Sarah Spinks to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

Sarah Spinks to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 & 20
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s (map)

Sarah Spinks has been tattooing since 2005. She lives and works in her hometown Vista and volunteers her time as Chair of the Public Arts Commission, president/founder of the Backfence Society (Art organization dedicated to community engagement) and Alley Art Festival co-organizer.

Sarah loves her family and friends, karaoke, craft beer and walking.

View Sarah Spink’s website!

Carlsbad Marathon observations


Teen Street Art Workshop by Snyder: Jan 2018





On Thursday, January 12, 2018, Bryan Snyder organized another Teen Street Art Workshop in collaboration with the Carlsbad Art Wall and the Boys and Girls Club.

Snyder organized these workshops every 2 months.

Bryan Snyder studio visit by Carlsbad High School

On December 11, 2017, students from the Carlsbad High School broadcasting department visited the studio of Carlsbad Village based artist Bryan Snyder.

2018 Carlsbad Village Calendars now available


7th Annual Carlsbad Village Locals’ Calendar now available for FREE?
Carlsbad’s favorite calendar is now available for FREE at Clever Element on State Street as well as other locations announced on Social Media.

Carlsbad Village artist and community enthusiast Bryan Snyder has released the 7th annual Carlsbad Village Locals’ Calendar.

Each calendar consists of 13 iconic photos captured through the lens of a lifelong Carlsbad resident and professional artist.

“I live, work and raise a young family in the Carlsbad Village,” Snyder said. “This calendar consists of my favorite artistic observations documented during my many daily adventures during the past year—each photo attempting to capture the personality of our Village.”

Each calendar is financed and distributed free thanks to a collection of local business sponsorships. Each month is sponsored providing a unique opportunity for local businesses to promote their brand for 30 consecutive days directly on the walls of their community members.

Snyder takes great pride in the collection of each year’s sponsoring local businesses consisting of some legacy sponsors who have supported this calendar for 4+ years including Señor Grubby’s, Skylar Home and Patio, Museum of Making Music, Paradise Pizza, Mas Fina Cantina, O’Ireland and Beach City Smoothies. Additional 2018 sponsors include surfboardbroker, Viz Art Ink, Super Donuts, DM Building, Inc. and Flood Solutions, Inc.

The work does not finished once the 500 calendars are printed. Snyder distributes the calendars to the public at public locations announced via social media. In addition, Snyder mails calendars across the US through requests and also hand delivers calendars across Carlsbad.

“My favorite part about this calendar project is that it provides an opportunity for me to connect directly with the community,” Snyder said. “I dialogue directly with the community on topics ranging from local politics to the last swell. I am thankful for every conversation.”

Art at the Shoppes curated by Snyder: December

On Saturday, December 9, Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder continued his partnership with The Shoppes at Carlsbad to provide the third and final live painting experience at the east end of the mall titled Art at the Shoppes.

Snyder chose LA based artist LeBA, Mexico artist Panca and Cardiff based artist Skye Walker as the third group of Art at the Shoppes artists.

Previous ‘Art at the Shoppes’ experiences:

Bryan Snyder doodles Super Donuts in Carlsbad

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One Sunday, November 26, Carlsbad Village artist Bryan Snyder painted his signature Doodle character at Super Donuts.

The piece titled ‘Doodle’s Christmas Gift to Carlsbad’ was painted as a gift to the Carlsbad community, but also hopes to inspire the gift of a Christmas morning swell.

Snyder’s window mural wraps around the corner just as you exit the Super Donuts drive-thru.

by voting for Super Donuts!

Augmented Reality comes to the Carlsbad Art Wall

Make the Carlsbad Art Wall come to life using Augmented Reality!

I am proud to announce that the Carlsbad Art Wall experience is now using Augmented Reality to bring the wall to life!

Are you stumped by some of the portraits in the current Carlsbad Art Wall mural? Now there is a way to make each portrait name appear directly on the mural via your mobile device!

