Drawn in charcoal by Carlsbad based artist Bryan Snyder, Doodle observes Memorial Day 2014 while holding an American flag at Hemlock Avenue in Carlsbad.
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Deadline: May 2, 2014
The Carlsbad Music Festival is seeking adventurous musicians for its Village Music Walk on June 21, 2014. Musicians of all styles and genres are invited to apply by filling out the form below. If selected, musicians will be asked to give 1-3 20-minute performances in a Village venue. Solo artists and ensembles/bands will be paid a flat fee of $50 per musician, for as many as 4 musicians in an ensemble. Ensembles larger than 4 pieces are welcome, but our budget is limited to $200 total per ensemble.
In addition to more traditional soloists or ensemble, we would love to have your more unconventional project as part of the walk. Have a project for 30 guitarists, a sound installation, an audience participation piece, etc? Send us your proposal!
The Village Music Walk is a community celebration of adventurous music-making with over 40 short performances in a dozen venues in the historic Village of Carlsbad. The Walks regularly draw crowds of 2000+ with venues including public parks, art galleries, a record store and a 19th century chapel.
Click HERE to apply!
The Carlsbad Village animates with activity. Early morning deliverymen and pints seeking developers frequent the shady village streets. Village visitors meander on hot Summer days and longtime locals bounce across happy hours.
The Village is an animated grid of pedestrian activity. Many are that of the standard occurrence, while others are worth a second look.
One of my favorite childhood memories is from spending after-school-hours at the Boys and Girls Club in the Carlsbad Village. I played indoor soccer (team photo on the wall of That Pizza Place) and logged many hours in the Club pool. I was even the foosball Club champion one year.
I was recently approached with the opportunity to paint a mural in the Club gym. I excitedly agreed and decided to begin with an initial visit to see what type of inspiration I could find. I entered within the tall cinder block walls and walked atop the shining wood court. I glanced up at the scoreboard as if I had ball in hand as the game’s final seconds ticked away. I walked along the edge of the court and located the exact spot where many years ago my nose gushed blood after being struck in the face by a soccer ball. The shrieks and thuds of tennis shoes echoed down the halls and bouncing balls of all shapes and sizes kept me on constant guard. It was loud, chaotic and overwhelming, but always maintaining structure, balance and organization. The gym was organized chaos — I had found my inspiration.
I thanked the Club Directors and Gym sponsor Greg Nelson and returned home to begin the task of visually representing my new found muse. I sat down at my desk with pencil in hand and brainstormed iconography representing structure and balance, as well as the potential outcome if that balance was lost. One visual that I continued to revisit was a stack of Jenga blocks and how its balance is maintained as long as each key element is intact. If pieces of its structure are removed, it crumbles. That idea eventually evolved into my final design.
The resulting idea and final mural consists of Doodle characters atop of each other’s shoulders. To the eye the chaotic tower of Doodles might seem to be on the verge of collapse, but the tower maintains its balance through organization and structure much like the gym, and Club in general. Balance is maintained through Club mission values: respect, leadership, greatness, teamwork, safety and fun.
As I painted during the three nights in the gym I constantly relived memories as a young boy spending after-school-hours in the Club. I never forgot the sounds, the smells and the sites. I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to permanently add my artwork to the club — and to the future memories of its kids.
Click HERE to learn more about the Boys and Girls Club!
Contact email@example.com for mural inquiries!
On Wednesday April 9, 2014, a group of Olde Carlsbad neighbors met to discuss the future of the Buena Vista Reservoir owned by the City of Carlsbad and located at the intersection of Buena Vista Way and Arland Road.
The City of Carlsbad recently tabled a proposal to offer the 3.4-acre site for sale — presumably to developers for housing.
Carlsbad currently offers a wide range of community parks including Holiday Park, Hosp Grove Trails and the new $40 million Alga Norte Park, but neighborhood residents believe the Olde Carlsbad part of the city lacks an appropriate park and playground.
