OCEANSIDE, CA – MainStreet Oceanside invites the Oceanside community to the dedication of Downtown Oceanside’s next public art mural. Free and open to all, a Community Mural Unveiling Celebration featuring artist Don Myers will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 27 outside MainStreet’s Oceanside office on Ditmar Street between Mission Avenue and Seagaze Drive.
Through a partnership with property owner Larry Hatter and business owner Greg Ferrell, the installed ocean glass mosaic mural is located on the east wall of the Conehead Investments building, 615 Mission Ave., on Ditmar Street across from Main Street Oceanside in the Oceanside Cultural District . This is the fourth mural in MainStreet’s Art That Excites program.
The family-friendly celebration will include live music by pianist and donor Robert Parker, dessert by One Kitchen Collaborative, a glass coaster workshop by mural glass provider and sponsor Oceanside Glass & Tile, and a mural mosaic-themed children’s art activity. Both the workshop and the activity are free.
MainStreet plans to dedicate the community-sponsored and installed 16-by-12-foot mosaic mural with a ribbon cutting and naming at 3 p.m. The name of the mural was chosen by an online community vote from entries to an Instagram community mural naming contest. Community talks will begin at 2:30 p.m
In a community mosaic-building workshop on February 29, 2020, and in community mosaic-building sessions spaced throughout the pandemic, Myers and members of our community assembled the mural into six 8-foot-by-4-foot panels in Myers’ studio at 1025 S. Coastal Highway. Panel by panel, Myers and these local volunteers together cut, shaped and glued in pieces of glass sponsored and provided by Oceanside Glass & Tile to form the water-themed mosaic. Myers placed the first plaque on the mural two and a half years ago at the inaugural workshop with Councilman Peter Weiss, who was serving as mayor at the time, and the last two plaques with Mayor Esther Sanchez on March 10.
Community members also had the opportunity to participate in the creation of the installed mural, which depicts a community of local marine life as it resides beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean just off our beaches, through sponsorships ranging from $100 to $7,500. A total of 66 community members and local businesses and organizations have sponsored the mural’s 77 marine animals and plants. Sponsors will be recognized next to the mural on a plaque, which will be placed at the party, with the name of the donor or the donor’s family, an honoree, a group or a business.
About Art that excites
The goal of Exciting Art, formerly the Oceanside Mural Initiative, is to install 10 curated public art murals to transform Downtown Oceanside into a destination for public art, provide art education and community outreach, and help define Oceanside as a community whose identity is built on and fueled by the arts. The installation of the ocean glass mosaic mural completes the first phase of the Exciting Art program.
About the Oceanside Cultural District
One of California’s first 14 cultural districts and one of only three in San Diego County, the Oceanside Cultural District, located in Downtown Oceanside, was designated by the California Arts Council in 2017. Bounded by The Star Theater on the north (Sportfisher Drive), the Oceanside Museum of Art to the east (Nevada Street), the Hill Street Country Club Gallery to the south (Minnesota Avenue), and the Oceanside Pier to the west, the Oceanside Cultural District is home to an eclectic and evolving art scene. Along historic Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean, with an iconic pier and amphitheater, you’ll find a unique destination with an abundance of cultural resources.
The Oceanside Museum of Art is a premier regional art museum and a leader in arts and culture. The California Surf Museum connects with non-traditional arts audiences by honoring local surf culture. The historic Sunshine Brooks and Star Theaters offer opportunities for all ages and present professional theatrical expression to thousands of students each year.
Cultural events like the Oceanside Dia de Los Muertos Festival are diverse, colorful and festive, as well as educational, with dance, music and food. The District is home to MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmers Market and Sunset Market, San Diego County’s premier weekly street food and music fair. Tattoo artists recognize the area’s historic military heritage with much of their work, and Artist Alley offers an interactive experience for everyone with practicing artists and artisans. The restaurants, wineries and breweries in the district highlight local artists and musicians.
About MainStreet Oceanside
MainStreet Oceanside is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a pedestrian-friendly community with unique and exciting attractions, including daytime and evening activities, for residents and visitors alike.