Saturday, December 19, 2015

A New Museum for Oceanside.

Joanne and Fouad Tawfilis have realized a Dream of Beautiful proportions. They have traveled the World giving the Children and Adults alike the gift of healing through the making of Art. We are indeed privileged to have their dream come true here in Oceanside.

Come and live their experiences with the Children of many lands and feel the presence of love and the peace we all hope for. The colors and forms painted with such expressive feeling will give you too the gift of the journey of the many years of gathering the four corners of our world into one room of radiant energy and light brought to Oceanside by this incredible couple whom I call my truest of Art Friends…

A New World of Arts in Artists Alley Oceanside CA

Monday, November 30, 2015

COME AND JOIN US IN A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION IN ARTISTS ALLEY THIS FRIDAY Dec. 4th  AT 6:00 ~ 9:00 PM. The Trees are aglow, songs are in the Air, and the Arts will entrance you with an International Flavor and Talent!

What the Dickens 
   A Celebration of the
Holiday Spirit

  • Painting for Peace at Muramid International Mural Museum & Studio 219 of Oceanside Theatre Company where you'll be able to paint murals which will go to the the people of Paris, Beirut, and Russia
  • Coast to Coast Barbershop Quartet at All American Barbershop
  • The Opportunity to Donate a bi-lingual book to children
  • The Opportunity to Donate a toy 
  • Live Art
  • Tiny Tim's Aunties
  • A Dramatic Reading of A Christmas Carol
  • The Grand Opening of a new Shop
  • A Gathering at Artist Alley at 8:30 to Sing Celebratory Music

Tuesday, November 10, 2015



ENERGY: Webster’s: ability to be active: the physical or mental strength that allows you to do things: natural enthusiasm and effort, usable power that comes from heat, electricity, etc.
PORTAL: a large door, a site serving as a guide or point of entry to the World Wide Web and usually including a search engine or a collection of links to other sites arranged especially by topic, a communicating part or area of an organism.

This morning at a meeting, we were wondering and brainstorming of how to describe our City of Oceanside. Many words and phrases were tossed about, and several came together for me like a thunderclap. Energy and Portal. That’s it Energy Portal…it’s what makes you catch your breath when walking down the sidewalk on Pacific. It’s what sends vibrations of intensity when you pass the young people on Coast Highway. It’s what sends shivers down your spine when you walk the Oceanside Pier and realize that you are on the Edge. Energy Portal captures what we are, who we are, and what we are doing. It captures the new revitalization of our Downtown with “beach Industrial” businesses such as the new craft beer and wine venues. This is a growth industry ideally suited to our local beach scene and will continue to flourish.

Who we are; an amazing amalgamation of ethnic, economic, educational, age groups, all of who are going through this portal of purpose each and every day. What we are, the doers, who have  seen our own visions of what is possible in this City of Opportunity. We are doing amazing things. Bringing new businesses into the City, creating new venues for the most sought after element in what draws us together, The Arts. Working together to help our Community’s citizens to be aware and collaborate to bring new solutions to our Environmental challenges. Oceanside leads the way in making our City a leader in sustainable goals.

We are now the bringing of a new element of energy which knows no constraints. The Arts. The infusion into our Downtown of this driving economic element is becoming a force to be reckoned with. With the opening of the First Museum ever for the art genre of murals, The Art Miles Museum project will bring new energies into our region. International players in the Arts focusing on Peace will be a catalyst for change, bringing many new visitors in Artists Alley which will in turn have a ripple effect on the whole of Downtown.
ENERGY PORTAL: Our daily gift of being, living, and working here in this electric energizing wave of the future in tune with our neighbor to the west, The Pacific Ocean which brings us her gifts from sea. Clean air, waves to conquer, food to eat, and most of all the soft sweet sounds of the endless waves…through this portal everyday, we are endowed with energy.


Shown here is Master Muralist and Peace Paint Ambassador. Cecelia Linayo, with the “Mural ofHope for Pope Francis”, a UNA USA San Diego, Art Miles Mural Project. Photo/Fouad Tawfilis.

