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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

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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

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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…

Bumblebeelovesyou paints the Carlsbad Art Wall

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bumbleebeelovesyou_snyder6A clean coat of white paint slowly dried on the east facing wall of the Carlsbad Village taco hotspot Señor Grubby’s as street artist bumblebeelovesyou finalized his design 100 miles North is his Los Angleles studio. In a week, he would be painting the 28ft x 18ft wall kickstarting the Carlsbad Art Wall, a project I have been developing for the past 5 years.

bumbleebeelovesyou_snyder7Bumblebeelovesyou, a prolific Los Angeles based artist, arrived in Carlsbad on Thursday March 5. We met at Señor Grubby’s where we briefly exchanged memories of seeing each other’s work in the LA streets. After a beer and burrito, we began the preliminary preparations on the wall. The overall composition was mapped out along with some early base coats. The night ended early as a full day of painting crept near.


bumbleebeelovesyou_hankI learned that Bumblebee sleeps in. The toy tossing shrieks of a 15 month toddler was no match for his late morning slumber. I spent the early hours of Friday morning prepping supplies, creating marketing materials and loading the truck. I met up with the Carlsbad Magazine and walked the village chatting about the current state of Carlsbad art while Bumblebee slowly awoke and made his way to Vinaka for some coffee. We met at the wall around high noon and began day 1.

bumbleebeelovesyou_snyder9Bumblebee buzzed around the wall rolling a series of base coats as I greeted the many passersby interested in Carlsbad’s highly anticipated visiting artist. Many learned of his visit through articles in the Coast News1 Coast News2 and the San Diego City Beat, as well as a large blast of social media and online directory announcements. I greeted each visitor as Bumblebee worked feverishly around the wall.


bumbleebeelovesyou_snyder14As the sun sank and the bulbs hanging from the overhead lights flickered bright, we finished our last brushstrokes. At this point the night was young and I was eager to introduce bumblebee to some friends and local establishments. I began the introductions at Pizza Port where Bumblebee had his first taste of the infamous selection of Pizza Port brews. We continued to check out some live music at the Coyote Bar and Grill, eventually ending the night clashing pints at Mas Fina Cantina.

bumbleebeelovesyou_snyder15Saturday began much like the previous morning. After some early errands including an interview with the Coast News, we began Day 2. This day was important as it was entirely dedicated to brushing in the black outlines and shadows of the piece. With each brushstroke of the thick oil based black, Bumblebee’s design came more and more alive. A steady flow of mural visitors experienced the creative processes while I provided additional information on the project, as well as on the artist’s background. Grubby’s supplied food all day and the hot sun pelted the back of our necks unforgivably. We worked long into the night as the sounds of the nearby train and wilds of the Carlsbad Village nightlife roared, which ultimately lured us into the shadows of another late night in the village.


bumbleebeelovesyou_snyder16After sharing stories of the first 2 days at the bar with Justin from Grubby’s, I decided on introducing bumblebee to some more friends at The Compass. By this time it was getting late, which means it was just the right hour for a solid prime rib at Koko Beach.

bumbleebeelovesyou_snyder32Sunday morning came fast. We began the final day like each of the prior days at Vinaka, but took a mandatory detour followed with an introduction to my lifelong friend, the Carlsbad coastline. We drove along the coast to Tamarack. Bumblebee pointed out the large amounts of families and the overall sense of safety. We made our way to the Irie Bench overlooking the Agua Hedionda west basin lagoon, South-side Jetty and down toward the Encina Powerplant. I explained how the amazing view that we gazed upon was not only my current home, but it was also my childhood playground— the inspiration for most of my art.


We returned to the wall where the editor of the Coast News awaited. Bumblebee gave an video interview explaining his experience painting the wall, as well as visiting the Carlsbad Village for the first time. I took some additional photos and video as Bumblebee examined the wall. He made some final touchups as I greeted the continued flow of interested passersby, some whom I interviewed.

By high noon, the editors had left and the crowd had dispersed. Bumblebee and I remained in awe of Carlsbad newest color, a large brightly colored child innocently playing with a colorful chatterbox (cutie catcher) while bees and butterflies animated overhead. We congratulated each other and shared memories created over the past days. I gifted him a personalized Doodle painting and he presented me a doodle of his own. After a handshake, he set off back to LA.



As I lingered at the wall unwilling to call it a wrap, I looked down Carlsbad Village Drive and saw Bumblebee driving by for one last glance. After a nod to each other— and one toward the wall— we set off on our individual paths concluding the inaugural Carlsbad Art Wall mural.

Click HERE to submit your wall design.

