.
Rear view of the Casa del Prado’s two towers from the beautiful building’s courtyard.
Fantastic ornamentation along the roof of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Fantastic ornamentation along the roof of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
A street artist shows his work near the entrance to Spanish Village.
A street artist shows his spray paint art near the entrance to Spanish Village.
The colorful front entrance of Studio 18, which is serves as the office of Spanish Village Art Center.
The colorful front entrance of Studio 18, which is serves as the office of Spanish Village Art Center.
Ebullience is the operative word at Studio 13 in Spanish Village.
Ebullience is the operative word at Studio 13 in Spanish Village.
Someone riding the historic Balboa Park carousel receives a friendly wave.
Someone riding the historic Balboa Park carousel receives a friendly wave.
A display outside the Balboa Park carousel includes a photo from the historic attraction's 100 year anniversary back in 2010.
A display outside the Balboa Park carousel includes a photo from the historic attraction’s 100 year anniversary back in 2010.
A family visiting Balboa Park learns how to operate the electric wicker cart Electriquettes.
A family visiting Balboa Park learns how to operate the electric wicker cart Electriquettes.
Visitors study a map of enormous Balboa Park at an information kiosk.
Visitors study a map of enormous Balboa Park at an information kiosk.
A sunny day and lots of walking builds up an appetite. Popcorn, lemonade, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream . . . there's so much to choose from!
A sunny day and lots of walking builds up one’s appetite. Popcorn, lemonade, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream . . . there’s so much to choose from!
Part of the facade of the Casa del Prado. Balboa Park made the highly ornate Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture popular.
Part of the facade of the Casa del Prado. Balboa Park made the highly ornate Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture popular.
Lots of life on El Prado. It's wonderful to simply stroll through the park.
Lots of life on El Prado. It’s wonderful to simply stroll through the park.
An athletic street performer wows the crowd with amazing moves in the Plaza de Panama.
An athletic street performer wows the crowd with amazing moves in the Plaza de Panama.
Purple blooms enhance the beauty of Balboa Park's House of Hospitality.
Purple blooms enhance the beauty of Balboa Park’s House of Hospitality.
A lavender flower along the walking path near the Japanese Friendship Garden.
A lavender flower along the walking path near the Japanese Friendship Garden.
People relax and dine on the patio of the Japanese Tea Pavilion.
People relax and dine on the patio of the Japanese Tea Pavilion.
A curious visitor checks out the interior of the House of Ireland at Balboa Park's International Cottages.
A curious visitor checks out the interior of the House of Ireland at Balboa Park’s International Cottages.
Music and song inside the House of Ireland on a typical Sunday.
Music and song inside the House of Ireland on a typical Sunday.
It's another picture perfect day near the Bea Evenson Fountain in the Plaza de Balboa.
It’s another picture perfect day near the Bea Evenson Fountain in the Plaza de Balboa.

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Watch and learn glassblowing in Balboa Park!

Student learns glassblowing. Classes are taught just outside Studio 19 in Balboa Park's Spanish Village.
Student learns glassblowing. Classes are taught just outside Studio 19 in Balboa Park’s wonderful Spanish Village.

Would you like to watch skilled artists engaged in actual glassblowing, while you stand just a few feet from the action? Do you want to learn how to blow glass yourself?

If you’re in San Diego, head on over to the Spanish Village Art Center in beautiful Balboa Park. That’s where you’ll find the studios of over 200 local artists, including Studio 19, the home to some amazing glass artists.

Just outside Studio 19, on the colorful patio of Spanish Village, visitors can watch these glassblowing wizards or their students at work. Chances are you can observe the amazing action up close if you stop by on a weekend afternoon.

If you’d like to learn glassblowing, sign up for a fun class! Simply contact Studio 19. You can find their phone number here.

Vases made of colorful glass on display near Studio 19, home of skilled San Diego glass artists.
Vases made of colorful glass on display near Studio 19, home of talented San Diego glass artists.
Softening glass in the reheating furnace, or glory hole, which runs at a temperature over 2000 degrees! It's so blazing bright, protective sunglasses are used!
Softening glass in the reheating furnace, or glory hole, which runs at a temperature over 2000 degrees! It’s so blazing bright, protective sunglasses are used!
Using one of several fascinating tools that help an artisan shape molten glass. I believe this is called a v-block. Steam rises off wet newspapers.
Using one of several fascinating tools that help an artisan shape molten glass. I believe this is called a v-block. Steam rises off wet newspapers.
Mitts used to protect hands from extremely high temperatures!
Mitts used to protect hands from extremely high temperatures!
A bicyclist rode up to watch live glass blowing in Spanish Village. This is a very special place where the public can observe skilled glass artists at work.
A bicyclist rode up to watch live glass blowing in Spanish Village. This is a very special place where the public can observe inspired glass artists at work.
Student blows through tube while artist Andy Cohn holds a paddle to flatten the bottom of the forming piece. Colored glass bits, or frit, can be seen on the table nearby.
Student blows air through blowpipe while artist Andy Cohn holds a paddle to flatten the bottom of the forming piece. Colored glass bits, or frit, can be seen on the steel table, or marver, nearby.

