Oceanside, CA — November, 2019: MainStreet Oceanside is pleased to announce the third public art mural of the Art That Excites program, previously the Oceanside Mural Initiative. Don Myers, known locally for his stained glass and mosaic art, will create a 12-by-13-foot glass mosaic mural of a community of local sea life as it resides below the surface of the Pacific Ocean just off our beaches. The mural will depict a variety of marine animals and plants, including starfish, tuna, sea grass, clown fish, jack mackerel, sea anemone, sharks and coral.
Myers, whose art appears at locations throughout Oceanside, including Breakfast Club Diner California, Local Tap House, Tri-City Medical Center and Insight Oceanside, brings 37 years of glass artistry experience to this project. Known for his visionary designs, professionalism and love of teaching and inspiring others, Myers is the owner of Don Myers Stained Glass, 1025 S. Coast Highway.
MainStreet is offering our community three opportunities to help bring this work of art to life: by sponsoring one of the 77 sea animals and plants, by donating directly to Art That Excites or by participating in workshops to help create the glass mosaic mural. Ranging from $100 to $7,500, sponsorships vary based on sea life size and type, from starfish and sea grass up to the mural’s only giant Pacific octopus. Sponsors will be recognized on a granite plaque next to the mosaic mural, which can contain the name of the sponsor, the sponsor’s family, someone the sponsor wishers to honor, or a group or business. The mural-creation workshops will be taught by Myers, who has led previous efforts to create glass mosaics, so that we can assemble this mural as a community. Additional details for the workshops will be announced as funding for mural glass becomes available.
The installation of the ocean glass mosaic mural completes the first phase of Art That Excites program. In response to voter feedback and community interests related to the program’s second mural, MainStreet Oceanside and members of its Design Committee took a moment to reassess the overall vision of the initiative, leading to the Art That Excites rebranding. This rebranding aligns with Oceanside values, describes the overall focus of the initiative and provides a shared vision representative of the community. The objective of the program remains to install 10 curated public art murals to transform Downtown Oceanside into a public art destination, to provide art education and community outreach, and to help define Oceanside as a community whose identity is built upon and driven by the arts.
MainStreet Oceanside invites you to visit our office at 701 Mission Ave.to see the full color artist rendering of the mural and to pick up your sponsorship application. Each sponsorship will be first come, first served. MainStreet accepts various forms of payment so that you can sponsor your sea animal or plant through the method that works best for you. With your help and support, we will be closer to completing our objective of creating Art That Excites in our community.
Second Mural Project Update …. MainStreet Oceanside is pleased to announce that the second mural project of the Art That Excites program is moving forward. Gloria Muriel was selected as the winning artist to create the mural, which will be installed in black-and-white, on the west wall of That Boy Good BBQ and Northern Pine Brewing at 326 Horne Street. This has lead to a collaborative mentoring opportunity in which Muriel will be working with local young artist Isabel Figueroa on the installation of an additional mural that illustrates the rich history of the Eastside “Posole” Neighborhood. Each section of Figueroa’s mural tells a story, and the intersection of the two murals will represent the past and future of Oceanside. MainStreet would like to thank our newest investor, property owner Ronald Perlman. Perlman is supporting Figueroa by funding her mural on the north wall of the building. Both murals are scheduled to be completed by January 2020.
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