Monthly art walks picking up steam

CARLSBAD — After a very successful first run, Thursdays on the Coast returned for its second night in the Carlsbad Village on Aug. 27.
Hosted by the Carlsbad Village Association, or CVA, the visual and performing arts event was placed throughout the village for the community to peruse and enjoy.
After browsing numerous galleries, people gathered around to watch artists painting on the sidewalks and listen to performances by several musicians.
“When talking to people about the event, you get the impression that there’s a hunger for this sort of thing,” said event chair and gallery owner Paul Uhler. “It’s well-received by everyone.”
After just one month, interest in the event has already skyrocketed. Forty-two venues participated in the Aug. 27 event, while just 27 had signed up for opening night in July.
Robin Young, executive director of the CVA, also noted that there was a significant increase in the number of artists interested in participating.
“The thing that’s interesting is that the event actually changes every month,” Young said. “We have some new artists and we have some old artists that are bringing new work.”
Newcomer Clifford Bailey painted in the natural light outside of the Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery, at 565 Grand Avenue, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers.
The Los Angeles-based artist received a warm welcome during his first appearance at the gallery and looks forward to participating again in the future.
Mixed-media artist and Carlsbad resident Josephina DiSalvo displayed several of her photographic series at The Perfect Frame, 2808 Roosevelt Street. DiSalvo graciously accepted storeowner Robert Broughton’s invitation to display her work in his store and participate in the local event.
“Art is so critical to any community,” DiSalvo said. “If a community doesn’t have art, the community has no soul.”
While event planners can monitor the success of the event based on gallery and artist participation, local residents have noticed a positive affect of the event on their neighborhood. Resident Toby Cohantz noticed an increase in foot traffic around the village while out for an evening stroll.
“There’s always a lot of people from out of town along the coast but getting people interested locally is a great idea,” Cohantz said, as he prepared to begin the art walk.
The program will continue through October, with the next events falling on Sept. 24 and Oct. 29. Those who are unable to attend the official date still have an opportunity to view the displayed art in the month between events. For more information or to get involved, contact the CVA at (760) 434-2553.

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