On Saturday, June 18, the Carlsbad Music Festival‘s Village Music Walk took over the Carlsbad Village with 30+ adventurous music performances.
Photos by Bryan Snyder.
On Saturday, June 18, the Carlsbad Music Festival‘s Village Music Walk took over the Carlsbad Village with 30+ adventurous music performances.
Photos by Bryan Snyder.
WHAT: Carlsbad Music Festival Village Music Walk
WHEN: Saturday, June 18 | 2:30–10pm
WHERE: Carlsbad Village
HOW IT WORKS
1. Take photo of Gloria Muriel’s Carlsbad Art Wall mural (map)
2. Upload photo to Instagram
3. Tag @snyderart @senorgrubbys @gloriamuriel #CarlsbadArtWall
Most creative photo wins this original illustration by current CAW artist AND a $20 gift certificate to Grubby’s. Winner announced during the next live mural painting in August.
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The gloomy June sky may have dampened weekend beach plans, but on Saturday, June 4, the moist air nurtured a blooming mural by San Diego based artist Gloria Muriel and collaborator Alex Banach titled The Blooming Mermaid at Señor Grubby’s on the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) located at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad village.
The artist duo arrived Friday evening to meet Carlsbad Art Wall Creative Director Bryan Snyder, as well as explore the Carlsbad village and prepare the 28ft. x 17ft. canvas-to-be.
Saturday morning began under gray skies and wrapped in a humid marine layer blanket. As the sun rose behind the gray curtain, Gloria mixed a cool palette of blues. Each value was assigned to a layer that would eventually complete her monochromatic center character. Mural collaborator Alex Banach prepped a warmer palette of brown, pink and orange.
The duo quickly moved around the large urban canvas. Gloria organically floated across the wall like a leaf tumbling in the swirling wind while Alex navigated the background through precision, structure and line work.
Alex kept to himself under a straw hat and with eyes on the wall while his stiff hand manufactured perfect parallel lines and abstract patterns. Gloria, though just as focused, exhibited a playful personality with the occasional joke and conversation.
The mural’s centerpiece, a blooming character that passersby immediately identified as a mermaid, came to life with water diluted layers of blue and the strategically placed white highlights. Large eyes drifted wide apart. Gravity pulled thick paint drips toward the wall’s base, which contrasted with the organic swirls of Gloria’s brushstrokes.
The subtle relationship building between the artist’s opposite styles hinted at early possibilities of visual harmony. Alex continued his line work precision developing a forest of trees. A pink canopy of diamond shaped leaves weaved through Gloria’s blooming character. A family of brightly painted deer pranced around the center character suggesting a peaceful relationship between Gloria’s character and nature.
Fans jumped at the opportunity to engage with the artists during these unpredictable breaks with photo requests, questions and musing. As a prolific artist in the urban environment, as well as in the gallery setting, Gloria has gained a large following, many whom traveled from the north, the south and as far east as Anza to meet the artist. Fans of all ages marveled at Gloria’s artwork including a young artist from Mission Valley who connects with Gloria through a like-minded love for nature—a theme found in many of Gloria’s murals.
In addition to Gloria’s fan base, a strong presence of seasoned Carlsbad Art Wall locals lined the wood perimeter fence eager to learn about the new artist. Some live in the village and greatly enjoy the surprise of a unfamiliar artist while others plan their vacations around the Carlsbad Art Wall’s schedule, ultimately enjoying the CAW, and the Carlsbad village as a whole.
While the duo discussed, fans used this time to browse through a large collection of free stickers, sign up for newsletter updates, chat with fellow CAW supporters and dine on tacos and burritos inside Señor Grubby’s. Snyder was also present onsite during the entire weekend to answer many questions.
Sunday consisted of a slew of details and touch ups. Snyder conducted a series of video interviews. Both Gloria and Alex shared their experience and onlookers expressed their support for the CAW project. As the last interview concluded, Gloria and Alex packed up their brushes, closed the lids of their paint cans and thanked Carlsbad for their acceptance.
