MainStreet Oceanside to dedicate new public art mural – August 27th

OCEANSIDE, CA — MainStreet Oceanside invites the Oceanside community to the dedication of Downtown Oceanside’s upcoming public art mural. Free and open to the public, a community mural unveiling celebration featuring artist Don Myers will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 27, outside the MainStreet Oceanside office on Ditmar between Mission Avenue and Seagaze Drive.

Through a partnership with owner Larry Hatter and business owner Greg Ferrell, the installed ocean glass mosaic mural is located on the east wall of the Conehead Investments building, 615 Mission Ave., in Ditmar Street across from MainStreet Oceanside in the Oceanside Cultural District. This is the fourth mural in MainStreet’s Art That Excites program.

The family-friendly celebration will include live music by pianist and donor Robert Parker, desserts by One Kitchen Collaborative, a glass coaster workshop from mural glass supplier and sponsor Oceanside Glass & Tile, and a mural mosaic-themed children’s art activity . Both the workshop and the activity are free.

MainStreet plans to dedicate the community-sponsored and assembled 16-by-12-foot mosaic mural with a ribbon cutting and naming at 3 p.m. The name of the mural was chosen by an online community vote from among entries from an Instagram community. Mural naming contest. The community talks will start at 2:30 p.m

In a community mosaic building workshop on February 29, 2020, and in socially distanced community mosaic building sessions during the pandemic, Myers and members of our community assembled the mural in six 8-foot-by-4-foot panels at the Myers studio at 1025 S. Carretera de la Costa. Panel by panel, Myers and these local volunteers together cut, shape and glue pieces of glass sponsored and provided by Oceanside Glass & Tile to form the water-themed mosaic. Myers laid the first tile in the mural two and a half years ago at the inaugural workshop with Councilman Peter Weiss, then serving as mayor, and the last two with Mayor Esther Sanchez on March 10.

Community members also had the opportunity to participate in the creation of the installed mural, which depicts a community of local marine life that resides beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean right off our beaches, through sponsorships ranging from $100 to $7,500. A total of 66 community members and local businesses and organizations have sponsored the mural’s 77 marine animals and plants. Sponsors will be recognized next to the mural on a plaque, which will be installed at the celebration, with the name of the donor or the donor’s family, honoree, group or business.

About art that moves
The goal of Art that Excites, formerly the Oceanside Mural Initiative, is to install 10 curated public art murals to transform Downtown Oceanside into a destination for public art, provide arts education and community outreach, and help define Oceanside as a community whose identity is built and driven by the arts. The installation of the ocean glass mosaic mural completes the first phase of the Art that Excites 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 Council on the Arts in 2017. Bounded by The Star Theater at north (Sportfisher Drive), the Oceanside Museum of Art to the east (Nevada Street), 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 a eclectic and emerging artistic scene. Along historic Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean, with an iconic pier and amphitheater, you’ll find a unique destination with a wealth of cultural resources.

Oceanside Museum of Art is a premier regional art museum and a leader in the 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 varied, colorful and celebratory as well as educational, with dance, music and food. The district is home to the MainStreet Oceanside Farmers Market and Sunset Market, San Diego County’s weekly street food and music fair. Tattoo artists acknowledge the area’s military heritage with much of their work, and Artist Alley offers an interactive experience for everyone with practicing artists and craftsmen. District restaurants, wineries and breweries highlight local artists and musicians.

About MainStreet Oceanside
MainStreet Oceanside is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a walkable community with unique and exciting attractions, including day and night activities, for residents and visitors alike.

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