1. Download the ‘Aurasma’ App on your mobile device
2. Create an account (it’s very easy)
3. Search ‘SnyderArt’ and follow
4. Visit the Carlsbad Art Wall and view the mural through the Aurasma App
5. Click the purple ‘magnifying glass’ and point your mobile device at the mural
6. Watch the names of each portrait appear!

Watch the Teachr interview!

View all the photos!

Art at the Shoppes curated by Snyder: November

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On Saturday, November 11, Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder continued his partnership with The Shoppes at Carlsbad to provide the second of three live painting experiences at the east end of the mall titled Art at the Shoppes.

Snyder chose Vista local artist Scott W. Prior, San Diego based artist Carly Easely and Parisian artist Sebastien Walker as the second group of Art at the Shoppes artists.

The next live painting experience coming in December 9.


Art at the Shoppes curated by Bryan Snyder

WHAT: Art at the Shoppes curated by Bryan Snyder
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 11, 12pm-6
WHERE: The Shoppes at Carlsbad (map)

Art at the Shoppes celebrates artistic expression by welcoming a selection of local and regional artists curated by Bryan Snyder to the Shoppes at Carlsbad for a day of live painting for shopper’s enjoyment.

Experience the creative process of:
Carly Ealey
Scott W. Prior
Sebastien Walker

Teachr paints the Carlsbad Art Wall

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On November 4 and 5, Los Angeles street artist Teachr completed a brightly colored mural consisting of some of his most iconic stencil imagery on the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

The sun shined surprisingly bright considering the forecast for rain. A few clouds tumbled, but Saturday morning began warm and pleasant.

A large figure stood at the base of the Carlsbad Art Wall staring at the recently buffed canvas. His eyes scanned while his mind mapped out a preliminary composition. Suddenly, as if a schoolyard dare shouted from the bare wall, the visiting artist stepped back and darted to his vehicle.

He returned with a box of spray cans, each as bright as the colors you find sprayed on the roadside asphalt mapping the underbelly of a city.

Teachr instantly grabbed an orange can and began spraying the outline of a giant letter, beginning where the grass-less dirt meets the wall and extending into the apex high overhead.

Working outward from the initial letter in both directions, Teachr continued with additional outlines, ultimately spelling an abbreviated version of his moniker, which is also his plea to local and federal governments to end education budget cuts.

The fresh scent of spraypaint caught the attention of many passersby as Teachr quickly covered the entire wall. The word TEACH became consumed by a vibrant abstraction of over-saturated shapes.

The sloppy white buff paint bled through the top of the wall reminiscent of the many past walls, electrical boxes and billboards Teachr has painted across the urban Los Angeles landscape. Old layers, cracking paint and peeling wheatpastes are the surfaces Teachr frequents—and this aesthetic followed him to Carlsbad.

teachr street art carlsbadA large grin found Teachr’s face as his put the final touches of his colorful background. He shared that it is rare for him to paint leisurely, freehand and on a large scale as many of his LA pieces are unsanctioned. Just as soon as Teachr found the tranquility of a permission piece, the shriek of a nearby siren snapped him back on guard.

The first day came to an end with an edgy background completed in a palette of insanely bright letters, shapes and freehand experiments.

Teachr returned to the wall Sunday morning while the early clouds burned off in the awakening sun. Along with the Carlsbad Art Wall mural event, the Carlsbad Street Faire began its early morning setup. 100,000 attendees started to fill the Village streets as the nation’s largest single day faire kicked into gear—the perfect opportunity for Teachr to do what he does best.

Teachr is known for remaining on top of the street art game for many years, being one of the most prolific street artists of our time and for developing a signature stencil technique, but many consider his desire to teach his creative process as his masterpiece. Teachr documents and shares each project on social media teaching aspiring artists all of his tricks. With 100,000 in the Village, Teachr could not pass on the opportunity to share his signature stencil technique with each and every one of them.

