Murals appear in downtown Carlsbad

May 8, 2013 by  

Four different murals are currently being painted on the outside walls of businesses in downtown Carlsbad, located only three or four miles down the coast from Oceanside.

Kristianne Kurner, who is the director of the New Village Arts organization, said that more than 16 local artists entered their proposed ideas for murals to be painted in the downtown area. The winning designs were then selected by a committee made up of representatives from downtown businesses, the Charitable Foundation, and New Village Arts.

Kurner said:

“I think it’s wonderful for the Village.

“When you have art in unexpected places, it adds to your experience there.”

Works of arts and other such attractions that are done to spruce up an area, or draw in more people, could well be an attraction for new businesses as well. When companies move into a location, it creates additional business for local merchants as well, such as printing companies that might be used to provide catalog printing or other printing services for new companies that move in to the area.

One of the murals currently being painted is ‘Catnap’ by Oceanside artist Michael Summers. The largest and most visible of the four murals, it measures almost 18’ X 18’ on a wall of the Witch Creek Winery located on the corner of Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Boulevard. The colorful mural features two tigers under drips of colorful raindrops. One tiger sits under an umbrella while the other is brave enough to venture outside of the shelter. Summers said that he is working on a series called ‘Right as Rain’, and that this forms part of it.