By Sabrina Lear

Each Thursday evening from November through June, the streets of historic San José del Cabo’s vibrant Art District come alive with color and creativity. Hidden behind the church off of Plaza Mijares (the main square) Obregon Street is closed to traffic from 5 to 9 p.m. for Art Walk. Visit the many galleries and enjoy a glass of complementary wine or spirits while taking in the warm and friendly atmosphere. Safe for families, it’s a chance to meet artists, attend new exhibits and experience a very special side of Los Cabos that many visitors may miss.

Art Walk was created by the Gallery District Association to attract art lovers and tourists to the area. Members are recognizable by distinctive plaques posted on each gallery. Exhibiting genres from paintings and sculpture to ceramics, folk art, photography and jewelry, it’s easy to fall in love with a favorite piece. Along with the 14 member galleries are many shops with notable local artists and artisans.

The Art District is compact and easy to walk. From Plaza Mijares, cross the street to the church and turn right. You’ll first find an eclectic mix of established Mexican artists at the Patricia Mendoza Gallery on the corner of Calle Obregon. Further on to the left, view contemporary art from Spain’s Basque artist Enrique Bascón. A few doors away, Corsica’s museum quality fine art and sculptures are from renowned Mexican Masters and upcoming talents. Desértica’s eclectic contemporary collection, and exquisite Paquime pottery from Chihuahua State at Mata Ortiz are next, bringing you to Calle Morelos. Turn left for some of Baja’s top contemporary and abstract artists at Leah Porter’s Casa Dahlia, a few doors up. Back on Obregon at the corner of Morelos, El Armario’s Mexican folk art and an al fresco coffee shop has been in the ‘hood since 2002. Continuing up Obregon, Muvezi’s African Shona sculptures and artwork. Close by, Ivan Guaderrama’s contemporary Christian paintings and sculptures focus on expressions of love, faith, and music through the themes of angels, hearts and abstracts.

Next door, Old Town’s Gallery’s seasoned artists capture the color, culture and light of Baja California Sur with paintings in realistic genres. At Calle Guerrero, turn left for artist Ida Victoria Gustafson’s two-story, high-end gallery with a colorful and eclectic collection of original art and sculpture from North American and Mexican artists, as well as a custom frame studio.

If you’re driving from Cabo San Lucas or the Corridor, plan to park on Calle Centenario, the boulevard that runs behind the downtown area. For easiest access, park close to the foot of Morelos Street (look for El Encanto Suites on the corner) and walk from there. You’ll immediately be drawn into a charming and festive atmosphere. Stop at Plaza Paulina to visit Julian Garcia’s “Arte” for paintings and distinctive sculptures in bronze, steel and stone. The international abstract painter and sculptor, Frank Arnold, is around the corner on Comonfort, facing Centenario.

Plan to arrive early for Art Walk and stay for dinner. The Art District boasts some of Los Cabos’ finest restaurants and many feature live music. Popular spots are La Dolce at the back of the main square, Jazmin’s, H Restaurant, La Lupita, Petit Masala and Baja Brewing. The Art District can be very busy Thursday nights and reservations are strongly recommended.

If you miss out on Art Walk, visit the Art District any time, most galleries and shops are open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or thereabouts. To learn more about the Art District’s member galleries visit www.artcabo.com