Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Michael Rosenblatt
Mural installed at the Marriott Hotel Oceanside CA

Michael Rosenblatt was one of the original Artists of Artist Alley back in the 90”s. He was the energy of many late nights in the Alley, and he is now a celebrated Artist of many collectors and City installations.

His video on NBC news:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlVJXhGXAN0&feature=youtu.be

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Walking for the Arts of our Imaginations...

Due to the covid 19 disaster, I have not had art events to report about. I value all of your visits to this site about the Arts in the City of Oceanside CA. I have as many been walking my immediate neighborhood, and met many wonderful folks and their furry four pawed friends. As the weeks go by, I am meeting folks I did not know that they even lived here. This shows, that as we have in the past, not going out on a daily biases to exercise in a way that is free and has a positive impact on our neighborhood.

I have started a Neighborhood blog which is centered on Rancho Hermosa Oceanside. It is a retirement community of 55 and over. I'm among the most senior of age groups and it is wonderful to meet my younger new friends and their pups.

Please follow this effort, and if you have neighborhood stories to tell please feel free to put them in the comment section. Thank You,

Ruth Jameson 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

O'side Bakery Art Walls program. Hanna Russell and Ruth Jameson with painting by Hanna.

Art Walls for Students @ O'side Bakery

When I created the Art Walls program for the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation in 2018, I had the vision that someday this program would be available for students of our Oceanside High Schools.

That dream came true last month when the ACE Studio and OCAF had a student exhibition from the El Camino High School. It was my great honor to meet and to become the owner of one of the paintings from this exhibition.

Hanna Russell, a truly remarkable young woman of great potential has created several Stippling Paintings for this show. It takes an incredible amount of time, talent, and passion to create this type of art work. Stippling has a long historical place in the world of fine art. It is like not other kind of painting as it is done with a pen and ink which it's self a challenge that is not for the faint of heart, but for those who has the passion of the vision in their mind's eye and the patience to just do it.

Example of Stippling 

Hanna has that Heart in her works. Thank You Hanna for your energy and ability to bring to our viewing your works so endearing and beautiful.    

Sunday, October 13, 2019


 It is eclectic. My first love is abstract and impressionistic art, but I do representational art as well. I am especially moved by the local nature of California’s coast: the ocean with all of its changing light, majesty and beauty, coastal and tropical botanicals and palm silhouettes of all kinds.

It is about imagination and experimentation. Intentional camera movement technique (ICM) while shooting creates light paintings that are captured as I move the camera while taking the shot. Abstracts have also been shot inside of a mylar shopping bag or created from reflections in a puddle after the rain. A curling piece of bark becomes an ocean wave calling local surfers.  Agave Cacti become seascapes when turned on their sides.

It has a contemporary look.
I print my images on various substrates: on acrylic sheets; on large canvases finished with epoxy, or brushed aluminum gallery wraps.  All are very contemporary looks. On the metal wraps, the brushed aluminum shows through giving the images a depth and a metallic shimmer that I love. The canvas with epoxy is a gorgeous finish!   

I was born and raised in the spectacular natural beauty of Alaska. Nature and the environment still inform the work that I do as an artist today. I left as a young adult hungry for exposure to urban environments and the arts and culture they have to offer that I missed as a child. Currently, I live and create in Carlsbad, California near the Pacific Ocean. I am largely a self-taught artist and creative. When I retired from the workaday world in 2015, I experimented with a variety of media and eventually settled on digital photography and mixed media as my primary modes of expression. Using everyday experiences as a starting point, I directly respond to the present circumstance and moment, not knowing exactly what my camera lens will capture. It is with the alchemy of imagination, experimentation,  and editing that the visual gift emerges. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019


My work seeks to explore intimate and difficult subjects around which we thrive or die.
Diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer in 2018 I picked up acrylic paint and canvas to hide
away my fear and anger, to cry out with great joy over newness and hope, and to express
abstractly how I was living out this disease. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that I am a
passionate and emotional man, living with great faith in a world that eludes common sense.