A large tarp was placed at the base of the wall. Teachr disappeared, but quickly returned with dozens of old stencils cut over many years, each one preserved through an ingenious stencil and mesh technique.

Rather than limiting himself to the traditional stencil technique of “islands” held in place by “bridges”, Teachr has introduced screen mesh and glue to his stencils allowing him to cut freely while maintaining design. Not only does this technique allow him to cut in more detail, but it preserves the stencil after use and during storage.

On occasion, a stencil artist will go into the archives to bring an old design back to the streets, that is, if the stencil survives the initial spray. Luckily, Teachr’s technique preserves even the most detailed designs.

The ephemeral nature of street art can vanish masterpieces at any moment. Weather, gentrification or urban “beautification” projects usually eliminate art placed in the urban environment. For the Carlsbad Art Wall, Teachr decided to bring back some of his favorite pieces, ultimately creating an urban retrospect mural showcasing designs that once lived in the LA streets.

In addition, Teachr provided an opportunity for the thousands of passersby to experience his creative process and stencil technique. Dozens of stencils hand picked from his archives were placed on the large tarp exhibiting his masterful arsenal. Inquisitive onlookers were given the opportunity to help spray stencils on the wall and others delved into the stacked designs questioning the artist’s inspiration.

A collection of portraits sprayed in black quickly spread across the wall. Teachr sprayed a faint white background behind some portraits, while others let the vibrant colors of the background shine through.

Teachr’s goal is to make his message heard. His passion pushes his talents and the well-being of his young twins motivates him. With a can and stencil in hand, Teachr strives to convince the importance of his messages on the most viewed canvas in the world—the streets.

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.

Click HERE for photos of Snyder’s street art workshop: August 8

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

TEACHR to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

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TEACHR to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 & 5
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s (map)

Teachr is one of LA’s most prolific street artists who paints everything from the LA iconic electrical boxes to the high overhead billboards-all expressing his goal to teach peace!

Learn Teachr’s signature stencil technique during a day-long workshop on Sunday at the Carlsbad Art Wall.

View TEACHR’s website.

Sights and sounds of a Carlsbad sunset


Amazing sights and sounds of a Carlsbad sunset.

Carlsbad in motion

It’s fall, for now…

A quick storm blows through before another heat wave.

A Glimpse of Carlsbad Surfing

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Art at the Shoppes curated by Snyder

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On Saturday, October 7, Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder partnered with The Shoppes at Carlsbad to provide the first of three live painting experiences at the east end of the mall titled Art at the Shoppes.

Snyder chose Carlsbad local artist Sean Dominguez, San Diego/Mexico based artist Gloria Muriel and Los Angeles artist John MDMN Moody as the first group of Art at the Shoppes artists because professionalism, talent and varying styles.

Each artist has also painted the Carlsbad Art Wall, a rotating art wall also curated by Snyder.

The next live painting experience coming in November.

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Bryan Snyder commissioned by the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa in Carlsbad

On September 9, Bryan Snyder began painting a walkway mural at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa resort in Carlsbad. Snyder and Carlsbad based artist Sean Dominguez completed the 75 ft. mural after four consecutive days of painting.

MarBrisa Resort wanted  to create a very special sense of arrival for their  Owners and Guests as they entered through one of the main gates to The Cove Pool Deck through a walk way that has lush tropical landscaping and palm shaped shadows that line the path. It’s a very pleasant spot to stop and take in the moment as you arrive at the pool deck or on your way to the fitness center, the Cove or the pool area.  It was the perfect location to create the mural to highlight and pay tribute to a lifetime of travel. From the first road trip in the family roadster to your first ticket to fly on an airplane…all the way up to the big trips across the globe. Special moments that happen in life to make it special from childhood to grandchildren, graduations, family, pets, new cars and other fun times.

