The city of San Diego’s exciting Gaslamp Quarter reflects bygone days. Situated in the downtown area of the city, 1800’s Victorian buildings have been artistically restored, drawing tourists and locals to over 100 fine restaurants, pubs, stores, and art galleries. Along the brick-lined streets, one can step away from the bustle of the modern world to listen to live music, eat a gourmet meal, and enjoy artwork. The following is a guide to four of San Diego’s top galleries.
One – Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery:
Centrally located in the historic Brunswick Building, visitors are drawn into Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts exhibits. The gallery has housed a premiere collection for over fifteen years, presenting contemporary works by international and up-and-coming regional artists. Renowned artist, Todd White, is just one of several artists whose works are currently on display. A broad range of artwork attracts visitors daily (Tuesday through Saturday) from 11 am until 7 pm. On Sunday doors open from 10 am until 6 pm, and Monday, visits are scheduled by appointment.
363 5th Avenue #102/San Diego, CA 92101/ 619.702-5388
Two – The Art of Tim Cantor
Born north of San Francisco in mid-1969, Tim Cantor’s talent was recognized at an early age by his father. At the age of five, Tim had already embarked on his career as an artist, utilizing the same paints and materials his great-grandfather had used a century earlier in Europe. Obsessed with oils, the artist’s works were on display by age fifteen. Once the White House had acquired an early original piece, Cantor’s collection began to travel the world. Today, Tim Cantor enjoys a quiet existence painting in the hours before dawn. His captivating paintings are on display in the Gaslamp District, Saturday/Sunday from 12 pm until 10 pm, Monday/Tuesday from 6 pm until 10 pm, and Monday through Friday, from 12 pm until 2 pm, and from 6 pm until 10 pm.
527 4th Avenue/ San Diego, CA 92101/ 619.235.6990
Three – Chuck Jones Gallery:
A gallery that the entire family will enjoy! For over sixty years, Chuck Jones has participated in the creation of well over 300 animated films. His works have earned him three Oscars and a Lifetime Honorary Oscar Achievement Award in 1996, for film direction. Road Runner, Marvin Martian, Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Elmer Fudd are just a few of the favorite characters he helped to develop. The Chuck Jones Gallery provides a delightful glimpse into the colorful world of animation and nostalgia. Open weekly from 10 am until 9 pm.
232 5th Ave/ San Diego, CA, 92101/ 619.294.9880
Four – EC Historic Gaslamp Gallery:
First opened in early 2009, the Exclusive Collections Historic Gaslamp Gallery provides one of the finest art collections in the United States. Situated in the center of the Quarter, the gallery provides a wide range of sculpture, paintings, and glass-work. The collection is beautifully displayed in a unique urban environment that combines 18th century hardwood floors with brick walls, and glass chandeliers that hang from elevated ceilings. The gallery provides the perfect setting for art exhibits and receptions; it is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 9 pm, and on Sunday from 12 pm until 8 pm.
568 Fifth Avenue/ San Diego, CA 92101/ 800.204.0062 and 619.232.1930
San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter is the very soul of the city, attracting art enthusiasts, food lovers, tourists and locals.