Friday, January 25, 2013

SM Arts Council to Host Free Community Art Workshops

Tonya Lenz, Owner of Twin Oaks Gallery Art & Frame,  as well as Board Member for the San Marcos Arts Council,  hosts monthly arts council meetomg on January 22.  Board members came back together after a holiday break, to discuss upcoming plans for free artworks for our local community.  Stay tuned for more details.  Meetings generally take place on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:30.  Community members are welcome to attend. Call 760.750.8889 to confirm date and time for the next meeting if you're interested in coming!

Stop the Violence - Community Mural Project for Sandy Hook

December 27, 2012

Multiple Community members came together on December 27, 2013 to paint 14 murals that were sent to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT following the horrific school shooting.  This community project was coordinated by Artmiles and the San Marcos Arts Council and hosted by the Twin Oaks Gallery Art and Frame shop.  Participants included but were not limited to, San Marcos High School, Discovery Elementary School, CSUSM Student Arts Association, Charity Wings, Bonsall Elementary School and several local artists and community members.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Haunted Images at CSUSM Art Gallery

On exhibit now at the CSUSM Art Gallery located in the Village Shops of Old California Restaurant Row!  1080 San Marcos Blvd, Ste 185.

This exhibit features paintings and mixed media art by Visual Art students from California State University San Marcos.

Artists are:
  •  Sean Boyd
  • Jennie Lynn Grunstad
  • Ariene Reese.
Exhibit opened Friday, Oct. 5.
Gallery Hours are Friday and Saturday nights from 5-8pm and on Artwalk Sunday, 10/5 from 1-5pm.

Featured artists will be onsite during the Artwalk and then again during the Closing Reception on 10/27.

San Marcos ALIVE Artwalk

The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Arts Council will be presenting the San Marcos Alive Artwalk at Old California Restaurant Row, 1020 West San Marcos Blvd. on Sunday, November 4 from 10 am to 4 pm.
This year’s art celebration will include a Chalk Art Competition featuring professional as well as amateur chalk artists.  Children will also be invited to create their own chalk masterpieces.
  The event will also feature fine arts, a craft fair, a children’s craft fair, a community art mural and more than 20 hands-on art projects. Entertainment will include performances by local schools and dance studios.  Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew will be the headliner on the children’s stage.  This year’s event will also include student art shows. There is no charge for admission or parking. For more information, call (760) 744-9000 or visit

Sunday Artwalk with a Halloween Twist

Old California Restaurant Row is gearing up to host its next ArtWalk & Car Show on Sunday, October 7 from 1 to 5 p.m.  Each month continues to grow with more artists and more visitors.  October will feature free children’s Halloween themed crafts hosted by the San Marcos Arts Council and original works on sale by approx 80 local artists and craftsmen! Be sure to bring your children and check out the fun festivities and artists who will be dressed in costume. Stop in the CSUSM Art Gallery at Old California Restaurant Row and see Haunting Images from VPA Majors featuring work (painting and sculptural installations) by Ariene Reese, Jennie Grunstad, and Sean Boyd. 

You can also have your photo taken with a zombie by local photographer Faith Hark!

Held on the first Sunday of each month near the Village Shops at Old California Restaurant Row, “ArtWalk” is a free and lively experience for the community to enjoy and appreciate the arts. This October, enjoy music by Kinetic, (Indie-Jazz-Blues). 

Admission is free and open to the public. Special offers on dining and entertainment will be available at many Old California Restaurant Row businesses. For more information, contact Marilyn Huerta at 760-271-6795.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Arts Alive

This year's San Marcos Arts Alive Artwalk will be held in conjunction with the monthly Artwalk at Old California Restaurant Row.  In addition to a fine arts fair, the event will include craft vendors, a chalk art contest, art demonstrations and displays, a community mural painting project and plenty of hands-on art projects.  Entertainment will include performances by local schools and music groups on two stages.  Food will be available at local restaurants.  There is no charge for admission or parking.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Artist of the Month: Penny Lanese

Penny Lanese and I both work at Cal State San Marcos, and actually live just down the street from each other, but it wasn’t until our involvement in the local Restaurant Row ArtWalk’s that I became familiar with her and her digital art. A generous person, her friends often inspire “just because” sketches, and she’s kindly broken down her art process dummy style for us below. In talking with Penny about this process, what really stands out to me is the contrast between the limitless nature of her digital medium, the limitations she imposes on her production, and the limitations that spinal muscular atrophy has imposed her. Read the rest of Jane Sim's interview with Penny Lanese on her blog: HERE

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mural Painting Project for Aurora Colorado

Mural Painting Project for Aurora Colorado to be Featured at Restaurant Row’s Upcoming
ArtWalk & Car Show

San Marcos, California -- The local community is invited to participate in creating a 5’ x 12’ canvas mural on site at Old California Restaurant Row on Sunday, August 5 that will be sent to Aurora, Colorado.  This one-time-only special event is being coordinated by Artmiles and the San Marcos Arts Council in an effort to promote peace, harmony and community support for the city of Aurora.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jazz @ the Library

With funding from the San Marcos Foundation, we were able to invite "Bourbon Street Jazz Band" to perform at the San Marcos Library’s “Summer Reading Kickoff” last Saturday. Trumpet player Keith Larson played great jazz classics from artists such as Lois Armstrong and Fats Domino with touching and humorous stories about Josephine Baker, New Orleans style funerals, and an encounter between Louis Armstrong and the king of England. 