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Artistic ceramic tiles and a free treasure hunt!

Tile in a unique sign made out of ceramic, which welcomes visitors to Spanish Village Art Center in beautiful Balboa Park.
Tiles in a large ceramic sign, which welcomes visitors to Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park.

A treasure hunt is coming up this weekend in Balboa Park! The event takes place on Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14) and is courtesy of the artists of Spanish Village!

The free treasure hunt, which is open to absolutely anyone, is called the 2nd Annual Spanish Village Art Abandonment. Between 11am and 4pm, Balboa Park visitors will be able to find (and keep) free works of art hidden all around the park! If you’re lucky enough to discover a unique piece of art, you’ll be able to track where you found it online!

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Just for fun, I’ve taken close-up photos of colorful ceramic tiles that beautify locations around Balboa Park. These works of art, while not part of the treasure hunt, can be easily found by anyone! Please read the captions to learn more…

Close-up photo of some tiles along the curving base of a small fountain in the Alcazar Garden.
Close-up photo of some tiles along the curving base of a small fountain in the Alcazar Garden.
Complex symmetric designs, which seem to contain Moorish influence. These tiles adorn one bench near that same fountain.
Complex symmetric designs, which seem to contain Moorish influence. These tiles adorn one bench near that same fountain.
A single weathered tile at the edge of the fountain.
A single weathered tile at the edge of the fountain.
The small, ornate fountain and two of its benches, alive with delightful color.
The small, ornate fountain and two of its benches, alive with delightful color.
These decorative floral tiles are along the base of a second fountain in Balboa Park's very popular Alcazar Garden.
These decorative floral tiles are along the base of a second fountain in Balboa Park’s very popular Alcazar Garden.
Multiple ceramic tiles depict different flowers. You can spot these in the Casa del Prado courtyard in Balboa Park.
Multiple ceramic tiles depict different flowers. You can spot these in the Casa del Prado courtyard in Balboa Park.
A wider view of the cheerful flower tiles.
A wider view of the cheerful flower tiles.
These brightly painted "tiles" form a multicolored patio between the many artist studios in Spanish Village.
These brightly painted “tiles” form the multicolored patio between artist studios in Spanish Village.
A blue bird in a slightly faded ceramic tile near the base of a Spanish Village planter.
A blue bird in a faded ceramic tile, embedded in the base of a Spanish Village patio planter.
Another weathered tile, in the same planter.
Another weathered tile, in the same planter.
This tile in one Spanish Village planter is dedicated to the San Diego Enamel Guild, dated 1989.
This tile in one Spanish Village planter is dedicated to the San Diego Enamel Guild, dated 1989.
Another faded tile remembers a loved one.
Another time-faded tile remembers a loved one.
A fun tile under a bench just outside the door of Studio 13 in Spanish Village. It appears to have been created by an imaginative child.
A fun tile under a bench just outside the door of Studio 13 in Spanish Village. It appears to have been created by an imaginative child.
The fantastic front of Studio 13.
The fantastic front of Studio 13.
These tiles are embedded in an otherwise plain concrete bench on the east side of the Casa del Prado.
These tiles are embedded in an otherwise plain concrete bench on the east side of the Casa del Prado.
Very colorful ceramic tiles are part of a cascading fountain at the end of a walkway between the Casa de Balboa and the House of Hospitality.
Brightly colorful ceramic tiles, part of a cascading fountain at the end of a walkway between the Casa de Balboa and the House of Hospitality.
Unusual designs in the tile border of an information sign, just outside the Casa del Rey Moro Garden in Balboa Park.
Unusual designs in the tile border of an information sign, just outside the Casa del Rey Moro Garden in Balboa Park.
A classic, quiet fountain in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden is surrounded by stylish tiles.
A classic, quiet fountain in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden is surrounded by stylish tiles.
Close-up photo of the colorful ceramic tiles around the recessed fountain.
Close-up photo of the beautiful ceramic tiles around the recessed fountain.
The large fountain at the center of the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park has a band of elegant tilework.
The large fountain at the center of the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park has two bands of very elegant tilework.
More wonderful artistry. Balboa Park contains unexpected beauty at every turn.
More wonderful artistry. Balboa Park contains unexpected beauty at every turn.

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