Joe Garuba, City of Carlsbad Property & Environmental Manager, gave a brief tour of the reservoir to the nearly 50 neighborhood members. May Anne Viney, a long time Olde Carlsbad resident, also provided information on the efforts to turn the land into a park.
The reservoir, named ‘The Pit’ by many Carlsbad locals, has already been used as unofficial community grounds for over a decade. Carlsbad local artist Bryan Snyder first began entering where he and friends built skate ramps. He later used the large surrounding walls as giant canvases for his art.
“I taught myself how to paint by sneaking into The Pit nearly a decade ago and painting large scale murals on the perimeter embankments. This Pit has been a major part of my life and professional career,” Snyder said. “I have painted all over the world and it would have never been possible without first learning on The Pit walls.”
A petition of over 150 signatures has been circulating and a website to help spread the word of this neighborhood movement is currently being developed.
Click HERE for a documentation of The Pit artwork!
Click HERE to see a video of Bryan Snyder painting at The Pit!
Click HERE to see more murals by Bryan Snyder!
Stay tuned for more information.
On April 1, 2014 the Carlsbad Encina Power Plant lost its coastline-dominating smoke stack. It was plucked from the recently decommissioned power plant around 7 a.m. by a nondescript helicopter.
Details on the whereabouts of the smoke stack are unclear right now, but unconfirmed sightings have been reported in or around Humboldt County.
Did you witness this unbelievable sighting?
UPDATE : April Fools
Just a few years ago Carlsbad locals relocated to Santa Barbara to open Pace food and drink, a mellow and hip restaurant on State Street just blocks from the beach.
The restaurant thrived with loyal patronage and a yelp rating of 4.5, but after years of hard work, the family decided it was time to move on.
With a daring twist, the Snyder’s are now giving away their hugely popular restaurant away via a video contest.
• Beer and wine license
• The lease paid for one year
• Up to $20,000 in working capital
• Up to 120 hours of mentoring
• Our loyal customer base
WHAT: 2014 BrewbiesTM Festival – 5th Annual!
WHEN: Saturday, March 1 : noon-5PM
WHERE: The Bagby Beer Company (map)
The Brewbies Festival benefits the Keep A Breast Foundation, and, in its first four years has donated over $75,000 to support KAB’s mission. The Keep A Breast Foundation, a non-profit organization, aims to provide support for young people impacted by cancer and to offer education about prevention, early detection, and help raise awareness about cancer-causing toxins in our everyday environment.
Festival-goers will enjoy handcrafted beer from all over the country. The 2014 festival will feature several local and regional breweries including (but not limited to): AleSmith, Alpine Beer Co, Angel City, Automatic, Avery, Ballast Point Brewing, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, Big Dogs, Bravery Brewing, Breakwater, Cismontane, Coronado, Craftsman, Culture Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Dogfish Head, Eagle Rock, El Segundo, Firestone Walker, Golden Road, Goose Island, Green Flash, Hangar 24, Ironfire, Karl Strauss, Kern River, La Quinta, Lady Face Ale, Lagunitas, Latitude 33, Mike Hess Brewing, Monkey Paw, Noble Aleworks, North Coast, Pizza Port, Rip Current, Sierra Nevada, Smog City, Societe, Speakeasy, TAPS, The Lost Abbey, The Bruery, Tustin and more!
Click HERE to view the Snyder Art painting up for auction!
Click HERE for more info!
On Tuesday Feb. 11, the Carlsbad City Council unanimously approved the proposed corporate marking partnerships policy, which includes stipulations allowing corporations to sponsor city assests.
The 10-page comprehensive policy developed by city staff, and an outside consultant, includes two programs: “proud partner” program and a master vending contract program.
