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Air, water and sand





From the air, the sand and the water, the Carlsbad coastline surged with visual excitement.

Viz Art Ink: Holiday Event


WHAT: Holiday Event at Viz Ink Art
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 28 | 5pm-9pm
WHERE: Viz Art Ink Gallery (map)

Viz Art Ink want sto make your holiday shopping experience fun and easy with over 20 unique local artists throughout gallery. On Small Business Saturday, come join Greg Visintainer for his Annual Holiday Gallery Event.

Chris Moberg will be playing LIVE and Samantha Dulay Designs will be a featured artist. There will be FREE wine & beer, chocolate treats from the Carlsbad Chocolate Bar, 15% OFF storewide and a chance to win over $200 in art and prizes.

WIN a Viz Art Ink prize package, custom bangle by Samantha Dulay Designs and much more! Winners must be present to win. Contest drawings will be at 7pm and 9pm.

VIDEO: MDMN paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

Click HERE for the full story and photos!

Kirk Passmore tribute mural at Pizza Port







Kirk Passmore: A Legend Rides On

On Friday November 13, 2015, Bryan Snyder painted a tribute mural marking 2 years since Carlsbad local Kirk Passmore’s passing while surfing Alligator Rock on the North Shore Oahu. Snyder invites you to visit the mural located on the west exterior alley wall of Pizza Port in the Carlsbad Village where you are encouraged to leave a chalked message or memory.

The ocean took an amazing friend 2 years ago, but like all legends, his story will ride on for eternity.

MDMN paints the Carlsbad Art Wall


madman_WEB45The Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) located on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s has once again become the focus of artistic expression in the Carlsbad Village with its newest mural painted on Saturday, November 7 by Los Angeles street artist MDMN.

madman_WEB46Fresh of his successful solo show at Gallery 38, MDMN visited the Village by the Sea and became the 5th artist to paint the popular rotating urban canvas transforming it into a colorful explosion of urban comic adventure.


madman_WEB8Para, MDMN’s powerful signature character bursts through ultra-saturated colors, comic book-esque iconography and shards of carefully arranged debris. Subtle shadows and strategically balanced gradients weave within the perfectly organized panel.

madman_WEB6MDMN began under the early sun with dark outlines and early background color blocks. His ever growing talents with the spraycan immediately showcased his clean technique. As the sun rose high and the mid Fall sky shined hot, MDMN navigated the rungs of the rusted ladder within a sugary cloud of Ironlak paint fumes.


madman_WEB24Lured by MDMN’s low-browed character and the large crowd of gathering spectators, the Carlsbad community watched every spray eagerly awaiting their next chance to converse with the visiting artist. Along with village locals, Los Angeles art enthusiasts followed their beloved street artist from LA to Carlsbad including the editor of Colors in Los Angeles. Word of MDMN’s visit to the Carlsbad Art Wall also reached down South resulting in a visit from editor of SanDiegoStreetArtOfficial.

madman_WEB39In addition to the constant gifts of praise and encouragement, one enthralled spectator went as far as gifting the shirt off his back—apparently a rare pattern of Andy Warhol and James Dean portraits perfectly colored to match the palette of MDMN’s blossoming mural.

The first day concluded with a dawn-to-dark display of color blocking, photos, visits from family and friends eventually concluding with a late night on the beach under shooting stars and stories. The apparent UFO sighting prompted a return to civilization where MDMN’s beachfront room—graciously donated by the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort— awaited.


madman_WEB51The final day began with sandy toes and coffee, ultimately returning to the CAW and MDMN’s looming low brow character. MDMN immediately began rendering the face with hard edged shadows and feathered highlights. Para, MDMN’s reoccurring character in an ongoing collection of mural-centric storytelling, soon glared down Carlsbad Village Drive exuding confidence, importance and merit.

Like MDMN’s character, The Carlsbad Art Wall has grown from an early idea into a fully developed member of the Carlsbad community exhibiting the fundamentals of culture, community and artistic enthusiasm. It’s presence has grown to that of a destination for both the informed and the unexpected.


With the 5th and final mural painted on the Carlsbad Art Wall in its inaugural year, the CAW has grown to unprecedented heights—ultimately supporting a stronger, more confident and relevant artistic culture within the Carlsbad Village.

