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Silver Anniversary of Oceanside Days of Art this Weekend

Oceanside CA—  For the 25th year Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation and the ODA Committee will once again present this free to the public fine arts festival to Oceanside and  surrounding neighbors, April 22 and 23, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in and around the Oceanside Civic Center and along Ditmar and Pier View Way.

ODA was the first Fine Arts Festival in San Diego County, and over the years it has drawn visual and performing artists from throughout California and as far as Arizona and Nevada.

Oceanside Days of Art  began with an editorial in the local paper which said that Oceanside was a ‘cultural wasteland’.  Dr. Keith Broman, head of MCC Music Dept., Randy Mitchell, and Eli Sanchez from the City got together to prove that editorial wrong.  What began as a one day fine arts festival has grown into the City’s largest arts event. Oceanside Days of Art’s mission has been to showcase the finest visual and performing artists throughout our diverse community.

‘Step Above’ (courtesy photo)

Everywhere you look this weekend you will find an exciting variety of painters, sculptors, chalk artists, singers, dancers, instrumentalists. You will find something for every interest and taste, including gourmet foods.

Visual arts will be well represented by artists such as: Phyllis Swanson, renowned chalk artist;  Mary Helmreich, watercolorist; Ivan Idanya, blown glass; Cheryl McGlockin, photography.  The  Muramid Mural Gallery in Artists Alley will offer Mural Art by refugee artists:  Marenn Espiritu, Weldon May and Muramid Mural Museum Studio Artists: Jose Gonzalez, Karen Carillo, Amber Iniquez, Caymin Ellspermann, Laurie Marshall.

Young people are represented in the student Poster Contest, the COAL High School Art Show, and several arts booths where kids can try their hand at creating their own piece of art.

This year there will be three performance venues again:  Doc Broman Stage, Civic Center Plaza, and St. Mary’ Star of the Sea Church on Sat.  Plus there will be performances in Artist Alley later in the evening.  Scheduled performances include Ariel’s Dance, Grupo Tequila Ballet Folklorico, OHS Jazz Band and Concert Choir, Kainga Steel Drum Ensemble, Barrie Dempsey folk and blues, Kelly Halloran, Star Theatre Show Kids, Gems and Jewels Oriental Dance, and on Sat only PCH BAND will perform at the Muramid 7-9 pm

A variety of gourmet foods will be available including: Wild West Kettle Corn, Hunters Steakhouse, Food Truck-topia, Mariposa Ice Cream plus the ever popular Strawberry Shortcake served by St. Mary’s Altar Society.

For further information visit website www.ocaf@ocaf.info