Oceanside First Friday Art Walk will be celebrating its’ next monthly event with an October “Art-Fest” theme featuring local artists, musicians and dancing in downtown Oceanside, Friday, October 6th from 5:00pm-9:00pm.
“We wanted to celebrate this month’s Art Walk with a special Art-Fest theme in keeping with the traditional Octoberfest, Halloween and other fall festival themes throughout San Diego. It’s also a great opportunity to shop for some unique, local fine art for your friends and loved ones as we approach the holiday season,” said Susan Brown, president of the Oceanside Friends of the Arts.
Octobers’ event will continue to feature dozens of local/regional artists, several musicians and over 20 venues in the downtown Oceanside Cultural District. The Art Walk area covers a 5-block walkable expanse in downtown Oceanside that is bordered by Pier View Way and Mission Avenue (north to south) and Nevada Street to Cleveland (east to west). Oceanside Pedi-Cab will also be offering complimentary transportation between venues and art exhibits for attendees. Main pick-up locations will be on Mission Avenue or Pier View Way, or you can call the phone number for pickup that is printed on the back of the Art Walk maps available at the event.
The Oceanside Cultural District was recently selected as one of California’s 14, premier state-designated cultural districts by the California Arts Council. Originating with the adoption of Assembly Bill 189, the California Cultural Districts program aims to leverage the state’s artistic and cultural assets. The shared values of this program are to grow and sustain authentic grassroots arts and cultural opportunities, increasing the visibility of local artists and community participation in local arts and culture, and promoting socioeconomic and ethnic diversity.
The Oceanside Cultural District partners include: the City of Oceanside, Oceanside Public Library, Oceanside Arts Commission, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside Friends of the Arts and MainStreet Oceanside. Together they bring a focus on inclusivity, creativity, talent, and economic development to the forefront in the District.
The Art Walk will once again feature a collaborative artist participation painting on the canvas in Artist Alley where anyone, young or old can participate with local artists to create a unique mural.
“Local artist and board members then polish up the mural and we have commemorative notecards made for sale. These mural paintings follow our monthly Art Walk themes and allow us to put a mark on the art “history” of Oceanside,” says Brown.
Also, several musical acts will be performing live at different Art Walk venues as music continues to play an integral role in the Art Walk experience.
The Oceanside Friends of the Arts, a Non-Profit 501c3 Foundation, was established in 2016 with the goal of promoting Oceanside and surrounding communities as an important arts, culture, entertainment and tourism hub/destination that catalyzes economic prosperity and a high quality of life for Oceanside’s future. Fundraising proceeds will go to support First Friday Art Walk and scholarships for high school graduates to further their art education.
Susan Brown, President
Oceanside Friends of the Arts