OCEANSIDE, CA – MainStreet Oceanside invites the Oceanside community to the dedication of another public art mural in downtown Oceanside. Free and open to all, a community mural unveiling ceremony with artist Don Myers will be held on Saturday, August 27, outside the Mainstreet Oceanside office on Dittmar Street between Mission Avenue and Sigage Drive from 2pm to 4pm.
Through a partnership with property owner Larry Hatter and business owner Greg Ferrell, the installed sea glass mosaic wall is located on the east wall of the Conehead Investment Building, 615 Mission Ave., on Dittmar Street facing Oceanside, the main street of the Oceanside Cultural District. This is the fourth mural in Mainstreet’s Art Stimulation program.
The family-friendly celebration will include live music by pianist and donor Robert Parker, dessert by One Kitchen Collaborative, a glass coaster workshop by mural glass provider and sponsor Oceanside Glass and Tile, and a mosaic-mural-themed children’s art activity. Both workshops and activities are free.
MainStreet plans to dedicate the 16-by-12-foot mosaic mural, sponsored and assembled by the community, with a ribbon cutting and naming at 3 p.m. The name of the mural is chosen by an online community vote from entries in the Instagram community. Mural naming contest. A community talk will begin at 2:30 p.m
At a community mosaic building workshop on February 29, 2020, and in socially distanced community mosaic building sessions throughout the pandemic, Myers and members of our community assembled the mural in six 8-foot-by-4-foot panels in Myers’ studio. 1025 S. Coast Highway. Panel by panel, Myers and these local volunteers work together to create an aquatic-themed mosaic by cutting, shaping and shaping pieces of glass sponsored and provided by Oceanside Glass & Tile. Myers laid the first tile in the mural two and a half years ago at an inaugural workshop with Councilmember Peter Weiss, then serving as mayor, and laid the last two tiles March 10 with Mayor Esther Sanchez.
Community members also had the opportunity to participate in the creation of the installed mural, which depicts the local marine life community as it lies beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean right off our beach, through sponsorships ranging from $100 to $7,500. A total of 66 community members and local businesses and organizations sponsored the mural’s 77 marine animals and plants. Sponsors will be recognized next to a mural on a plaque to be installed at the celebration, including the name of the donor or the donor’s family, honoree, group or business.
About the art of arousal
Art that Excites, formerly the Oceanside Mural Initiative, aims to transform downtown Oceanside into a public art destination, provide arts education and community outreach, and install 10 curated public art murals to help define Oceanside as a community. Created and powered by Art. The installation of an ocean glass mosaic wall completes the first phase of the Art of Excitement program.
About the Oceanside Cultural District
One of the first 14 cultural districts in California and one of only three in San Diego County, The Oceanside Cultural District, located in downtown Oceanside, was designated by the California Arts Council in 2017. With The Star Theater (Sportfisher Drive) to the north, the Oceanside Museum of Art (Nevada Street) to the east, The Hill Street Country Club Gallery to the south (Minnesota Avenue) and the Oceanside Pier to the west, the Oceanside Cultural District is home to an eclectic, emerging art scene. Along historic Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean, with an iconic pier and amphitheater, you’ll find a unique destination with an abundance of cultural resources.
The Oceanside Museum of Art is a premier regional art museum and leader in arts and culture. The California Surf Museum connects with non-traditional art audiences while honoring local surf culture. The historic Sunshine Brooks and Star Theaters offer opportunities for all ages and introduce professional theatrical expression to thousands of school children each year.
Cultural events like the Oceanside Dia de Los Muertos Festival are diverse, colorful and festive, as well as educational, featuring dance, music and food. The district is home to MainStreet Oceanside’s farmers market and Sunset Market, San Diego County’s top weekly food and music street fair. Tattoo artists recognize the area’s military historical heritage with much of their work, and Artist Alley offers an interactive experience with practicing artists and artisans. The district’s restaurants, wineries and breweries highlight local artists and musicians.
About MainStreet Oceanside
MainStreet Oceanside is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a pedestrian-friendly community with unique and exciting attractions, day and evening activities, for residents and visitors alike.