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Artist John Linthurst

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Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation Presents

John Linthurst Opening Reception

November 21, 2019 @ 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Second Exhibition @ Blade 1936

 

John Linthurst is a former Los Angeles resident who now resides in Oceanside. He has participated in numerous regional shows and has exhibited solo in notable venues throughout the region for many years. He graduated from the Photo Arts program of Pasadena City College, and went on to hone skills at CS Fullerton, taking odd assignments and learning much along the way.

The greater part of John’s life has been dedicated to various entrepreneurial pursuits and he has had a successful career in business and agriculture. Photography was one of his early avenues of expression and he completed the program at Pasadena City College – and then several additional sections at Cal State Fullerton where he eventually graduated with a degree in English (AMST). In his years in Pasadena he was fortunate to be called into projects by several of his photography friends attending nearby Art Center College of Design and learned greatly from the collaborations. At his creative zenith he was a rock and roll band photographer, with Van Halen and Joey Chamber , and then did a year stint as a roller derby photographer. (L.A. T-Birds} …. quite the adventure!

‘Coast Loco’ is beach specific series derived from seemingly mundane trips to the sand and collecting unremarkable pictures in volume.  They consist primarily of multiple layered images taken from the same day’s excursion, and then reordered into a new reality – something the artist may find fitting – but not necessarily accurate. Some are handpainted with oils. The ploy becomes compositing interesting parts into a new whole, creating a beach culture fueled with madness and mass. That residual is what I am after; absurdity we can both laugh with, and at ourselves. These extremes can jockey from a quiet solitude, as nature can provide, to a testimonial of the human bio mass that can annoy to absurd proportion.

Essentially the ‘Oceanside Ally’ series was built around rain events downtown during the wet winter of 2019. In a sense, there is a majestic silence to each alley, a personality of sorts, weighted by history and a survivor’s wherewithal. Wiser they are, and if one is to draw art from them, you do it on their terms. The flush of a winter storm, and the residuals left over in puddles and mirrors, is the equivalent of an alley in full bloom. At least in this artist’s opinion.

                        

John now prefers a contrarian application of photo technique; the more he can disrupt a ‘time and space document’, the better chance for defining a new reality from it …  a manufactured reality. His photos consists of dozens of inserts, layers, text, pencil, paper, paint, and once even insects!

“I can’t remember the last time I used a photograph as a whole. I produce them, but tend to desecrate them with chaos or madness right away. Absurdity conveys better sometimes.”

Please contact the artist at: www.studiovistadelmar.com

CA ArtNews: http://www.bobcoletti.com/CAArtNews/caartnewsNov2019.php

Artist Grace Shelley

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Presented by the Oceanside     Cultural Arts Foundation

Grace Shelley      Opening Reception

Ninth Exhibition

@ O’side Bakery

Oct 17, 7:30 PM

ARTIST’S  STATEMENT

This show has evolved over the past several years.I love experimenting with new ideas and styles, and though my art is based in photography, I consider myself a photographic artist rather than a purist photographer. 

The genesis of the bulk of the show, the water lilies, koi, and succulents, grew out of my love of nature. I have long loved the work of the Impressionists — Monet and Renoir are two of my favorites. Georgia O’Keefe’s work has also been an inspiration.

There are also several abstracts here and as much as my soul is stirred by nature, the world that humans have created is filled with all sorts of visual arts that can be very surprising when one’s perspective of mundane objects shifts.

A frozen tide pool became “In the Beginning”; a rusty steel road construction plate a paean to love: “XOXO – Public Display of Affection”; and a macro shot of a rusty pile of marine salvage metal became “Aging Gracefully” — beautiful when capturing the colors in the iron ore. These are just a few pieces from my Mysterious Mundane series. 

Thanks to the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation and the O’side Bakery for supporting solo artists. We appreciate you! Enjoy the show, and thank you also to all of you who take the time to appreciate and celebrate art and the artists who create it!

GRACE SHELLEY BIO

Grace wasborn and raised in Alaska and has spent most of her adult life in the western United States, much of it in California. She lived in Victoria, Canada for a dozen years; spent a year on the east coast, and currently lives and makes her art in Carlsbad, California near the ocean where she bicycles and walks daily.

Grace’s early life and exposure to nature in her home state of Alaska has deeply influenced her work. Growing up in small villages around the state as her government-employed parents moved from station to station with their FAA jobs, developed a deep appreciation for nature that still inspires her, wherever she is.

