Sean Dominguez to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

Sean Dominguez mural carlsbad

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s in Carlsbad Village (map)

The Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) begins its second year with Carlsbad local artist and creative behind Pizza Port’s legendary artwork. Carlsbad local artist Sean Dominguez is scheduled to begin painting Saturday, May 6, and finishing Sunday, May 7 at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

Sean Dominguez’s website

You have held his art. You have drank his art—and there is a good chance you have regretted his art. Sean Dominguez is the creative master behind the artwork used on everything Pizza Port Brewery. His designs are reproduced on cans, bottles, vehicles, t-shirts and anything else related to the immensely popular/multiple location brewery.

In addition to providing the artwork for Pizza Port, as well as sibling company Lost Abbey, Sean is an accomplished muralists with creations scattered around Southern California.

Annie Preece
Devin Liston
Skye Walker
Sebastien Walker
Gloria Muriel
Sand One
Kris Markovich
Free Humanity

Only wieners leave their trash behind

Carlsbad dog street art

carlsbad street art dog

Summer in Carlsbad is an amazing time of year. The suns rays barely reach hot, the ocean temperature flirts with warm and the days stretch long.

Locals have the privilege of living where many plan their annual vacations to, but it does come at a price.

Each year thousands of tourists pounce on the local beaches and neighboring streets, often leaving heaps of trash scattered across the sandy shore and throughout the Village—leaving the locals to pick up after them.

This year Carlsbad locals have a simple message for those planning on visiting our paradise by the sea…

“Don’t be a wiener, pick up your trash!”

Snyder paints in Carlsbad studio in 360 VR/video

Snyder 360 art video

Bryan Snyder of Snyder Art and Design created a pet portrait in his Carlsbad, CA studio documented in 360 VR/video.

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Contact for pet drip painting commission inquiries:

Has Carlsbad’s summer started?

Carlsbad beach

Summer is just around the corner, but locals on today’s packed beaches thought otherwise.

Free Humanity paints the Carlsbad Art Wall

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On Saturday, February 25, Los Angeles artist Free Humanity painted an abstract mural on the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) located on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

1Artists express their reactions to the world around them through a wide variety of mediums. Free Humanity is no exception. He has sprayed satirical stencils on the side of a liquor stores, wheat pasted mashups of popular culture and implemented installations questioning science for many years.

24Free always has a lot to say and has never been shy to shout it. In the early 2010s, Free’s art could be found on every electrical box in Los Angeles, usually heavy with dark political references. In 2011, Free sculpted an apple grenade and hung it from a tree which quickly brought out the bomb squad, climaxing with a inspection by a wheeled robot.

19Today politically charged debates can be heard in the streets, threaded online and blanketed across all media. We have all partook in this banter. We have all won some and we have lost some, but in all outcomes, an emerging headache follows us through the day.

21Free has made a name for himself through these types of heated conversations, backed by strong iconography, but some of his most poplar pieces have come recently completely void of any political jargon and controversy—and it could not have come at a better time.


Free invites you to abandon this politically fueled discourse and embrace the rhythmic patterns of his thousand colorful hearts painted in his most recent mural on the the Carlsbad Art Wall. He dared onlookers to shut off their mind, exit its all-encompassing stubbornness and voyage through the evolving mural abstractions.

9While an assistant hovered nearby with a camera in hand, Free sprayed a vibrant undercoat. Unorthodox to all, Free introduced a new and visually exciting technique. With a quick jab, Free punctured the first spraycan with a screwdriver resulting in a short-lived explosions of color. One after another, Free detonated each can resulting in a cloud of color smoke, gravity pulling drips and awes from each admirer.

11The wall immediately transformed into an feathery cloud of color completely engulfing the earlier white buff. Free and his assistant shifted their technique to a flurry of fat-capped hearts, each weightless and floating skyward as many passersby awed at the arrangements of color. Heavy drips puddled in the green grass and paint fumes drifted into the cloudy sky.


12Fans from near and far made Carlsbad their weekend destination to meet the artist and experience his creative process. Some purchased artwork straight from the wall where blank canvases caught the wide sprays and uncontrollable drips. Others pocketed stickers exhibiting Free’s portraiture works.

The day grew long as Free and assistant layered the mural. Abstract and unplanned lines intertwined through each heart. Like the rhythmic sounds of a Phillip Glass composition, Free’s mural enticed a comfortably numb and meditative state. No one questioned its meaning. No one asked for a title. Each onlooker simply gazed contently.