Click HERE for all the photos

Click HERE for all press

Click HERE to submit a design

Started in March 2015, Carlsbad Village based artist Bryan Snyder will be bringing a Los Angeles 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.

Official Press Release

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

MDMN to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall: Nov.7


Carlsbad Art Wall mural project continues with 5th professional Los Angeles street artist MDMN

WHAT: MDMN paint ths Carlsbad Art Wall
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 – all day
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s (map)

The Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) project continues with its 5th mural to be painted by Los Angeles street artist MDMN on Saturday Nov. 7 (all day).

The east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s located at 377 Carlsbad Village Dr. has become an urban canvas for each visiting Los Angeles street artist rotating every 2 months curated by Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder. Snyder hand picks each artist and is very excited to introduce you to MDMN.

MDMN is an LA-based street artist with an educational background in animation and graphic design, MDMN has gone from gritty posters on the streets to doing exceptionally clean acrylic and aerosol work in a matter of just a few years. Inspiration from a 90s childhood filled with bright action figures, creepy extra-terrestrial villains, and armies of robots can be seen on every piece of his work.

In September, MDMN had his first solo show EVER, PARA, at gallery 38 in Los Angeles featuring over 10 large scale original paintings. He has recently released handmade original action figures and a 25 minute mini documentary.

MDMN has painted numerous murals around LA, Miami, Chicago, San Diego, New York, Denver, Phoenix, and the newest work in Honolulu. Focusing on contributing to neighborhoods nationwide (and eventually worldwide) with large animated looks into his world of illustrations of super heroes, his goal is to inspire and encourage creativity from entire communities. Sometimes people lose imagination and dreams through the disheveled paths heaved at us, but through MDMNs artwork you can at least lose yourself for a while in a beaming fantasy world of luminescence and adventure.

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Stay connected with MDMN:

Past Carlsbad Art Wall artists:
Devin Liston
Annie Preece

Vincent Van Gogh: The Artist by Bryan Snyder

vangogh_snyder6The briskness of an early Fall shiver unearths me from my warm covers and drops me atop the souls of my cold and damp boots. Out my bedroom window, early birds chirp the sounds of hunger, filling my ears with a recognizable sensation of emptiness, desire and despair. I attempt to deflect the day’s offering of pessimism and anguish as I prepare myself for the morning.

Yesterday’s labors ended with a violent stripping of one’s confidence within the yearning walls of my studio. Like each morning, I shuffle back to yesterday’s battlefield, a small yet perfectly utilized art studio laden with paints, canvases and torments.

Within my studio, my hat, a woven nest of straw splattered with the hues of a working man’s wardrobe, is placed on my head with earnest confidence. My jacket, dampened by the tears of a sleepless night, slowly climbs upon my aching back.

The sun awakens with a snarl through the surrounding pines, glistening off an unused cutting blade. Sharp and clean, the blade begins the day with assaults, insults and irrefutable accusations. The morning turns mad. I grab the blade in a tantrum of strangles. With a slash across my face and through my ear, the blade sends a stream of blood splattering onto the studio wall. My trembling hand goes limp as the crimson blade falls into a warm puddle of blood.



My wound seeks comfort in the arms of a lost love; a muse who is as colorful as miles of springtime flowers and eyes as deep as a thousand poems.

Under the pelting sun, against the pushing wind and engulfed in the heat of a cloudless sky, I share with you the life of an overly passionate—the artist.

Halloween in the Village


WHAT: Halloween in the Village by C3
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31
WHERE: Carlsbad Village

Thanks to non-profit C3 Community Causes and its generous sponsors, along with the enthusiasm of many village merchants, trick-or-treating will be in full force this coming Halloween on Saturday, October 31st.  In addition to that, other spooky events are planned Friday night for both the little ones and adults who are young at heart at both the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club and the Yoga Co-op.  Come have some ghoulish fun in Carlsbad this Halloween!

Bryan Snyder interviewed LIVE by CHSTV



Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder was recently interviewed by Carlsbad High School TV from his Carlsbad Village based studio. To conclude the interview, Snyder visited the CHSTV campus studio where he was interviewed LIVE while the entire CHS student body watched.

