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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