Thursday, July 20, 2017









WE CELEBRATE OUR CITY
OF THE ARTS

On July 22 of this month we celebrate our City of Arts now designated as a Cultural District by the California Arts Council.. We, the Artists, Commissioners, and Patrons of the Arts have been creating Art Waves for a quarter of a Century and on this night under the stars, we celebrate our Splendid Oceanside  Museum of Art we fondly call OMA.

Our City has come a long way in promoting the arts since I first moved here in 1991. At that time, there was no Artists Alley, the Brooks Theater was closed, the Star was on and off, and OMA did not exist. We had dreams back then. Ginny Tompkins and I spent many long hours dreaming about what could and should come to our City on the Hill. We were both on the Arts Commission and were trying “find” a key to opening the door of the Art World for Oceanside.

The Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation had been tasked by Mayor Bagley to bring Culture to Oceanside. This great Foundation had been formed before I moved to Oceanside and many ideas had been offered, but none had taken root in our fair City. At one of our Commission meetings, Chairman Dr. Kieth Broman gave us a task to "Find" venues to hang visual art. We were thinking a gallery space that would be cost effective, maybe a vacant store front.

Walking the downtown, it seemed that there was no suitable site until the vacant Old City Hall building came forth for consideration. It had been bordered up for years and was destined to be the City Clerk's storage building for records. When the City Council heard the concept presented by OCAF, they came into the light of our vision. The rest is history. The Star Theater shines with performance, the Brooks performs wonderful plays,and has film festivals , Artists Alley is our joyous place of studios, and The Muramid Mural Museum, all because OMA was the catalyst for change. We Celebrate our City tonight on the 22nd of July, but most of all, most of all we Celebrate our Oceanside Museum of Art which began the transformation of our downtown. OMA we thank you !


Thursday, July 13, 2017




SOMETHING WONDERFUL HAS HAPPENED !!!

OCEANSIDE IS ONE OF THREE DISTRICTS IN THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY TO BE HONORED FOR OUR ARTS PROGRAMS. WE OWE SO MUCH TO THE OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART, ARTISTS ALLEY, AND THE MURAMID MURAL MUSEUM AND ART CENTER. THE IMPACTS  OF OUR PROGRAMS FOR THE LAST DECADE HAS PUT THE OCEANSIDE CULTURAL ARTS DISTRICT DOWN TOWN ON THE ARTS MAP OF CALIFORNIA.  

A special thanks to Joanne Tawfilis for her amazing work in bringing the Muramid Mural Museum to Oceanside, the first Mural Museum in the world.

Newly launched program celebrates the state’s diverse and abundant cultural treasures
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Arts Council has announced the 14 districts that will serve as California’s premier state-designated Cultural Districts, highlighting thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within local communities across California.

• Balboa Park Cultural District, San Diego - San Diego Region
• Barrio Logan Cultural District, San Diego - San Diego Region
• The BLVD Cultural District, Lancaster – Los Angeles Region
• The Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, San Francisco – San Francisco Bay Area Region
• Downtown San Rafael Arts District, San Rafael - San Francisco Bay Area Region
• Eureka Cultural Arts District, Eureka - North Coast Region
• Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District, Grass Valley/Nevada City - Gold Country Region
• Little Tokyo, Los Angeles – Los Angeles Region
• Oceanside Cultural District, Oceanside – San Diego Region
• Redding Cultural District, Redding – Shasta Cascade Region
• Rotten City-Emeryville Cultural Arts District, Emeryville - San Francisco Bay Area Region
• San Pedro Waterfront Arts, Cultural & Entertainment District, San Pedro – Los Angeles Region
• SOMA Pilipinas – Filipino Cultural Heritage District, San Francisco – San Francisco Bay Area Region
• Truckee Cultural District, Truckee – High Sierra Region

A Cultural District, as outlined by the program, is a well-defined geographic area with a high concentration of cultural resources and activities. Each of the 14 districts will receive the designation for a period of five years, per state legislation. Designation, under this pilot launch of the program, includes benefits such as technical assistance, peer-to-peer exchanges, and branding materials and promotional strategy. The Council has partnered with Visit California and Caltrans for strategic statewide marketing and resource support.