Before Pope Francis arrived at the UN, a “Mural of HOPE for Pope Francis” designed and created by Master Muralist and Peace Paint Ambassador Cecelia Linayo and
students from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Vista, California was on display in the UN Correspondents Association (UNCA) Clubroom.

According to Joanne and Fouad Tawfilis, founders of the Art Miles Mural Project, “over the past week, students worked with Cecelia to create a beautiful image of the
Pope, with a lot of love and messages of peace for their namesake, St. Francis of Assisi.“
This photo from Art Miles Mural Project shows students from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic
School in Vista, California working on the mural they created for Pope Francis. Photo/Fouad

Wednesday, November 4, 2015




Monday, November 2, 2015

A Grand tradition of our Western Cultural Heritage...can we do this in Oceanside...?

Artists Painting and bringing their work to the

World in Warsaw Poland... 

Friday, October 16, 2015


In the quest to create refreshing artistic experiences, Camarada seeks dynamic musical repertoire and fearlessly blends diverse artistic elements to present programs that are approachable, uplifting and stimulating.

Camarada is dedicated to presenting invigorating performances of musical masterworks. Established in 1994, Camarada concerts share the joy of chamber music by pairing performers of the highest caliber with intimate spaces throughout San Diego. Original founders Beth Ross-Buckley, Ann Chase and Mary Barranger had a vision of concert experiences that are inviting and engaging for audiences. In 2008 Travis Maril and Dana Burnett joined Beth Ross-Buckley as Co-Artistic Directors continuing this tradition. All three have significant chamber music experience and bring to Camarada a renewed zest for intimate chamber music, collaborating with a variety of artists, commissioning music by American composers and recording projects.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sculpture by Julia Rasor

Sunday, September 6, 2015


Good morning!  .sharing this beautiful image...this mural was supposed to be done between St. Mary's School in India and St. Francis of Assisi School in Vista....but the Indian children couldn't stop themselves from painting a whole canvas....The theme is "Peace and the Environment."  The school in Vista will do another one and we will ensure that both will be delivered to NYC UN for presentation to the Pope.

Amazing work as all murals are that come from the hearts and passion of the world's children.

Joanne Tawfilis

My Good Hello to All who read this blog and it is heartwarming to know that you are readers from all over our World. From time to time I post stories or images by others who have great and wonderful stories to share. Sometimes, the stories are joyful, other times the stories are sadly poignant   about the state of our world and those who are struggling to survive. Yet even these stories had an art element which comes from the souls of those who write there stories with their lives...this is such a story.
Ruth Jameson

We’ve all seen the photos of the 3 year old child, whose 5 year old brother and their Mother from Syria drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach safety on the European shore.  This has become the image and poster of only one of the many “WATER BABIES” floating face down and washing ashore. 
Somewhere amidst them are the women---the Mothers, sisters, aunties, grandmothers with their lifeless bodies drift along the waves that crest and fall, the surf making curling lines along the shore, sometimes seeming like dancing and floating the women to and fro.  Their silenced bodies and long dresses, shoeless feet bobbing and rising to the top of those waves, until they too wash ashore as the tide gently leaves them in muddy puddles along the shoreline in jagged lines of death.  They remain there until someone pulls them from that shore or until the tides return again that may or may not drag them back out to the darkened waters, often carrying them far away and never to be seen again.
Somewhere along the drylands, the highlands, the world turns their faces away from these images working hard to erase the thought of such gruesome and inhumane deaths caused by people who used the war machines that burst into cities, towns and villages while people sleep, and while soldiers and so called freedom fighters, burn, rape and pillage, terrorizing those who somehow manage to survive the continuous marauding evilness of violence and war.
And SOMEHOW it is the WOMEN who do survive these endless wars, violence and persecution that make them refugees, not migrants forcing them to flee on foot crossing incomprehensible dangers caused by those war machines through deserts, landmine fields, snipers, grenades and all without food or water, carrying their children on their backs and having to leave all their belongings behind again and again.  There are over 43 million “refugees” in the world today and according to “CARE” almost 50% of the world’s forcibly displaced people are CHILDREN.
It isn’t just WATER BABIES near oceans and the seas, from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and African Nations—it’s also WATER BABIES from Haiti, the Philippines, Pakistan, Nepal, Cuba and Latin America.  And it isn’t just the war machines that have resulted in WATER BABIES whose young lives have been lost; in the past two decades they have become victims of floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, and typhoons that are unparalleled in our history of lives lost to the rages of Mother Nature.  These situations are a different kind of war, one where human rampages of waste and maltreatment of our earth has begun to take its toll of those we love and treasure the most—our children.