Free’s newest style is a welcoming break from politics. It’s an intermission between debates and it’s the calm center of a dizzying twister. Where everything around you antagonizes confrontation, headache and controversy, Free’s newest mural on the Carlsbad Art Wall simply puts your mind on hold—inviting a meditative journey based purely on the visual.

Click HERE for all the photos

Click HERE for all press

Click HERE to submit a design

Click HERE for photos of past CAW murals

Started in March 2015, Carlsbad Village based artist Bryan Snyder will be bringing a street artists/muralist every 2 months to paint a mural on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.
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.

Directions to the Carlsbad Art Wall located at Señor Grubby’s

Bryan Snyder hosts another street art workshop

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snyder street art workshop

snyder street art workshop

snyder street art workshop

snyder street art workshop

Carlsbad Art Wall creative director Bryan Snyder hosted another street art workshop on Monday, February 20 on the east facing wall at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

The workshop is a collaboration with the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad with partial funding by a Community Arts Grant from the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office.

Free Humanity to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall


WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 25 (all day)
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s in Carlsbad Village (map)

After the last mural by a Carlsbad based artist, the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) is bringing a Los Angeles muralist to the Village to wrap up the project’s 2nd year. LA based artist Free Humanity is scheduled to begin painting Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village. The artist will be painting all day. Mural to be completed the same day.

Free Humanity’s website

Through stencils, wheatpastes and installations, Free Humanity uses his urban and gallery art to express his reactions to the world around him. Critical of politics, religious and science, the artist’s art is fueled by Buddhist principles of egalitarian selflessness and aims to “take back the Humanity stolen from our minds by social manipulation and planting seeds of positivity through art and consciousness.

Free’s work has been a staple in the Los Angeles streets for nearly a decade, but can also be found all over the world.

Annie Preece
Devin Liston
Skye Walker
Sebastien Walker
Gloria Muriel
Sand One
Kris Markovich

Carlsbad model by Snyder accepted by Historical Society

Carlsbad Model Byran Snyder

Magee Park Carlsbad

The Tim Burton-esque model of the Carlsbad Village created by Bryan Snyder for the Carlsbad Magazine cover (Nov.–Dec. 2016) is now part of the Carlsbad Historical Society’s collection of local memorabilia.

You can view the model located in the Shipley Barn by visiting the Magee House located at Magee Park.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11–3 pm.
Private Tours with Tea are given Monday through Thursday BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

More info at:

Touring the Carlsbad Encina Power Plant

























After gathering in the parking lot outside the electric security gate, a group of interested residents began the highly anticipated tour of the legendary Encina Power Plant in Carlsbad.

The tour began with an hour long photo presentation by NRG safety manager Jonas Jackson on the history, the engineering of the steam cycle and the future of the power plant.

The tour continued out of the presentation and into the facility lounge where  we were provided hardhats, gloves and ear plugs, as well as a close view of retired turbine blade.

We were soon led through a variety of wide open halls, staircases and elevators through-out the interior of the power plant periodically stopping at essential posts including control rooms, boilers and turbines.

An opened door high above the plant floor invited us to the exterior roof of the power plant. A rusted rail and pair of chairs separated us from the highway 101 below. A view we only imagined over the past decades greeted us with stormy surf, a cloud scattered sky and the creeping sun.

Jonas led us back into the plant and out the east facing door where we found the base of the nearly 400ft. plant chimney. Emergency communication satellites hung near the bottom as the chimney top receded into the sky.

The future of the Power Plant is limited, but details on the exact date of decommissioning is uncertain due to the complicated logistics of a water intake to the new power plant, which will have to be built if the “old” power plant is removed.

Whether Encina’s future is days or years, we all felt extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to explore the grounds of our local landmark.

Thanks Jonas, Patty and Ryan for all the interesting facts and the highly anticipated tour—and a special thanks to Linda for organizing this opportunity.



Email for artwork inquiries.

all photos by Bryan Snyder

New public art on the Ocean Village apts.