“Cancer made me do it” is the best why for my work, and a miracle from God immersed me in a
world of color, texture and raw emotion that explains how. Each time I stand before a canvas I
am flooded with an awareness of our physical and spiritual journey, and my hands form the
paint and canvas to bring that awareness to the surface so that we can share and converse
over these most wondrous gifts.

Creating what I feel allows you to see my spiritual and emotional journey so that we might share
and come closer together. Painting immerses me in both my time and God’s time, and every
work expresses an abundance of truth about my life that I hope will cast light upon your own.

Friday, June 28, 2019


Tony Gywnn

Recently featured on Fox Sports telling the story of Michael Rosenblatt one of the original artists of Artists Alley. Back in the day, we were nine artists who filled the spaces with art and music. The tradition stays alive with the First Friday Art Walk.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

JUNE 13, 7:30 PM
O'side Bakery Oceanside
Presented by the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation

Born and raised in France, I moved to San Francisco at the age of 22, in search of adventure and broader horizons. As a child, I carried my father’s equipment while he filmed and photographed the places we visited in Europe. I have been traveling since, with a camera as my best friend.

I learned the intricacies of the darkroom with a San Francisco fashion photographer. I became familiar with the computer world while I worked as a Research Librarian at QUALCOMM. Since 1987, I have lived in Leucadia, a small beach town in North County San Diego.
In 2008, I started a project documenting how women were represented in different countries through the mannequins living behind store windows. It soon turned into an art form, as I used the reflections off the glass of the stores to create surreal, multi-layered images. I like to spend time in large cities here and abroad, walking in the streets, searching for their urban essence through architecture, street art, and store mannequins.
If you wish to see more of my work, I would be very pleased to hear from you. I can be reached by email at: janinefree@gmail.com

The exhibition runs from June 11 - August 11, 2019 

Thursday, March 21, 2019


OPENING APRIL 18. 7:30 PM - 9:30 pm

Cheryl Ehlers was raised in Europe, and currently resides in North County, Carlsbad, CA. Her creative process is reflective of mental imagery and emotions. She enjoys allowing the mind to take over the art during the process, capturing a flash in time that morphs a thought, and transforming it into art. Her works are bold, colorful and vary in styles. A majority of her art is published and she has painted for Independence Peace Day, “Silent Beauty”, United Nations, (UNESCO) Paris, FR; “Gator on the Bay”, San Diego, CA; “Sail into San Diego”; TICA; Cure for Cancer, Maui, HI.; “Reach for the Stars”, Auckland, NZ, and recently for The Ocean Agency, “Hypnotic Movements”, in support of programs protecting the coral reefs. Presently, working as an Arts Program Assistant for the City of Encinitas.

 Ehlers has a BA in Commercial Textile Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan, NY. She has broad interests, and in 2009, she founded The Stardust Arts and had taught over 11,250 under-served youth the fundamentals of creative art. The program is solely funded by local grants and is recognized by the California State Assembly and the San Diego Board of Supervisors. She collectively has published chronicles on genealogy and biographical histories which are housed in public libraries in Texas, Georgia, Illinois, New York, The National Archives in Washington, DC, Wisconsin and New Zealand. (1997-2014).

She is a published visual artist, awarded recognition by the California State Assembly and the San Diego Board of Supervisors for her accomplishments in art in local communities (2009, 2010). In 2014 she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Encinitas 101 Mainstreet Association CA, for her curative efforts with the community emerging artists. She has been awarded numerous Visual Art grants, and continues to pursue her efforts to reach out and education the public on art. “Art at its best is creative, imaginative, and a valuable universal language”.

Visit her website at https://cherylehlersart.com , Video: “Pieces of Jazz” at https://youtu.be/toklhkf5Idg

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Susie Zolghadri

I was born and raised in the green mountains
of Vermont. Memories of my childhood always
bring me back to nature. The early flowers and
birds that welcome spring, the luscious green

leaves and warm nights of summer, the beautiful,
magical colors of autumn and the white snows
of winter. I currently reside in San Diego, California
and find myself surrounded once again with
nature. Mountains, desert and ocean inspire me
to continue creating.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Fred Tomaselli

In viewing Fred Tomasellis's works the space in your mind will expand into a new and “Dislocated Reality”. Like looking into a vortex, one work has an unrelenting pull, physically drawing you ever closer to the work until, your are standing with your nose an inch from the painting. The detail of his works is seductive and a new exciting experience.

