Art in the Village in Carlsbad happens this weekend

A pop up art installation of surfboards. A work by Alexia Markipoulos.
A popiup art installation featuring 10 surfboards is new this year at Carlsbad’s Art in the Village fair. Here is a work by Alexia Markipoulos.
(Courtesy Carlsbad Village Association)

Art in the Village, an annual open-air art summer art show that started 25 years ago, returns June 25 with 115 artists


Art in the Village, an annual open-air art summer art show that started 25 years ago, is coming back June 25 with 115 artists from across San Diego and Southern California.

The juried show, put on by the nonprofit Carlsbad Village Association, typically attracts more than 7,000 attendees. It features artwork for sale ranging from watercolor, oil, mixed media, photography and glass work to woodworking, jewelry and pottery. Attendees can chat with the artists at their booths along State Street and Grand Avenue. The fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ira Cosmos with surfboard art.
Ira Cosmos with surfboard art.
(Courtesy of Carlsbad Village Association)

New at this year’s event is a pop-up art installation featuring 10 six-foot long surfboards with a Carlsbad theme, each highlighting different art, such as carving, stained glass, mosaic, mixed media, airbrushing, acrylic and oil painting. The 10 artists were selected based on a sketch of their proposed image they submitted in response to a call for artists. The artists each will show their idea of “what Carlsbad looks, sounds, smells, and tastes like, using repurposed surfboards as their canvas.”

Live music will be performed by The Ramblin’ Sweethearts and the That’s Right Band on the Grand Avenue stage, along with local musicians playing throughout the area.

There will be art demonstrations throughout the day on sculpting, pottery, jewelry making and painting. A pop-up art Interactive Encounter will be set up in a 400-square-foot art-making pavilion for children and their families, run by the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office.

Food will be sold, ranging from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches by Drippin’ Kitchen, fish burritos and poke by Nico’s Fish Market and Acai Bowls by Acai Surf & Roll, along with craft beer by Pure Project and wine by Carruth Cellars.

The surfboards in the temporary art installation, called “Pop Up Art: A New Experience,” are slated to be on display throughout downtown Carlsbad during the week before the art fest. The art installation is managed by the Carlsbad Village Association and supported by the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office.

The artists behind the surfboard exhibit include Ira Cosmos, Vista; Taylor DeVille, Carlsbad; Alexia Markopoulos, Del Mar; Monica Martin, Carlsbad; Alice Picado, Vista; Jim Rajner, Oceanside; Shari Roberts, Carlsbad; Wendy Sallin, Carlsbad; Ismat Sami Shahid, San Diego and Julie Sobolewski, Oceanside;

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