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Sunday, June 19, 2016

iPALPITI FESTIVAL, 19th Annual Musical Celebration Comes to Encinitas, CA

July 7-10, 2016

Join us in Encinitas on July 7-10, as seven award-winning young musicians from 6 countries will perform four different virtuoso concerts at the Encinitas Library as part of the 19th Annual iPalpiti Festival, Eduard Schmieder, Music Director and Conductor. Each has won a major international music competition and is a rising star in classical music. 
30 minutes before each concert, enjoy a reception on the patio overlooking the 
Pacific Ocean. Seating is limited, purchase tickets early. 

"The United Nations of music comes to Encinitas." ~San Diego Union-Tribune

"A world-class performance by young players with technique to burn." 
~Los Angeles Times 

"Our 5th year of bringing world-class young virtouso musicians to Encinitas!"
~Eduard and Laura Schmieder, iPalpiti Festival Founders 

Thu, July 7,  iPalpiti Soloists . 7:30 PM | ENCINITAS LIBRARY  Tickets
Fri, July 8,    iPalpiti Soloists . 7:30 PM | ENCINITAS LIBRARY  Tickets
Sat, July 9,   iPalpiti Soloists . 7:30 PM | ENCINITAS LIBRARY Tickets
Sun, Jul 10,  iPalpiti Soloists . 2PM | ENCINITAS LIBRARY       Tickets

The three-week festival starts in Encinitas with the Soloists Concerts. then, the full 26 member orchestra from 23 different countries gathers and performs in Beverly Hills, Encinitas, Los Angeles and concludes with a finale performance at Disney Hall.

Part of the Civic Arts Program of the City of Encinitas Arts Division.
For assistance, contact Jim Gilliam, Arts Administrator, 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Call to Artists - Front Porch Gallery

Front Porch Gallery, a non-profit gallery in Carlsbad will be holding its annual juried exhibition and invites artists to participate.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists18 years of age and older living or working in San Diego County.

July 17 – September 17, 2016. Opening Reception with live music and hors d’oeuvres:
July 17, 2016 noon-2pm


AWARDS: 1st: $350, 2nd: $200, 3rd: $100, $35 each for 3 Honorable Mentions. Recipients will need to complete a W-9 to receive payment.

Steven Nossan, Gallery Director and Julie Weaverling, Assistant Gallery Director.

HAND DELIVER ACCEPTED WORK: Front Porch Gallery, 2903 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008. July 2 (11am – 5 pm) & July 6-8 (noon-6) & July 9-10 (11-5)

PICK-UP WORK: September 18 (11-5) & September 21-23 (noon-6pm) & September 24 (11am – 5pm)

All entries will be submitted electronically at Format images in TIFF, BMP, JPG, or PNG, no less than 800 pixels long. For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. A tutorial on how to submit is available on the How OJS Works page. Directions on how to photograph your work and properly size images can be found on the Help page. Don’t worry, it’s easy!

ENTRY FEE AND PAYMENT: $35 for 3 entries. After you’ve submitted, continue to checkout, pay through PayPal or with a credit card, and receive your receipt.

SELECTION NOTIFICATION: Results will be available by July 1, 2016 at Award winners are noted at the Opening Reception.
A list of all Accepted Artists will also be at

- All 2D and 3D media except film, video, or installation. Artwork must have been created within past 3 years.
- Artwork must be original and not previously exhibited at Front Porch Gallery.
- Artwork must be ready to hang with proper hanging device. No saw tooth hangers.
- Artwork must be for sale. Gallery retains 40% commission on sales.
- Size of work limited to 40” on longest side, including frame.
- For this exhibition we are looking for artwork that includes all themes of expression.
- Artwork must be suitable for a general public audience.
- Artwork must be labeled on the back with artist’s name, title, medium, size and price.
- Artwork is insured while at the gallery.
- Artwork must remain in the gallery for the entire exhibition, unless sold.
- Commissions are paid within 30 days of sale. A W-9 in required for payment.
- Entering this juried exhibition acknowledges the right of Front Porch Gallery to use your image(s) for publicity purposes for this event.