New public artwork hanging on the exterior wall of the Ocean Village apartments located at 3350 Harding Street.

artist: unknown

Kris Markovich paints the Carlsbad Art Wall

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Kris Markovich art carlsbad

On Saturday, November 19, legendary skateboarding and emerging urban artist Kris Markovich painted a local tribute to his memories living in Carlsbad on the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) located on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

kris-markovich-14-webMarkovich had been eyeing the Carlsbad Art Wall for many months. He had driven by it. He had envisioned himself organizing his many supplies around it. He had dreamed of applying layers of paint to it—and he foresaw himself basking in all its triumphant glory.


kris-markovich-3-webThis mental exercise is not uncommon for Kris. As a teen growing up in Florida, his visualizations often became reality. His canvas had always been a collection of urban obstacles, but in his early days, Kris’ chosen art was skateboarding.

kris-markovich-17-webHis skating soon took him all over the world competing in contests, earning high profile sponsors and ultimately relocating himself and his family to the mecca of street skating—the Carlsbad Village by the Sea.


kris-markovich-20-webThe large, intimidating and potentially dejecting Carlsbad Art Wall loomed. Kris approached the blank challenge with the same manner in which he used as a professional skateboarder. As if he and the wall were the only entities on the face of the earth, Kris mused while resurfacing months of visualizations.

kris-markovich-11-webSuddenly, like the sharp click of a skateboard’s tail snapping upon the hard concrete, Kris sprung to his feet. Spraycans, brushes and rollers attacked as Kris balanced upon ladders. A palette of pastel colors quickly layered across the wall abstractly placed, but always in  harmony. The wall’s entire face was quickly covered. It looked good, but Kris was only warming up with bigger tricks hidden up his tattooed sleeves.


The sun began to set on this first day of painting, but Kris had no plans of stopping. Passersby commented on the beauty of the wall, but Kris immediately responded that it was nowhere near completion and would take on a new and completely different shape once finished.

kris-markovich-2-webAfter a few autographs with some young aspiring skateboarders, Kris decided to switch things up leaving his big, bold and fast repertoire for a more technical bag of tricks. Similar to the difference between a huge backside grab and a precise nollie hardflip, Kris shifted his approach to smooth lines of text. Onlookers cheered as each string of words elegantly glided across the concrete. Street names, phrases and tributes linked together in a poetic line of local pride.

kris-markovich-8-webThe crowd faded as the night melted in the early morning hours. Kris would have painted all night if it was not for an abrupt storm. As the rain started, Kris continued painting, but was soon forced to stop by a late autumn downpour. Kris hid in a pitched tent at the base of the wall and decided call it a night.


kris-markovich-19-webKris awoke late the following morning to find a full day’s work diluted, dripped and collected in colorful puddles within the muddy base of the wall. Some artists may have been deterred, but Kris had bigger and better tricks lined up. Kris attacked the wall faster and harder than ever, but scattered with long winded breaks.

kris-markovich-5-webA crowd gathered, shocked with the evolution since the last time they saw it, whether the previous day or just in the time it took to devour a Grubby’s burrito.

The following days progressed in quick bursts of creativity with long breaks during the day and passionate onslaughts of creativity throughout the night. The community would awaken to a completely new mural each morning.


kris-markovich-13-webLike a kid rolling around at a new skatepark for the first time, Kris did not want to leave. And like that same kid, after hours, no matter how much fun that kid is having, he is going to take some slams, bruise, hurt and leave a piece of himself bloodied upon the concrete. Kris loved each day of painting, but was also feeling his own collection of slams. Time was running out, supplies were low and the pressure to complete the wall and land his final trick was adding up.

kris-markovich-18-webA mental strain began to wear on Kris. Accompanied by a week of long cold nights, rain and a lack of sleep, his state drifted toward manic. Under these conditions, the most solid mind would have faltered, but Kris regained composure and refocused on the prize.

Kris had bounced back and forth from bold fast strokes to technical text based thoughts during his week of painting. In the remaining hours, and for the first time, he married the two. Aged text from days prior left  ghostly reminiscences and new text danced on beat with colorful faces. Thick black outlines compartmentalized saturations and a homage to Carlsbad flanked the outside.


Before Kris started his mural on the CAW, he imagined himself rolling up to the wall, clicking with his supplies, hurling his body across the obstacle and landing safely and triumphantly upon the ground for all to marvel at. It worked for him throughout his skating career—and it worked for him on this cold and wet week of painting in Carlsbad.

Click HERE for all the photos

Click HERE for all press

Click HERE to submit a design

Click HERE for photos of past CAW murals

Started in March 2015, Carlsbad Village based artist Bryan Snyder will be bringing a street artists/muralist every 2 months to paint a mural on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.
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.