The band also featured Bernard Jackson on the clarinet and George Harvey on the trombone. George has previously played with Count Basie and many other famous artists. Check them out at

Under Grounds Spoken Word

This June, we sponsored a literary reading/spoken word event at Under Grounds Coffee. The event was hosted by CSUSM’s Creative Writing Community Workshop (CWCW). Meagan Huerta, Jermane Cooper, Joanna Baguio, Karla Cordero, Ryan Allen Kelly, Mario DeMatteo, Jessica  Mulqueen, Wyatt Reno, Jane Sim, and Stephen Di Padova shared their poems and stories. Readers included CWCW members, recent CSUSM graduates, Palomar Poets, and a student of San Marcos High School.

The event was a success and Under Grounds Coffee has invited us to host Open Mics on the third Thursday of each month. We plan to hold the next open mic on Thursday, July 19th and call this recurring event “Thir Thur.” We encourage any and all community members to dazzle us with your poems and other written works, but can’t guarantee a “pg” performance.  More information soon!

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Yellow Wellies, Sponsored by The San Marcos Foundation

The Yellow Wellies performed live at the 2012 Spring High Tech High Masters Series on May 18, 2012 in Twin Oaks Gallery. COVER song: The Cranberries "Zombie".

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Community Car Show & Art Walk at Restaurant Row

On Sunday, May 6th 2012, Old California Restaurant Row hosted a Car Show and Art Walk in the parking lot and along the Village Shops! It was a Sunday Classic with a perfect blend of flavors that included Great Food, Great Cars, Live Music and an Art Walk. From Ferrari's to street rods to old classics, the car show had something for everyone. The Art consisted of paintings, jewelry, Pictures, Framed Art, hand made cards, wreaths,  hats, flowers and much more. The Music was great and performed by Bill Bradburry and Gunner Biggs. This was the first of many Summer Events scheduled at Restaurant Row in 2012. Click Here to stay informed about upcoming events at Restaurant Row.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Featured Artist: Julianna McDuffie

Around this time last year, Julianna McDuffie sat crocheting a purse on Carlsbad Beach sand. A domestic beach day with husband, children, and brothers triggered a fantastic performance/public/found art project. Julianna set up her blog “The Curious Pebble Project: Random Acts of Art—One Girl’s Quest” at Her first post outlined, each step paired with a lovely photo, finding that first pebble, crocheting a little sweater for it, and hiding it for someone to stumble upon.  She credits her husband for the idea, quoting him as saying, “Hey! You know what? You should make some of those crocheted rocks while we are at the beach… and then just leave them there for someone to find.” At this early stage, her intention was mainly performative, focused on the act of finding pebbles, sitting in their environment crocheting, hiding them, and hanging around to watch the reactions of those who found them.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Keep Art Alive

On April 20th, 2012 the students of CSUSM partnered with High Tech High and created an exciting event called "Keep Art Alive" at the CSUSM Art Gallery in Restaurant Row with the purpose of keeping art in the classroom. The artwork provided by the students will be auctioned off and all the money raised will be donated to Centre Artes Organization, which supports and encourages arts education and arts advocacy in San Diego County schools and communities.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

SMAC Supports Artwork for Barham Dr Quad Structure at CSUSM

On April 11th at 5:30 PM, The San Marcos Arts Council held its monthly meeting at Old California Coffee House & Eatery in Restaurant Row in San Marcos Ca. In attendance: Craig Garcia, Jacob Angelo, John Walker, Mike McDonald, Raziah Roushan, Janice Arcaro, Marilyn Huerta and Lisa Schirmer as our guest speaker.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

NCT: Student drawings, paintings, on display at Restaurant Row

Cal State San Marcos' off-campus student art gallery at Restaurant Row is showing a new exhibition of student work.
The exhibition features work by five current Visual and Performing Arts students at CSUSM.
The artists included in the showcase are Marissa Daly, Meredith Daly, Meghan Freund, Michele Grayeb and Natalie Shapiro. Their displays include drawings, paintings, mixed media and 3-D pieces.
The gallery opened earlier this month in a small space in the Village Shops, a courtyard of stores and eateries at the northwest corner of Restaurant Row, across from Canapes restaurant.
Restaurant Row owner Bob Eubanks donated the space to the university in hopes of creating an "arts epicenter" at the location.
Admission is free and open to the public. The Spring Spotlight show will be on display beginning Friday through April. 14. The gallery is open Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.
For more information, call Marilyn Huerta at 760-750-8889.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

