Monday, December 30, 2013

Introducing The Hill Street Country Club’s inaugural Supper Club Artist Project; a three-part series providing community education & involvement in the Arts.


Join The HSCC, artist Johnny Nguyen of Songs of the Green Bird and our sponsor MainStreet Oceanside, for a Pop-up ART Workshop inside the Oceanside Farmers Market & Sunset Market on January 2, 2014 for Part I: EDUCATE of the Supper Club Artist Project. ...

Learn alongside your community as Nguyen shows how to approach photography with a journalistic eye inside the market, then explore and take photographs of your own. Instant-use cameras provided.

The workshop will involve direct communication with local buyers and members of the Oceanside community. Using Nguyen as a guide and inspiration, participants will be invited to use their own cameras (mobile phone, ipad etc) or one of several disposable film cameras available at HSCC booth located in Downtown Oceanside Farmers Market. Participants will then be prompted to spend some time exploring and photographing their own local market. Guests will be given instructions on how to use the camera as well as a few tips and tricks from the artist himself on how to photograph using a street photography/photojournalism technique. The intention of this workshop is to provide a unique experience for our Oceanside community, access to local art and introduce a new or perhaps unfamiliar technique. The HSCC will encourage an appreciation and understanding of the dying art form of print photography.


Workshop Times on Thursday, January 2, 2014:

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM inside the Farmers Market

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM inside the Sunset Market

The Hill Street Country Club thanks MainStreet Oceanside for sponsoring this Pop-up ART Workshop.

RSVP on facebook for the Opening Reception of Songs of the Green Bird; Part II: APPRECIATE of the Supper Club Artist Project happening January 18th for an opportunity to see your photos in addition to artist Johnny Nguyen’s work inside the Hill Street Country Club Gallery inside Artists Alley.
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  • Part II Jan. 18th, 2014 ...6:00 ~ 10:00

    212 D Coast Highway (Artists Alley), Oceanside, CA

  • Introducing The Hill Street Country Club’s inaugural Supper Club Artist Project; a three-part series providing community education & involvement in the Arts.


    Take in art at the Opening Reception for Songs of the Green Bird by Johnny Nguyen, PART II: APPRECIATE of the Supper Club Artist Project, on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm at The Hill Street Country Club Gallery inside Artists Alley. Songs of the Green Bird features a collection of photojournalistic taken by Nguyen inside a marketplace in Vietnam.

    Nguyen’s photographic work stems from an interest in photojournalism and meshes with fine art through the use of film and darkroom processes. In Songs of the Green Bird, Nguyen exhibits a photographic series documenting a small, open-air marketplace supported by its surrounding community. This market named “Cho Chim Xanh,” (translated to English as The Green Bird Market) and other markets such as this, are prevalent throughout the country of Vietnam. Not only do these markets supply the local population with fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, this communal environment provides a framework of stability for their respective neighborhoods by offering a central venue for its citizens to converge and dialogue.

    Nguyen embedded himself within the community circles of The Green Bird Market to photograph these intimate, photojournalistic, street-style portraits of the lives that give the market its heartbeat. He hopes that this series of 16 classical, black and white gelatin silver prints encourages the audience to appreciate the human value of local markets, and to compare and contrast between the market culture observed here in America and elsewhere throughout the world.

    Alongside the Opening Reception of Songs of the Green Bird by Johnny Nguyen, photographs taken by the Oceanside community from the Jan. 2nd Pop-up ART Workshop inside the Oceanside Farmers & Sunset Market will be on display.

    Food provided by Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub. Beer served by Booze Bros Brewery.


    The Hill Street Country Club would like to thank our generous sponsors for helping make PART II: APPRECIATE of the Supper Club Artist Project happen:
    Booze Bros Brewery of Vista, CA and Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub in Oceanside, CA.

    Stay Social! Follow us on instragram: @thehillstreetcountryclub @thecameracollective @wrenchandrodent @boozebros

Friday, December 13, 2013

Lewis ~  Taking awesome Care of the OMA Gallery....

  an Installation by
Armando de la Torre

As our Holiday Season rushes to its finale, we have the privilege to visit an enchanted place from the Heart of Armando de la Torre.

This is a place we will all recognize in our hearts of  remembering our sweet experiences of Childhood and Parenthood of our younger days. It will bring to us the once a year experiences of the “woods” when we found the perfect tree in the forest. The warm feelings of the hearth and of home resonate with the songs of remembrance of Years gone by. The togetherness of Family and loved ones create the Magic of the Season.

