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Don't miss this community event with a free coaster workshop and kids art activity 

MainStreet Oceanside invites the Oceanside community to the dedication of Downtown Oceanside’s next public art mural. Free and open to all, a Community Mural Unveiling Celebration with artist Don Myers will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, outside the MainStreet Oceanside Office on Ditmar Street between Mission Avenue and Seagaze Drive. Through a partnership with property owner Larry Hatter and business owner Greg Ferrell, the installed ocean glass mosaic mural is located on the east wall of the Conehead Investments building, 615 Mission Ave., on Ditmar Street facing MainStreet Oceanside in the Oceanside Cultural District. This is the fourth mural of MainStreet's Art That Excites program.


The family-friendly celebration will include live music by pianist and donor Robert Parker, dessert by One Kitchen Collaborative, a glass coaster workshop by mural glass provider and sponsor Oceanside Glass & Tile, and a mosaic-mural themed kids art activity. Both the workshop and the activity are free.


MainStreet plans to dedicate the 16-by-12-foot mosaic mural, sponsored and assembled by the community, with a ribbon cutting and naming at 3 p.m. The name of the mural has been chosen by an online community vote from entries in an Instagram community mural naming contest. Community speeches will begin at 2:30 p.m. 


At a Community Mosaic Building Workshop on Feb. 29, 2020, and at socially distanced Community Mosaic Building Sessions throughout the pandemic, Myers and members of our community assembled the mural in six 8-foot-by-4-foot panels at Myers studio at 1025 S. Coast Highway. Panel by panel, Myers and these local volunteers together cut, shaped and glued on glass pieces sponsored and provided by Oceanside Glass & Tile to form the aquatic-themed mosaic. Myers placed the first tile on the mural two-and-a-half years ago at the inaugural workshop with Councilmember Peter Weiss, who was then serving as mayor, and the final two tiles with Mayor Esther Sanchez on March 10. 


Community members also had the opportunity to participate in the creation of the installed mural, which depicts a community of local sea life as it resides below the surface of the Pacific Ocean just off our beaches, through sponsorships ranging from $100 up to $7,500. A total of 66 community members and local businesses and organizations have sponsored the mural's 77 sea animals and plants. Sponsors will be recognized next to the mural on a plaque, to be installed at the celebration, featuring the name of the donor or the donor’s family, an honoree, a group or a business.


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conehead investments Inc.

615 Mission Ave. across from MainStreet Oceanside

Ocean Glass Mosaic Mural

Glass mosaic muralist Don Myers partnered with the MainStreet Oceanside Design Committee to install a glass mosaic mural. Depicting a community of local sea life below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the 16-by-12-foot mural has been installed with glass sponsored and provided by Oceanside Glass & Tile and was dedicated at the Community Mural Unveiling Celebration on Aug. 27. The mural completes the first phase of the Art that Excites program. 

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Isabel Figueroa posing with finished mur

Northern Pine Brewing and That Boy Good BBQ

326 N. Horne St.

"Yin Yang Dragons" and "The Sacred Offering" 

“Yin Yang Dragons” by professional muralist Gloria Muriel “expresses self-love and strength. It supports women artists.” The black-and-white mural is Muriel’s first North County mural. Through a collaborative mentoring opportunity with Dinah Poellnitz, Muriel worked with local young artist Isabel Figueroa. “The Sacred Offering,” Figueroa's first mural, is a tribute to the women of Oceanside’s Eastside Pozole Neighborhood. These intersecting murals located at 326 N. Horne Street embrace Oceanside’s civic identity and art diversity while representing our community’s past, present and future.

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Star Theatre

402 N. Coast Highway

"The Beauty of the Sea Will Always Be With Me"

The first Oceanside Mural Initiative mural was completed in 2017 by Skye Walker. The mural was selected by the Oceanside community with over 1,500 votes. The public art mural continues to be celebrated by visitors and locals alike. MainStreet Oceanside matched dollar for dollar to make this project a reality. 

About Art that Excites

Art that Excites, previously the Oceanside Mural Initiative, seeks to install 10 curated public art murals in Downtown Oceanside. Art that Excites is a community-driven program that will integrate key partners in the Downtown Oceanside area. Through this program, Oceanside will become a destination for public art, create a model by which Oceanside and other communities can fulfill community-driven arts initiatives, act as a medium for education and community outreach, and help to define Oceanside as a community whose identity is built upon and driven by the arts. 


MainStreet Oceanside is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and your donation is tax deductible. For more information about Art that Excites or to inquire about stakeholder and corporate sponsorships, please contact Gumaro Escarcega at 760-754-4512 or

About the Oceanside Cultural District

One of California’s first 14 cultural districts and one of only three in San Diego County, The Oceanside Cultural District, located in Downtown Oceanside, was designated by the California Arts Council in 2017. Bounded by The Star Theatre to the north (Sportfisher Drive), the Oceanside Museum of Art to the east (Nevada Street), The Hill Street Country Club gallery to the south (Minnesota Avenue) and the Oceanside Pier to the west, the Oceanside Cultural District, is home to an eclectic, emerging art scene. Along historic Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean, with an iconic pier and amphitheater, you will find a unique destination with an abundance of cultural resources. 


Oceanside Museum of Art is a premier regional art museum and a leader of arts and culture. The California Surf Museum connects with nontraditional arts audiences while honoring local surf culture. The historical Sunshine Brooks and Star theaters provide opportunities for all ages and introduce professional theatrical expression to thousands of schoolchildren each year.


Cultural events like the Oceanside Dia de Los Muertos Festival are varied, colorful and celebratory as well as educational, featuring dance, music and food. The district is home to MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmers Market and Sunset Market, San Diego County’s top weekly food and music street fair. Tattoo artists recognize the area’s military historical heritage with much of their work, and Artist Alley provides an interactive experience for all with practicing artists and artisans. Restaurants, wineries and breweries in the district highlight local artists and musicians.

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