Originating with the adoption of Assembly Bill 189 in 2015, authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, the California Cultural Districts program aims to leverage the state’s artistic and cultural assets. Aligning with the mission and values of the California Arts Council, the districts will celebrate the diversity of California while unifying under an umbrella of shared values—helping to grow and sustain authentic grassroots arts and cultural opportunities, increasing the visibility of local artists and community participation in local arts and culture, and promoting socioeconomic and ethnic diversity.

Districts will also play a conscious role in tackling issues of artist displacement.
Pilot cohort districts will offer feedback to the Council to ensure the subsequent launch of the full program in 2019 will be supportive, accessible and appropriate for all types of cultural centers.
The 14 districts that comprise the program’s first cohort were selected with variety in mind, intended to help tailor the program to meet the complex needs of a state kaleidoscopic in nature. Districts range developmentally from emerging to established; include an emphasis on cultural consumption, cultural production, and cultural heritage; and are located in urban, suburban and rural areas.

“State-level designation of Cultural Districts, with California’s diverse geography and regional variety, allowed for an entirely new and comprehensive look at our deeply valued cultural assets,” said Donn K. Harris, California Arts Council Chair. “Each community's personal and generational commitment to these assets speaks of a state deeply invested in the places and people that celebrate local traditions and creativity. Our goal with the pilot launch of this new program was to support a group of districts that met high but broad standards of coherence, vision, and purpose – ones that could set an example for districts that will follow as the program develops and grows.”
“These Cultural Districts showcase California’s cultural diversity and vibrant experiences," said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “The districts are one more way to highlight the one-of-a-kind places throughout our state that inspire residents and visitors alike.”

Selection for the California Cultural Districts was conducted through a multistep process, including an open call for initial letters of intent, a peer panel review, site visits for semi-finalists, and an invited finalist application. The program was highly competitive and received interest and submissions from dozens of communities across the state.
Harris added, “We know there are many gems waiting to be polished, and the California Arts Council is committed to providing support and ongoing service so that all deserving districts have the opportunity to be recognized. We will continue to encourage local efforts that address the social and economic challenges and opportunities that may arise as these districts evolve.”
Additional new districts will be eligible to apply for state designation in 2019 through a finalized certification process.
Learn more about the California Cultural Districts program at www.caculturaldistricts.org.
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The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

For more information contact Cathy DiMento  CDiMento@ci.oceanside.ca.us  

Friday, June 30, 2017








THE ART OF THE GRAPE

Passion is the fuel of all great art forms. Wine making is one of those fundamental art forms we all love and cherish for the warm presence of nature's gift and the winemakers talent. A glass with friends and with it the appreciation of how this incredible fruit of the vine is the good finish to a fine day.

The Holme Estate Cellars Tasting Room Is located at 216 North Coast Hwy in Oceanside CA. They have lovingly completely refurbished the space and have given the “room” a true upscale presence. As a former Interior Designer, I could tell when stepping through the door, that here, was a new and exciting installation which proclaims the quality of their product.

On the wall the Grape is represented by a fragment of an ancient and gnarly vine of the Cabernet Sauvignon Grape. Julie envisioned at once that this ancient spirit of the vine needed a home. (no pun intended). So it now is the center art work, indeed a sculpture of nature, of this new space where we can linger good with friends and a glass of Art of the Grape. Passion becomes art in many forms...we find one form here, in Oceanside, in the Art Building of many arts and artists, the Holme Cellars Tasting Room.