Interested in working with Snyder on a creative project?
Email at theartist (at) snyderartdesign (dot) com

Learn more about Snyder’s creative solutions!

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Bryan Snyder paints the Carlsbad Art Wall in Collaboration with Alex Gall

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On August 12 and 13, Carlsbad artist Bryan Snyder completed an interactive mural project in collaboration with metal sculptor Alex Gall on the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

Words by Bryan Snyder
photos: Jack Lungu | Supporting photos: Chad Richmond, Chris Donez, Bob Gric

The CAW project was developed with the idea of bringing new art to the Village, as well as creating an educational setting where aspiring artists can experience the creative process of mural painting. It was never about my art—I never thought I would paint it.

That was, until the Carlsbad Magazine ran a story chronicling my art career in the Carlsbad Village over the past decade. The article experience continued on my new website, but I felt the CAW provided the perfect opportunity to continue the article’s street art and community theme back to where it started—in the streets, on walls and among the residents and visitors of the Carlsbad Village.

The wide urban canvas with a high pointed apex provided the perfect composition for the “Power Plant and Barrel” design I had previously drip painted on canvas for my Snyder Art 2010 solo show. I had a few other designs in mind, but since the wave was used for the cover of the Magazine, I knew it was perfect.

I had been experimenting with the idea of taking my drip paint aesthetic to a vertical wall, but never found the right opportunity. I wanted to simulate the overlapping lines of varying color values, but keep the hard edge of stenciling. I had never painted a mural in this technique—what better way to experiment than on a large and highly visible wall within a hugely promoted community event!

This new labor-intensive technique was only one part of the experiment. Many urban artists, including myself, have implemented community engaging designs on walls. The 2nd CAW artist Morley encouraged hundreds of passersby to scribble thoughts on his mural. I feel the relationship with the wall and the community is paramount, but I had also been experimenting with the idea of expanding that interaction by adding another element to the equation.

Along with the painted wall, and the interacting community, I imagined the introduction of a third element—a sculpture. Not only would the community be engaging with the design on the wall, they would also be interacting with the ground, specifically a sculpture commissioned for this project.

I had been watching ex-pro skateboarder Alex Gall of Gall Artworks via Instagram. His skill and attention to detail was impressive, but what really attracted me was his passion. I related to his uncontrollable desire to create. I approached him with the idea of welding a life-size surfboard which would ultimately be installed at the base of a new mural I would be painting. There was never any hesitation—he was in.

Alex and I visited the CAW site multiple times in preparation. Alex was confident that he could meet my vision of a very authentic looking metal surfboard, but we were both concerned with the installation. It had to be safe, secure and angled appropriately in relation to the background wave. Alex made his measurements and returned to his studio to begin fabrication.

Alex kept me up-to-date on all his progress through photos and video. I was able to follow his creative process, which allowed our visions to stay inline from beginning to end.

The wall greeted me on the morning of day 1 with a fresh coat of white paint and a thin design outline. I stood at the base staring at the wall imagining the finished project, the installed sculpture and the interacting community. I knew it was going to be a long weekend, but I had no idea how far this project would push me.

I began rolling out the background colors of the mural around 8am. I mixed an assortment of valued blues at my feet and the early sun was already unforgiving. Early passersby eagerly asked what the design was going to be; I hinted at a nearby stack of Carlsbad Magazines. These early conversations were just the beginning, as I later found out the difficulty of balancing the many aspects of this project within a tight deadline.

I quickly found myself behind schedule in terms of painting, but I was having amazing conversations with the community. Within the first hour I had met knew friends, caught up with old and discussed topics ranging from local politics to Olde Carlsbad memories. I could have sat on the wood fence deep in conversation while doodling Magazine covers all day, but the wall loomed near.

Alex and his wife Laura arrived shortly after to inspect the site and prepare for the following day’s installation as I continued rolling out the base coat of the wave, sky and power plant.