The duo from San Diego leaves us with a bloomed masterpiece collaboration created between two opposite styles and painting methods, but unified through love, passion and balance—a lesson far beyond art.
On June 3, 2016, Snyder ran his workshop with teens from the Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad. The Club, who is a non-profit sponsor of the CAW, organized five teens to participate in Snyder’s 3rd workshop to date.
“We cover everything from basic drawing principles to discussing the definition differences between vandalism and legal street art,” Snyder said. “Since all urban becomes temporary the moment you put it in the streets, each workshop concludes with all the teens repainting the wall white.”
Each workshop is structured in a way that keeps each teen engaged with the physical act of creating art like shading, line-work and color fills, but also puts a strong emphasis on conceptualizing the meaning of their design.
“I have the teens step back from the wall often to view their both individually and as a larger teen collaboration,” Snyder said. “The teens are encouraged to think about each stage of the creative process, why they chose each color and how each spray will effect the composition as a whole.”
These workshops are partially funded by a Community Arts Grant from the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office.
WHAT: State Beach Classic: A Tribute to Banning Capps
WHERE: Tamarack Beach
WHEN: Sunday, June 5 (all day)
WHAT: Gloria Muriel to paint Carlsbad Art Wall
WHEN: June 4,5 (all day)
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s (map)
The Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) project’s 2nd year reaches it’s halfway- point with a local artist. San Diego muralist Gloria Muriel is scheduled to begin painting Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village. Gloria will be painting all day. Mural to be completed Sunday, June 5.
Through her art, Gloria creates a portal to her own cosmic dreams and fantasies. She shows us a unique and magical world that exists beyond our reality—a universe in complete harmony with nature. Gloria’s intention is to awaken hearts and open minds to the raw novelty of the present moment. Meditation helps guide her to see the divine presence found in everything that exists.
Gloria’s murals are often based around the geometries of a face, with lines and patterns borrowed from the natural world — elements of flowing water and sublime vegetation suggest an abundance of growing, healing, and evolving life. Her murals can be found in Mexicali, Tijuana, Guadalajara, Mexico City, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami.
In 2015, the east facing exterior wall of Señor Grubby’s rotated through 5 different CAW murals—each painted by a new Los Angeles street artist. Each artist was curated by Carlsbad village based artist Bryan Snyder with the goal of introducing new urban art to the Carlsbad community, as well as providing an educational setting for aspiring urban artists. In its 2nd year, the CAW will be painted by both local San Diego and Los Angeles artists.
In addition, Snyder will host an urban art workshop with teens on June 2 at the CAW through a community collaboration with the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club.
The goal of the Carlsbad Art Wall is to serve as a conduit between aspiring artists and professional artists, to provide a platform to engage and educate the Carlsbad community in the creative act of large scale public painting and to introduce a variety of new art and creative processes to the Carlsbad community.
Click HERE to see photos of past CAW artists!
The Encina Power Station was built in 1954 and was once the region’s major source of electricity. The NRG owned power station is planned to be decommissioned and removed over the next years.
The 400 ft. smokestack can be seen from miles away and serves as a beacon welcoming Carlsbad residents home and tourists back.
What if the NRG power station was removed, but the smokestack was left behind? What could it represent?
It seems like there is a protest against the City of Carlsbad around every corner these days. Joining the list is this back alley pop-up arcade, which has gained lots of attention—though it looks like its run was short-lived.
Rumor has it that village attorney Kelsall and Associates has been battling with the City of Carlsbad for some time on a number of issues. The “Arcade” is the newest attempt to take it to the man.
Was Slash spotted jamming solos and skating in Carlsbad?
Art Walk is now at 20 participating locations all throughout the Village! With galleries and phantom galleries on Roosevelt Street, State Street, Grand and Carlsbad Blvd., you are sure to find something very special. Originally called Thursdays on the Coast, the new Carlsbad Village Art Walk will take place on the fourth Thursday of every month, from 5pm to 8pm, in collaboration with Cruising the Art Scene held at the Village Faire Shopping Center. This self-guided tour will introduce you to the wonderful stores, galleries, and even restaurants throughout the village that feature art by local and regional artists.
