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Plein air paintings of San Diego's many picturesque locales continue a more than one-hundred-year heritage of master artists who hail from San Diego, these can be found at galleries and museum shops. Carved, molded and brightly painted Mexican folk art depicting Day of the Dead, religious or satirical figures, or los animalitos with San Diego's proximity to Tijuana and Baja California (downtown is 17 freeway miles from the border), some of our finest art comes from this ethnic group. These include hand-woven textiles to wear, or enjoy at your dining table or as wall hangings; handcrafted jewelry; meaningful handmade quilts; art pottery vases and glazed decorative tile for architectural use; recently gathered natural materials and hand turned pottery make strong cultural statements in the form of baskets and jewelry which emanate from 18 federally recognized Indian reservations throughout San Diego County, the most of any county in the nation. These varied arts and crafts and more await you in San Diego County, whether the product of venerated tradition or fresh rethinking of traditions, forms and materials. Broad exposure to our region's multicultural arts and crafts may well be the best way to appreciate and understand these expressive cultures, and the crosscurrents flowing among them.

You'll find new, vintage, and antique arts and crafts in museums and museum shops, galleries, Native American powwows, artist studios, art fairs, and antique shops and shows.

Fiesta de Reyes
2754 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110 - Old Town
(619) 297-3100

Mingei International Museum
1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 - Balboa Park
(619) 239-0003


2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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