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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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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.
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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)
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$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.

They all end up in the sea eventually

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An castle carried by an octopus made of sand crawls along the Carlsbad coast before melting back into the sea.

Sebastien Walker paints the Carlsbad Art Wall

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seb14The Carlsbad Flower Fields are not the only things exploding with spring season color. On March 26-27, 2016, Parisian muralist Sebastien Walker painted the Carlsbad Art Wall transforming the east facing exterior wall of Señor Grubby’s into a detailed gift of color and character.

seb9Born and raised in Paris, France and now living in Los Angeles, Walker creates imaginative characters only limited to the size of the walls he paints them on. Fresh off a huge mural at the Container Yard in LA, Walker welcomed his newest urban canvas with the passion of a young child and the professionalism of a seasoned veteran.

seb32Walker’s preliminary outlines began late Friday night. These black lines mapped out a complicated cluster of animals, each sophisticated in technique, but as playful as a child’s stuffed animal packed book nook. Lacking color at this point, Walker’s early linework already hinted at the mind of a complicated and passionate perfectionist.

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Walker met the wall early the next morning. The young sun hit the black outlines and white background of the wall with excitement knowing that its rays would soon be animating wild colors fresh from the can of the Parisian artist.

seb31Walker’s palette looked that of the shelves of a local art store. Colors as bright as a Van Gogh painting sprayed across the urban wall as village visitors watched, asked questions and photographed—one who returned multiple times with fresh prints of his photos as gifts.

seb18Walker worked through his colors as the sun raised high then began its descent. Walker’s patches of early fills tricked those who thought his mural was finished. In between drags off his Marlboro Red, Walker smirked in a thick French accent that he had just started. He stepped back and gazed upon the wall of color with a steadfast stare as if he anticipated the brunt of an approaching horned beast; the horned beast being the next stage of his mural.

seb16For the first time during this mural, Walker put on his headphones as he prepared to transition from coloring fills to detailing the outlines. Within the repetitive sounds of a late night Paris club, he breathed air into the motionless characters with wizardly outlines and a precise black details. His can cut the twisted colors like a plastic knife through a mashed-up ball of Play-Doh. Passersby gasped as these mysterious color blotches morphed into happy palm trees, a smirky elephant and a peace loving panda.

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seb25A gang of animals fresh from the pages of your favorite children’s book appeared within the intricate details. A small island rose from the dark blue water and trees that may have been painted in a Bob Marley and Bob Ross collaboration grew through the clump of heavy eyed animals—all huddling around a recently unearthed chest full of glowing treasure.

seb12The gold coins strategically positioned in the center of the mural and trapped within a sea of blue glowed brighter as the sun dipped behind the Carlsbad Art Wall and the overhead sky dimmed. Some may have thought the mural was finished, but for the perfectionist who paced at the base of the wall for 12 hours straight; he was far from done. A day of details and cuts awaited.

seb3Easter Sunday began early. While Carlsbad families hunted eggs, Walker searched the Carlsbad Art Wall for imperfections. With smoke in one hand and can in the other, he bounced around the wall eliminating unwanted overspray and sharpening the rolls of each character. Walker trampled a path in the green grass along the wall, as well as a path from the wall to the middle of the lawn where he gazed widely and astutely.

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While Walker pounced on lame lines, onlookers flirted with their interpretations of the island loaded with a variety of animals, each deep in expression and surrounding a freshly unearthed treasure chest full of golden coins. A suave cat is tethered to a sleepy palm seb36and a hobo hat wearing seagull dangles a plump worm, possibly also recently unearthed though some might presume it once dangled from the cat’s line.

Like the onlookers who struggled to find the meaning of this mural, Walker struggled to find a finishing point, reopening the package that was once wrapped, sealed and signed. Within a mural of such detail, imperfections are bound to be found. Walker found—and fixed—them all remaining in Carlsbad hours longer than anticipated.

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If the devil was once in the details, the perfectionist in Walker eventually chased him out resulting in a masterpiece—a gift to the Carlsbad community steeped in perfection and composed of colorful characters all sharing a love for their sandy paradise.

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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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Official Press Release

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

Carlsbad Village Art Walk returns: March 24

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WHAT: 4th Thursday Art Walk
WHERE: Carlsbad Village (map)
WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 5pm–8

Carlsbad Village Art Walk will take place on the fourth Thursday of every month, beginning March 24th 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.

The evening will include original art in Carlsbad Village’s permanent galleries as well as village merchants acting as temporary “phantom” galleries.  Several locations, including the Village Faire Shops, will also feature live music.

