First Friday Art Walk Oceanside, Oct 4th


First Friday Art Walk Oceanside will be held at Artist Alley in downtown Oceanside on Friday, October 4th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. More than 50 local artists will be showing this month including live music, Aki’s drum circle and the Kids Corner participative painting.

“First Friday Art Walk continues to surpass expectations as we add more high-quality artist each month and our attendance has continued to grow as a result, says Susan Brown, president of Oceanside Friends of the Arts (OFA). Downtown Oceanside has become a center of North County cultural activity and has been recognized as one of California’s 14, premier state-designated cultural districts by the California Arts Council.”

In addition to the main artists exhibits in Artist Alley, other local venues will be tying-in with this month’s Art Walk.

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) will be featuring a free admission to the museum during Art Walk. Explore the exhibitions Dress Rehearsal, Brian Kesinger: Dream It Yourself and Six-Word Story from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Brooks Theatre in downtown Oceanside will be featuring a special art exhibit by the Sargent Art Group (SAG) in coordination with the theme of Oceanside Theatre Company’s performances of Foxfire, which will be running from October 11th through October 27th. The Brooks Theatre Art Gallery will explore, enrich and excite the theatre goer’s experience under an exhibit theme of “Preserving and celebrating a cultural heritage”. The lobby of the Brooks Theatre features a continuously changing fine art gallery displaying the work of local artists and is open to all during First Friday Art Walk.

Featured Art Walk Artists

Jim McAdory spent his early business career traveling to client locations in major U.S. cities and a few not-so-major locations. The opportunity to visit so many places and taste the beauty and uniqueness of each spurred his desire to travel even more. During this time, he had an interest in photography but found film work to be frustratingly time-consuming for his hectic work schedule. The digital revolution changed everything and he discovered he was quickly drawn to the emerging world of digital cameras and PC based photo and video editing software. As his interest grew, he immersed himself in not only learning the technical aspects of photography but also the artistic side and the immediate feedback offered by a digital camera was what he had missed in the days of film. All of his photographs are from trips where his primary reason for being there had little to do with what images he could capture…the photos are simply a way to share beautiful or interesting sights with others.

Sargent Art Group (SAG) is a partnership of professional and emerging artists and patrons of the arts working together to support and encourage one another, as well as to protect the rights of all artists. SAG was founded by Jean McNeil Sargent (aka Jean Braley) whose exuberance for life was an inspiration to many. McNeil is represented in over four hundred public and private collections, and has been recognized by the San Diego State Center of Women’s Studies as one of the four outstanding women artists in San Diego. She passed away in October of 2012 but her passion for art is carried on by several volunteers of SAG who will be participating in the special art exhibit at Oceanside Brooks Theatre during this month’s First Friday Art Walk.

About The Oceanside Friends of the Arts
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. The Oceanside Cultural District was recently selected as one of California’s 14, premier state-designated cultural districts by the California Arts Council. The California Cultural Districts program aims to leverage the state’s artistic and cultural assets. Fund-raising proceeds will go to support First Friday Art Walk and scholarships for high school graduates to further their art education.

About Oceanside Museum of Art
Oceanside Museum of Art located at 704 Pier View Way, is a premier regional art museum and a leader of arts and culture in San Diego. In addition to several highly praised contemporary art exhibitions per year, museum programming includes classes, lectures, docent tours, parties, concerts, films, culinary events, and chartered travel to other cultural art venues and destinations.

About The Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC)
The Oceanside Theatre Company’s mission is to produce professional productions for the entertainment and enrichment of our community, provide a venue for the expansion of artistic endeavors and to present educational opportunities in the arts for children and adults. Located in downtown Oceanside in the historic Brook’s Theatre, the OTC features the Brook’s Gallery – showcasing fine art by local artists and professional programming (the youth academy, music series and mainstage productions) that brings greater cultural and artistic assets to our community.

Media Contact: Susan Brown, Email –, Phone – 760-831-6387,