SmallTalk: Art As A Community-Based Practice

Join OMA’s hotel special projects director, co-curator, and visual artist Rebecca Webb for an insightful conversation with San Diego-based artists Jennifer Luce, Michelle Montjoy, and Akiko Surai about the role art plays in activating communal spaces and community engagement. Learn about the artwork by each of these artists that will be featured in two newly-opened Oceanside beachfront hotels, The Seabird Resort and Mission Pacific Hotel, as well as the community-driven curation process for both sites. Through this discussion, we will explore their creative processes, unique contributions as artists, and common vision for art as a tool to bring us together in a shared environment.

Your link to connect online will be sent in the confirmation email after you have completed registration.



Free



 Pictured: Work in progress by Michelle Monjoy to be installed at The Seabird Resort in Oceanside.



 

Taste of Art: Outsider Art

In association with OMA’s new exhibition Color of Sound, celebrate the artistic spirit of creators who exist outside the mainstream art world, rewriting societal norms and definitions. Explore the methods of artists on the autism spectrum and others who are neurodivergent, taking a closer look at their intrinsic abilities and honest vision to make expressive works of art. Join Robin Douglas for a brief lecture followed by a hands-on workshop where you can draw and paint in free-thinking, intuitive and energetic techniques embodied by the Outsider Art world. 

Limited space is available. This event will be held onsite at OMA in compliance with CDC, state, and county guidelines. Sanctioned social distancing will be followed and masks that cover both the nose and mouth are required to be worn at all times.



Members $40, Visitors $50

Members will need to sign in online to receive their discount.


Limited space is available. This event will be held onsite at OMA in compliance with CDC, state, and county guidelines. Sanctioned social distancing will be followed and masks that cover both the nose and mouth are required to be worn at all times.


Pictured: Randomosity (detail) by Ikea Syance Wilson from the Color of Sound exhibition on view at OMA through July 11, 2021.



 

Two-Day Workshop: Interdisciplinary Sculpture

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 AND 5

Be inspired by newly installed indoor and outdoor sculpture on display at OMA to create your own 3-D work of art! Join Robin Douglas for a hands-on exploration of a variety of methods and materials, highlighting the diverse approaches of several artists including Faith Ringold’s soft sculpture, Marisol Escobar’s segmented objects, and Louise Nevelson’s geometric abstract architectural forms. All supplies for your original artwork will be provided, but feel free to bring in additional materials or found objects you wish to work with as well. 

Limited space is available. This event will be held onsite at OMA in compliance with CDC, state, and county guidelines. Sanctioned social distancing will be followed and masks that cover both the nose and mouth are required to be worn at all times. 



Members $60, Visitors $90

Members will need to sign in online to receive their discount at check out.

Limited space is available. This event will be held onsite at OMA in compliance with CDC, state, and county guidelines. Sanctioned social distancing will be followed and masks that cover both the nose and mouth are required to be worn at all times.


Pictured: sculpture by Kevin Vincent from OMA’s exhibition Kevin Vincent: Material Memory, on view through July 3, 2021



 

SmallTalk: The Color Of Sound

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month! Join Debra Muzikar and Keri Bowers, co-founders of the nonprofit The Art of Autism, for a lively and informative discussion celebrating neurodiversity in the arts and the creative abilities of artists on the autism spectrum. In association with OMA’s new exhibition Color of Sound, meet Joel Anderson, Sydney Edmond, Austin John Jones, Jeremy Sicile-Kira, and Syance Wilson, artists who capture their multi-sensory experiences of the world through their artistic creations. Discover their stories and unique processes before fully immersing yourself in a world of color and sound during your next visit to the museum. Color of Sound will be on view at OMA April 17–July 11, 2021.

Your link to connect online will be sent in the confirmation email after you have completed registration.



Free



 Pictured: The Vibrant Colors of the Opera Carmen (detail) by Jeremy Sicile-Kira.

Behind The Exhibition: Twenty Women Artists: NOW

Join curator Alessandra Moctezuma and artist Julia C R Gray for a virtual discussion covering the inspiring origin story and powerful artwork featured in Twenty Women Artists: NOW. Hosted by OMA’s exhibition manager and registrar Katie Dolgov, this program will explore the unique ways artists can come together in times of great social change to capture the moment and to provide a way forward. Learn about the artists’ approaches as individuals as well as the strong sense of community and support forged around the group, resulting in a profound and timely collection of artwork that explores the many challenging conditions women face today.

 

Your link to connect online will be sent in the confirmation email after you have completed registration.



Free



 Pictured: The Personal Is Political (detail) by Brenda York.