And yes, it is the predominately the survivors, the WOMEN of WAR that was the genesis of how the Art Miles Mural Project has evolved, based on centuries of suffering children of war and the River Drina in Bosnia Hercegovina.  Books have been written spanning about four centuries starting with the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian rule and a socialist domination of the region riding herd on the lives, destinies and relations of the local populations of Muslims and Orthodox Christians living in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
It was there that I learned the history of the River Drina and a famous story of how the children were  taken to the banks of the river and separated from their Mothers who were left crying and wailing on the shore.  Throughout the tumultuous history ruled by royalty and conflict, that I arrived on the scene following the July 1995 genocide of more than 7,000+ men that disappeared in two days.  To Fouad and my dismay, the world is now filled with these millions of REFUGEES and displaced persons.
The Art Miles Story will describe the heroic, heartbreaking and horrific--sometimes fatal experiences of women’s challenges of surviving these wars and conflicts around the world, beginning in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Nearly twenty years of interactions with women who have crossed these oceans, seas, rivers and lakes, seeking asylum and safety at such great risks will not be just another documentary, but a riveting true accounting of survival and the anguish of losing their “water babies” throughout the world and how stretches of simple canvas fabric painted by hands of children and people of all ages throughout the world, by people of all ages from over 100 countries has managed to bring communities together.  Murals painted by victims and survivors have been able to express themselves in a creative and healing method serving as a “catharsis” that soothed their aching souls.  And painting murals by community members throughout the world to send messages of hope and cheer, sharing their grief in some way, has given this project HOPE—a HOPE that humanity is still populated by good people who crave peace, who together through collaboration, team building and building consensus have tried to support a Culture of Peace versus a Culture of War.
 This collection of more than 4,000 murals and the people who witnessed the loss of their children, family members and friends to WAR and survived have transported their pain and memories onto canvas and the world community has responded by painting images of hope and cheer from the hearts of humanity that still exists no matter how dismal it seems.  This visual documentation of modern history, and the expressions of human emotion represents a living hope that will carry humanity forward.

Joanne Tawfilis

September 4, 2015           

Thursday, August 27, 2015


The Most basic element in the Artist’s toolbox is Imagination. To dream - to stare out of the mind’s window and see a new possibility, to have the vision move internally and emerge into an actual concrete work - is the impetus for the maker of Art.

The scientific community has accepted that Imagination is the foundation of the possible. The opening symposium for the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD validated my long held belief that  when we stare into the void of nothingness and see a light of pure thought, we as human beings create our world of wonder and our world of tragedy.  * In other words, when I see a problem or opportunity which is there for improvement, something happens in the brain that is goes into overdrive in a kaleidoscope of possible images and then coalesces into a tangible visual form. My point: that for me, if I see a possible change, then I go forward with visual sketches until it becomes a complete vision. The void becomes the possible…

Imagination is the wellspring that brings into reality all that we behold in today’s world of new technologies that were thought of as magic only a few decades ago.

With the visions of Imagination comes the Upwelling of energy that is the driving force of the creative process, which is the most inexplicable of the three stages of my work. Often I look back after the emergence of work into reality and wonder from whence it came. Many refer to this as the creative “muse”; but I think of it as the crucible pour - unstoppable, fierce and deathly hot in its force. The molten energy must enter the mold and one hopes that the mold will not break. 