Rarely do I write about the exhibitions at our Oceanside Museum of Art, for writers far better than I do the reviews for our local publications. However, this time, I because of my great enchantment of his works, I happily dare to give this humble blog a heads up for our Local and International followers the chance to experience his work. The two YouTube videos will give a good overview of his works and more, to have a chance to hear and see his process in constructing art forms which will be new to most of you.

I have worked in resin, and know how deadly this medium can be. Using respirators is mandatory or as I did sometimes work underwater to take the deadly dust away. Never though, did I consider using a blowtorch to finish my sculptures. The heat raises the tiny bubbles in the resin so they will surface and dissipate with the finishing. So, I can relate in some small way to his process with the resin. The small pieces of illustrations of birds and leaves of the actual visual aspects are beyond my head-space to digest. The minute pieces of materials used are truly Mind-blowing.

July 28th to December 2nd
at the Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside CA 92054

Ruth J Jameson

Pelé      R J Jameson
Cast Resin  sculpture

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Art Walls O'side Project

Last Thursday evening was the premier of a new project of the Oceanside Cultural Foundation. The Art Walls O'side Project is an out reach to the East Side of Oceanside and beyond to share the Fine Arts created by our area Artists. So many are in our region without a gallery to exhibit their work. So many walls of possibility...

Our first Venue for this project is the O'Side Bakery in East Oceanside located at the intersection of El Camino Real and Mission Ave. Address is 3815 Mission Ave, suite 101. 760.305.9500.
Patrick Neil Brown

The Exhibition will change every two months and will present a new artist the “opening “ to be tbd.

The turnout was amazing and all were enchanted by the Art of Patrick N. Brown, Music by Robert Parker
with solo added by Noah Lightfoot. The tasty treats by the O'side Bakery. Out of this world bites of french inspired talent gave us Chocolate Truffles, Petite Macaroons, and more. Wine by Butterfield Satation  from Fratelli's Restaurant. The evening was graced indeed by the music of Robert Parker who has the magic hands at the piano that kept us all blissful with memories of today and yesterday.

Fine Art, Great taste treats, and happy music, can't beat that. Wouldn't even try...
Noah Lightfoot

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


The City of Oceanside Parks & Recreation is excited to bring you the 1st annual Sunday Night Jazz Series. Join us under the stars as you enjoy the melodies, rhythm, and sounds of the Gregory Michael Band, Jimmy William Band, and the
Big Band Jazz Hall of Fame!  Concert dates are June 24, July 22, and August 19.  Relax and kick-back as you enjoy complimentary hor d’ oeuvres with free wine and beer or dance the night away to this live musical experience. 
The shows are from 6:00-9:00 pm at the El Corazon Senior Center. (3302 Senior Center Drive in Oceanside) 
Tickets just went on sale for only $20 per show!
Tickets can be purchased by going to www.oceansiderec.com.
For more information about Oceanside Parks and Recreation programs, please visit www.oceansiderec.com, call (760) 435-5041, or on Facebook at “City of Oceanside Parks & Recreation.”

Senior Service Team,

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues

As we continue to celebrate Oceanside as a Cultural Arts City, the East side of Oceanside is beginning to have an art energy of its own. We who live and create in East Oceanside are energized by the new venues which are becoming a welcome harbinger of great things to come. The Heritage District has long been the center of our Cultural awareness, and for visitors a must see. The San Luis Rey Mission  and Heritage Park are the time honored center for our Visitors far and wide.   

As our City's Master Plan for the Arts becomes our guide for the future, one of the elements mentioned is to have venues for the Arts which are not necessarily traditional galleries.

To this end, The New O'side Bakery is presenting art on their walls for their patrons of good food. It is widely known that good food and art go together. So in June we are presenting the first of many openings for this upscale eatery.

is our first Artist with Pete Harwood and other regional artists to follow every two months. Patrick will be at the O'side Bakery for June and July. Photographer Pete Harwood for the months of August and September. We will have an opening for each artist who displays in this engaging venue.

