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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.

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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

Carlsbad Citizens want a vote: 85/15 development



On Thursday, August 20, a group of citizens held a press conference on the north bank of Agua Hedionda Lagoon in protest of the Caruso Affiliated development proposed for the Carlsbad strawberry fields.

Environmental professionals voiced their concerns in detail as news reporters and videographers recorded every word.

Opponents of the 85/15 plan believe that the people of Carlsbad should have the right to vote on the future of the Agua Hedionda land.

On August 25, the Carlsbad City Council will decide if the people of Carlsbad will have the opportunity to vote. If not, the strawberry field development will immediately be approved.


You can vote by clicking here!

You can attend the City Council meeting where the decision to send it to a vote or immediately approve will be made:

WHERE: 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 25: 4pm

FREE fire pit


Does anyone know who scored the FREE fire pit?

The Carlsbad Town…?




Carlsbad’s population as a whole has nearly doubled in the past 15 years. Open spaces are rapidly being replaced with suburban sprawl and the coastal sunsets are more often seen reflecting in the windows of sky townhouse developments.

The impeding LA development of 85/15 (and those strongly against it), the closing of a popular business of 29 years and the ever-present “Keep the Village Quaint” stickers popping up all over the local streets are all proof that the Carlsbad Village is moving in a bigger and busier direction.

Has the quiet and quaint village grown into a name change?

Señor Grubby’s 7 Year Celebration


WHAT: Señor Grubby’s 7 Year Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday July 15th, 6-10 p.m.

The party will start at 6pm & roll into the night, wrapping up around 10pm. Señor Grubby’s is utilizing this fun event as a way to raise money for ‘Warrior Foundation – Freedom Station’ with a DUNK TANK, CARNIVAL GAMES, PULL UP CONTEST, TACO BAR, BEER GARDEN & More!!

Dunk tank volunteers include: Eve 7 Swimwear Models, Hidden City Derby Girls, NFL Pro  & Superbowl Winner Brett Swain and Justin Jachura!

Raffle & Carnival prizes include: San Diego Padres Tickets, Legoland California Tickets, Xterra Wetsuits Products, Surf Ride Boardshop Packages, and MORE!

1st 100 guests to arrive will receive free event t-shirt!

Señor Grubby’s

Flicks at the Fountain is back!


WHEN: Thursday nights from July 9 to Aug. 27, 2015
WHERE: The Fountain at Grand Avenue and State Street

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 9 and continue each Thursday evening at dusk until Aug. 27, 2015. Movies will range from the timeless classic Wizard of Oz to the landslide animated film Big Hero 6.

Click HERE for the full schedule!

The Diamond is a boy’s best friend

Skateboarding, baseball and illustration have been passions I found at a very young age. Sometimes I would take a break from one to focus on another and other times all three would collide challenging me to juggle all star tournaments all around Ncyborth County, bus adventures in search of new skate parks and sleepless nights at my rickety desk illustrating my favorite cartoons.

As a new father living in the village I grew up in myself as a child, I am able to share each of these memories with my son–skateboarding along the coast, painting in the studio and learning the ways of the diamond at Chase Field.










All photos taken by Bryan Snyder during the July 4th Pony All Star Tournament at Chase Field in Carlsbad.

Carlsbad Youth Baseball

Independence Day 2015: Carlsbad














Annie Preece paints the Carlsbad Art Wall


annie_carlsbad_7_WEBFor months you pass a favorite piece of public art. Each day you gaze upon the bright colors, interactive invitations and whimsical reminiscences. At the moment when you realize that you could not live with out this simple, yet gripping interaction—the artwork is gone. Though sad, it is also exciting knowing that new and fresh art is on its way.

annie_carlsbad_12_WEBWith bumblebeeloveyou‘s whimsical cutie-catcher a faint memory and the colorful dust of Morley‘s interactive chalkboard still collecting on the vilalge streets, Los Angeles street artist Annie Preece found herself in the Carlsbad Village, a seaside community leaning towards the conservative side when it comes to art imagery.


annie_carlsbad_19_WEBAnnie’s art breaks down the door and stampedes in the opposite direction of what Carlsbad is accustom to. In 2012, Annie was aggressively asked to censor a mural or be fined and sent to jail. For the following years, she responded by scattering Los Angeles with vomiting unicorns, brash combinations of text and squeamish eroticas.

annie_carlsbad_34_WEBRather than attempt to harness Annie and her uncontrollable creativity, project director Bryan Snyder offered the wall as an unrestricted blank canvas available for Annie to paint as she wanted.


annie_carlsbad_32_WEB“I curate each wall-artist for with experiences in mind,” Snyder said. “bumblebeelovesyou brought a whimsical and easy-to-digest mural while Morley introduced a more cerebral interactive experience. With the 3rd artist, I was looking for a discussion piece—something edgy.”