CSUSM Art Gallery Opens at Old California Restaurant Row

On March 9, 2012, The Cal State University San Marcos Art Gallery held its Grand Opening party at Old California Restaurant Row. A special THANK YOU needs to go out to the Eubanks family, who donated the space to the CSUSM Visual & Performing Arts Department. Another Thank You should also go out to all the restaurants who supported the Grand Opening party as well as their commitment to promote the Art Gallery throughout the year with special events; hence, drawing more attention to the art department of CSUSM. The Gallery looked amazing and it was filled with many great pieces that just amazed onlookers the entire night. It was a great event with local student artists coming out to show their work, give live demonstrations, have great food and listen to some incredible music. It truly was a VIP star treatment event and many officials from CSUSM, the City of San Marcos, The San Marcos Arts Council and some San Marcos Chamber members came to enjoy the festivities.  The image above depicts artwork by CSUSM VPA Student and Arts Association President, Brittany Galante. This image depicts CSUSM VPA Student, David Chavez who brought out his work. He was giving live demonstrations on how to paint and he continued working on his painting there the entire night. It was great to see him work on the painting... You can see in the background of this picture, that many people were enjoying the music, food and art in the courtyard area of the Village Shops at Old California restaurant Row. Here is Amanda from Rhythm City Grill, who was out supporting the event with delicious food and hanging out with Craig from Old California Coffee House & Eatery, who was serving up coffee & dessert! It was a fun event for us as we got to enjoy the art and music for a couple of hours. We had local musicians come and play for two hours. They were fantastic! Thanks again to the Eubanks family, Old California Restaurant Row and all the participating restaurants, who donated their time, money, food and manpower to make this event a very special launch party for CSUSM Art Gallery and all in attendance!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2011 Arts Alive Oct 23rd in San Marcos Ca

San Marcos Arts Council was proud to participate in ARTS ALIVE hosted by the City of San Marcos this past weekend, October 23rd, 2011! A great day for enjoying the arts, meeting new people and doing crafts with the little ones! Here is a great picture of Craig Garcia from Old California Coffee House & Marilyn from SMAC & the beautiful table display that Jacob and Marilyn setup.

 A special thanks goes out to Jacob for setting up the incredible booth for the children. As you can see from the picture above, our arts & craft table was a huge hit.

The children had a blast making Halloween pumpkins and Frankenstein faces!! Thanks again Jacob! You were a Rockstar this weekend!!!
Here is a great shot of the San Marcos Arts Council with John, Craig, Marilyn adn Jacob! Who all donated their time to help keep Arts Alive in San Marcos!
The smile on this little girls face says it all....

Sunday, July 17, 2011

SMAC Invites Rick Ross & Dorene Terryberry to the Art & Music Show

What a beautiful day we had in San Marcos Ca as Old California Coffee House played host to the San Marcos Arts Council's Sunday Matinee Art & Music show, where live jazz music from Rick Ross was performed and the art show was going on with local artists Dorene Terryberry and Sarah Dorian. The weather was perfect, one of those nice days where you can just sit outside, with a slight breeze blowing, we had our choice of shade or sun on the patio of Old California Coffee House and Eatery as the people flowed in continuously to see the art and listen to Rick play. So last week, if you remember, we had the young guys with Coco Jam. This week, Rick Ross played these incredible classical jazz tunes, many of them from movies and almost everyone of them you knew, so it set the tone for an extremely enjoyable day. I was as impressed with this group as any other group we've ever had play on Sunday at the coffee shop for the Matinee performances. There was something about the vibe that they brought, made the day very enjoyable. I am usually working throughout the performances, but I couldn't help but to sit in the sun with the cool breeze blowing and listen to these two play. Rick, on lead guitar connects with his audience in a different way than I've seen other musicians. I guess it is his style or personality, I don't know, but he'll look at you and let you know the song he is playing, where it came from etc. Or if he doesn't tell you in the beginning, he'll ask the audience who recognizes it and asks who remembers where it was from... It's awesome! I felt as if I were the only person in the audience and he was playing just for me! We also featured Dorene Terryberry, who I met at the Del Mar Fair this Summer, is featured here with one of her clients, Off to the right in this picture is the Jewelry art of Sarah Dorian.

A special thanks goes out to SMCF San Marcos Community Foundation for sponsoring this event! We couldn't do it without you!