Holme Estate Cellars - the People and the Business
Craig and Julie are professional winemakers and viticulturists. In this role we are farmers, scientists and artists all wrapped into one. We love crafting a product that can be shared and enjoyed by all
After years of domestic and international winemaking experiences Craig and Julie conceptualized Holme Estate Cellars and started making wine from the family's farm in Australia
The first commercial vintage was an Australian 2009 Shiraz, importing to California for sales. This inaugural vintage scored 91 points from the Wine Spectator.
They started making wine from California fruit in 2013, an attempt to reflect our multicultural union
and in 2015 we started looking for the perfect place to open a Tasting Room



The Vineyards - California + Australia
Australia farm has been in the Holme family for over 100 years. Planted to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon we make single variety wines that express the Mount Benson region of South Australia's terroir. We also make Reserve style wines from these vineyards and a Rose from Shiraz
California grapes are sourced from prestigious vineyards throughout the State in an effort to showcase the best varieties of various regions

Why Oceanside - the Tasting Room
Julie and Craig feel at home. O'side reflects our diversity of culture and love of community. Craig grew up near the ocean and loves to surf.
It's a place for people who want to enjoy a glass of wine, for those who'd like to taste/explore a variety of wine and especially for those who enjoy wind on a regular basis and who would be interested in the benefits of a wine club contact Julie...she is our newest jewel in the Art Building.

You can contact Julie  Here .

























Tuesday, June 6, 2017





THE ART OF PRESENCE

ART is many things to many different people and with 10 folks in the same room, you will have 10 different definitions of what Art is. For me, one of the elements of 'art' is Presence. By presence, I mean that when you view a work of art, you have a connection which is visceral and yes, seductive in the sense that you are drawn into another world of the making. The process of the making is one of another world away from our own reality, and you visit and have a communication with the maker of what he/she gave forth as their vision of their world's self. There is recognition of a message and you engage with the visual message and when you come away, there is a sense of having shared a journey with the maker.

This is why when you gaze at an overwhelming sunset, or a roaring waterfall, there is a sense of wonder of how this all came about. How did the elements of air, water, and molecules bring about this incredible scene of hypnotic splendor? The same can be said about a visual work of human made art. How did the elements of clay, molten bronze and plaster come about to make a work which is compelling in it's presence? 
The maker of the work brings together the many elements of a bronze with his/her hands, heart, and soul of care. With the human elements, you have this thing we call Art. It has presence, it has soul, and you stop, and gaze upon the voice of the making.


Such is the present offering of the Oceanside Museum of Art's exhibition of “Meaning of Bronze. The display of the bronze faces and hands have a voice of thunder, a voice of sorrow, and voices of acceptance. We gaze at these works, the representation of some who have journeyed through the most perilous of places and have come home with the terrors of battle. Through the process of the making a profound journey takes place with the kneading of the clay, the shaping of form, and the casting process of the crucible. This process the takes pain into a new direction away from our emotional self and the mind which endures the pain.  We heal with the making of our selves into another place of control, and another place without conflict. In the process, sometimes, we make Art. 

The Maker of the sunset, and splendor of a majestic water fall, well that's another story, one which will remain a mystery for our human existence for now....


Sunset Oceanside CA 2017 Ruth J Jameson 


Ruth J Jameson  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017









Hafsat Abiola – Nigeria & Anna Deavere Smith, Playwright
Mukhtar Mai – Pakistan & Susan Yankowitz, Playwright
SEVEN recently premiered in Southern California, the soulful stories of these 7 remarkable women came to life and the audience was WOW’d; it will move you, inform you and leave you both hopeful anJoin Us for a Remarkable Documentary Play
MURAMID MURAL MUSEUM

Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 7 pm
212 F Artist Alley, Oceanside CA. 92054 Hosted By Joanne Tawfilis
(Contact 760.231.1010) Donations Gratefully Accepted

SEVEN: All prevailed, despite the challenges they faced, creating a story of hope and change.
SEVEN is a groundbreaking work of documentary theatre that captures the remarkable lives of seven diverse and courageous global women leaders. A collaboration of seven award winning playwrights, the play is based on personal interviews with seven women in the Vital Voices Group Leadership