City events, such as Jazz in the Parks, currently include corporate sponsors, but the “proud partner” program will combine additional city events, such as Adopt a Trail, aquatic programs, and the Carlsbad Triathlon, into one citywide sponsorship package. This sponsorship package will also include city services, vehicles, mailings, buildings, parks and street furniture.
In addition, the master vending contract will grant exclusivity to one food and beverage vendor, such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Snapple, throughout city departments and facilities.
The corporate marketing partnerships program will potentially attract more lucrative corporate partnerships bringing in up to $750,000 revenue within three years of launching.
Though the City of Carlsbad retains sole discretion to choose sponsors and does not intend to open possible agreements for public forum, staff assure a tasteful aesthetic in accord with the integrity of the city.
As a result of the policy approval, city staff will now begin developing and issuing requests for sponsorship proposals for the two programs.
Carlsbad’s proposed artwork titled “Coastal Helix” by San Francisco Bay artist Roger Stoller is one step closer to becoming the newest addition to an already impressive collection of Carlsbad public art.
After a review of 86 applicants submitted by local Carlsbad artists and residents of other cities, the Public Art Advisory Committee narrowed down the applicants into 5 very talented finalists. Stoller was eventually chosen based on an impressive portfolio and the ability to combine Carlsbad iconography with a forward-thinking aesthetic.
“It is old world craft with modern day technology,” one arts commission member said.
The 12 foot tall “Coastal Helix” is the proposed centerpiece for the State Street and Carlsbad Boulevard 35 foot in diameter roundabout, and will showcase iconic Carlsbad imagery woven into the piece’s stainless steel lacework including: a whale tail, pelican, crab, wave, bird of paradise, sunset and heron.
The sculpture will be lit at night by LED lights and will stand atop an artisan rock formation representing the local cliffs, surrounded by an arrangement of local plants.
After a period of public comment, the City of Carlsbad Arts Commission will present the proposed artwork to the City Council for final approval. This agenda item is scheduled to go to council in March 2014. Installation is scheduled to coincided with the June 2014 completion of the roundabout.
Click HERE to tell the city what you think of the artwork.
Click HERE to learn more about Roger Stoller.
Click HERE to view a video on the “Coastal Heaix.”
Carlton Lund, a Carlsbad real estate broker and the former chairman of the board of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, invited community members to a public meeting to discuss his proposed 20 feet tall archway sign to be located near Carlsbad Village Drive, and spanning the width of Carlsbad Boulevard, but to Lund’s dismay, he was greeted with more naysayers than he may have expected.
The Village Terrace above the Daily News Cafe in the Carlsbad Village filled promptly at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30 with representatives from the City of Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and organizations, local artists and community enthusiasts.
After a short introduction by Chamber member and application handler Mike Howes of Howe’s Weiler & Associates, some attendees’ hands raised high with discontent over what they referred to as a “cartoony” and “silly” image of a smiling dolphin named “Darlene.” This image is planned to sit atop the sign.
While many showed support for a sign in the Carlsbad Village, some disapproved of the image of the dolphin, as well as the “overpowering” size and the cultural significance of the sign, but the most interesting displeasure voiced during this community meeting regarded the definition of “art” and the validation of the chosen artist.
Robert Wyland, a world-famous artist renowned for painting marine life, is planned to donate the artwork for the center of the sign, but many consider Wyland’s image not exactly art. “Dolphin Smile Porthole” is a piece Wyland reproduces often. Some categorized it as merchandise — it has been made available on the Home Shopping Network — and upset attendees considered it more Wyland Galleries branding than a unique piece of art. The City of Carlsbad Arts Commission has already denied support for the same reasoning.
Concerns immediately filled the room questioning the validation of Wyalnd as a representative of Carlsbad. He is not, nor has he ever been, a resident of Carlsbad. Though the icon of a dolphin is appropriate for the Carlsbad Village by the Sea, it is named after his mother Darlene Wyland and vice president of Wyland Worldwide — a name that lacks significance to Carlsbad, its history or its community.
