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La Jolla Village Art Galleries

La Jolla is a paradise for those who live and vacation here. Not just for its fine shopping, dining and scenery, but for its art scene as well. Those who love viewing and collecting art will enjoy the many fine La Jolla art galleries, all within easy walking distance of each other in the La Jolla Village.

For those who appreciate African art, Africa & Beyond on Prospect offers an amazing collection of art and artifacts. Owner Ian Allen, who was born in Zimbabwe, travels to Africa regularly with his wife to bring back new works, with an emphasis on fair trade items, both contemporary and traditional. Their collection includes folk art, masks, sculpture (including Shona stone sculptures), furniture, weapons, dinnerware, textiles, baskets, beadwork, jewelry and dolls. Enjoy the beautiful gallery or shop online. Other gift items include African music, books and currency.

If you enjoy art from around the world, you'll love Cosmopolitan Fine Arts on Girard. The gallery features the original work of more than 150 well-known contemporary and European painters. You can view many of them in the gallery or all of them online, from Ahn Seung-Koo and Donald Ainsley to Yvette and Marina Zavalova. Cosmopolitan Fine Arts specializes in contemporary French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Subjects and categories include street scenes, figures, still life, florals, plein air, masterworks, landscapes, animals and wildlife, coastal scenes and seascapes. The gallery also includes some sculptures.

Another gallery featuring both traditional and contemporary fine art is Hallmark Fine Art Gallery on Prospect. Their collection is an eclectic one that includes portraits, glass and bronze sculptures, contemporary Chinese oil paintings, cold cut glass work, fine art black and white photography, and fine art furnishing for both home and office. Hallmark Fine Art Gallery is family-owned and features a variety of local, national and international artists. You can search their large collection online by artist, style, location or medium as well as keep up with the gallery's changing exhibits and events.

The Madison Gallery on Prospect was founded 10 years ago by New York transplant and art expert Lorna York. She named the gallery after her daughter. An avid art collector for more than 20 years, Lorna and her staff enjoy helping art lovers, whether they are first-time buyers or sophisticated collectors. Her gallery reflects this philosophy, with a collection of artwork created in traditional media, but in non-traditional ways, with fresh styles and ideas and in a welcoming environment. The gallery holds regular charity events and co-founded the Healing Art Fun, which donates paintings to medical facilities in San Diego.

Quint Contemporary Art was founded by Mark Quint in 1981. Since then, the gallery has occupied 10 spaces throughout San Diego, including Mission Hills, downtown and, most recently, in La Jolla on. The gallery exhibits contemporary art by emerging and established artists, from San Diego to all over the country and the world. In recent exhibitions the gallery has covered the newest works by seminal California Light & Space artists, the poetic and nationalistic artworks of artists from Iceland and emerging young artists on the national art scene. Located on Girard near Harry's Coffee Shop, Quint Contemporary occupies a 3,000 square-foot space renovated with the help of international artists Robert Irwin and Roy McMakin. The gallery façade features a sculpture installation by San Diego-based artist Roman de Salvo. The gallery's online site includes a store where, in addition to artwork, you can purchase gifts such as books and note cards.

The Thumbprint Gallery occupies a small space in an office building on Kline Street, but makes a big impression with an ever-changing display of cutting-edge art and regular exhibits and shows. The gallery likes to support local artists and specializes in modern urban art. This includes street art and graffiti, outsider art, pop art and surrealist art. In addition to the artwork, both the gallery space and the website offer gift items such as prints, t-shirts, zines, books, stickers and notebooks.

For more information about art in La Jolla, check out our online La Jolla Blue Book directory.

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