To learn about participating locations or where brochures can be picked up, email email@example.com for more information.
Click HERE for downloadable maps and detailed information.
The Wave (2016)
$550 (your commission: $100)
I am excited to announce a new opportunity to join the team as a Snyder Art Ambassador. As a member of this team, you will be able to use your networking and creativity to help match some of my newest drip paintings to new homes.
HOW IT WORKS:
1. Each creative process, and finished painting, will be documented and shared via my social media. This will include easily shared graphics, videos and behind-the-scene stories.
2. Share each, or all, of these social media posts as a way to help find new homes for these paintings. This sharing can be done publicly on social media, via private messaging or mentioned in conversation. All shares will be tracked and confirmed at sale.
3. I will confirm the referral source during each sale and award the specified commission. Each painting will vary in commission amount. Snyder Art Advocates with multiple sales will receive additional compensation.
I am excited to begin this collaboration with you. Together we aren’t only selling paintings, but using our creativity and talents to match people with artwork that they will cherish for a lifetime.
This idea is in its testing phase and will evolve into a larger opportunity once the pilot stage is complete.
Thank you for your interest and future efforts,
Legendary Locals of Carlsbad by Cynthia Mestad Johnson
A collision of cultures in a seaside resort community, Carlsbad sits on a seven-mile stretch of white-sands beach idyllically located on the Pacific coast of north county San Diego. The idea of Carlsbad began in the late 1880s when two small groups of entrepreneurs ascended, simultaneously, from both the north and the south. The first group discovered natural mineral springs, which they promoted to tourists as having healing powers. As a result, the town became a very popular resting point for the rich and famous when traveling by train from Los Angeles to the famed Del Mar horse races. Subsequently, the Mexican Revolution began to the south and drove a second group of visionaries to Carlsbad. Thus, the quaint downtown area, known as the Village, was created along with a vibrant Barrio. Incorporated in 1952, Carlsbad remains, today, a tight-knit community of multigenerational and uniquely talented locals.
Includes local artists Bryan Snyder, Susanna Kurner, Ron Juncal and more.
The Carlsbad Flower Fields are not the only things exploding with spring season color. On March 26-27, 2016, Parisian muralist Sebastien Walker painted the Carlsbad Art Wall transforming the east facing exterior wall of Señor Grubby’s into a detailed gift of color and character.
Born and raised in Paris, France and now living in Los Angeles, Walker creates imaginative characters only limited to the size of the walls he paints them on. Fresh off a huge mural at the Container Yard in LA, Walker welcomed his newest urban canvas with the passion of a young child and the professionalism of a seasoned veteran.
Walker’s preliminary outlines began late Friday night. These black lines mapped out a complicated cluster of animals, each sophisticated in technique, but as playful as a child’s stuffed animal packed book nook. Lacking color at this point, Walker’s early linework already hinted at the mind of a complicated and passionate perfectionist.
Walker met the wall early the next morning. The young sun hit the black outlines and white background of the wall with excitement knowing that its rays would soon be animating wild colors fresh from the can of the Parisian artist.
Walker’s palette looked that of the shelves of a local art store. Colors as bright as a Van Gogh painting sprayed across the urban wall as village visitors watched, asked questions and photographed—one who returned multiple times with fresh prints of his photos as gifts.
Walker worked through his colors as the sun raised high then began its descent. Walker’s patches of early fills tricked those who thought his mural was finished. In between drags off his Marlboro Red, Walker smirked in a thick French accent that he had just started. He stepped back and gazed upon the wall of color with a steadfast stare as if he anticipated the brunt of an approaching horned beast; the horned beast being the next stage of his mural.
For the first time during this mural, Walker put on his headphones as he prepared to transition from coloring fills to detailing the outlines. Within the repetitive sounds of a late night Paris club, he breathed air into the motionless characters with wizardly outlines and a precise black details. His can cut the twisted colors like a plastic knife through a mashed-up ball of Play-Doh. Passersby gasped as these mysterious color blotches morphed into happy palm trees, a smirky elephant and a peace loving panda.