Click HERE to learn more about the Carlsbad Art Wall.

Carlsbad Art Wall artist #1: Carlsbad Art Wall

video and photo provided by bumbleelovesyou

Snyder announces bumblebeelovesyou as inaugural Carlsbad Art Wall artist

Carlsbad Art Wall curator Bryan Snyder has officially announced prolific Los Angeles street artist bubmblebeelovesyou as the first artist scheduled to paint the newly established Carlsbad Art Wall.

“Through artwork including large scale stencil portraits of children and beehive installations in abandoned phone booths, bumblebeelovesyou brings attention to children homelessness and the impact of modernity on nature. His artwork is is whimsical, playful and exudes a sense of childish innocence, freedom and joy. Bumblebee shows work in the streets and through a number of past successful gallery shows. His next solo show will be at Thinkspace Gallery on June 20 2015.”

Bumblebeelovesyou will be painting March 6-7 at Señor Grubby’s.

Follow bumblebeelovesyou at:
Facebook: bumblebeelovesyou
Instagram: @bumblebeelovesyou
Twitter: @bumblebeelovesu

The Carlsbad Art Wall presented by Snyder Art


Snyder and Grubbys in Carlsbad

Carlsbad artist Bryan Snyder invites Los Angeles street artists to Carlsbad to paint a new mural each month

Starting on Friday March 6, and running the duration of the year, Carlsbad Village based artist Bryan Snyder will be bringing a Los Angeles street artists/muralist each month to paint a mural in the Carlsbad Village.

The east facing wall of Señor Grubby’s located at 377 Carlsbad Village Dr. will become a monthly rotating urban canvas for each artist, as well as an urban classroom for street art/muralist novices. The wall measures 28ft x 16ft.

Each artist will be hand selected by Snyder, who was voted ‘Los Angeles Street Artist of the Year’ in 2012 by one of the nation’s top street art websites Melrose and Fairfax.

Along with the new art introduced into the Carlsbad Village, the community will be presented with the opportunity to learn from some the of the best street artists/muralists in the world. This urban art classroom will bring a new design, technique and creative process each month.

After the initial series of Los Angeles artists, the Carlsbad Art Wall will be opened to all artists of all levels to practice and hone their developing skills.

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.

Bryan Snyder preps the Carlsbad Art Wall

The first Los Angeles artist will begin painting Friday, March 6.
Follow SnyderArt on Instagram for the artist announcement.

Would you like to paint the Carlsbad Art Wall?
Visit to submit your design!

Developed, curated and sponsored by Bryan Snyder.
Sponsored and hosted by Señor Grubby’s.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad BOOK


62-Year Chronicle of Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad have released a hardbound book titled Over 75,000 Served… A Chronicle of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad created by lifetime board member Greg Nelson.

Artwork created by Carlsbad Village based artist Bryan Snyder is included.

The book is available for $55.

Click HERE to make your purchase!

Fruit of the Lagoon

Carlsbad lagoon ghost shrimp

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALike the current lagoon dredging, a pipe is suck into the bottom of the Agua Hedionda lagoon sucking up the stinky and slimy floor and spitting it, along with freshly uprooted ghost shrimp, into the foggy early morning air.

The difference is ghost shrimpin’ is done in your skimpies!

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Stinky, slimy and scientifically tested

Carlsbad lagoon dredging


Kids take advantage of the man made water park knowing that it will be another two years before this happens again.

The “stinky water” lagoon dredging is back


Every two to four years the late Winter coastal breeze is filled with a putrid scent sucked up from the depths of the “stinky water” lagoon.

Carlsbad lagoon dredgingThe long 20-inch-diameter black pipe, which begins at a dredging vessel floating in the lagoon’s outer basin transports accumulated sand out of the lagoon. The removal of this sand allows cool water from the lagoon to smoothly enter the internal cooling system of the Encina Power Station.

About 500,000 cubic yards of sand will be pulled from the bottom of the lagoon and placed onto Carlsbad beaches in three stages:

1. About half that sand will go to a stretch of the beach between the intake and outlet jetties just outside the lagoon.

2. The next phase will consist of depositing about one-fourth of the remaining sand south of the warm water jetty.

3. The final stage will consist of placing the remaining sand on the beach between Tamarack and Oak avenues.

The project is expected to be completed before the annual grunion run, which usually begins in mid-April.


…coils, corkscrews and claws.

Carlsbad Village tree

A single idea is planted deep within the congested cracks of a beach side community. Virgin to the caresses of a waiting sun, it coiled, corkscrewed and clawed. It traveled through early brainstorms. It winced at rocky paths.  It gasped as it punched through the topsoil and onto its sunlit stage.