Network. Each triumphed over enormous obstacles to bring about major changes in their home countries of Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala and Cambodia.
Marina Pisklakova-Parker – Russia & Paula Cizmar, Playwright
Mu Sochua – Cambodia & Catherine Filloux, Playwright
Anabella De Leon – Guatemala & Gail Kriegel, Playwright
Inez McCormack – Northern Ireland (deceased 2013) & Carol K. Mack, Playwright
Farida Azizi – Afghanistan & Ruth Margraff, Playwright
d inspired. For more about SEVEN: https://seventheplay.com/

Thursday, May 18, 2017










MASTER PLAN FOR THE CULTURAL 

ARTS


FOR THE CITY OF OCEANSIDE

APPROVED MAY 17, 2017

BY THE OCEANSIDE CITY COUNCIL


PLAN TO BE DEVELOPED BY

THE CULTURAL PLANING GROUP 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017



An Extraordinary Woman An accomplished Artist, and Incomparable Visionary for Peace. We are so privileged to have Joanne Tawfilis as creator of the Muramid Mural Museum  and Art Center here in Oceanside, who has  given to Oceanside and Artists Alley this beautiful space for Artists of All ages and all makers of Art.   It is our great privilege to call her Friend and Colleague. Congratulations Joanne, you deserve this Honor...We applaud !                                   
Dr. Joanne Tawfilis



Cal State San Marcos will award three honorary degrees during commencement ceremonies May 19-20 and Joanne Tawfilis is among them!
The CSUSM Honorary Degree Committee, an advisory committee appointed by the president to represent the university community, considers nominations for an honorary degree. Any CSUSM students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community may suggest potential honorary degree recipients to the committee.
Nominees must be distinguished in their respective fields, and the eminence of persons nominated must be widely recognized.
The CSU Board of Trustees makes the final determination and awards the degrees in the categories it considers most appropriate. (Joanne is being honored with a degree in Fine Arts!)
Tawfilis, who has partnered with CSUSM on numerous projects, has dedicated her life to promoting peace through art. She will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts during the 9 a.m. College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences ceremony on Friday, May 19.
Tawfilis spent most of her career as a United Nations executive and is a former director of the Women of Srebrenica Project in the former Yugoslavia. Her work took her to Bosnia in the mid-1990s, which proved to be a life-changing experience.
During her time in Bosnia, Tawfilis volunteered for a few hours several times a week facilitating art lessons at a local orphanage. Working with 350 orphans from the war-torn country, she used the only materials available – a 10-gallon can of white wall paint and bed sheets riddled with bullet holes – to create canvases for the children to paint murals.
That experience led to the creation of the Art Miles Mural Project, which works with schools throughout the world to help incorporate art into curriculum. The Art Miles Mural Project has facilitated the completion of more than 5,000 murals painted by more than 500,000 participants from 125 countries.
The project has grown to include a permanent space for the Muramid Mural Museum and Art Center in Oceanside.
Tawfilis has been a speaker for CSUSM’s Arts & Lectures Series and led a project for students after the Sandy Hook tragedy to create 14 murals that were displayed in the Connecticut Capitol building. She has also facilitated mural paintings for many University events, including Discover CSUSM Day and Voices for Hope Suicide Prevention Week.
Cal State San Marcos will award three honorary degrees during commencement ceremonies May 19-20 and Joanne Tawfilis is among them!
The CSUSM Honorary Degree Committee, an advisory committee appointed by the president to represent the university community, considers nominations for an honorary degree. Any CSUSM students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community may suggest potential honorary degree recipients to the committee.
Nominees must be distinguished in their respective fields, and the eminence of persons nominated must be widely recognized.
The CSU Board of Trustees makes the final determination and awards the degrees in the categories it considers most appropriate. (Joanne is being honored with a degree in Fine Arts!)
Tawfilis, who has partnered with CSUSM on numerous projects, has dedicated her life to promoting peace through art. She will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts during the 9 a.m. College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences ceremony on Friday, May 19.
Tawfilis spent most of her career as a United Nations executive and is a former director of the Women of Srebrenica Project in the former Yugoslavia. Her work took her to Bosnia in the mid-1990s, which proved to be a life-changing experience.
During her time in Bosnia, Tawfilis volunteered for a few hours several times a week facilitating art lessons at a local orphanage. Working with 350 orphans from the war-torn country, she used the only materials available – a 10-gallon can of white wall paint and bed sheets riddled with bullet holes – to create canvases for the children to paint murals.
That experience led to the creation of the Art Miles Mural Project, which works with schools throughout the world to help incorporate art into curriculum. The Art Miles Mural Project has facilitated the completion of more than 5,000 murals painted by more than 500,000 participants from 125 countries.
The project has grown to include a permanent space for the Muramid Mural Museum and Art Center in Oceanside.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017









