By Emily Merz |
Residents all over San Diego County will want to clear their schedules next Sunday, August 12th.
The Carlsbad Village Association (CVA), with support from the City of Carlsbad and other local organizations, is hosting its 20th annual Art in the Village from 9 AM to 5 PM on State Street and Grand Avenue. Every year Art in the Village attracts over 100 artists and thousands of visitors to explore a variety of artistic works, ranging from oil painting, watercolors, photography, mixed media, classical and contemporary sculpture, woodworking and pottery. The event is free and family-friendly.
In honor of its two-decade anniversary, this year’s annual Art in the Village will offer invigorating new events and artists, proving to be different than years past.
Some new features CVA added include the Family Open Studios, where families can make art projects and the Teen Art Pavilion, which features art from local Carlsbad, Sage Creek and La Costa Canyon high school students.
“The City of Carlsbad is also giving us their stage for the day, so we will have three musical bands, instead of just solo musicians this year,” Christine Davis, CVA program manager, said. “New Village Arts will be performing a piece from Legally Blonde on the stage, which we could not have done without the help of the city.”
Davis added she is excited to see turnout grow in response to these new features. She estimates at least 3,500 people from all over San Diego and surrounding counties will attend, although turnout this year could be as high as 5,000 since it is the anniversary year and CVA has made a strong social media push. Recent years’ attendance has ranged from 2,500 to 3,500.
“We’re excited about the caliber of art this year and because our artists are from San Diego to Laguna Beach to Riverside, the event draws a very regional crowd, not just local.” Davis also noted this year’s event has an additional 40 artists.
The City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Department will be unveiling a new landmark art piece in the Village at the event. The public art piece will be a central attraction in Carlsbad Village. The art was created by local artists in Carlsbad and is the first in a series of other similar pieces that will be located throughout the city. The reveal of this dynamic and cutting-edge art work is just one of the many reasons to attend this year’s Art in the Village.