annie_carlsbad_30_WEBAnnie immediately began to encourage discussion among the spectating crowd. Onlookers watched as Annie, cigarette in hand and a cup of iced coffee or canned energy drink always near, stroked the outlines of her design. Her skilled spraycan technique filled in colors with precise cuts and feathering blends. Annie created visible rues with each spray either bringing the image closer to you or pushing the wall away.


annie_carlsbad_18_WEBIntertwining tentacles and an elephant with a human body tangled in balloons emerged. Each patch of color carefully deceived the eye with skillful blending and carefully placed highlights. This optical illusion impressed the onlookers and the imagery confused. Passersby attempted to title the piece and others hypothesized underlying messaging.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 10.50.29 PMAnnie’s art is collected by fans from all over the globe. The fans within driving distance eagerly visited Carlsbad at this rare chance of meeting the established artist who is also a  quasi celebrity fresh off her appearance on the inaugural realty television show titled Street Art Throwdown. A friend and fan caught wind of Annie’s visit to Carlsbad and showed up in a helicopter to snap a photo.

annie_carlsbad_38_WEBAnnie only rested for photo opportunities. She painted 13 hours straight the first day and and continued first thing the following morning. Her infrequent pauses were just long enough to light a smoke, scarf down a country fried chicken burrito and gulp caffeine. The rest of the time she was nose engulfed in paint fumes, ears muffled under headphones and eyes focused on the wall.


Conservative for Annie, but edgy for Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Art Wall’s newest mural is just the right balance of right and wrong. It ruffles the feathers of the old timers who don’t want to see change and it grabs the ass of those seeking something fresh, edgy and progressive—something worth talking about.

Click HERE for all the photos.

Click HERE for the San Diego CityBeat Interview.

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

Annie Preece to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall


Carlsbad Art Wall mural project continues with 3rd professional Los Angeles street artist Annie Preece

The Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) project continues with its 3rd mural to be painted by Los Angeles street artist Annie Preece on Saturday June 27.

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

Annie Preece is an LA-based street artist, contemporary artist and muralist. She has exhibited successfully in San Francisco, New York, and Miami as part of the annual Art Basel festival. She has worked with high-profile clients such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Red Bull, Metro LA, the X-Games, Hasbro, Polaroid, and Warner Bros Music, just to name a few. She has a clothing line by Prince Peter, is a winner of the Redbull Canvas Cooler competition, and has been featured in publications such as InStyle, LA Canvas, and Complex Magazine.

In 2015, Annie was a featured artist on the first ever street art reality competition “Street Art Throwdown” on the Oxygen network.

Annie’s press and publications

Ever-taking new forms, her work can be like a punch in the stomach that has you doubled over in laughter. It delves into the darker, more raw regions of life–depression, decay, aggressiveness in sexuality, manipulation in politics and religion–but it takes control with lively tones, animated style, and hand-scrawled text that’s like Preece’s own visual form of stand-up.”–

Stay connected with Annie:

Kris Markovich solo art show in Carlsbad



What: Solo Art Show by legendary skateboarder Kris Markovich and live music by Paul Jenkins
When: Saturday, June 20
Where: Lhooq/Exrealism book store 755 ½ Carlsbad Village Dr. (map)

Skateboarding legend Kris Markovich will be showing a new body of artwork titled A Visual Conversation with Myself on Saturday, June 20 at Lhooq/Exrealism book store located at 755 ½ Carlsbad Village Dr. in the Carlsbad Village.

Markovich’s colorful abstract paintings will overtake the entire bookstore property encouraging participants to explore the grounds including the bookstore interior and the surrounding garden. In addition, Markovich will unveil a new mural covering the entire front facade of the bookstore.

2 sets of live music by Pall Jenkins will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Markovich first got sponsored for skateboarding at the age of 13 and quickly made a name for himself as a fast skating talent able skate the largest gaps including the legendary Carlsbad Big Gap where he was featured on the cover of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine kickflipping the gap.

LHOOQ/EXREALISM: Is an independent vintage bookstore and a nonprofit Artistic Creative designed to support, facilitate and showcase new & underground art.

The end of a ruthless empire


Out with the ruthless and in with the new.