Foodie Fest Encinitas, CA - May 21

Foodie Fest Encinitas - May 21

The second epic Foodie Fest Encinitas blends the best of North County San Diego food, art and music. Fifteen chefs demonstrate how to prepare farm-to-table fare on three different stages, six chefs compete in a TV style Best of the Foodie Fest Competition and 30+ restaurants serve up gourmet tastes in the North County area at The Lumberyard Encinitas location.

The Barefoot Bar boasts a dozen craft beer, wine and spirit vendors with incredible food-alcohol pairings. Enjoy premiere local live music throughout the day and an outstanding mulit-media Art for the Cure exhibition. There will be face painting and interactive garden booths to entertain kids. 

This is a big, fun event with things to do for the whole family. The festival benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Get your tickets now and save on early bird pricing.

Contact: Jolee Pink , 760.445.9225, Wabisabi Green
Chefs Roll, Foodie Fest Encinitas

Living Coastal: Inspirations for Entertaining, Decorating and Cooking California Style

Friday, March 4, 2016

Encinitas Arts Festival - PASSPORT TO THE ARTS: WORLD MUSIC, March 13, 2016

Passport To The Arts: World Music

The public is invited to attend the 5th Annual Encinitas Arts Festival, Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 12:00-4:00pm. RAIN OR SHINE. This year's theme is “World Music” and will feature outstanding ensembles representing diverse cultures and people.

We are partnering with the San Dieguito Academy Foundation and will present the festival at the San Dieguito Academy Performing Arts Center, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.

For additional information contact Jim Gilliam or Cheryl Ehlers at 760-633-2746.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Calling All Artists: The “Berry” Best Poster Contest Has Arrived, Vista, CA

Calling All Artists: The “Berry” Best Poster Contest Has Arrived!

Vista, CA … Artists looking to demonstrate their good taste and delicious artistry need look no farther than the Vista Strawberry Festival Poster Contest sponsored for the fourth consecutive year by ArtBeat on Main Street Gallery and Wine Lounge, 330 Main Street, Vista. Contest guidelines are simple: art should reflect the “flavor and spirit” of the annual Strawberry Festival, which takes place this year on May 29, 2016. Information and applications are at

The entry deadline is 5 pm on May 6, 2016. The top three pieces will be displayed at ArtBeat on May 20, 2016, when the winners will be announced and cash prizes ($250, first place; $175, second; $100, third; $25, people’s choice) awarded. The first-place artwork will be featured on the poster and collateral publicity for the 2017 Vista Strawberry Festival.

ArtBeat Owner Kait Matthews notes, “The Gallery has sponsored the poster contest since its inception. We enjoy giving back to the community, we are delighted that art is part of the Festival, and we love showcasing local artists.”

Vista resident Alice Picado’s “Strawberries on Main Street” poster of oversized luscious berries being delivered in an old-fashioned pickup truck to downtown Vista won the hearts of the judges in the inaugural poster contest and set the bar high for the annual display. Vista businessman John Alesi captured first place in 2014 with his droll, surrealistic “Straw Man.” Vistan Pamela Becraft’s 2015 first-place whimsical artwork decorates the this year’s advertisement.

Describing each of the three winning posters to date as uniquely delightful and very “Vista” in design, Matthews says, “This year, we hope to see many colorful depictions of the celebration, which harks back to Vista’s history as the self-proclaimed Strawberry Capital of the World.”

ArtBeat on Main Street co-op gallery and wine lounge is located at 330 Main Street in downtown Vista. It is open Tuesday–Saturday, 11:00am-9:30pm. To learn about gallery partnering opportunities, including space rentals, email

Contact: Kait Matthews, 760.295.3118,

Muramid Mural Museum- Bad As* Women Expo - Reception, March 8, 6:30-9pm and on!

International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016 will be special this year in Oceanside’s once sleepy “Artist Alley” when the evening will be ignited by the premier exhibition of twenty-five (25) accomplished and emerging artists representing a variety of art forms! Opening reception 6:30pm. Meet the artists!

