Dripping a Trail by Bryan Snyder

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Dripping a Trail by Bryan Snyder

Once dominated by the beach lifestyle, extreme sports and high school football, the Carlsbad Village community has evolved over the past 10 years into a thriving art scene. Murals now cover the local walls, art themed events scatter the calendar and a steady flow of street art installations keep the locals on their toes—and the tourist returning.

Carlsbad Village resident artist Bryan Snyder installed his most recent street art interruption along Carlsbad Boulevard on July 12.

In Snyder’s signature drip style, a missing brick on a well traveled sidewalk was replaced with one painted in his omnipresent drip art technique. Snyder exaggerates the artistic qualities in all that surrounds us, event the most mundane and overlooked.

This is just one of the many street art interruptions Snyder has installed in the streets of the Carlsbad Village over the past decade—each trailblazing a path for the development of a more artistic culture within the local streets.

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California burritos to go down Carlsbad Village Drive.

Flicks at the Fountain returns

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WHAT: Flicks at the Fountain
Where: The Fountain at Grand Avenue and State Street (map)
WHEN: Thursdays starting July 7: film starts at dusk

It’s outdoor movie time! Carlsbad Village Association is pleased to announce the return of Flicks at the Fountain, a series of weekly family-fun films that show behind the Village’s prominent fountain on the corner of State Street and Grand Avenue. The free movies make their big screen debut on July 7 and continue each Thursday evening at dusk until Aug. 25, 2016.

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Snyder repaints Carlsbad Village Theatre sign

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Snyder repaints Carlsbad Village Theatre sign

Snyder Carlsbad TheatreCarlsbad Village resident and artist Bryan Snyder has dedicated the past decade to introducing more art and encouraging the development of a more artistic culture within the Carlsbad Village.

Snyder Carlsbad TheatreAlong with introducing new murals, organizing community events, implementing street art projects and promoting the village as a whole through creativity, Snyder has served as the unofficial village art grounds-keeper—maintaining all sorts of visuals.

Snyder Carlsbad TheatreOn May 23, Snyder repainted the exterior Carlsbad Village Theatre sign on the south facing wall of the historic local building. The sign was first painted nearly a century ago and repainted a number of times. The last time it was painted was by local sign painter Tom “The Brush”.

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The new mural sign was completed over a two day period. The first day was dedicated to scraping previous sign and weathering surrounding paint exposing a cement 100 years old. Snyder spent the entire day 2 repainting the letters in an identical design.

Carlsbad Music Festival: Village Music Walk

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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.

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WHAT: Carlsbad Music Festival Village Music Walk
WHEN: Saturday, June 18 | 2:30–10pm
WHERE: Carlsbad Village

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All aboard, next stop the Carlsbad village!

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At one point, the City of Carlsbad attempted to remove the local homeless population in preparation for each summer tourist season by distributing free train tickets.

From all the new faces, it seems like surrounding cities had the same idea.

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WIN original art by CAW Gloria Muriel

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WIN ORIGINAL ART by Gloria Muriel

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.

State Beach Classic: Banning Capps portrait by Snyder

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State Beach Classic: Banning Capps portrait by Snyder

On June 5, Carlsbad local artist paints and donates a portrait painting of Banning Capps to the 2016 State Beach Classic surf contest at Tamarack Beach.

Gloria Muriel paints the Carlsbad Art Wall

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gloria57_WEBThe 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.

gloria47_WEBThe 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.

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gloria5_WEBThe 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.

gloria30_WEBAlex 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.

Gloria Muriel artThe 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.

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gloria42_WEBThe 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.

gloria26_WEBThe duo often removed themselves from the wall for a view from afar. At times they could be seen sitting on the hump of a nearby Eucalyptus gazing at their growing composition.

Gloria Muriel artFans 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.

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gloria43_WEBIn 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.

gloria12_WEBAfter chats with onlookers, the duo removed themselves from the crowd and conferred over the progress of their mural collaboration in private.

Bryan Snyder Gloria MurielWhile 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.

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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.

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

Snyder’s Street Art Workshop: Carlsbad Art Wall

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Snyder’s Street Art Workshop: Carlsbad Art Wall

Snyder street art workshopIn the days leading up to each Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) new mural, Snyder leads a teen street art workshop on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad village.

workshop11On 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.

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workshop13“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.”

workshop14Each 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.

workshop25“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.”

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Click HERE to see the June 2016 CAW mural

These workshops are partially funded by a Community Arts Grant from the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office.

State Beach Classic: Tribute to Banning Capps

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WHAT: State Beach Classic: A Tribute to Banning Capps
WHERE: Tamarack Beach
WHEN: Sunday, June 5 (all day)

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Gloria Muriel to paint Carlsbad Art Wall

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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!

Encina Power Plant: a piece of art?

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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?

A Carlsabd protest around every corner

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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.

Slash grinds and solos

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Was Slash spotted jamming solos and skating in Carlsbad?

4th Thursday Art Walk is back!

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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 info@carlsbad-village.com for more information.

Click HERE for downloadable maps and detailed information.

Become a Snyder Art Ambassador

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The Wave (2016)
48in.x36in.
$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.

VISIT BELOW SITES FOR FUTURE AVAILBLE PAINTINGS
• Public Facebook: Snyder Art and Design
• Private Facebook: Bryan Snyder
• Instagram: @snyderart
• Twitter: Snyder Art
• SnapChat: Snyder Art

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,

Bryan Snyder
theartist@snyderartdesign.com

Legendary Locals of Carlsbad book

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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.

Purchase on Amazon.com.


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