Directions to the Carlsbad Art Wall located at Señor Grubby’s

Viz Art Ink Gallery Holiday Event

Viz Art Show

WHAT: Viz Art Ink Gallery Event
WHERE: 2906 State St., Carlsbad Village (map)
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 26 | 5-9pm

Chris Moberg will be playing LIVE and Elissa Gibb will be our featured artist. There will be beer & wine, chocolate treats from the Carlsbad Chocolate Bar, 15% OFF storewide and a chance to win over $300 in art and prizes.

WIN signed Viz Art Ink Disney artwork, prints, calendars, pottery by featured artist Elissa Gibb and much more! Prize drawings will be at 7pm and 9pm. Must be present to win.

Snyder hosts another Street Art Workshop






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Kris Markovich to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall


WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 (all day)
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s in Carlsbad Village (map)

Professional skateboarding legend and emerging gallery and urban artist Kris Markovich will be painting a mural on the Carlsbad Art Wall on November 19 and 20 located at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

Annie Preece
Devin Liston
Skye Walker
Sebastien Walker
Gloria Muriel
Sand One

Bryan Snyder collaborates with Carlsbad Magazine

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Carlsbad Magazine Bryan Snyder




The Making of the Cover
by Wendy Hinman
Carlsbad Magazine: November/December 2016

Carlsbad Magazine Publisher Tim Wrisley first conceived this cover and then found a ready and willing artist in Bryan Snyder. Both grew up here and both have a deep love for all things Carlsbad. Wrisley’s idea: the best of Carlsbad all mashed together Nightmare Before Christmas style. Snyder’s response: everything handcrafted with loving care and great memories.

After he graduated from Carlsbad High School, Snyder briefly studied accounting before switching his major to art after winning two round trip tickets to Europe through a nation wide short film contest. While living homeless in Europe and exploring art museums, two things were existentially clear to Snyder, “I knew I was an artist” and he would come home to Carlsbad.

By day, Snyder works at the National Association of Musical Merchants in marketing. By night, “I create large quantities of art; I have since I was a little kid.”

As a painter, Snyder has a unique style. His paintings are as vibrant as Van Gogh and as wild as Pollock, only with the clean lines and order reminiscent of Banksy’s stencil work. His studio on Jefferson has almost as many pieces of the contemporary artists he admires as his own.

Snyder said of his cover installation, “It will be a memory of yesterday when the village as we know it today—is gone tomorrow.” It is his nod to history as he sees the village changing. “”Culture is currently in jeopardy. Locals are being pushed out and family neighborhoods are replaced with AirBnBs and high density timeshares. This model is my way of preserving yesterday during this transitional period.”.

“The schedule has been the most difficult thing,” Snyder said. “I have been working 8:00 to midnight every night for over a month. It was like Groundhogs Day (the movie), but the progress I saw each morning after a long night kept me excited.”

Snyder had done a lot of models and Claymation, but a mag cover was dauntingly high profile. And then, as magazines are want to do, there was a deadline. Snyder got to work with photo reference and sketches, hand bending the beams of the Carlsbad sign, sculpted foam, lots of toothpicks and  “cutting, claying and paper macheing.” We couldn’t be more happy with the result. It’s another way to pay homage to the city we love

Click HERE for the digital version!

Taking in the intake

Carlsbad Lagoon

A view appreciated by all.

photo by Mike Pierro.

…not a boy, but a girl

carlsbad bird lady

There was a bird
that was named Giavanti.
He had colorful feathers
and lived in park with his family.

His kin liked to drink,
laugh and smoke cigars—
They often got into trouble
and thrown behind bars.

These troublesome nights were often,
but one was like no other.
Givanti was thought to be in harm
and was stripped from his mother.

He was taken to a vet
where his life was sent into a twirl.
His name was changed to Giavanta,
because all this time he was not a boy, but a girl.

The Motorcycle Cannonball finishes in Carlsbad



















photos by Bryan Snyder

Learn more about the Motorcycle Cannonball.

Click HERE for the route.

Click HERE for the official results.

Carlton Lund installs Kindness Meters in Carlsbad




Carlsbad Sign lighting






Carlsbad realtor Carlton Lund installs two kindness meters at base of the Carlsbad sign on Thursday, September 23.

The collection of one meter’s “kindness” will finance the .15/hr. cost to light the overhead Carlsbad sign. Local organizations will receive funds form the other meter.

Carlsbad Music Festival Photos

Carlsbad Music Festival


Carlsbad Music Festival

A couple favorite shots from the 2016 Carlsbad Music Festival.

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