The Gift of Family, Our Place on this planet Earth, and the unending Universe of Being is what our Holiday Season is all about. This is the space you will enter into at OMA’s satellite venue in the Westfield Mall and given to us by an Artist of great accomplishment, Armando de la Torre.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Creating an Arts District…

Participating in the forthcoming discussions led by our Oceanside Museum of Art, I will post various examples and opinions on the Creation of Art Colonies and Art Districts, and the implications which arise in the process. Is Gentrification to be desired? What happens when the long time residents and business owners confront the success of an Artist Colony or Arts District? What about Culture Clash? What about the Money Clash? What about when the Success of the Colony becomes the antithesis of what it started out to be? Please feel free to comment where ever you live and if you have had experiences to share. 

Article taken from Pomona College Magazine • 550 N. College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

Downtown TurnaroundEd Tessier ’91 turned dying downtown Pomona into a vibrant Arts Colony with some help from family and the skills he learned at the College.

By Mark Kendall
Ed Tessier ’91 grew up watching downtown Pomona die. The sporting goods store where he got his first baseball glove closed. So did the department store where he bought his Cub Scout uniform. So did the lunch counter where his grandpa used to buy him root beer floats.

Shortly after graduating from the College, Tessier set about bringing downtown Pomona back to life.

While in school, Tessier majored in urban sociology and used Pomona’s downtown for case studies. Still, he never planned to undertake a crusade to save it. He expected to wind up behind a desk in some city planning department, “playing with colored pencils the rest of my life.”

But his father, Victor, a prominent Pomona attorney, had suffered multiple heart attacks and in 1992 asked his children (Ed, Jerry and Vicki) to take over six buildings he owned downtown. They could have unloaded the properties, but felt too much of a connection with the community.

”It was an emotional decision,” says Tessier.

Tessier remembered the words of one of his mentors, Pomona sociology professor Robert Herman. “He had a mantra,” says Tessier. “That even in the most distressed neighborhoods there’s always something that works. The goal should be to find it and nurture it.”

After months of research, Tessier’s first plan was to turn the area into a Latino-oriented businesses district. Latinos now were the majority in Pomona, and such retail efforts had been successful elsewhere in the Los Angeles area. But it turned out another developer had proposed doing the same thing elsewhere in Pomona, and the city told Tessier to come up with something else for downtown.

The downtown already was home to an underground arts scene, with “guerilla artists” occupying empty buildings, hosting exhibitions and poetry slams. Tessier decided to tap into the existing vibe and proposed turning the area into an arts district centered along Second Street, west of Garey Avenue.

By 1993, Tessier had opened (with a business partner) The Haven, a combination gallery and coffee house. Downtown artists came out of the woodwork and connected there. But the place wasn’t just drawing crowds on weekend nights. It was drawing scrutiny from the city, as Tessier tells it, with visits from code enforcement and other agencies. He saw this as part of the longstanding tension between downtown artists and the city.Read More:

Traveling out of the Downtown of Oceanside to one of our most cherished historical Churches.
The Arts of the Past... 

Images of the Hands who built.

As I sat in the lovely restored interior of the San Luis Rey Mission for a Requiem Mass listening to the songs of beauty and love, I could see all around me the quiet hands which built this magnificent Mission. The walls of plaster painted with the designs and embellishments of the yesteryear, and the Paintings of ancient heritage were all encompassing.

Can you feel history in your inner core…yes it is possible. The very air seemed to vibrate with these hands of history and the sounds of feet treading along the Central Isle of the Church of hundreds of years resonated within me as an overlay to the music of the Now.

Old Buildings do this to me. I see the inhabitants of the past going about their earthly chores and giving of themselves to the building of the Mission, the Cathedral, or Civic projects of the Times gone by. Touching the oldness of such a place is one of communion with the hands of time. I feel the vibrations of intent and accomplishment of the Hands. It is the same when visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art …the Egyptian sculptures are born again with me, within my heart of knowing.

The San Luis Rey is within my sightline every day I drive down the hill of Rancho del Oro. The gleaming whiteness of the wall, the sublime curves of the colonnade, and most of all the Blue Dome blending into the sky above.  I do no often go inside the Mission Church, but when I do, it is with the anticipation of my intense interaction of sight, of hearing the whispers of time, but most of all, the vibrations of my heart connecting to the Hands of the past and their commitment to a task well done. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

First Tuesday: Art + Community Series

7:00 - 8:30pm 
Free for OMA members 
$10 for nonmembers

OMA is launching a new educational program, Art + Community Series, moderated by OMA Executive Director, Daniel Foster. These regular panels and lectures will discuss the power of art to transform the economic prosperity, quality of life and identity of a community. Joining the discussion on December 3 will be James Enos, Urban Arts Developer; Naomi Nussbaum, Public Art/Sculpture Curator/Arts Professional; George Buell, Director of Development Services, City of Oceanside; Stew Mayer, Urban/Mixed-Use Developer; and Dinah Poellnitz, with the Hill Street Country Club, Oceanside. For reservations please call (760) 435-3721.

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