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Art in the Village ushers in the creativity

CARLSBAD — Historic downtown Carlsbad brimmed with activity for its 13th annual Art in the Village event. Visitors both in and out of town were immersed in artwork, savories, and live entertainment.
Nearly 20,000 guests dropped by and viewed head-turning artistic creations.
Jay Corrales, board
president of the Carlsbad Village Association, calls the day one of sensory delights with artists from all over the country who share their talents with Carlsbad.
It’s an annual treat that many look forward to.
“Art in the Village features over 100 local and regional fine artists using mediums such as oil painting, watercolors, photography, mixed media, new media, classical and contemporary sculpture, as well as artisans who hand-design jewelry, woodworking, furniture, pottery, clothing and accessories,” Corrales said. “Many of the artists are world renowned and have had their art featured in major galleries and museums worldwide.”
Most of the artists are from California, while others fan across the nation.
Carlsbad artist, Bryan Snyder, of Snyder Art and Design, was spotted among the vendors. Displayed in his section was a large painting, which he collaborated with the famous, and controversial mosaic creator of the “Surfing Madonna,” Mark Patterson of Encinitas. It was an immediate eye-catcher for many.
“The best part of this event is interacting with everyone where they get to see the art and ask questions about it,” Snyder said.
Alex Scollon, managing director of the New Village Arts Theatre, was also there to provide everyone a glimpse of their upcoming performances.
Scollon said that their mission is to be a part of a vibrant downtown Carlsbad.
“By anchoring this community with arts and cultural events we bring an excitement to the community,” he said, adding how their season just kicked off and will continue through June 2012.
Corrales pointed out that this annual event has a special way of promoting the artistic character of Carlsbad.
“For artists and artisans, it provides an affordable venue for them to display and sell their art work,” he said. “For residents and visitors it provides a great way to experience historic Carlsbad Village.”
Another busy area was the kids’ booth.
Cheryl Ehlers, of The Stardust Arts, kept children entertained with arts and crafts for the second year in a row.
From paper bag hat creations to coloring face masks the kids dove into a flurry of fun projects.
“Our kids and activities booth promotes the parents to be able to come to Art in the Village,” she said. “Last year I did this, and the comments were that it was so nice to have something for the kids to do — this allows the kids to be a part of the event.”
In between eyeing and purchasing artwork, people strolled through the shops and bellied up to a table for a meal at a nearby restaurant. Others took a break while padding along Carlsbad State Beach.
The day was packed with something for everyone.
The Carlsbad Village Association champions this event. Once known as the Village Merchants Association, its goal for Carlsbad has transformed over the years.
Corrales said its focus is taking an active role as business and community leaders to spur business activity.
Art in the Village is one example of what they do.
Corrales also thanked the city of Carlsbad, the Police and Fire Department, Kennedy and Associates Consulting, Scan Diego and Hudson Printing for making the event a successful one.