The owners of Oceanside’s newest museum, the Muramid Mural Museum and Art Center have planned an amazing evening of wonderful art to celebrate this special day that honors women.

The first annual creative program includes painters, sculptors, photographers, dancers, singers, and spoken word with an opening reception beginning at 6:30 pm.

Renowned and famous violinist, Scarlet Rivera (formerly with Bob Dylan) will perform an original composition of her music honoring the Peace Violin and Reverend Patrick McCollum, while accomplished photographer/author, Tish Lampert recently exhibited at the Los Angeles Photo Expo, will showcase a sample of her extraordinary photography that has garnered accolades and awards throughout the world. Other musical performances will include Greg Snaer, Eliane Weidauer and Ryan Volsika.

Also joining the exhibition will be Mexican American artist, Beatriz Hidalgo De La Garza, Lebanese born artist, Lina Abi Samra, painter Lindsay Carron, Dancer Cara Cadwallader and poet/spoken word artist Gailee Walker Wells and Alma Valdivia Ochoa. Local painters Ruth Jameson, Marilyn Huerta and Cheryl Ehlers whose familiar works and popularity will also be among the exhibiting artists.

A special tribute and performance will be presented by Britteny Baranson and Chantel Harris from the Mountain Shadows Outreach Center where the Muramid Mural Museum has been involved with their creative Art Miles Mural Project with California State University San Marcos and other projects.

“It is a special night that will honor women everywhere and celebrate the diverse talent and accomplishments that may often be taken for granted or go unnoticed, but this opportunity to showcase the creative part of women and their “work” was just too good to pass up in our amazing venue in Artist Alley” says Joanne Tawfilis on behalf of her and husband, Fouad Tawfilis. “We are proud, excited and anxious to keep the momentum going forward and building upon what has become a growing arts hub in North County by so many great trailblazers in our beautiful City of Oceanside. Our goal is to be an inclusive Art Center that will host an interactive community stage for local, national and international artists”.

The Muramid Mural Museum is the FIRST mural museum in the world and specializes in exhibition events that will showcase the nearly 5,000 UNA USA San Diego Art Miles Mural Project canvas’s collection of murals the Tawfilis’ have facilitated for nearly two decades and is located at 212 N. Coast Highway in Suite F of Artists Alley between Mission Ave. and Pier View Way.

For further information, contact Joanne Tawfilis (760) 716 9308 or

Sunday, February 21, 2016


Jazzercise Corporation, in an effort to support our local artists, has initiated an art lease program.  All local artists are eligible to submit work for the exhibit. The parameters for exhibiting are as follows”

Works sought need to be abstract/modern and “eclectic” designs, but must be of one theme, color, or subject matter. Submissions are limited to six pieces.  At least 2 of the pieces for review must be at least 36” in one dimension. All Art must be 24X30 or larger. All art submitted for consideration must be wired and/or otherwise ready to hang.  Three-dimensional art must have its own pedestal.  All work must be current and original.  Work may or may not be for sale.  SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  March 17, 2016

Artists submitting works must be willing to participate in a six-month lease program, with amount of lease payment to be decided based upon selection of art.

 Artists whose work is accepted will receive a written offer of lease terms for their work.  Artists must accept or reject the terms within 3 days of offer.  Art selected will be delivered to the Jazzercise Corporate Office, (2460 Impala Rd, Carlsbad), in April 2016 (date TBD)

Contact Curator:  Cheryl Ehlers at for application.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

CALL FOR ARTISTS –The Crow Show ’16 at The Studio Door


Deadline: January 7, 2016 for February show – The Crow Show ’16 • By popular demand, The Crow Show returns with all new artists and all new works • CLICK HERE FOR OPEN CALL SIGNUP. Details and requirements.

(Juried) Juror – Michelle Deziel, Independent Curator and Art Consultant [Former Curator with Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena]

The Studio Door, 3750 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104-3632. Info: Patric Stillman.
Phone : 619.255.4920. E-mail :

Monday, January 4, 2016


The new Muramid Mural Museum and Art Center will host its Grand Opening Celebration and Reception on Friday, January 22, 2016 with official VIP guest Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Unde-rsecretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations and Senior Special Adviser to the UN General Assembly President, who will officiate and cut the opening ribbon. A special tribute will also be dedicated to Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and the exhibition theme, “Water is Life”.

