April 08, 2005

13th Annual Oceanside Days of Art to Showcase More Than 400 Visual and Performing Artists, April 16-17

Celebrate the visual and performing arts during the 13th Annual Oceanside Days of Art, which will take place April 16-17, 2005, from 10am-5pm in downtown Oceanside. Sponsored by the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF), local businesses and organizations and the Ocean-side community, the unique festival is free to the public and will feature demonstrations and performance by more than 400 local and regional visual and performing artists. The theme of this year’s event is “Uniting our Community through the Cultural Arts.” Families will also be able to participate in hands-on art activities and enjoy food and beverages supplied by sone of North County’s finest restaurants.

“The Oceanside Days of Art is a wonderful way to bring the community together and celebrate all the diversity that can be found in the visual and performing arts,” said Rick Mohrlock, vice president of OCAF. “The festival not only allows us to enjoy the arts, but also helps us promote local arts programs that are vital to the continuing enrichment of our community.”

The two day event will showcase more than 100 visual artists who will display a variety of art including painting, graphics, mixed media, blown glass, sculpture, and ceramics. Other highlights will be the K-12 student’s theme poster and photographic contest at the Main Street Oceanside Phantom Gallery, with $250 in prizes awarded. Sponsored by the Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League, Oceanside Days of Art’s high school art show is the largest in North County with more than 300 works and $1,000 in prizes. Indoor venues will also feature works by Oceanside Museum of Arts students and instructors, computer art and chalk art.

Nonstop entertainment by 300 performing artists exhibiting various forms of dance, theatre and music will take place on several difference stages. Each evening, a grand finale will spotlight well-known local musicians, with past favorites having included the Pacific Coast Concert Band, Will Summer, and the United States Marine Corps Band. The festivities will be held in Civic Center Plaza and Pier View Way between North Coast Highway and Ditmar St.

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