Day one concluded with all the colors in place. Many thought the mural was finished, but I assured everyone that day 2 would transform the flat colors into a textured design of varying and interweaving values of blue, brown, green and tan. I packed up a day’s debris and returned home around 9pm.

A bit tired, soar and sunburned, I returned back to the wall at 7am Sunday morning to tackle the task of outlining each section with masking tape and introducing my new technique that quickly was termed “squiggle painting”. Wild and gestural lines were applied to the wall using one of the 35+ spray cans I had at hand. The wave itself was broken down to three sections including dark, medium and light. I used three values of blue for each section totaling nine different values of blues in the wave alone.

The sun increased its intensity as the crowd grew in size. I found myself chasing multiple cans of paint around the dusty ground, climbing up and down the feeble ladder and engaging in the most conversations I have ever had in a 12 hour period. Well before noon and I already felt worn down.

I painted through the morning and into the afternoon with sporadic Doodle illustrations drawn in Sharpie on the covers of Carlsbad Magazines. I promoted the opportunity to receive an original Doodle to anyone who brought a copy of the Magazine, but I had no idea how popular that opportunity would be. A long line often formed along the wood fence. This was one of the most amazing moments of my career. No matter how behind schedule, how far up on the ladder or how tired I was, if I saw someone with a Magazine in hand, I found the nearest Sharpie, introduced myself and began Doodling.

Alex and his team were on site all day preparing for the installation of his sculpture, interacting with the community and catching up with friends. The project quickly turned into a Carlsbad reunion with many friends Alex and I had not seen in years. Our families spent hours at wall, a City of Carlsbad Arts Commissioner visited multiple times and urban art enthusiasts visited from afar. Bob, one of these enthusiasts, photographed his ’63 Impala in front of the mural adding the CAW to his collection of nearly 500 murals documented behind his car. The mural was well behind schedule, but the engaged culture was a masterpiece.

The Sun had begun its descent on the final day and I knew it was time install the sculpture. Like a surfer waiting for sunrise the early morning before a foretasted swell, the crowd became antsy. They wanted to surf and the swell was building. I frantically buzzed around the mural while Alex grabbed some cans and assisted. I was really feeling the pain of 20+ hours moving up and down a ladder; my voice was nearly gone and I was filthy from the sticky spray paint air infused with the ever-present dust cloud.

Alex began digging the holes while I focused on the center of the mural. I knew if I could finish the strip in the middle, the board could be installed and I could maneuver the ladder around the sculpture. My last spray at the top of the wall was finished as Alex and crew began mixing the quick-dry cement.

The two vertical posts were sunk into the dirt elevating the board 18in. off the ground directly in front of the barreling wave. The cement was poured around the posts and a blanket was removed exposing the metal surfboard sculpture. The gathering crowd applauded. Alex and I caught grins as the visions that had consumed our lives finally came to fruition.

At this point I was approaching delirium, but saw the finish line as the mural base coat disappeared behind thousands of sprayed lines. At the moment when I thought it was finished, I stood back and noticed areas that needed touching up. After an hour of up-and-down the ladder and back-and-forth from the base of the wall to a wide view, it was finished. I tossed the last spray can in the air and announced the completion of Carlsbad’s newest mural.

The community immediately jumped on the board while cheers and laughter echoed off the wall. Alex and I sat back and experienced the vision come to life. I set out to create art, but art not as a mural, and not as a sculpture—but art in the form of an experience created by all whom interact with it. I simply facilitated the creative process and the community created the finished masterpiece.

I turned to Alex and told him—while pointing at a father on the sculpture with son on shoulders and mom taking a photo—and a line of families eagerly awaiting—that is why we did this!

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.

Click HERE for photos of Snyder’s street art workshop: August 8

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

Snyder hosts another teen street art workshop

On August 8, 2017, Carlsbad Art Wall director Bryan Snyder hosted another teen street art workshop in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.

This project is partially funded by the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Department.

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