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Raziah Roushan (center) creating with chalk at the Oceanside Days of Art

24th Annual Oceanside Days of Art

Oceanside CA— The Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation invites everyone to the 24th annual Oceanside Days of Art. This is an opportunity to see visual artists and artisans from throughout San Diego and neighboring counties showcasing their talent to thousands of visitors every April at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom. Works from painters, sculpture makers, and artists specializing in stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography, etc., are on display at the two-day event.

Oceanside Days of Art is held from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, April 16th, and Sunday, April 17th, 2016, at the corner of Coast Hwy 101 and Pier View Way downtown Oceanside. It is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 artist booths. The festival, which is offered free to the public, has planned live stage performances, hands-on activities for children and adults, street chalk art making, painting and sculpture demonstrations, and a variety of delicious edibles at the food court.
Oceanside Days of Art annual event has been around for a quarter century. Its creation traces back to Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation. After OCAF was formed 27 years ago, OCAF first came up with an idea of Oceanside Museum of Art, then OCAF helped create the city’s Arts Commission, which nurtured the idea for what began as “Day of Art” and eventually turned into Oceanside Days of Art. From the very start, the financial administration for the very first “Day of Art” in 1993 was given to OCAF. The Arts Commission then asked OCAF to take over the event before the year’s second event opened, promising city help. Oceanside City Manager Tom Wilson expressed his concern that the Arts Commission should not be the proactive organization which created and conducted such an event. It was Wilson’s view that the Arts Commission should function only as an advisory body. As a result of Wilson’s suggestion, the members of the Arts Commission placed the “Day of Art” entirely under the direction of OCAF. The “Day of Art” Committee, headed by Keith Broman, with Randy Mitchell, Emily Bromet, Eliane Weidauer and Diane Adams supporting, proceeded to organize the event under the OCAF umbrella. This would become the future structure of the event. The second “Day of Art” took place in 1994. Under the guidance of Broman and the extraordinary work of Bromet, Weidauer, and Adams, the “Day of Art” became a flagship event in the city of Oceanside, serving a magnet for artists from all over Southern California.

Admission for Oceanside Days of Art is free to general public. For additional information go to www.ocaf.info, or email inquiries to oceansidedaysofart@gmail.com. Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to broaden visual, performing, literary, and film arts in Oceanside and the surrounding communities. All proceeds from this annual festival will be used to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors (not just from Oceanside but from throughout North County San Diego) pursing visual and performing arts degrees, and to organize more quality events in the city.