We hope you will join us to celebrate our newest venue for the Arts in Oceanside, to let the whole world know that here in East O'side we will be a player in the world of arts for our region.
Pete Harwood   Oceanside Pier

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Julia Fister A Winner for the Arts and Education

Studio Ace received a 9000. grant from the Oceanside Charitable Foundation last night. Studio Ace will support the Community Arts Education Project with six Community projects this year. 

The Studio Ace is located next door to the East Oceanside Library. I first met Julia Fister when she was a volunteer at the Oceanside Museum of Art  in 2010. She was a glowing light for the Museum with her engaging personality and love of the Arts.

She then became the Director of Education for the Museum and was the originator of the Art Quest Program at OMA.  I was privileged to work with her for three years teaching the 5th Graders of our Oceanside Unified School District about making art in many different genres. She also presented the children historical insights about how the arts have changed over the years from the classical forms to the present digital arts we know in our everyday lives. 

Julia's new studio will be a guiding light for Children, Adults and schools in the East O'side and for our many diverse communities. Her door is always open. So, come by and welcome Julia to the place where the Arts and Education will grow and thrive...welcome Julia !!! 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Artist Patrick N. Brown
Exhibition at the O'side Bakery
Oceanside CA


A while back I wrote a lament about the many doors of Artists Alley closing to Artists. The rents for studios have skyrocketed out of sight in Downtown Oceanside and most probably will never return to the level that an Artist could afford to be in Artists Alley. The Dream of Artists Alley is now a beloved memory for most of us, and we will whenever possible return to take part in special events. Possibilities remain with the vision of sculptures along the side of the Alley. Perhaps in our new Master Plan for the Arts in Oceanside, this could be an element to which the muse of the alley could smile about...

Now as I hoped, a doors are opening in our Cultural Heritage District in East Oceanside. The Muramid Mural Museum is soon to open next door the the San Luis Rey Bakery and Restaurant near the Mission. Julia Fister has opened her new studio, Studio ACE next door to the East Oceanside Library. And another door will open in June at the new O'side Bakery on Old Mission Ave.

Studio Ace will open in June with the programming in the visual arts for kids, adults, and programs which will be off site. The Studio is located in the Mission Plaza Real next door to the Library. The area is one of our oldest sites of the valley ranches. The Davy Jones Ranch used to be at the corner of what is now Rt.76 and Douglas. This is where the white horse in many of my paintings used to live. The old buildings are still there. a testament to when the Valley was a quiet place of green hills and many livestock.

Our Heritage District is a treasure for our historical record. The San Luis Rey Mission, the Heritage Park, and is now the new site where our beloved Muramid Mural Museum is located. We are eagerly awaiting the reopening of this most colorful and art inspired place to work. Joanne Tawfilis has completely renovated the old house located next to the San Luis Bakery and Restaurant, the address: 480 North El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA 92058. 

One more door will open on June 14th . The O'side Bakery located in the same center as Studio ACE will have their first opening for a fine art exhibition. Patrick N. Brown an artist of wondrous paintings will be our first exhibitor. The address is 3815 Mission Ave suite 101. The french pastries are my downfall...more treadmill work in my future. 

"Cyprus Tree Dream " Patrick N. Brown

A vision is building for the site of the closed Pacifica School in East Oceanside. Pacifica Farm a place where the vision is to grow good food, have healthy eating promoted with classes, a Farmers Market and quite possibly a place where performance can celebrate the fine art of the growing the good seeds of our lives.

More doors will open. The idea of an Art space in storage units is something to consider. The Bridge Storage in Richmond Ca has seen great success in attracting artists to these unique spaces, which in turn is building a new magnetic Art scene in the greater Richmond area...I see a lesson here. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

 Call for Artists Days of Art Oceanside CA

The Days of Art in Oceanside CA

Call For Artists
Oceanside Days of Art will come to the streets the weekend of April 14thand 15th. Artists are invited to apply in the fields of painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, jewelry and mixed media. The deadline for early bird pricing is March 9that the cost of $135 for a 10x10 booth space and $220 for a 10x20 space. After March 9ththe cost will be $155 and $260. Applications are available at ocaf.info. Participating artists are invited to attend a reception in the in honor at Oceanside Museum of Art on Saturday evening.