Come and join in the quarterly Artists Alliance Critique at the Oceanside Museum of Art. You will be able to see and hear the creative process of the art works of these superb artists. The Artists Alliance currently has an exhibition at OMA in the MuseumGallery downstairs. 

The event starts at 6:30 PM and lasts until 9 PM.

               

Tuesday, May 9, 2017






Cinco de Mayo Art Walk Oceanside Art Waves ...

A celebration of spring for Oceanside art patrons, Artists and Visitors. Usually May is gray, but not this year, warm and with the City Plaza fountains in their glory, we had a wonderful trip in the Art Circle for Oceanside's walk for the Arts.

Starting at the Oceanside Museum of Art, we found a surfboard like no other. It was in iridescent blues, violets and greens. Made entirely with recycled DVDs it shone in the evening light like an ocean gem washed up on the beach, but of course ending up at OMA. Created by Kathleen Ossiander, , she was delightful in her telling the story of how she had these old DVDs with no function,  http://www.oceansideartwalk.org/artists/kathleen-ossiander  had an epiphany... A mosaic!...so it happened a jewel of a surfboard. Of course it does not belong standing up in the sand, but I being a romantic see it there...giving the old disposables bringing a functioning life masquerading as a newborn surfboard springing from the Sea.

From there we made our way to Mary and Joe's new location of their Oceanside Art Gallery at 717 Mission Ave # C , http://oceansideartgallery.com/. As always they had delicious treats with wine. An artist who is unique in her work, Blake Kern was there with her original art. http://www.oceansideartwalk.org/artists/blake-kern
My friends bought one one her one of a kind constructions to send to New York. Oceanside Art is getting around...New York even...! Congratulations Blake.
Blake and her magic art works
We then walked downhill to Artists Alley. The crowds were large and happy in the celebration of the night. Energy flowed as did the refreshments. Music was in the air and dancing vibrations filled my tired old body.

Entering the Muramid Mural Museum, we found that the space was entirely filled with the party atmosphere and the Art Works were indeed to be admired 3 of which were sold. Joanne Tawfilis was the energy at the center of this incredible space for Art. Artists Alley has a long history of ups and downs, but Joanne has taken this old space and transformed it into The First Mural Museum in the World and in doing so brought International art and acclaim to Oceanside. http://muramidmuseum.com/

Leaving the Muramid, we walked down the hall and found a brand new Wine Tasting Room in the Art Building. A first for the Art Building and a nice change of pace from the Craft Beer scene. We did have our taste with the Holme Estate Cellars. http://www.holmeestatecellars.com/ They do have a fine offering. Craig Holem gave us a warm welcome and did the pouring. Located at 216 N. Coast Hwy, the space is very upscale in decor and we found the tasting exceptional.

All in all a delightful way to spend a Friday Night and we will be eager to see what comes next in June, so join us and you too might find a treasure to take home and bring some Art Waves into your life...

Ruth J Jameson

May 9, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017








ART EXPLOSION ! OCEANSIDE

DAYS OF ART ~ North County Sculpture Salon ~ Cinco de Mayo Art Walk May 5 Downtown Arts District Oceanside.