Emergence into the real world from the Upwelling is the dynamic flow of energy creating a feeling of timeless euphoria. Time stops, the world shrinks, and the hand writes, molds, and mixes our chosen media of self to share our innermost dreams, hopes and aspirations. The effort brings into Emergence a revelation of who we are.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mozart, prodigy among prodigies
Three days packed with cutting-edge scientific exploration, music and fun!

Stimulating daytime talks, concerts, and interactive installations on the UC San Diego campus and evening "Keynote Performances"  

at the nearby Auditorium at  

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)

The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination is collaborating with Mainly Mozart on Mozart and the Mind. Three days packed with cutting-edge scientific exploration, music and fun! Stimulating daytime talks, concerts, and interactive installations on the UC San Diego campus and evening “Keynote Performances” at the nearby Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI).

The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination is collaborating with Mainly Mozart on Mozart and the Mind. Three days packed with cutting-edge scientific exploration, music and fun! Stimulating daytime talks, concerts, and interactive installations on the UC San Diego campus and evening “Keynote…

Saturday, August 22, 2015



An opening of surprises and art for the young at heart.  Come! Join us at 6:00 to 9:00 PM tonight Saturday the 22 of August.

Friday, July 24, 2015


Friday, July 3, 2015


212 F 6 ~ 9:00 P. M.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Finding Gilda NO. 3   work in progress...will be painting live in Artist Alley July 3rd Oceanside CA

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mark Jesinoski

An Oceanside Artist at work in the Sun...he has the right stuff...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"Birth of Venus de Nano"

Tomorrow Night is First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Oceanside. Once again you will be able to watch artists creating work in real time. The Oceanside Museum of Art is free admission on this First Friday Art Walk Night.

I will be painting live in the entrance of the Museum and hope to see many of you there to enjoy the new exhibition of the 100 Painters of San Diego’s Art Guild…
This exhibition will feature works by one hundred distinguished artists who lived and worked in San Diego during the last century and who were, or are currently Artists Guild members.

I will be working on one of the “Nano” Series of Prints

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


                    Over 15 artists and 4 bands in 21 galleries-for-the-night
     Introducing Theatre inspired by Art at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. at MainStreet Oceanside

Featured Art Walk Curated Artist
   Blake Kern
 at Coast Jewelry & More
 Art Walk Curated Band
   Kelly Hollaran
       at Endurance House 
Featured Gallery Curated Artist
 Charles Bibbs
  at The Gallery at the Brooks

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Saga Continues  … The Oceanside City Plaza Pools are Iconic, thus they must remain empty and wait for the rains...

APRIL 22 ,2015
In the presentation of Jason Dafforn our Water Utilities Director last night he went into the latest mandates from the State of California from our Governor Jerry Brown to have the 20 % cut from all users. He considers this necessary to conserve our precious water resources. However, the Pecan Tree growers are exempt. By now it is well documented that these growers use more water for their cash crop than all of the home users combined. This makes me mad as hell that we are being docked for the People of China’s eating pleasures of “Pecan Treats”. Californians should wake up and realize that the bottom line of certain people are dictating our water resources, where they are being used and who is getting rich from this incredible misdirection of our water..

Mr. Dafforn finished his report about the Fountains saying that he envisions the pools to be left empty with a decorative wrought iron fence surrounding it. This fence will be installed into the cement around the Fountain circumference and will someday be removed when the rains come once more. After spending more than 350,000. dollars refurbishing the surface of the pool and replacing the tiles this will be for the foreseeable future the Center Piece of our Civic Plaza. A huge “Iconic” hole with Palms in their planters and a place for Seagulls to be the only users of our Fountains which will entrance visitors with our lack of vision.

In speaking to the Council last night, I stated that as of today, NOAA predicts that California will run out of water in 2016.

says much the same as does National Geographic. I put forth the request that the Council use this opportunity of consideration to put forth a call for Landscape Architects, Architects, and Artists to share a vision of the new awareness of our plight in the coming years of drought. A use of native plants and artworks could be a new kind of Icon. Think the Getty Museum in LA. This is our new normal. The rains will not come and if they do, they will not replenish what we have been wasting for the past decades. 