This year we are collaborating with the Oceanside Public Library’s Big Read, the NEA, Oceanside Museum of Art, The Old Globe Theatre, and North County Earth Festival to create a very special, one of a kind fine arts event! For the first time in our history, we have a the me for ODA – Art Saving Humanity. The book, “Station Eleven” follows the Traveling Symphony who performs Shakespearean plays and classical music in a post apocalyptic world proving that “Survival is insufficient.” Art is necessary.
Artists are encouraged to create pieces that support the the me -- anything from Elizabethan images and music to post apocalyptic art and Steam Punk. Works are NOT required to follow the the me, but be creative! Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation will give special recognition to relative pieces.In addition to art displays, visitors will enjoy a variety of live entertainment, delicious food and many new events, as well as favorite activities from past years. Please visit ocaf.inf or call (760) 433-3632 for further details.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


I wanted to share with you the video of my play IN A MADE-UP WORLD which was inspired by Ruth's painting Pandora, and performed at your Ensuite program last November. A group I work with in Portland made the video.
Ruth and Theatre Arts West were credited at the end.
I hope you enjoy and share it.
best regards
James Menges

mixed media 48 x 48"

Monday, January 22, 2018

Mark Jesinoski former Oceanside Artist

The Migratory Habits of the Artus Productus Species

We who inhabit the marshes and quagmires of the Art environments, are known to have an impact on the urban environment wherever our wings take us. We love the energies of the great cities, the opportunities to graze and feed upon the images of the past, the museums, the playhouses, the Universities and take aim of the visions of our futures.

We put our products and efforts out there to share with the world of strangers, and who can tell what effect any of our striving will have or not. We hope, we starve, and we sell our souls to the inhabitants of the Art world. The effects economically are well known and our pecking away has the cumulative effect of raising the real estate values everywhere we land. And, that is our constant plight. The marshes with the nutrients of good water and soil, of the attics become lofts for the new comers who pay to live in this new beautiful energy of product we bestow on the Cityscape.

Again we spread our wings and take to the open spaces of the outer-city. We have new opportunities to make our attics and basement studios into the next crucible of creating...And so, here we are, once more in the outskirts, of our beloved City of Oceanside. East'O. The Arts are coming to the old Oceanside we call the Heritage District. How long will we be here? Our nesting instincts are hardwired and we will make our places known far and wide, waiting to see how our new marshes and the fields of gold will take the seeds we plant with colors, dance, performance and song.

My first Studio in Artists Alley was 300. per month. Now it is in the 1800. a month range. At the present there are no Artist studios in Artists Alley...someday ...
I will update any change of residence of artists in Artists Alley keep tuned...


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Elizabeth Murphy and Stormi Posch


A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the closing of the Muramid Mural Museum in Artists Alley downtown Oceanside. These musings about “new doors” opening were among my closing remarks and while this new venue has been active in Oceanside for some months for the Art Walk events, now this venue is embracing the arts into the beautiful interior spaces for a fine arts performance and visual gallery display.

Two remarkable young women who's energy is contagious are Stormi Posch and Elizabeth Murphy, and are responsible for opening this “new door” for the Arts in Oceanside. Between these two powerhouse energy producers, they have opened the doors and the heart of the new Hotel, The SpringHill Suites by Marriott to our arts community and have infused into our downtown a new vibe, and exciting arts possibilities.

This Coming Sunday, the 12th of November, Gailee Walker Wells, of Theatre Arts West productions and co-produced and sponsored by SpringHill Suites, will present “Ensuite” an event of original paintings, performance and readings.

We hope that you can come and enjoy this new form of fine arts entertainment in Downtown Oceanside. Our visual artists and performing artists have been making Art Waves for 25 years in our Arts District in Oceanside.