Participating merchants will feature artwork ranging from sculpture to oil painting to photography to mixed media, and everything in between.  With brochure in hand you can stroll the village and visit as many or as few locations as you’d like, enjoy meeting the artists, learning about their talent and even watching art demos.  Participating merchants will also be offering light snacks and refreshments as well.

To help with the self-guided tour, brochures will be available throughout the village at participating locations, the Visitor’s Center, and hotels complete with an easy-to-follow map identifying each Art Walk location and where music or demos will be taking place.  The brochure will also indicate what type of art each participating location will be featuring (photography, sculpture, mixed media, etc.) to better help you customize your walk.

While strolling the streets, you can also take a visual journey of the Village’s rich culture and artistic talent through the lens of nearly a dozen murals adorning numerous buildings.  From large playful pieces seen from the center of the Village to hidden works adorning alley walls, read about the tales behind the art, including the people, places and artists themselves, in the self-guided tour brochure.

Click HERE for the map!

Click HERE for info on the highlighted murals!

Contact info@carlsbad-village.com to get involved!

Snyder’s Carlsbad Village Mural Map

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Bryan Snyder, Carlsbad village artist and Carlsbad Art Wall creative director, has released an official Carlsbad Village Mural Map.

This map contains the ultimate guide to street art and murals varying from large scale commissioned murals to small and hidden stencils by a variety of local and visiting Carlsbad village artists.

Like public art, the nature of this map is ephemeral—lasting for only a short period before the next update. New art will be added while artwork effected by weather, censorship or gentrification will be deleted. Check back often for the most recent version.

Click HERE to view the map!

Sebastien Walker to paint Carlsbad Art Wall

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WHAT: Sebastien Walker to paint Carlsbad Art Wall
WHEN: March 26, 27 (all day)
WHERE: Señor Grubby’s (map)

The Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) project continues through its 2nd year with the wall’s first international artist. Parisian artist/designer Sebastien Walker, now living in Los Angeles, is scheduled to paint Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village. Mural to be completed Sunday, March 27.

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Walker’s intertwining characters and iconography create a colorful universe composed of fun visuals steeped in a lifetime love for thick-outlined cartoons, but in fact, address adult matters on a higher level. Both adults and children gravitate toward Walker’s brightly colored and detailed collages while the most skilled artists marvel at his advanced spraycan technique.

Walker was born & raised in Paris, where he studied graphic design/illustration. He worked at a variety of design agencies in Paris prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2007. In 2011, Walker received a Master’s degree at Otis School of Art and Design. He has since worked as a freelance designer for clients including Hasbro, Bubba Watson, Remind Insoles, MTV and Nissan. He has also been a member of the highly respected ‘The Seventh Letter Crew’ graffiti crew.

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 for teens prior to each new mural 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.

The Boy and the Red Pail

I first learned of the Measure A: Agua Hedionda Specific Plan through a conversation during a kayak fishing adventure on the very waters that ripple upon the land in debate. The chat with a fellow lagoon enthusiast ended with both our hands thrown in the air amid the realization that we couldn’t stop the proposed development even if we tried.

Unknowingly at that moment, I would later take the photo that became the imagery behind Carlsbad’s most passionate and determined voice—ultimately proving that we the people of the Carlsbad community can make a difference.

This is the story behind The Boy and the Red Pail photo

In November 2015, a mother of a friend whom I had grown up with on the shores of the Agua Hedionda lagoon contacted me asking if I had seen the recent news segments regarding the proposed lagoon development. She expressed her distaste for the art renderings she saw in these stories, which she felt portrayed the lagoon’s current amenities incorrectly. She asked if I could video the lagoon being enjoyed, which would then be supplied to local news channels as an accurate documentation of current lagoon use.

At this point my research was ongoing. I had signed the citizen referendum, but was still undecided. I felt I needed more time and information before I could make an educated vote, but agreed that the news clips portrayed the lagoon incorrectly.

I was introduced to Citizens for North County, a group of volunteers spearheading a movement against the proposed development who further explained that the clips would be submitted to local news channels to more accurately portray the lagoon. I agreed to help.

With camera in hand, I visited the lagoon the following day and explored the north coast shoreline. I entered near the former Snug Harbor Marina and walked southeast until sunset. I witnessed a local habitat animated with kayaks, fishermen, leash-less dogs, neighbors in conversation and even a pug-riding paddleboard. The lagoon was alive with leisure and recreation—I captured it all.

I felt an overwhelming warmth of love, pride and joy among those whom I shared the lagoon with that fall evening. As the sky dimmed from a fiery orange to a star-lit black, I returned home energized. I decided that I would return to the lagoon first thing the following morning to continue my documentation.