At this point you might ask; what has all of this to do with Artist Alley? My answer is simple. Everything. Artist Alley is across the street from the City Plaza. The Alley is a bright new spot in our Downtown Arts District which the civic leaders are supporting with new landscaping and upgrades of signage. Lighting is to follow. Looking across the street to the plaza, you will in the future see a giant vacant  beautifully finished “Iconic” concrete hole with a fence around it. This is not the way to give our Community the best use of a space which could be a Community Interactive space, but instead be a question of …”When will the rains come”?    

Friday, April 10, 2015


“Concerning the Fake Grass Solution”

This morning in the Union Tribune on the front page of the Local Section there was an article about the City of Oceanside and the Civic Plaza Fountain water problem. The City has spent over 350,000. Dollars to refurbish the fountains using recycled water. Now the water is deemed to be not safe for public contact. In the summer children and adults alike wade in the pools.

Our City Staff has put forth a solution: build a wooden platform over the space which is two to three feet deep and then install fake grass over that. This means that the entire project would be constructed over concrete and inside this structure there would form a mini climate of humidity and dampness. Many foreseeable maintenance problems would exist. Most of them related to animals and their functions which would be expensive to mitigate. The Staff is presenting this as a temporary solution until the drought is over. The Drought will not be over in the foreseeable future. As our City is promoting a downtown Arts District, this solution certainly will not make our City seem Art appreciative, or informed.

I have presented my vision to the Public in an exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Mine is but one which could make a public space into something wonderful. This is the heart of our City, and to have even a temporary solution of fake grass is one which will bring derision and dismay to not only our Community Citizens, but to tourists and visitors it would be a true negative.

I believe that in our immediate region there are many who could bring their own visions of what our City Plaza theme should be. It should be worthy of the magnificent setting already in place and the stunning views of the Blue Pacific to the west. It should be one where people can walk, rest, read, and just be one with the people energy which is the most vital element of our City of Oceanside. It should be one where visitors can take away a memory of beauty, history, and most of all the enchantment of being in the Ocean air which is one of life, and our inner selves. We should put forth our true selves and never, never offer a fake sense of what we as a City are all about.

There are the Robert Irwins, the James Hubbells and Patrick W. Caugheys of our Region. There are many more talented professional voices who could share a vision for our City’s Plaza. Our City should send out a Call for Professional expertise and established project contractors who could give our City Plaza a vision worthy of our present beautiful Buildings. The Gill legacy should be our guiding light, and we should honor this history of excellence. 

The City of Oceanside will hear this solution April 22 at the Council Meeting. Please come and make your voice heard and let the Council know that a bad temporary solution is not a good choice for the Heart of our City.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The North County Arts Network
The 78 Corridor Collaborative Endeavor
“The Imagination Engine”

The Exceptional People of North County are collaborating with energy unparalleled.
The long time honored practice of competition of everyone for themselves has turned into a force of cooperation and realized recognition that by joining forces and talents we have unleashed a new and dynamic force of creative innovation.

I look forward to the Day when the two North County agencies will blend their energies and talents to embrace the ideals of STEAM ( science, technology ,engineering, art and math). The Arts which are left behind by State agencies in the instructional aspects of creative and imaginative education are being recognized by our North County Business and Educational organizations that without the Arts, the innovative process lacks the creative energies of imagination. “The Imagination Engine”  is what gives us the Aha moment and in turn turns the page for a new paradigm shift in how we integrate our most important resources.

Our Resources:

The Young Entrepreneur, the New Graduate, the Eager New Immigrant with a vision, The High School Senior who lives in the Digital Age, The Artist with Vision of Impossible Dreams, The Night School Student who will become the writer of the new American Dream. The Corporate CEO with a visionary plan for sustainable energy sources, the University President with a new View of Student Responsibilities and incorporating the interchange of world views between the students and business leaders, our Senior Citizens who find a vital new Community role of sharing expertise of past successes.

