Oceanside Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation Celebrates its 28th year!

In 2017, Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation will celebrate its 28th year marking the occasion with its 25th annual Oceanside Days of Art. OCAF Board of Directors has recently held their annual meeting to elect its officers who would serve for a period of one year effective January. Presiding this year is Eliane Weidauer – OCAF 2017 President, Oceanside Days of Art Chair, Oceanside Music Festival Co-Chair, Write On Oceanside! & Summer Shorts Play Festival Committee Member. Eliane had joined OCAF 27 years ago! To commemorate the event, the following certificates of recognition have been recently received by the organization:

Certificates of Recognition:
Member of Congress Darrell Issa (for contribution to the economic vitality of the community)
California Legislature Assembly (for dedication to the growth and prosperity of the City of Oceanside)
County of San Diego Supervisor (for leadership and tremendous asset to the community)
The City of Oceanside (for leadership and dedication to the Oceanside business community)
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce (in recognition of membership with the Chamber)

 

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Oceanside Days of Art Celebrates Its Quarter Century Benchmark!
 
The 25th annual Oceanside Days of Art, which will be held on Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd, 2017, from 10 am to 5 pm. Yes, a juried fine art festival, Oceanside Days of Art will celebrate its quarter century benchmark!
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Oceanside Days of Art is, and always has been, a Project of The City of Oceanside. It began when Pat Sanchez, Director of Parks And Recreation, came to the Arts Commission and asked them to develop an event that would create the same excitement and community involvement as an event he knew about called “Night Out in Fullerton” that had been successful for many years. Mr. Sanchez arranged for the Commission to go to Fullerton, California, one evening to observe the annual event. All of the Arts Commission headed by the late Dr. Keith Broman, attended. The trip was made in City vehicles and at City expense. On return, the Commission began planning what resulted in a display of fine art and entertainment held in and around City Hall. The street festival was named Day of Art (later changed to two days and renamed Days of Art) and detailed planning began for the inaugural 1993 event.

However, Mr. Tom Wilson, then City Manager, met with the Commission, encouraging them to continue planning, but directed the group to find a local nonprofit organization that would take over operation of Day of Art. It was Wilson’s view that the Arts Commission should function only as an advisory body. He said the role of the Arts Commission was to be re-active not pro-active. Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, which at that time had not yet begun active planning for Oceanside Museum of Art, was the obvious choice for the city. Mr. Broman, Arts Commission Chair, was a Trustee of OCAF, and Carol and Randy Mitchell chaired OCAF. Following the 27-year history of OCAF, the book “OMA The Founding Years” (2005) by Rob Shaffer says the following: “Days of Art – The program first started with the Arts Commission. The Arts Commission asked OCAF to take over the event before the year’s second event opened, promising city help.”

Thus as a result of Wilson’s suggestion, the members of the Arts Commission placed the “Day of Art” entirely under the direction of OCAF. The “Day of Art” Committee, headed by Keith Broman, with Randy Mitchell, Emily Bromet, Eliane Weidauer and Diane Adams supporting, proceeded to organize the event under the OCAF umbrella. This would become the future structure of the event. The second “Day of Art” took place in 1994. Under the guidance of Broman and the extraordinary work of Bromet, Weidauer, and Adams, the “Day of Art” became a flagship event in the city of Oceanside, serving a magnet for artists from all over Southern California.

The event has been successful from the beginning. As OCAF and Days of ART have no paid help, and the event has always been a fully volunteered effort, financial and in-kind support from the City of Oceanside has been a major key to its success.

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One of North County’s Oldest Art Advocate Organizations Showcases Student Talent at Museum They Established
 
Scores of graduating high school seniors seeking to further their education in arts have applied for Performing Arts Scholarships or Visual Arts Scholarships to Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation this year. The awards for Performing Arts in theatre, music, or dance are granted based upon students’ experience and contributions to their performing arts program. The Visual Arts awards are intended for student visual artists specializing in unique artwork such as paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, digital media, and photography, and based upon their experience and accreditation from contests and visual arts programs. The winner of OCAF’s 2016 Performing Arts Scholarship is Rachel Dovsky, senior of San Dieguito High School Academy in Encinitas, who plans to pursue her career in musical theatre at Chapman University, CA. The winner of OCAF’s 2016 Visual Arts Scholarship is Jeremy Bunda, senior of Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, CA.

A special art exhibition for runner-ups and winner of Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundations Visual Arts Scholarships will take place at Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday June 7 to 11, and 1:00 pm to 4 pm Sunday, June 12. A recognition ceremony with the visual artists present will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday, June 12. The organizers are particularly thrilled about this exhibition, as Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, an organization of almost 30 years in existence, was responsible for raising money, allocating the venue, and establishing the renown museum, now a premiere visual art destination in Southern California.

General public is invited to the exhibition to witness how Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation continues to inspire the young to further explore their talents in the arts, while raising funds to support their talents and dreams. The following artwork will be available on display free of charge in the lobby of Oceanside Museum of Art:

Jenna Whitbeck, graduating senior of El Camino High School with photography artwork titled “Steady Flow” (Jenna plans to study in San Francisco); Derek Shafer, graduating senior of Westiview High School, has his graphic design artwork piece titled “Geometric Darwinism” (Derek plans on studying at Chapman University to be an art teacher); Chloe Walecki, graduating senior of San Dieguito High School Academy with “Untitled” painting; Jake Coury, graduating senior of La Costa Canyon High School with a digital photography piece titled “Heights”; Jeremy Bunda – 2016 OCAF Visual Art Scholarship Winner – graduating senior of Rancho Buena Vista High School with an oil painting called “Morituri te Salutant”; Darya Demidov, graduated from El Camino High School, Oceanside, recipient of OCAF-2015 Visual Arts Scholarship, attending MiraCosta College starting in summer of 2016, with a pointillism piece “Portrait of a Banna Boy”; and Michael Smith, who graduated from El Camino High School, Oceanside, recipient of OCAF-2015 Visual Arts Scholarship, now attending MediaTech Institute in Oceanside, with a digital art piece “A Zephyr of Chance.”

The winner of the 2016 OCAF Visual Art Scholarship, Jeremy Bunda, is a Youth Commissioner of City of Vista Public Arts. He has also won Best of Show award in Thematic Art at the San Diego County Fair Student Showcase last year, and was featured at San Diego Museum of Art as part of Young Art Exhibit last year. Jeremy was a student of Rancho Buena Vista High School’s art program, which was of International Baccalaureate Art and Design Higher level. He is looking forward to become an art historian at University of California Irvine.

JeremyBunda - CopyWhile the OCAF exhibition is free, regular charge will apply for visitors wishing to venture out into the parts of the museum other than the lobby: general admission $8, seniors (65+) $5, free admission for children under 18, students, and military and their dependents. For more information email to ocaf@ocaf.info or see www.ocaf.info Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization with nearly 30 years of history known for its support of visual, performing, literary, and film arts. Its flagship event Oceanside Days of Art, 24th annual festival, took place last April. Next up: 6th annual Oceanside International Film Festival – August 7 through 14. OCAF is an organization of charitable nature whose goal is to broaden the cultural, artistic, musical, film, and performing arts in Oceanside and the surrounding communities. All proceeds from its events are 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.