The lagoon, under thundering clouds and within a windy chill, greeted me and my family early the next morning. My two year old son Henry scampered along the sand while my wife Susanna tended to our newborn daughter Stella. Henry searched for critters and collected shells while kayakers floated within the rising tide.

Henry had his eye on a the top of a wind-blown bluff above the shoreline and soon attempted his ascent. He quickly lost his footing and slid back to the base. He picked himself up and continued on his knees—eventually finding his way to the zenith of his adventure. To his surprise, a lonely red pail awaited atop the bluff.

Barefoot and with eyes still adjusting to the awakening morning sun, Henry stood atop the bluff overlooking the lagoon and the distant strawberry fields. The encroached-on Encina Power Plant looms momentarily in the background. h_slideHenry’s favorite flannel, faded and tattered, fit snug around his stocky frame and his strawberry blond hair blew across his eyes.

Between gazes, Henry dipped his fingers into the red pail where he found wet sand abandoned by the child whom last played with this forgotten toy. I witnessed my son play on the shore of the lagoon much like my mother witnessed me at that very spot decades prior. My hands shook with excitement as the found pail, my first born child and the significance of the surrounding elements embraced my son in a composition that could not be staged even if I tried. I snapped a series of photos and video in an unbelievable frenzy. Uncertain of where this photo would end up, I anticipated it’s historic relevance.

The video of Henry and the red pail, as well as video captured during the previous evening was submitted to Citizens of North County as a donation. No payment was accepted and because I felt an endorsement would be premature due to my ongoing research, I requested all photo credit to remain anonymous.

My submitted clips never found airtime on local news. Besides a video edited by Citizens for North County concluding with a short clip of Henry and the red pail, these clips were for the most part unused. I decided that I would consider using the photo of Henry within an annual Carlsbad Local’s Calendar, a local business sponsored wall calendar I produce each year. I contacted committed 2016 calendar sponsors and explained the story behind the photo, as well as the potential connection to the growing No on A movement. Because there was not a 100% consensus on supporting the use of the photo among calendar sponsors, I decided to remove it.

Shortly after Citizens for North County contacted me and asked to use the photo as their main campaign branding. Originally my chosen means to share the photo with the public was through the calendar, but I later realized that the photo always belonged with the lagoon and the citizens attempting to save it. I gladly granted permission and proudly watched The Boy and the Red Pail imagery evolve to what it represents today—a wholehearted love for Carlsbad and a passionate community determined to protect it.

-Bryan Snyder

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Snyder Art endorses No on A

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On February 23, I will be voting NO on Measure A: Agua Hedionda South Shore Specific Plan.

I have carefully read the entire Measure A, the official 9212 Report, the 2006 approved Prop. D and the subsequent Prop. D Community Engagement Process Final Report. I have met with both the Yes and No supporters directly expressing my concerns and asking questions. I have been given a private tour of the proposed land by Carlsbad Strawberry Co. owner and SG&E tenant Jimmy Ukegawa. I have attended village merchant meetings and engaged Rick Caruso in person and on the phone. I have attended City of Carlsbad council meetings and I have spoken extensively with Carlsbad citizens and village merchants.

Through my research I have learned that traffic is projected to get worse with or without the proposed mall due to nearly 20 other City of Carlsbad approved future developments. The City Council has exhibited a pro-development position and looks to drastically change the Carlsbad landscape. It is paramount that we consider ways to reduce regional traffic growth. Adding a 585,000 sq. ft. mall projected to attract nearly as many people annually as Disneyland is NOT a way to limit traffic growth. I have also found multiple exemptions within the official 9212 report which results in Caruso drafting his ideal agreement exempting himself from a number of preexisting city codes and requirements i.e., sign restrictions, soil testing for harmful toxins, limiting future City review. Through his vagueness, as well as his successful bid to bypass the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Caruso asks us for trust.

I ask you if Caruso has exhibited trust? We are voting on Feb. 23 because Caruso was able to gather enough signatures through his citizen-led initiative backed by the guise of saving the “beloved” strawberry fields. Was a 585,00 sq. ft. mall ever mentioned when you were approached by the army of Caruso’s signature gatherers, or in the many high-end marketing materials that flooded your mailbox, television screens and/or your web browser? Within the $7 million marketing campaign, the most important detail—a mall—was left out, a mall that is so large that Caruso is attempting to rezone the pre-existing land to allow it. Are you one of the many Carlsbad locals who feel duped by a deceptive marketing campaign? You are not alone.

This is not an attempt to persuade your vote, rather an announcement of MY upcoming informed vote. This decision is based on months of research, meetings and a detailed investigation of ethical practices. I have friends, collectors and clients on both sides of Measure A and respect each and every one of their perspectives. This is mine.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions regarding Measure A: Agua Hedionda South Shore Specific Plan., as well as info on where to vote on Feb. 23.