Our Civic Leaders who have become aware of the benefits of Collaboration and Innovation brought about by Imagination. “The Imagination Engine” will power our efforts to become the dynamic, creative, economic and innovative power of the San Diego North County Region. Our very air is an elixir of the possible. We have here in short, the Explorers of the New World of Collaboration.

The Math of exponential collaboration is still an unknown quantity. It is a new kind of Math, with a new formula being written. It is being written by You and by Me, by our Students, Civic leaders, and the Corporate world of bottom lines. I believe that the total of the New Math of Collaboration invigorated by “The Imagination Engine” will lead us into the Innovative Universe with the bottom line of an Economic Big Bang of Prosperity.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Please join us at the First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Oceanside. The starting time is 6:00 PM and runs until 9:00 PM. There will be many new venues to take in and of course music and good eats.

I will be working at the Oceanside Museum  of Art  on a Limited Edition of three Giclées and hand touching number One. The title of this print is "Knowing"...The Ocean speaks to me in many different visions and this is one of my favorites...

Monday, March 2, 2015

"Transformation" by Ruth Jameson
Limited Edition Digital Painting
Transformation may be seen at the
 Oceanside Museum of Art
It is with Great Pleasure that I have a participatory role in this month’s First Friday Art Walk in Oceanside CA.

The Zen of Woman can be viewed at:

This is also the first viewing of my Exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art in Downtown Oceanside Ca. The Opening Reception is Saturday evening from 6 – 8. The exhibition runs from March 7 – to June 21st .My Digital Painting limited editions can be purchased in the Museum gift shop.

The Exhibition is upstairs in the Groves and Parker Galleries.
Ruth Jameson

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

B.B. Bastidas World famous Skateboarder Artist

Friday, January 30, 2015

 Del Mar Art Center Spring Art Reception
Watercolor by Mark Sherman

Join us at the  DMAC 1st Annual Help Shelter Animals Art Reception on February 14th from 5-8pm, on the second level of the Del Mar Plaza.  Sculpture Maidy Morhous, Potter Karen Fidel, Watercolorist Mark Sherman, Photo Illustrator Bob Coletti, Glass artist Libbie McMahon, Oil painter Gabrielle Benot, Photographer Mike Orenich and Acrylic painter Don Pallia will be displaying their latest works.  Darlene Katz will present a live painting demonstration creating one of her famous “pet portraits”.  Shelter animals from the Helen Woodward Animal Center will be there to liven up the reception and benefit from the fund raiser.  Refreshments will be served.  Parking is free at the Plaza.  For more information or call 858-481-1678

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation and its Oceanside Days of Art committee invite visual artists and artisans to apply for participation in the 23nd annual Oceanside Days of Art. This is an opportunity for art makers and craftsmen from throughout San Diego and neighboring counties to showcase their talent and work to thousands of visitors this April at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom. Painters, sculpture makers, and artists specializing in stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography, etc., are invited to partake in the two-day event.

Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation proudly presents the 23rd annual Oceanside Days of Art held on Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th, 2015, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Oceanside Days of Art is a juried fine art festival featuring over 100 artists from Southern California networking and selling an array of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more. The festival, which is offered free to the public, has planned live stage performances, hands-on activities for children and adults, street chalk art making, painting and sculpture demonstrations, and a variety of delicious edibles at the food court. Oceanside Days of Art is held at the corner of Coast Hwy 101 and Pier View Way downtown Oceanside, at the heart of the newly formed North Coast Theatre And Arts District.

Applications for artists are now being accepted. The event organizers have a goal to complete the application process and notify all applicants about acceptance by March 23, 2015. To download the 2015 Artist Application Form, for additional information and booth fees, go to, email inquiries to

Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to broaden the cultural, artistic, musical and performing arts in Oceanside and the surrounding communities. All proceeds from this annual festival will be used to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors (not just from Oceanside but from throughout North County San Diego) pursing artistic and performing arts degrees, and to organize more quality events in this city.