Watch the videos to see Snyder describe why he creates art professionally, his young son Henry’s early interest in art and a exclusive Carlsbad Art Wall announcement.

Just a simple wipe down


Lots of change is happening in the Carlsbad Village including the installation of new infrastructure under Grand Avenue, local business closures and new upscale eateries.

Don’t worry, just a simple wipe down here!

City Construction Effecting Local Business



In the past months, Grand Avenue in the Carlsbad village has been jack hammered, gutted and lined with an updated infrastructure.

Some businesses have not been effected, others have reduced outside dining and at least one has been forced to close shop entirely. After 45 years of business, Sea Waves Salon on Grand Avenue is closing and blaming it directly on the city construction:

City Construction Puts us out of Business After 45 Years

How has the city construction effected you?

Carlsbad Art Splash this weekend

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WHAT: Carlsbad Art Splash
WHERE: Armada Drive above The Flower Fields
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Click HERE for more info!

Citizens of Carlsbad submit 9,000+ signatures

Carlsbad votes strawberry field development








On September 25, Diane Nygaard and concerned Carlsbad Citizens for North County in opposition of the proposed mall development on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon presented their collection of signatures to the City of Carlsbad.

More than 9,000 signatures were collected in less than 1 month overturning the Carlsbad City Council ‘s decision—if confirmed by registrar— to approve the mall development by proposed by Los Angeles billionaire developer Rick Caruso.

Signs of a transition



Another sign indicating that we are currently witnessing a transition in the Carlsbad Village that justifies a name change to… the Carlsbad Town.

After nearly 30 years, the local favorite The Grand Deli has closed and will be replaced by a trattoria Italiana & seafood restaurant.

Click HERE to visit Cicciotti’s website.

Citizens for North County take to the streets



Labor Day kicked off with amazing weather, fun waves and a Citizens for North County grass-root campaign seeking signatures to overturn the Carlsbad City Council’s decision to outright approve the 85/15 development of the Carlsbad strawberry fields without a public vote.

Do you want to vote?

Locations through the weekend and into the week popped up all over Carlsbad with a steady flow of supporters eager to sign, as well as Caruso Affiliates eager to dissuade.

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Though it appears the Carlsbad Village is in favor of a putting the proposed 85/15 development to vote, Carlsbad in general seems divided.

Where do you stand? The left side or the right?

Devon Liston paints the Carlsbad Art Wall


The east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village, also known as the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW), has been painted by a growing collection of visiting artists—each exhibiting drastically different personalities and visual aesthetics. The inaugural visiting street artist from Los Angeles was bumblebeelovesyou with easily digestible imagery and kid friendly scenery. Following was Morley and his highly interactive memory resurfacing mural. The weird and wacky can-work of Annie Preece followed.

Carlsbad artist and project director Bryan Snyder curates each artist with the intention of providing a drastically different visual and conceptual experience each mural, as well as slowly introducing more progressive art to the Carlsbad Village.


devin13_WEBOn Saturday, August 29, Los Angles street and fine artist Devin Liston began painting his ‘Magician’ on the CAW. Los Angeles contemporaries expressed great anticipation as Liston, former member of the highly respected collective CYRCLE and recently working with Russian/American duo deviNgosha, has a long history of impressive work.

devin15_WEBSome artists prefer to keep the final piece a mystery during the creative process while others sporadically change plan. Liston showcased his design by taping print out to the unfinished wall exhibiting his confidence and ability at realism.


devin4_WEBEarly outlines of Liston’s portrait, a tall hooded character, gained instant attention. In a community where the public is accustomed to marine life, cheerful animals, beachscapes and kid friendly imagery, Liston’s preliminary sketches already showcased departure—both visually and conceptually.

devin21_WEB“Carlsbad exhibits a number of very amazing murals,” Snyder said. “One of the goals of the CAW is to add an element of more forward thinking imagery which invites the community to open their minds.”