Morley paints the Carlsbad Art Wall

Morley street art

wall_morley16_webOn the heels of the inaugural Carlsbad Art Wall mural painted by bumblebeelovesyou, Los Angeles street artist Morley took his turn at painting the CAW—fully aware that he would be replacing a mural that the local community had grown to love.

wall_morley35_webMuch like the text based street art that he scatters across the Los Angeles urban landscape, Morley’s approach was intelligent, strategic and inspiring, ultimately creating a community favorite. It combines his ability to emotionally connect with his audience while simultaneously encouraging interaction.



wall_morley12_webOn Sunday, March 3, Morley painted his text based mural titled If I Knew Then What I Know Now on the east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village. The title was inspired by the idea  of visiting your younger self and offering life-learned advice to yourself.

wall_morley27_webWhile the title painted boldly across the 28ft. wide wall invited contemplation, the dusty green background painted in green chalkboard paint and the box full of colorful chalk invited interaction. With Morley orchestrating his vision and Snyder spreading invitations to the 100,000+ Carlsbad Street Faire visitors, the wall quickly became an entangled collage of wisdom, regret and courage.



wall_morley22_webFrom young to old, timid to excited, the wall animated with scribbling participants promptly beginning at 2pm and continuing well after sunset. Text of wisdom scraped the surface advising to wear sunblock and to avoid using the dating app Tinder, while others probed long ignored turmoils of heartache, bloodshed and insecurities.

wall_morley32_webAs the day grew long and the wall blossomed with hundreds of colorful life lessons, participation shifted from chalk yielding scribblers to the wide-eyed gazers of deep thought, contemplation and the fulfillment of an emotional release.



Morley wisely split his time between adding lines of advice submitted to him via email from those unable to attend the event and greeting the crowds of admiring fans who visited the Carlsbad Village specifically to meet their favorite artist. He posed for photos, shared his inspirations and exchanged stories with all.

Adding to his project’s interactivity, he invited participants to search for hidden fortune cookies; each containing a signature Morley message.

The task of painting a large mural in a highly visible location of a small community can be nerve-wracking. To do it by replacing an already loved mural is a task many would pass on. For Morley, it was a challenge with only one option—to go in the complete opposite direction.


Morley’s mural is not brightly colored. There is not any beach friendly imagery and it is not digestible at quick glance—and it does not have to be.

Morley can put his chalk to rest because his future self will only be looking back at mural for what it is… an interactive masterpiece.

Click HERE to see all the photos.

Click HERE for the Coast News story (5.5.2015)

Click HERE to follow Morley on Instagram.

Click HERE to follow Snyder on Instagram.

Morley to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

morley street art

WHAT: street artist Morley paint the Carlsbad Art Wall
WHEN: May 2–3 starting at noon each day
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village (map)

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

Carlsbad artist Bryan Snyder announces Morley as the next artist to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall

Following street artist bumblebeelovesyou’s inaugural Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) mural, Los Angeles street artist Morley takes his turn and will be painting the CAW’s 2nd mural to be completed on Sunday May 3, 2015.

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 artists and is very excited to introduce you to Morley.

Morley is an LA-based street artist. His work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, LA Magazine, [1], LA Canvas and on the television series Workaholics and Betas. His work has been shown in galleries around the world and he has lectured at numerous universities, LACMA and The Artisphere in Washington DC. Recently, he toured the country with his book “If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time” (published by Cameron + Company in 2014) and was featured in the AOL original docu-series “Vicariously.”

Morley’s typography based posters, including his portrait, can be found pasted to the urban landscape all over Los Angeles. Morley will be bringing this aesthetic to the Carlsbad Village in a mural titled If I Knew Then What I Know Now beginning on Saturday May 2. On Sunday May 3 around 2pm, Morley will be introducing a community interactive element of his mural. He will invite the public to add their own messages within his mural.

“I’m inviting people to use the wall as a sort of artistic time machine to write messages that they wish their younger self could have heard,” Morley explains. “I will put a bunch in myself in the harder to reach parts of the wall and hopefully people will help fill in the other parts.”

Expanding on interactivity, Morley will introduce a unique scavenger hunt into the Carlsbad Village on Sunday.

The scavenger hunt will continue along the idea of messages and time,” Morley explains. Messages that are directed to your future instead of your past will be hidden near the wall.

Cindo de Mayo fiesta at Señor Grubby’s


WHAT: Cinco de Mayo fiesta presented by Seaworthy
WHEN: Saturday May 2nd 2pm-6pm
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village (map)

The event is free & open to the public, all ages are welcome; however, the team Olympics are designed for teams of 2 with players ages 21+.

The parking lot games will consist of a putting green, corn hole, ladder golf, flip cup and inflatable slide included in the obstacle course. We will be awarding 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners with prize packages.

There will be food, beverages, booths from local businesses, game area, inflatable slide, photo booth and music to create a fun environment & celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The beer booth will also be pairing up with Bloody Michaels Bloody Mary Mix to sample out tasty micheladas – a Mexican cerveza preparada made with beer, lime juice, and Bloody Michaels handcrafted gluten free bloody mary mix.

See you there!

Snyder visits Calavera Hills Elementary School




Bryan Snyder visits Calavera Hills Elementary in Carlsbad

Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder visits Calavera Hills Elementary where he was interviewed by 5th grader Bella for the school digital newsletter.

Snyder couldn’t resist an impromptu art lesson where he taught a classroom how to draw his signature Doodle character.

Stay tuned for more details…

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