Grace’s imagination and creativity were honed from a very early age

In those tiny little towns nestled at the bottom of mountain ranges and on the edge of rivers. The cultural impoverishment–no art classes, theater, libraries or museums, no radio, television or newspapers—created a thirst for experiences, culture, and hands on knowledge for things she had only read or dreamed about.

Grace learned about great art and music through books and recordings that her parents had in their home. It wasn’t until her freshman year in high school that she took her first art class, and she was hooked. At twenty she began to realize her life’s dream of traveling the world and seeing the art, cities and cultures she’d hungered for.

Though she has always been a “creative,” she didn’t start her art career in earnest until 2015. Largely self-taught, Grace has emerged into a prolific photographic and mixed-media artist who has a heart for lost, lonely, and forgotten people.

A portion of the sales from this show will benefit Graces’s favorite charity.

Grace@GraceShelleyArt.com
www.graceshelleyart.com
Facebook: @graceshelleyart.com
Instagram: @graceshelleyart.com

Blade 1936 Artist Pete Harwood

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Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation Presents

Pete Harwood Opening Reception

October 4, 2019 @ 1:00 – 3:00 PM

First Exhibition @ Blade 1936 

I bought a Pentax K1000 camera in my late teens and my love of photography begins there. Over the years I’ve embraced digital technology. Photographic art and custom framing are now my passion.

Retiring recently and living near the Pacific Coast in Oceanside California offers opportunities to shoot amazing images on land and sea. I’ve shown and sold copies of my photographic artwork at many locations in San Diego County including the SpringHill Suites Marriott, Masters Kitchen and Cocktail, Holme Estate Cellars, Oceanside Days of Art and Artist Alley in downtown Oceanside. It’s my absolute pleasure to currently have my artwork installed at Blade 1936.

My images look best printed on metal, canvas, acrylic and fine photographic paper. Using different framing techniques and image sizes, I produce artwork that appeals to many tastes.

Pete Harwood, Harwood Photographic Art          www.harwood-photographic-art.com

   

Artist Don Reedy

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Don Reedy Opening Reception

Eighth Exhibition

@ Oceanside Bakery August 15, 7:30 PM

Presented by the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation

                                      

Artist’s Statement: My work seeks to explore intimate and difficult subjects around which we thrive or die. Diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer in 2018 I picked up acrylic paint and canvas to hide away my fear and anger, to cry out with great joy over newness and hope, and to express abstractly how I was living out this disease. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that I am a passionate and emotional man, living with great faith in a world that eludes common sense.

“Cancer made me do it” is the best why for my work, and a miracle from God immersed me in a world of color, Image result for fine art by don reedytexture and raw emotion that explains how. Each time I stand before a canvas I am flooded with an awareness of our physical and spiritual journey, and my hands form the paint and canvas to bring that awareness to the surface so that we can share and converse over these most wondrous gifts.

Creating what I feel allows you to see my spiritual and emotional journey so that we Image result for fine art by don reedymight share and come closer together. Painting immerses me in both my time and God’s time, and every work expresses an abundance of truth about my life that I hope will cast light upon your own.

If you wish to see more of my work please check out my website: https://www.fineartbydonreedy.com I would be very pleased to hear from you. I can be reached by email at: donreedysandiego@gmail.com

Exhibition runs from August 15 – October 13, 2019

               

Artist Janine Free

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JANINE FREE OPENING
Seventh Exhibition
O’side Bakery June 13, 7:30 PM
Presented by the Oceanside Cultural Foundation
                                                             
Born and raised in France, I moved to San Francisco at the age of 22, in search of adventure and broader horizons. As a child, I carried my father’s equipment while he filmed and photographed the places we visited in Europe. I have been traveling since, with a camera as my best friend.
I learned the intricacies of the darkroom with a San Francisco fashion photographer. I became familiar with the computer world while I worked as a Research Librarian at QUALCOMM. Since 1987, I have lived in Leucadia, a small beach town in North County San Diego.
In 2008, I started a project documenting how women were represented in different countries through the mannequins living behind store windows. It soon turned into an art form, as I used the reflections off the glass of the stores to create surreal, multi-layered images. I like to spend time in large cities here and abroad, walking in the streets, searching for their urban essence through architecture, street art, and store mannequins.
If you wish to see more of my work, I would be very pleased to hear from you. I can be reached by email at: janinefree@gmail.com

If you wish to see more of my work, I would be very pleased to hear from you. I can be reached by email at: janinefree@gmail.com

Exhibition runs from June 11 – August 11,2019 

 

Artist Cheryl Ehlers

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CHERYL EHLERS
APRIL 16 ~ JUNE 10
ART WALLS  @ O’SIDE BAKERY
Sixth Exhibition

THE OPENING
APRIL 18, 2019

A WONDERFUL NIGHT OF ART, MUSIC AND TASTY TREATS AT THE O’SIDE BAKERY.