devin16_WEBDrenched in sweat and skin bronzed under the mid-summer sun, Liston continued to build his character through layers of black and white. Carefully executed shades of gray defined the intricate wrinkles in the hood. An integral strip of masking tape divided the perfectly rendered lower half of the hooded character from the top portion of the face, which Liston completely buffed in a solid black. Roused hands hinted at agitation and uncertainty inviting spectators to speculate what the round fingers once gripped.

brass6_WEBA large crowd lined the CAW fence including the passing Euphoria Brass Band brought to town by the Carlsbad Music Festival. Each observer remarked on the uncanny ability of Liston to recreate the portrait entirely in spray can in masterful perfection, along with many questions regarding the significance of the hooded character, the half hidden face and the colorful abstractions the swarmed the figure.

devin22_WEBListon’s answers to the barrage of questions remained vague and cryptic. Besides the title of the piece and a playful visual description, spectators were left to formulate their own meaning, ultimately encouraging all to look deeper within—to find the elusive conceptualizations other Carlsbad Village murals do not provoke.

devin6_WEBEvery CAW mural exhibits masterful skill, each unique to each other. Liston’s talents come in the form of extremes. Visually, the perfectly rendered portrait offers a rewarding gaze. On the other hand, inspired by the visual, one can completely depart to a deeper, potentially darker, conceptual analysis.


In a creative community that has slowly become relevant in broader art discussions and has received widespread support of urban art, Liston’s ‘Magician’ is adding some new vocabulary—it might just be what the Carlsbad Village art scene needs.

Click HERE for all the photos

Click HERE for all press

Click HERE to submit a design

Started in March 2015, Carlsbad Village based artist Bryan Snyder will be bringing a Los Angeles 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.

Official Press Release

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

Open Space – an artwork installation by Bryan Snyder

WHAT: Open Space artwork installation
WHERE: Vinaka Cafe (map)
WHEN: September 2015

This collection of artwork by Carlsbad Village artist Bryan Snyder questions the effects of development on nature, the ocean and community through large scale and brightly colored paintings in Snyder’s signature drip style.

Snyder’s iconic paintings include a collaboration with Surfing Madonna artist Mark Patterson, a portrait of the Encina Powerplant, a landscape of the Carlsbad Flower Fields and variety of nature and ocean imagery.

In addition, Snyder has included a rare display of his early drip paintings and an original large scale stencil.

Click HERE to view Snyder’s drip technique!

Carlsbad Music Festival Aug. 28-30


WHAT: Carlsbad Music Festival
WHERE: A variety of locations in the Carlsbad Village (schedule)
WHEN: Fri.-Sun. Aug. 28-30

Carlsbad Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization that aims to engage and inspire local, national, and international communities of composers, performers, creators, and concert-goers through world-class performances of adventurous music.

Click HERE for CMF scheduling and ticket info!

Scenes from the 85/15 Council Meeting






The Carlsbad City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to pass a proposed strawberry field development plan.

Devin Liston to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall


Carlsbad Art Wall mural project continues with 4th professional Los Angeles street artist Devin Liston

The Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) project continues with its 4th mural to be painted by Los Angeles street artist Devin Liston on Saturday Aug. 29 (all day) at Señor Grubby’s.

The east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s located at 377 Carlsbad Village Dr. has become an urban canvas for each visiting Los Angeles street artist rotating every 1-2 months curated by Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder. Snyder hand picks each artist and is very excited to introduce you to Devin Liston.

Liston is an LA-based street artist and a contemporary surrealist who explores the relationship between man and technology through hand-painted figurative and portrait works. Cryptically displayed abstractions can be found in his paintings asking the viewer to question their relationship with technology.

“Artist Devin Liston takes on these heavy philosophical questions and cryptically displays them through his paintings. His work, he tells us, is “about man’s relationship with technology and how technology is becoming one with man” asking “What does that mean for us spiritually, psychologically, physically, and socially? More importantly. What does that mean for our relationship with nature?”

Liston recently departed from a number of collaborative work environments including Los Angeles muralist and fine artist collective CYRCLE and his most recent collaboration partnership with DevnGosha. Liston is eager to develop his newest ideas as a solo artist which he calls a visual journal and will be making his San Diego solo debut on the Carlsbad Art Wall.

Stay connected with Devin:

Past Carlsbad Art Wall artists:
Annie Preece

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