A gang of animals fresh from the pages of your favorite children’s book appeared within the intricate details. A small island rose from the dark blue water and trees that may have been painted in a Bob Marley and Bob Ross collaboration grew through the clump of heavy eyed animals—all huddling around a recently unearthed chest full of glowing treasure.
The gold coins strategically positioned in the center of the mural and trapped within a sea of blue glowed brighter as the sun dipped behind the Carlsbad Art Wall and the overhead sky dimmed. Some may have thought the mural was finished, but for the perfectionist who paced at the base of the wall for 12 hours straight; he was far from done. A day of details and cuts awaited.
Easter Sunday began early. While Carlsbad families hunted eggs, Walker searched the Carlsbad Art Wall for imperfections. With smoke in one hand and can in the other, he bounced around the wall eliminating unwanted overspray and sharpening the rolls of each character. Walker trampled a path in the green grass along the wall, as well as a path from the wall to the middle of the lawn where he gazed widely and astutely.
While Walker pounced on lame lines, onlookers flirted with their interpretations of the island loaded with a variety of animals, each deep in expression and surrounding a freshly unearthed treasure chest full of golden coins. A suave cat is tethered to a sleepy palm and a hobo hat wearing seagull dangles a plump worm, possibly also recently unearthed though some might presume it once dangled from the cat’s line.
Like the onlookers who struggled to find the meaning of this mural, Walker struggled to find a finishing point, reopening the package that was once wrapped, sealed and signed. Within a mural of such detail, imperfections are bound to be found. Walker found—and fixed—them all remaining in Carlsbad hours longer than anticipated.
If the devil was once in the details, the perfectionist in Walker eventually chased him out resulting in a masterpiece—a gift to the Carlsbad community steeped in perfection and composed of colorful characters all sharing a love for their sandy paradise.
WHAT: 4th Thursday Art Walk
WHERE: Carlsbad Village (map)
WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 5pm–8
Carlsbad Village Art Walk will take place on the fourth Thursday of every month, beginning March 24th from 5pm to 8pm in collaboration with Cruising the Art Scene held at the Village Faire Shopping Center. This self-guided tour will introduce you to the wonderful stores, galleries, and even restaurants throughout the village that feature art by local and regional artists.
The evening will include original art in Carlsbad Village’s permanent galleries as well as village merchants acting as temporary “phantom” galleries. Several locations, including the Village Faire Shops, will also feature live music.
Participating merchants will feature artwork ranging from sculpture to oil painting to photography to mixed media, and everything in between. With brochure in hand you can stroll the village and visit as many or as few locations as you’d like, enjoy meeting the artists, learning about their talent and even watching art demos. Participating merchants will also be offering light snacks and refreshments as well.
To help with the self-guided tour, brochures will be available throughout the village at participating locations, the Visitor’s Center, and hotels complete with an easy-to-follow map identifying each Art Walk location and where music or demos will be taking place. The brochure will also indicate what type of art each participating location will be featuring (photography, sculpture, mixed media, etc.) to better help you customize your walk.
While strolling the streets, you can also take a visual journey of the Village’s rich culture and artistic talent through the lens of nearly a dozen murals adorning numerous buildings. From large playful pieces seen from the center of the Village to hidden works adorning alley walls, read about the tales behind the art, including the people, places and artists themselves, in the self-guided tour brochure.
Click HERE for the map!
Click HERE for info on the highlighted murals!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Bryan Snyder, Carlsbad village artist and Carlsbad Art Wall creative director, has released an official Carlsbad Village Mural Map.
This map contains the ultimate guide to street art and murals varying from large scale commissioned murals to small and hidden stencils by a variety of local and visiting Carlsbad village artists.
Like public art, the nature of this map is ephemeral—lasting for only a short period before the next update. New art will be added while artwork effected by weather, censorship or gentrification will be deleted. Check back often for the most recent version.
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