This year the Days of Art Festival was well attended, and it seemed as though there was a jubilation in the air which was extraordinary. One of the booths which was maned by Mary and next door Husband Joe gave me the sense that here among so many new folks was the foundation of our local art scene. Mary and Joe Villela. https://www.facebook.com/OceansideArtGallery/

Mary and Joe had their first Gallery in Oceanside on Mission. I first met Mary when I returned to Oceanside 8 years ago. Her ceramics are beautifully original in color and function. Joe paints in oils in the tradition of the Masters and his work shines with love of people and our beautiful outdoor scenery.
For several years they were located in the Carlsbad but the lure of Oceanside brought them back home and now they are located 713 Mission Ave suite C. http://oceansideartgallery.com/

Please join them for the festive Cino de Mayo Art Walk and be apart of the energy creating Oceanside's Art Waves in Downtown.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017



FREE FIRST SUNDAYS:
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
 
First Sunday of every month, starting April 2, 12:00–2:00pm  
Free to all artists and creatives!
Join OMA’s Artist Alliance members for afternoon drinks and snacks. This is an opportunity to socialize with fellow artists, learn more about the community, and explore OMA for free.  

Monday, March 6, 2017






THE MIDNIGHT COWBOY OF ARTISTS ALLEY

Michael Rosenblatt

I first met him back in 1992, while opening my Studio in Artists Alley around 8:00 am which was early for me. I can't remember why I was there so early in the day, but here I was with a steaming cup of coffee and my German Sheppard Dog Kruger.

My Studio was the place which where my art world came into being, and the making of my  sculpture and oil paintings. On this beautiful morning, I was ready to go to finish some small horse sculptures so they could be taken to the Foundry in L.A. 

Out of the corner of my eye, I caught an image of a young man coming up the Alley toward me. Michael, it was he, and looking rather hungry and very very tired. A slow wave to me, and when closer, he said..." I pulled an all nighter again".  Michael Rosenblatt one of the true artists I have met in my lifetime. A Painter of his truth without reservation, and his drive to create was magnificent in  the prolific output of Michael's World of Art. His paintings have matured over the years, but those early years were the findings he loaded into the crucible of discovery and completion of visions.



Michael was one of the artists pioneers who started the Thursday Morning Art events in conjunction with the Farmer's Market in Oceanside. It was a weekly event in which artists from all over San Diego County came and painted live and sold their art works to the folks who came to buy thier weekly veggies and flowers. The very first time we had our Alley Artists doing their gig, Michael made of sale to a couple for 1300. This was huge in our small artist group and set high expectations of what we hoped would be a new and powerful element of culture for Oceanside. This happened before the Oceanside Museum of Art was born.   

While I was in residence in Artists Alley, Michael had many Midnight Cowboy rides, he became one with his visions and to this day, he still does his gig in Oceanside. He painted "live" at the First Friday Art Walk at the Oceanside Museum of Art. His dynamic vivid paintings traveling the huge distance from Artists Alley to the Museum...only a block  away in reality, but in our world of art, miles traveled.  

 
First Friday Art Walk Oceanside CA at the Oceanside Museum of Art

Wednesday, February 8, 2017




Dick Lyon Mayor of Oceanside
1923 - 2017


It doesn't get any better than This!

These were the words Dick Lyon said to me when he was interviewing me for the vacant Arts Commissioner position for the City of Oceanside. He was standing at a lectern in front of his office window looking out over the Pacific Ocean. This is my desk he told me “I hate to sit down when I can stand have the pleasure of this View.

This was in 1992. I was only a year's resident in the City of Oceanside when one morning there was in the local paper an announcement of a vacancy for the Arts Commission. I said to my husband Robert, “do you think I should apply for this position?” He said yes, and that's why I was now standing in the Mayor's office talking about Art.

I did not know him well, but he was a Great Man of many interests and abilities. His was a world view of the human condition, and this understanding of how humans related to each other was infused by his travels in the military and the many conflicts in which he fought for our Country. He told me that one of the bridges to the appreciation of other cultures was through the Arts, and so we had a common ground of understanding of one way to serve Oceanside.

