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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Arts in Carlsbad, CA

As the summer draws to close, it reminded me that one of the things I really like about living in Carlsbad, and what attracted me to buy here, in addition to finding a large house and more land for comparable money as compared to other beachside communties, are the arts offerings. At least in my experience they are pretty impressive for a town this size.

First, during the summer there are FREE Friday night concerts in one of the many parks. These are referred to as TGIF Jazz in the Parks, and offer blues, jazz and latin music every Friday night, alternating between 3 parks. This is a great family venue, as people (as many as several thousand) bring simple to elaborate dinners and wine, and lounge in the park for a couple of hours listening to great music. The bands change regularly and generally are top notch. Parking is free in the immediate area and there is shuttle service from nearby schools. This has been a part of the town for 20 years, which is pretty impressive.

Another terrific arts offering is the Cannon Art Gallery, near Alga Road and El Camino. Free to the public, and sponsored in part by Friends of the Arts, the gallery offers 6 - 7 shows during the year exploring a broad range of art styles, sometimes a show of different artists and other times a traveling collection such as the recent show featuring art objects from Africa. Associated with each show is an Opening Night Reception and a Family Open Studio on Saturday, a hands-on art-making event.

Among other offerings: Art Splash, a festival being held this year on September 23rd and 24th on Armada Drive near the Flower Fields; the Plein Air Brunch (a fund raiser for the gallery); and a Summer Art Camp for children. For more info about art in Carlsbad, visit the Carlsbad website.

But Carlsbad is not the only town with an active arts program. I haven't yet discovered them all but as an example Leucadia, part of Encinitas, has an open studios art walk during the summer, and many towns seem to have art festivals of one sort or another. Any favorites?? Please let us know about them.


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