OCEANSIDE, CA – MainStreet Oceanside invites the Oceanside community to the unveiling of Oceanside’s upcoming downtown public art mural. Free and open to all, a community mural unveiling celebration with artist Don Myers will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, outside the MainStreet Oceanside office on Ditmar Street, 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., on 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 celebration will include live music from pianist and donor Robert Parker, dessert from One Kitchen Collaborative, a glass coaster workshop by wall glass supplier and sponsor Oceanside Glass & Tile, and a children’s art activity on the theme of the mural mosaic. 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 name at 3 p.m. The mural’s name was chosen by an online community vote from entries in an Instagram community mural naming contest. Community talks will begin at 2:30 p.m.
During 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 into six 8-panels. feet on 4 feet at Myers Studio at 1025 S. Coast Highway. Panel by panel, Myers and these local volunteers together cut, shaped and glued on pieces of glass sponsored and provided by Oceanside Glass & Tile to form the aquatic-themed mosaic. Myers placed the first tile on the mural two and a half years ago during the inaugural workshop with council member Peter Weiss, then mayor, and the final two tiles 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 as it resides below the surface of the Pacific Ocean right next to our beaches, through sponsorships ranging from $100 to $7,500. A total of 66 community members and local businesses and organizations sponsored the mural’s 77 sea animals and plants. Sponsors will be recognized next to the mural on a plaque, to be installed at the celebration, featuring the name of the donor or donor’s family, honoree, group or business.
About the art that excites
The goal of Art that Excites, formerly Oceanside Mural Initiative, is to install 10 curated public art murals to transform downtown Oceanside into a public art destination, provide arts education and a community outreach; and help define Oceanside as a community whose identity is built on 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 original 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 Bounded by the Star Theater to the 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, home to an eclectic and emerging art scene. Along historic Route 101 and the Pacific Ocean, with an iconic pier and amphitheater, you’ll find a unique destination with an abundance of cultural resources.
Oceanside Museum of Art is a premier regional art museum and a leader in arts and culture. The California Surf Museum connects with a non-traditional artistic audience while honoring local surf culture. The historic Sunshine Brooks and Star Theaters provide opportunities for all ages and introduce professional theatrical expression to thousands of schoolchildren each year.
Cultural events like the Oceanside Dia de Los Muertos festival are varied, colorful and festive as well as educational, with dancing, music and food. The neighborhood is home to MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmers Market and Sunset Market, San Diego County’s premier weekly food and music fair. Tattoo artists acknowledge the area’s historical military heritage with much of their work, and Artist Alley provides an interactive experience for all with practicing artists and artisans. Neighborhood restaurants, wineries, and breweries showcase local artists and musicians.
About Main Street Oceanside
MainStreet Oceanside is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a pedestrian-friendly community with unique and exciting attractions, including daytime and evening activities, for residents and visitors.