The idea grew strong through studied traditions, passions and public praise. The sky, smoothed like the belly of a wind blown dune, invited with limitless leaps. The idea continued its adventure skyward.

mulchThe sun bought stock and the seasonal rain dripped deep. A mane the color of crisp currency danced in the beach side breeze and meanderings branched off in new directions.

Then… the thought police arrived and muted the idea with a series of discouraging chops.

A pile of bark and leaves was all that remained, but under the warm mulch of this once steadfast muse— coils, corkscrews and claws the next great idea.

Carlsbad Sign Lighting from the old Twin Inns

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Carlsbad Sign Lighting

All photos taken by Bryan Snyder from the from the 2nd floor and attic above the old Twin Inns building.

Today’s palette 1.7.15


The Carlsbad Sign has arrived


An excited Carlsbad crowd braved the cold to watch the preparation and installation of our Village by the Sea’s newest 19,000 lbs. fixture.

On the night of Monday, December 29, the long-awaited, and now infamous, Carlsbad Sign was installed at the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Boulevard thanks to Carlsbad realtor Carlton Lund and TaylorMade Golf Company, the latter funding the $225,000 manufacturing bill.

The installation brought out a slew of local media and Carlsbad enthusiasts, each photographing the flawless installation from every angle. Some awaited the highly anticipated glow of the LED light letters, but the switch will remain in the off position until the lighting ceremony scheduled  for Jan. 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

carlsbad_sign_carlton_lundThis sign, which is the brainchild of Lund, has been in the works for 14 years. It was originally proposed including dolphin imagery designed by famed aquatic artist Wyland, but was later recommended against by the Carlsbad Arts Commission. The sign went through 6 design revisions before City of Carlsbad Council approval.

Click HERE to see the originally denied design.

The LED lights cost about a quarter per hour. Lund hopes the city will never be responsible for this cost and his kicking off a “power hour” fundraising campaign during the January 8 lighting ceremony.





What do you think of the new Carlsbad Sign?

2015 Sponsors: Carlsbad Village Local Calendar

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Each year the Carlsbad Village Local’s Calendar is made possible by the support of local business sponsorships. These sponsorships provide 100% of the funding needed to finance the production of this local calendar. Photography, design and fundraising organization is provided by Snyder Art and Design.

This calendar would not be possible without the support of these sponsors:. Thank you for your participation and continued support!

Click the above images to learn more about each sponsor!

To learn about calendar pick up locations:
1. Email
2. Follow @SnyderArt on Instagram
3. Like the Snyder Art and Design facebook page

Snyder Doodles at Caesar Chavez Eleventary: LA


caesar-chavez-snyder-doodle11The students of this school will have something extra to be thankful for this year when they return from Thanksgiving break.

On Saturday, November 22, Southern California street artist Bryan Snyder painted his signature character Doodle at Caesar Chavez Elementary School in Los Angeles. This brightly colored character reaches 15 feet above the school basketball court asphalt.


“I wanted to paint a character in the act of learning and exploring— something each child could recognize and identify with,” Snyder said.

snyder art doodleAs Snyder painted, children and parents observed his technique beginning with a preliminary sketch on the wall in chalk and continuing through many layers of spray paint. During the 6 hours it took Snyder to complete his newest mural, kids watched intently, asked questions and transferred their new knowledge onto the asphalt in their own colorful chalk Doodles.

snyder doodle caesar chavez“The mural is appealing to the eye, but the art is found in the ability to interest children in the creative process of art making. The color and the scale of my Doodle murals fascinate children and the setting provides an educational platform for creativity.”

It’s common for kids to spend hours with Snyder asking questions about everything from why he chooses the colors he does to the propper way to hold a spray can.


“Kids at this age are always the most curious, as well as the most critical. They are quick to suggest a color change; I encourage this. It means they are invested, interacting and thinking critically.”

Snyder was invited to participate in this project by Operation Project Hope, a community made up of like minded individuals committed to making a difference in the world.


“The students and parents were so happy to see the colorful murals brighten up their school,” Project organizers said. “We are honored to share our talents and give to these beautiful children.”

Over 20 murals we painted by dozens of artists and volunteers during the 1 day painting project.

Learn more about Snyder:

Snyder Doodles the Boys & Girls Club

Snyder Art Hunt

Introducing Jingle

See Doodle’s Imagination

Doodle at Paul Henry Furniture

A Creative Gathering

More Snyder installations

Click HERE to see more Doodle murals!

Email to inquire about Doodle murals.

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