Two-Day Workshop: Frida Kahlo And Her Flora And Fauna

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 AND 21

Celebrate artist Frida Kahlo and the importance of the natural world as a source of her creativity. Having created her own home garden as a creative refuge, Kahlo’s works are filled with vibrant depictions of nature, exotic animals, and luscious plant life. Join Robin Douglas for a two-day painting workshop to explore the use of succulents as symbols by this seminal artist, and to draw parallel inspirations from local artist Amanda Kachadoorian and her exhibition Botanical Hybridity of San Diego’s Multicultural History currently on display at OMA. All supplies for your original artwork will be provided.



Members $60, Visitors $90

Members will need to sign in online to receive their discount at check out.

Limited space is available. This event will be held onsite at OMA in compliance with CDC, state, and county guidelines. Sanctioned social distancing will be followed and masks that cover both the nose and mouth are required to be worn at all times.


Pictured: Roots (detail) by Frida Kahlo. 

Taste Of Art: The Women Of Abstract Expressionism

Come and explore a variety of innovative painting techniques developed by three incredibly groundbreaking artists who helped establish the Abstract Expressionism movement including Lee Krasner and her expansive brushstrokes, Grace Hartigan and her thick panels of color, and Helen Frankenthaler and her soak and stain method. Join Robin Douglas for a brief lecture followed by a hands-on workshop where you can create a large-scale painting using one or all of the techniques pioneered by these forward-thinking artists. All supplies for your original artwork will be provided.



Members $40, Visitors $50

Members will need to sign in online to receive their discount.


Limited space is available. This event will be held onsite at OMA in compliance with CDC, state, and county guidelines. Sanctioned social distancing will be followed and masks that cover both the nose and mouth are required to be worn at all times.


Pictured: Helen Frankenthaler in her New York studio at Third Avenue and East 94th Street with Mediterranean Thoughts (in progress, left) and Figure with Thoughts (in progress, center) circa 1960. Photo by Tony Vaccaro.

Painting Challenges And Plein Air Art Share

Paint Out: In association with OMA’s upcoming Plein Air Festival in July, OMA invites seasoned or beginner painters to venture solo into the great outdoors and paint iconic Oceanside locations over the next several months. April’s suggested location is Oceanside Museum of Art and the surrounding areas. Find inspiration in the dynamic intersection of contemporary and historic architecture, the vibrant succulent garden, and stunning outdoor sculpture to turn the museum into a work of art in its own right.


Paint In: Ready to explore the beauty of Oceanside without leaving your home? Grab your art supplies and a computer or personal device, and take a virtual trip to several favorite spots selected by members of OMA’s Artist Alliance on this month’s interactive map.  

Whether you decide to paint inside or outside (or both), join Coffee and Conversation on May 2 for a virtual plein air art share. 


Click here to join the online meeting room.  

Join the conversation from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You will need an internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.


Snap a photo of what you are currently working on to share with the group. Send a copy of the image prior to the event by following these simple steps:

  1. Make sure your image is a JPG file and is sized to 1920 pixels on the longest side.
    Click here for help with resizing your artwork.
  2. Save your file as “CNC artwork_[YOUR NAME]”
  3. Email your image to Larry Vogel at lavogelart@gmail.com with the subject line “OMA First Sunday: [YOUR NAME]”
  4. Questions? Send an email to Linda Volz at Lindamvolz@gmail.com to learn more.

Pictured: Offshore by Matt Devine on the southwest corner of the OMA campus in front of the historic Irving Gill building.

Coffee And Conversation With OMA Artist Alliance

We’ve been asked not to gather, but we don’t have to be alone. Join Artist Alliance for a cup of coffee and enjoy some conversation with fellow artists. Sculptors, painters, photographers, artists of all disciplines are welcome.


Click here to join the online meeting room.  

Join the conversation from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You will need an internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.


Feel free to snap a photo of what you are currently working on to share with the group—especially if you participated in the Oceanside plein air paint challenge this month. Send a copy of the image prior to the event by following these simple steps:

  1. Make sure your image is a JPG file and is sized to 1920 pixels on the longest side.
    Click here for help with resizing your artwork.
  2. Save your file as “CNC artwork_[YOUR NAME]”
  3. Email your image to Larry Vogel at lavogelart@gmail.com with the subject line “OMA First Sunday: [YOUR NAME]”

 

Workshop: Painting Urban Landscapes

Hidden alleyways, secluded buildings, and ordinary freeway bridges might not spark the imagination at first glance, but each has a story to tell. Join Plein Air Festival featured artist Danny Griego for a fresh look at urban architecture, exploring his techniques of capturing the complexities and grace of often-overlooked street scenes. This half-day workshop will focus on the importance of a good value plan and design, simplifying architecture and perspective, and conveying light and mood with brushwork and color.


Workshop will be held at an iconic Oceanside location. Participants will receive specific details about the exact location via email.


$90

Plein Air Festival registrants receive a 25% discount. Discount will apply at checkout when using the discount code you received after registering for the festival.

Limited space is available and participants must bring their own supplies.


Artwork pictured: Retro Gas (detail) by Danny Griego