The History of Art Walls O’side

The Original Vision
OCAF wished to seek out new exciting venues for the region’s artists to show and sell their art work. With that thought in mind, Ruth Jameson started Art Walls O’side in 2018 as a year-long pilot project of OCAF to further the fine arts in the City of Oceanside. The first venue for Art Walls was the O’side Bakery in East Oceanside. OCAF’s goal was to excite and engage our communities and visitors in the exploration of Oceanside’s establishments of fine dining and shopping through the arts.

The Original Mission
OCAF felt that by bringing businesses and artists together they could provide economic benefits to both. The many walls of our business communities can offer regional artists new places to gather and exhibit their work and meet new clients. Great food and great art have always had a simpatico relationship – music, poetry, readings, and visual art can make Oceanside full of exciting experiences with the Art Walls O’side program by presenting new artists and performers every two months during “opening
receptions” for the artist.

Artist Kene Lohmann

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Presented by  the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation

Kene Lohmann

Opening Reception
Eleventh Exhibition

 

@ O’side Bakery

Thursday, February 20th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Born and raised in North San Diego County, Kene Lohmann grew up painting since early childhood, developing his passion for watercolor. He was privileged to study under noted San Diego County watercolorist, Thelma Speed Houston.

Kene later spent a number of years in Hawaii, where he continued to study, paint and exhibit his works. His colorful landscapes invite the viewer into the painting for a visual escape. His love of nature and the world around us is captured in his works that dazzle the eye with their intense color palette. “I strive for that emotional reaction connecting the viewer to my work,” states the artist.

                                                                                           

Kene’s watercolors are treasured in many private collections throughout the United States and Europe. His watercolors have earned numerous awards in juried shows and exhibitions. A portion of Kene’s sale are donated to different children’s organizations throughout San Diego County.

Kene will be donating a portion of any sales to

Studio Ace where he teaches classes in watercolor.

Artist Dawn Tappen

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Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation Presents

Dawn Tappen

Opening Artist Reception

Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2020 1:00 – 3:00 PM

                    Third Exhibition @ Blade 1936

 

 

Dawn Tappen is an abstract painter who lives and works in Oceanside, CA. She received her B.A. at California State University of Northridge. Initially planning to pursue illustration, she spontaneously took an abstract painting class and became captivated with the freeing process of discovering the unknown, by layering and excavating paint to allow her creations to unearth and emerge in an organic process. With no expectation of the outcome, Dawn makes marks and layers, choosing colors intuitively as she allows her paintings to come to life. Her choices of mark and color are made in the moment, and even if not a completely evident part of the finished result, are part of the beautiful end creation in all of her work.

                                  

Ms Tappan has always been fascinated with nature. Taking adventures into the woods, turning over stones and collecting the creatures that were underneath are some of early childhood memories. Dawn reflects, “I picked up and analyzed everything. The endless shapes and sizes never ceased to amaze me, but it was the color, the endless color that drew me in”.
Through many transparent layers of paint she creates the translucent colors found in nature. Then like an archaeologist excavating a new site, she sands into my painting to reveal the layers of color built up through time. Creating a window through which the viewer can enter into the history of the painting. “It’s like being a child all over again, the excitement of unearthing something new and beautiful.”

www.dawntappen.com/

El Camino High School Art Show & Reception

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Art Walls O’side @ O’side Bakery

Tenth Exhibition

El Camino High School                                      Student Art Reception

Friday, January 17, 2020

 

“O’side Art”

El Camino High School Art reveals to the viewer a collective and multifaceted prism of students’ imaginations in our very own community. Their art reaches out from the Valley to the Pier and beyond, to showcase fantasies, dreams, and wonders. The oeuvre of traditional two-dimensional images you are viewing, ranges in style, media, and dimensions. The constant of the work, however, is our students’ unlimited creative potential in a world of constant technological change and diminishing imagination.

Diego De La Luz, Art Instructor
El Camino High School

“The Art of Photography”

  

 

Here at El Camino High School, students begin their photography journey with the basics of taking pictures with cell phones. Afterwards, they start to explore taking high quality photos with digital cameras. Once they have a full understanding of how to capture an image with the correct exposure, contrast, composition and focus, the next step is to add creative edits. With the use of the latest Adobe Photoshop software, students gain new insights as they explore various editing techniques. By the year’s end students have completed numerous photographic works of art that share their creative voice.

Anika Victoria-Wong, Instructor

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