 

Cheryl Ehlers was raised in Europe, and currently resides in North County, Carlsbad, CA. Her creative
process is reflective of mental imagery and emotions. She enjoys allowing the mind to take over the art
during the process, capturing a flash in time that morphs a thought, and transforming it into art. Her
works are bold, colorful and vary in styles.

 

She shines as her art work sings

A majority of her art is published and she has painted for
Independence Peace Day, “Silent Beauty”, United Nations, (UNESCO) Paris, FR; “Gator on the Bay”, San Diego, CA; “Sail into San Diego”; TICA; Cure for Cancer, Maui, HI.; “Reach for the Stars”, Auckland, NZ, and recently for The Ocean Agency, “Hypnotic Movements”, in support of programs protecting the coral reefs. Presently, working as an Arts Program Assistant for the City of Encinitas, Ehlers has a BA in Commercial Textile Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan, NY.

She has broad interests, and in 2009, she founded The Stardust Arts and had taught over 11,250 under-served youth the fundamentals of creative art. The program is solely funded by local grants and is recognized by the California State Assembly and the San Diego Board of Supervisors. She collectively has published chronicles on genealogy and biographical histories which are housed in public libraries in Texas, Georgia, Illinois, New York, The National Archives in Washington, DC, Wisconsin and New

Jam session Robert and Wolf at the O’side Bakery

Zealand. (1997-2014).

Steffi Sings

She is a published visual artist, awarded recognition by the California State Assembly and the San Diego Board of Supervisors for her accomplishments in art in local communities (2009, 2010). In 2014 she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Encinitas 101 Mainstreet Association CA, for her curative efforts with the community emerging artists. She has been awarded numerous Visual Art grants, and continues to pursue her efforts to reach out and education the public on art. “Art at its best is creative, imaginative, and a valuable universal language”.

 

Visit her website at https://cherylehlersart.com , Video: “Pieces of Jazz” at https://youtu.be/toklhkf5Idg

 

Artist Susie Zolghadri

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I was born and raised in the green mountains
of Vermont. Memories of my childhood always bring me back to nature. The early flowers and birds that welcome spring, the luscious green leaves and warm nights of summer, the beautiful, magical colors of autumn and the white snows
of winter. I currently reside in San Diego, California and find myself surrounded once again with nature. Mountains, desert and ocean inspire me to continue creating.

Early in my painting career I attended a workshop on visual journaling and fell in love with the process. The act of creatively expressing myself in a journal format captivated me. Along with satisfying myself creatively with art journaling, I began painting abstracts.

 

 

 

SUSIE ZOLGHADRI

ART WALLS O’SIDE
Fifth exhibition
February 14, 2019

Artist Blake Kern

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Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation to Hold a Special Art Walls Exhibit Honoring Blake Kern- December 18, 2018

Blake is an Oceanside resident and has lived in North County since 1975: Married for 47 years with two adult children, and two grandchildren. She is a retired educator (2008) who now has the time to explore her personal creativity. She joined the Artist Alliance through the Oceanside Museum of Art in the fall of 2007 and has been trying to establish a reputation for creating unique, one-of-a-kind altered and hand-made books as well as Altar (art) boxes. She has participated in many shows at the Oceanside Art Gallery, Oceanside School of Art, Jazzercise Exhibits, Oceanside Art Walk, and Art in the Alley in Oceanside. She has sold many pieces, and has been praised for her distinctive style.

Blake enjoys writing poetry which becomes the story behind the art in her sometimes rather dark and mysterious books. Creating altered books and altar boxes is a way for her to focus on a particular theme and develop the layers of texture and 3-D effect that is not obtainable with canvas or paper. She explains her process as follows: “I begin with an idea or sense of where I want to go, and by the end finds myself somewhere unexpected. The piece just takes on a life of its own, and I know when it’s done because it just feels right.” Blake’s goal is for the viewer to have a visceral reaction; to explore the box or book and discover the tiny details and symbolic messages that it contains. Not only does she want to evoke an emotional response, but she wants to tell a story.

Contact Info:
blake.kern@outlook.com
760.439.0928