Bryan Snyder
Snyder Art and Design

Yesterday in the foreground

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There has been a lot of talk lately about tomorrow; let’s not forget about yesterday.

Skye Walker paints the Carlsbad Art Wall

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Skye15_webWith the recent completion of five murals in its inaugural year, the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) began it’s 2nd season on Saturday, January 16, 2016 with Encinitas muralist Skye Walker on the east facing exterior wall of Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad Village.

Unlike the previous CAW artists, Walker is a local. His work can be seen all over North County; it has graced the cover of the San Diego CityBeat and his canvas paintings can be found within the walls of many local collectors’ homes.

Skye28_webWalker’s newest mural titled Actuality reflects his San Diego roots with oceanic and environmental themed iconography symbolizing one’s place within their surroundings, the environment and the full circle of life.

This compartmentalized 25′ x 13′ mural includes a wide variety of imagery, each in itself a separate composition, but as a whole, a brightly colored collage of spray-painted talents.

Mother Nature, a seductive yet fragile woman with crimson lips gasps deeply as a arrangement of hammerhead sharks flutters overhead. A perfectly rendered skull radiates with energy as to represent life rather than death, and a collection of colorful abstractions holds the collage tightly together.

Skye35_webWalker promptly began work early Saturday morning by unloading his truck laden of GoPro cameras, reference sketches, Kind Bar snacks, sponsor hook-ups and multiple boxes of spray-cans, many which were emptied on Walker’s newest urban canvas.

As the sun raised high and the mid-winter sky shined a comfortable beam of warmth, Walker began covering the wall with his preliminary colors. Carlsbad locals and visiting enthusiasts, Skye39_webmany whom Walker already knew, watched from the sidelines. Others brought their own chairs and sat for hours in the moist green grass.

Walker worked feverishly though his mural, but always made time for requested photos, school interviews, a tasty Grubby’s taco and often welcomed conversation amongst the constant flow of fans, which occurred constantly throughout each day.

Skye3_webWithin a mural of many images, an eye for composition is crucial. Walker’s design could stand alone on the head of a needle. Day one ended with balance, day two began with detail. Carefully sprayed highlights of Mother Natures lips glistened, swirling abstractions balanced and diagonal stripes guided. Walkers sprays became smaller, tighter and more precise as his shapes took dimension.

Skye10_webPassersby awed at the colors, the perfectly rendered woman and the crowd favorite Hammerhead sharks as Walker sprayed his final touches. After two days, countless photos and unforgettable conversations with life-long friends, as well and new friendships, Walker looked at his newest mural with great accomplishment as the surrounding onlookers looked at him with gratitude.

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The inaugural year of the Carlsbad Art Wall showcased visiting artists from LA including a collection of 5 murals introducing new and visually foreign design to the Carlsbad village. As reflected in Walker’s mural, the CAW 2nd year has returned to its roots making a full-circle back to local iconography, local talents—and a year long local yearning.

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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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Official Press Release

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

Snyder’s Carlsbad street art workshop

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workshop_snyder15On Tuesday, January 11, Bryan Snyder of Snyder Art and Design ran a community street art workshop with a group of interested teens from the Carlsbad Village Boys and Girls Club at Señor Grubby’s in the Carlsbad village.

Six teens listened to Snyder as he introduced himself, the workshop and Carlsbad’s first recreational urban art environment titled the Carlsbad Art Wall.

workshop_snyder13Snyder began the workshop with the history of street art and graffiti and how this movement has recently made the transition from vandalism to—in many communities—sanctioned and widely supported.

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workshop_snyder5After a short introduction to the spray can, the teens were each invited to spray a giant circle on the freshly painted urban canvas. Snyder explained that the workshop’s lesson was to teach each teen how to transform the preliminary circle into a three-dimensional sphere focusing on shape, color, light source and shading.

The floating circles took form as Snyder offered guidance. Teens learned can control and technique while passersby watched and asked questions from the sidelines. The first half of the workshop was organized within a structured set of steps.

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workshop_snyder8Though Snyder has been taught in the structured art academia setting, he believes it is important to balance structure with exercises in uninhibited bursts of creativity. Snyder encouraged the teens to freely transform their spheres into a design of their choice relying on instinct and creativity. The Carlsbad Art Wall quickly turned into a colorful collaboration of text, flowers and abstractions.

The street art workshop taught these kids basic elements of drawing, street art techniques using the spray can, and concluded with each teen taking turns buffing the wall completely white—ultimately teaching a lesson that street art is ephemeral—beautifully temporary.

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This workshop is funded in part by a community arts grant from the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office.


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