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Carlsbad’s Art Scene Taking Shape-A Visit to the Sculpture Garden

Carlsbad Sculpture Garden sponsored by the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation
Carlsbad Sculpture Garden sponsored by the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation
Tonya O'Dell

Carlsbad’s art scene is taking shape and drawing crowds for this weekends art-centric array of free events which actually (and officially) began Thursday evening at the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts Sculpture Garden. Last night the intimate and informal residence-esque Sculpture Garden located on 2955 Elmwood Street (behind the Georgina-Cole library) hosted a special reception welcoming 10 newly installed sculptures created by Neal Bociek. His theme, like many of the talented local artists muse, was inspired by the coastal environment-evident in the sail, wind and water movement visibly expressed in the newly installed collection entitled “Landsailers”. As described by the artist himself, “Landsailers is an exhibition of playful powder coated steel sculptures of imaginary sea and land transportation”-a somewhat Dr. Seuss and Ayn Rand collaboration.

Carlsbad Sculpture Garden
Tonya O'Dell

Public artist and San Diego resident Neal Bociek has designed and installed many outdoor exhibitions throughout the county and was a recipient of the San Diego Architectural Foundations prestigious Orchid Award for the “Landsailers” sculpture exhibit. The San Diego Surfrider Foundation also features work by the Notre Dame Fine Arts graduate, namely “Adrift”, part of another collection (“Clear”) which is focused on “protection and preservation of water, our most precious natural resource.”

There's no lack of natural sources providing inspiration for residents living in the coastal communities throughout San Diego- but especially in the beach minded community of Carlsbad where the ocean is many artists muse and is reflected in an array of art mediums throughout the village.

Sculptures, Murals and Much More Lined Up

Besides the new additions installed in the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden, four new over-sized wall murals (sponsored by the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation) have been unveiled on prominent buildings in the village, a new sculpture is scheduled for the news making round-about, the fire hydrants and many utility boxes have all been spruced up and painted, there is Art on the Green every weekend and with Art in the Village commencing Sunday August 10th from 9 am running until 5 pm Carlsbad’s art scene is really taking shape.
On Saturday August 9th a one-hour mural tour highlighting the 6 main murals runs from 6pm until 9pm and is the first mural tour for the city. The mural walking tour starts at the new healthy food establishment CHOICE Superfood & Juicery on the corner of State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive, under “The Robot”.

Art in the Village-A Free Outdoor Art Event & Exhibit

Art in the Village on Sunday promises to be the largest art event yet for Carlsbad, featuring more than 150 both local and regional selected artists and an array of mediums such as; oil paintings, watercolors, mixed and new media, classical and contemporary sculpture, photography, and even jewelry, woodworking, furniture design, pottery and much more.
If you have not had a chance to come to one of Carlsbad’s Street Fairs this event, now in its 16th year is a perfect event to attend as a taster.

Speaking of tastes, there will be plenty of food options at Art in the Village this Sunday, so come hungry (and leave the guilt at home, you'll walk it off). Besides the many eclectic local restaurants already established favorites in the village of Carlsbad, there will be international food options from booths to choose from and some relaxing jazz will help create the artistic ambiance for a leisurely summer Sunday afternoon feeding both your body and getting in some delectable artistic eye candy too. If you have attended the nationally renowned street fair in Carlsbad you already know to come early and be prepared for parking challenges, planning ahead and arriving early (with a neighborhood stroll) into the village or carpooling to public parking locations are both recommended.