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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.


Josephina DiSalvo September 11, 2009 at 4:49 am

A community coming together to celebrate the arts gives the lifeblood infusion that inspires artists to evolve in the creative process, aiding the expansion of the very heart and soul of a community as a whole. Art and culture visually and viscerally defines the infinite possibilities of positive growth and sustained development. Thank you Coast News Group and Alyx Sariol for such a broad and informative article depicting artists/residents/business owners optimistic, enriched and flourishing in this Carlsbad Village Association TOTC monthly art walk event. Let’s hope that your continued art news coverage will invite Carlsbad to open its corridors to larger and more public permanent venues for artists, patrons and businesses to share the very best of the human experience while being back lit by those Carlsbad Village inspirational sunsets. It makes one want to go to Le Passage French Bistro, break bread and imbibe in creative conversations in anticipation of the nouveaux: Victor Hugo, Braque, Pollock, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Georgia O’Keeffe or Beverly Sills to make an appearance. Merci Coast News, Merci Beaucoup Robert Broughton, The Perfect Framer!!!
Josephina DiSalvo

C. Ehlers September 13, 2009 at 6:08 am

The additon of the new venue, Thursday on The Coast has been a great addition to the City of Carlsbad. As we move forward with momentum, I look forward to seeing the Cities local artist’s become more aware and involved in the possiblities of opportunities within their own community to contribute their thoughts, talents and creative vision to empower the infusion of a new beginning of visual arts within the community.

Art is indeed the soul of a community. The coming together of both art and community lends towards the exploration and awareness of the wonderful business venues the City of Carlsbad has to offer. Coupled with the arts that bring so many colorful visions, this might be the message that awakens this wonderful City known as Carlsbad in offering outside communities the experience of pride that it’s local business’s and resident’s are promoting with positive growth and attitude through the arts for all to explore, share and enjoy. Excitement and Emotion. Come join us.

Cheryl Ehlers

Michael Doucette September 13, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Thursdays on the Coast is a fine example of the commitment the San Diego North County has shown and strived for. Many communities have embaced the arts from Carlsbad to Vista, Escondido and Fallbrook. Many with a solid view on the future with their childrens art programs. We as a community will benefit from this enviorment.
Michael Doucette

David Paul September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am

I have to say that I was quite impressed with this article. After reading it I went and visited several shops in the Carlsbad Village. The one that stood out the most to me was The Perfect Frame. Robert the owner was one of the nicest people I have met recently, and I was very impressed with the art displayed by artist Josephina DiSalvo. I think articles like this are important in keeping people such as myself informed about these wonderful events and locations!

e g brennan September 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm

I also was impressed with this article. Well written, well reported, I am enamored of the event of Carlsbad Art project.
I have been involved but this article by Alyx Sariol puts it over the top for my interest.
thanks fot that.
e g brennan, artist multiple award winner
COAL Gallery contributing member
Vista Art Foundation Treasurer
San Dieguito Art Association ocntributing member

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