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Family art fun in La Costa

CARLSBAD — Family Open Studios invites all to free art-making workshops held in conjunction with each exhibition from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cannon Art Gallery in the Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane. The next two Family Open Studios will be held:— June 29 – Create colorful portraits using oil pastels and watercolor paints for a summertime art project. The exhibition is “On Your Own Time,” featuring artwork by city of Carlsbad employees and their family members.

— Sept. 7 – Join the Art Miles Mural Project in creating a large canvas mural all about dogs. The exhibition is “Elliot Erwitt: Dog Dogs,” featuring 65 photographs of our favorite pets. Point Loma Credit Union provides the materials for this Art Miles Mural Project.

Family Open Studios includes a tour through the gallery to view the exhibition, professional artist-educators and talented volunteers for the projects. Many young artists just draw and paint whatever they like. Best of all, participants get to take their new works of art home. All materials are provided; no reservations are required and participants may arrive and depart at will. The 2013 Family Open Studios program is funded by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts.

Operated by the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office, the Cannon Art Gallery is a focal point for arts and culture in San Diego’s North County, offering a broad range of exhibitions, school and family programs, gallery tours, lectures and publications to the community. For information on all Gallery programs, contact the Cannon Art Gallery (760) 602-2021 or visit