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Oceanside is a California Cultural Arts District

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Dec. 11, 2019 KOCT – Voice of North County

 

Oceanside is one of only three designated California Cultural Districts in San Diego County. A 12-person steering committee comprised of talent from historical and arts organizations, lodging and business, city planning and economic development now focuses on the preservation and growth of the Oceanside California Cultural District.

This video was commissioned by the City of Oceanside to highlight Oceanside being designated as a California Cultural Arts District.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zO_lDG3VAk

O’side News: John Linthurst Opening Reception 11/21/2019

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Oceanside CA— Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation’s ArtWalls O’side presents local artist John Linthurst at Blade 1936, 401 Seagaze Dr. An opening reception will take place November 21, 2019 from 1:00-3:00pm.
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.
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. 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 hand-painted 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 consist 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.”
His art is the result of periodic creative bursts of energy, that at times, have led him into writing ninety thousand word novels (Emma Isaacs 2009, To Live and Die in Mexican Water 2015) – to designing upside down hillsides of blue plants. Although he paints larger acrylics, and sometimes works with mosaics, photography has always been the driver, and an early avenue for expression. John completed the Photo Arts Program through Pasadena City College and then several additional sections at Cal State Fullerton where he eventually graduated with a degree in English (AMST). He has exhibited extensively, including a full year at the SD International Airport as one of the cities chosen Centennial artist. He also has had individual shows at the North Coast Repertory Theater, Solana Beach (20015), and a fifty five piece show at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts (2013). John also has had individual selections hung in the Oceanside Museum of Art, consistently hung in Escondido Municipal gallery, as well as COAL Gallery (Carlsbad) and various government buildings in San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, and Encinitas as well as an artist invitation into Art Walk Laguna Beach. While the bulk of his photographic work is manipulated, in some manner or another, disqualifing him from being a photographic ‘documenter’, that flight allows him to proceed as a photo artist, often incorporating mixed media, to bend rules between reality and interpretation, by evoking elements created to alter the story. “If I can’t actually see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. An artist just creates it.”
Come by, Nov. 21 and judge for yourself.

Sept 28 – Mission District Arts Festival

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Studio ACE has partnered with Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, Oceanside Public Library, and Friends of the Oceanside Library, to bring ART TO THE VALLEY with the  first annual MISSION DISTRICT ARTS FESTIVAL!

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 10:00am  –  4:00pm
Location: Mission Plaza Real Shopping Center (between El Camino Real and Douglas— where Studio ACE is located)
Cost: FREE!!

This FREE family-friendly event will feature:
Artist’s booths, live music, delicious food, a Kids Corner with crafts & face painting, live mural painting and drum circle, Oceanside Public Library book sale and bookmobile, a visit from the Library’s mascot, Splash, free chances to win prizes, and more!

Artists or businesses can sign up for a booth to showcase their work for only $25 for the entire day. Nonprofit organizations can join for free! There are also open slots for musicians to play at the event throughout the day.
To sign up for a booth or a music slot (or to volunteer at the event), please fill out the form below by completing all *required fields. Once the form is submitted, please pay the $25 fee (if applicable) by clicking on the PayPal link.

Please contact ACE Executive Director, Julia Fister, at (760) 730-5203 or julia@studioace.org with any questions or for more information.

OCAF announced that it is retiring Oceanside Days of Art

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Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation announced that it is retiring Oceanside Days
of Art in its current format.

The OCAF Executive Board voted unanimously to reformat ODA from its current
two-day event in April to a series of smaller events spaced throughout the entire
year. This will reflect the exciting changes occurring in the Oceanside arts
community.

Oceanside Days of Art came about as a result of an OpEd in the Oceanside local
paper which stated that Oceanside was a “…cultural wasteland.” City leaders Dr.
Keith Broman, Carol and Randy Mitchell and Eli Sanchez decided to prove this
incorrect. After two years of planning and meetings the first Oceanside Day of Art
was held in and around the Oceanside Civic Center on Saturday, April 24, 1993. It
was a juried fine arts festival celebrating both the visual and performing arts and
artists in Oceanside and the surrounding communities. It was so successful that
within 3 years it became the two-day event, and for 26 years OCAF continued
presenting its fine arts festival in April.

Oceanside Days of Art will not be the large once-a-year event it has been
historically. However, through the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, it will
continue on a more frequent, smaller scale, to promote and support the fine arts,
both visual and performing. It will continue to provide appropriate venues to
celebrate student, avocational and professional artists.

OCAF will be introducing its first new ODA event in the near future.
For further information about Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation and its events
and activities visit www.ocaf.info