Off Track Gallery hosts reception for young artists


During an Aug. 13 reception at Off Track Gallery, three talented and deserving MiraCosta (Oceanside) art students — Joseph Curiel, Xochitl Munoz Ramos and Alexandra Gray — were awarded $500 scholarships. The scholarship money was raised at the San Dieguito Art Guild’s Mother’s Day Art, Garden and Studio Tour last May.

Curiel works in a variety of media, is active in the MCC Student Art Club and spends all of his spare time making art. He likes to experiment and take risks.

Munoz Ramos develops thoughtful and carefully rendered compositions, three of which were selected for this year’s student exhibit. She is an advanced level oil painter, who was awarded first place in oil painting for her “Miracle Lunch“ and third place for her watercolor “Kettle Corn.”

Gray won awards for both of her large scale portraits in this year’s student exhibit, including first place for a whimsical, but beautifully rendered charcoal portrait that was a show favorite.

Off Track Gallery is located at 937 South Coast Highway 101, Suite C-103, Encinitas. 760-942-3636. Visit