Many a time on the way to my studio in Artists Alley as I was driving in my car, I could see Dick Lyon bicycling on the pathway next to 76...peddling away and waving to all as we went by. What a guy! We all looked up to him and knew that here was an exceptional man we had the privilege to call Mayor.

He was Mayor when I went before the City Council one fine day and asked that the Alley across from City Hall be designated Artists Alley. The case was made that my first studio could be a catalyst and this could be one day a venue patterned after the Gas Lamp district in San Diego. A banner was placed above the Alley proclaiming to all that here was something new. Something to replace the rampant decadence of the underside of Oceanside and bring a new force to our City which had never before had the Visual Arts as an element of Community. This force was the energy which combined with OCAF brought the Oceanside Museum of Art into being which changed the face of the City.

The Artists Alley Artists were the seed planters for all that followed and today there is energy, art murals, a flower shope and The beautiful Muramid Mural Museum. The trees are lighted at night, and music wafts though the air on the First Friday for the Four Seasons Art Walks...”It doesn't get any better than this...”

Dick Lyon


More at the Union Tribune


Tuesday, February 7, 2017


The Dawn of a New Day

Yesterday at the by-monthly meeting of our Arts Commission, there were actually people in the audience. How many times in the past years have I sat in the Council Chambers and no one was there but the Commission and Staff. What a wonderful feeling to have the Community come up to the lectern and have a passionate dialogue which they care about as Stakeholders in our Arts Community.

There were two board members from the Oceanside Museum of Art as well as the New Executive Director Maria Mingalone, Main Street Oceanside represented by Gumaro Escarcega, My favorite Union Tribute newspaper columnist, Lola Sherman, Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation board members, Dmitriy Demidov – Vice President, Ann Mortland OSAF Secretary, and others from our Oceanside Community.

I am happily optimistic about this new change for our Arts Community and I believe that it has a lot to do with the Commission's new liaison from the City council Jerry Kern. A champion for our Art Museum, the enthusiastic supporter of last summers Phantom Gallery, a continuing presence at the Muramid Mural Museum, and an advocate for funding for the Commission.

His warm and friendly presence at our Meetings will generate the perception for our City's commitment to the Arts as an economic driver for our business Community.

There was lively commentary from those in our audience concerning the participation of a Steering Committee to have a Stakeholders contribution of concerns and visions with the chosen Art Consultant who will be developing a Master Plan for the Arts in our City of Oceanside. We are hopeful that the Stakeholders in our City who have spent decades in creating events for the Arts, Supporting the Arts with their time, money. Blood, Sweat and Tears will have a voice in our City's unique needs in the implementation of a policy that will define our image in the Art World Regionally, Nationally, and Internationally for years to come.

We all look forward to this new and vigorous participation in the coming year. It does take all our collective efforts not just voices to make a difference for our vision of Oceanside to become an Arts Destination on our North Coast of San Diego County and Beyond!


Saturday, February 4, 2017







Find out what Our Arts Commission is promoting and the new opportunities for our Community Artists and Art Patrons.

On the Agenda; A new mural for Libby Lake...we do need the inspiration of our Artists and Community members to take their energy to this beautiful park which has had many problems over the past year. So hooray for the Arts lets help make a difference!

There is to be discussion about the RFP  for the Master Plan for the Arts for our City of Oceanside. We need our Community members to take a stand on the importance of a Stakeholders inclusion to the process. There should be an ad-hoc committee to be a dominate voice in this process. After all, OCAF, MSO, The Muramid Museum, The Oceanside Friends of the Arts and OMA are the folks who's  energies have made things happen in the Arts for the Past 25 years. They should not be ignored. I urge all of these organizations to show up on Monday and make their voices heard loud and clear

CA Arts Council Cultural Districts Pilot Program is also on the agenda for discussion. Again the organizations listed above should be proud to make this part of the Discussion, for Oceanside can be the hub for the Arts in North County if we make it our mission to participate.