Not all of the community input was negative. Just as many community members showed their excitement for the sign and their support for Darlene the Dolphin. If approved, the sign design, construction and installation, as well as the dolphin sculpture, will be financed by a generous donation of $225,000 by TaylorMade Golf. Of that donation, $50,000 will cover the cost of supplies for the sculpture. The ultimate cost to the City of Carlsbad will be $0.
If approved, this sign will become one of the city’s most photographed landmarks. A question worth asking is why Wyland was awarded the opportunity to stamp his company branding on the sign? A group of local artists questioned why there was not an open invitation for other artists to submit designs?
As a Wyland Foundation member of the board of directors, Lund has pushed for Wyland’s artwork in the past. In the late 1990s Lund attempted to persuade the City of Carlsbad to allow Wyland to paint on the northern wall of the Encina Powerplant. The request was denied.
The meeting began with handshakes, hugs and pleasantries, but to the surprise of the proposed archway sign supporters, the audience was scattered with disapproving looks that passionately applauded after each voiced their concerns of the sign size, the sign location and the aesthetics and iconography of the sign sculpture, as well as Lund’s unwillingness to publicly invite other artist applicants.
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WHAT: CMF Benefit featuring a performance by pipa player Wu Man
WHERE: The Village Terrace at the Carlsbad Inn (map)
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 4 starting at 7 p.m.
TICKETS: $75 each or a pair for $125 (buy ticket)
The Carlsbad Music Festival announces its 2014 fundraising benefit to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Carlsbad Inn Village Terrace located in the heart of the Carlsbad Village steps from the beach.
Benefit guests will enjoy a catered reception, silent auction, and performance by Wu Man, world renown Chinese pipa player, Carlsbad resident and 2013 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year.
Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a composer, soloist, and educator giving her lute-like instrument – which has a history of two thousand years in China – a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Through numerous trips to her native China, Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. Her adventurous spirit and virtuosity have led to collaborations across artistic disciplines allowing Wu Man to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders.
The proceeds of this event will benefit the CMF’s 2014 activities including the 3-day Festival in September and the June 21 Village Music Walk. The Carlsbad Music Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing adventurous music to Carlsbad since 2004.
Please click the below link to purchase benefit tickets:
Click HERE to view a video of Wu Man performing.
WHAT: Fairy Tale Formal Ball
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 31 @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Carlsbad Village Yoga + Fitness (map)
There will be live music, refreshments, and local business Silent Auctions and raffles! Dress FORMAL or PRINCESS/PRINCE or DREAMS or FairyTale!
$20 LOVE DONATION FOR ADULTS
No charge for kids
WHAT: Proposed Carlsbad Archway Sign Public Meeting
WHERE: Conference room above the Daily News Cafe (map)
WHEN: Thurs. Jan. 4th, 7:30am-9am
Learn more about the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s proposed gateway sign for Carlsbad Blvd. and give input at this community meeting at the Carlsbad Inn’s conference room above the Daily News Cafe.
Contact the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Carlsbad has begun the construction of a new traffic roundabout at the intersection of Carlsbad Boulevard and State Street, which will also include: bike lanes on each side of Carlsbad Boulevard, a sidewalk on the East side, pedestrian trail paralleling the railroad tracks — and a commissioned piece of art by Bay Area artist Roger Stoller.
Stoller, a former industrial designer, switched careers to a professional artist at the age of 42 after years of internal reflection. His organic designs using bronze and steel are inspired by “experiences observing nature on multiple levels,” Stroller said. Stroller also finds inspiration in the sky and the trees looking out from under water.
With a budget of $100,000, Stoller’s artwork is expected to be designed, fabricated and installed at the State Street-Carlsbad Boulevard roundabout by June 2014.
Stroller’s past large-scale sculptures can be found at Google in Mountain View, Calif., and the cities of Stockton, Palo Alto and Alles, Tex.
Click HERE to learn about application process and artwork criteria.