The public is invited to view and participate in the celebration that will recognize and pay tribute to the Museum founders, Joanne and Fouad Tawfilis, their long time mentor, Ambassador Chowdhury and the enduring collaboration with the Aquarium of the Pacific, where hundreds of murals have been created over the past decade. The new Muramid Mural Museum has a unique concept in being the first indoor mural museum in the world.

The Art Miles Mural Project, which serves as the foundation for the Muramid Mural Museum began in Bosnia during the Balkan conflict there and has evolved into what is known as “a visual interpretation of modern history” with an emphasis on twelve themed miles of murals; major social issues such as environment, children, women and peace, unity and healing to name but a few.

Based on the California drought situation and the emphasis and concern about water, the seas and our oceans, this exhibition is timely and critical. Many schools, organizations and individuals have expressed this concern since the year 2000, and the Long Beach Aquarium has championed it on an annual basis with hundreds of the public participating in mural painting", says Tawfilis. Five by twelve foot acrylic murals on canvas, painted by local and international artists will be showcased during the exhibition that will run through March 20, 2016.

The Muramid Mural Museum and Art Center will also become the venue and gathering place for mural artists of all age, as well as other genres of artists to teach classes, master classes, and participate in LIVE webcasting activities and international exchanges with other artists from the local area, the nation and the world.

The mural museum concept was developed by the Tawfilis family with enthusiastic support from long-time friend and supporter Mark Princevalle, along with Edwin Molina and Trident Communications, who generated the notion that projection, along with exhibiting selections of physical murals that would solve the problem of exhibiting more than 4,000 canvas murals. One-half million people from one hundred plus countries have painted murals that were also heralded as a major non-governmental organization project of the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace, and were exhibited by the US Embassy in Paris, France in 2014 at the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

For further information, please contact: Joanne Tawfilis (760) 231 -1010 or

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Artist Opportunity: Front Porch Gallery Call for Photography (no fee to submit)

Front Porch Gallery - Call for Photography (no fee to submit)

The Six-Word Story
A Photography exhibition March 20 –May 7, 2016

Consider the well-known adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. In The Six-Word Story…in a picture we will view photographs in context with their six-word story. You may be familiar with the legend of “The Six-Word Story”…so the story goes, Ernest Hemingway, while lunching with friends, made a bet that he could craft an entire story in six words. After the pot was assembled, Hemingway wrote the following six-word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Hemingway won the bet.

We are inviting submissions of photography along with your six-word story which will accompany selected photographs for the exhibition. We welcome you to be creative, whimsical, and introspective which we expect will create great interaction with the viewer. All expressions suitable for general viewing are invited and will be considered. There is no particular theme preferred; please use your imagination!

Work must not be larger than 40” wide including frame. All work must be ready to hang with d-rings and wire (no saw tooth hangers or protruding eye hooks). White or off white matting is preferred. 

Please email up to 3 submissions (300 dpi) to . Please note size of works and include their six-word story.

Please consider the following important dates:

Deadline for consideration on the postcard:           January 20, 2016
Final Deadline for submissions:                            March 1, 2016
Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance:           March 5, 2016

Delivery of accepted work dates:                           
March 6. 2016 11am-5pm,
March 9-11,   2016 noon-6pm
March 12, 2016 11am-5pm

Opening Reception:                                                       
March 20, 2016 noon2pm

Pick up of unsold work:                                                  
May 8, May 11-14

Front Porch Gallery is a non-profit gallery in Carlsbad, CA whose mission is Art Creates Community. Front Porch Gallery will design and mail postcards for the exhibit, host an Opening Reception for selected artists and the community to include live music and hors d’oeuvres. Additionally, we will advertise the exhibit on KPBS television, NPR, and local press and online listings.  The gallery will retain 40% commission on all sales.