Sunday of every month, starting April 2, 12:00–2:00pm
Free to all artists and creatives!
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
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