Orpheus by Jeffery Laudenslager

Kinetic Sculpture Donated to the City of Encinitas

A gift to the city from Encinitas Friends of the Arts

Encinitas, CA. The first piece of public art in the City of Encinitas’ Sculpture Installation Program has been donated to the city. Orpheus, a kinetic sculpture installed at the K Street Parkway in 2018 in downtown Encinitas is located at 1134 S. Coast Hwy. Encinitas, CA 92024. The artwork has been on loan to the city and was recently acquired by Encinitas Friends of the Arts. The soaring 20’ tall sculpture, made from titanium and stainless steel, was created by renowned Encinitas artist Jeffery Laudenslager. Propelled by air and wind currents, the sculpture creates unlimited shapes and forms.

“Public art enhances the environment and complements the lifestyle of its citizens. It gains in significance when the work is created by a local artist,” said Naimeh Woodward, President of Encinitas Friends of the Arts. “It is appropriate that this large-scale sculpture will welcome all to our city for years to come.” 

The funds to install and purchase the sculpture were raised by Encinitas Friends of the Arts, its  donors, and donations received in memory of Ann and Tom Sergott. 

The mission of Encinitas Friends of the Arts is to partner with the City of Encinitas by fundraising and advocating for the cultural arts in Encinitas and for city-owned arts venues. Established by the City of Encinitas Commission for the Arts in 2014, the nonprofit works to elevate arts and culture by presenting cultural programs, provide arts education for youth, and public art. For more information or to make a donation, please visit: www.encinitasarts.org.

Orpheus by Jeffery Laudenslager
Orpheus by Jeffery Laudenslager

Orpheus, a kinetic sculpture by artist Jeffery Laudenslager, has been donated to the City of Encinitas.

Encinitas Friends of the Arts Creates Thank You Banners for Frontline Workers

The artist-designed banners include painting and graphic design.

Encinitas, CA.

In Partnership with the City of Encinitas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, Encinitas Friends of the Arts (EFA) is pleased to release a set of banners, created by local artists, to thank frontline workers who have courageously worked to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists Kirsten Francis, Deanne Sabeck, Patricia Frischer, Naimeh Woodward, and Sean Hnedak created the banners and are members of EFA. The banners will be displayed at prominent locations on Encinitas Blvd., Via Cantebria and at the Encinitas Library.

EFA, a community based nonprofit arts and culture organization, commissioned artists to create the banners to show gratitude for health care workers, first responders, frontline, and essential workers. “This is a small but important gesture and one way the arts can step forward to serve our community,” said Naimeh Woodward, President of Encinitas Friends of the Arts. “As we face difficult and uncertain times together, the generosity of our community inspires us to move forward with hope, optimism and resolve.”

A website page has been created for the project. The community is invited to submit messages of gratitude and support to encinitasarts@gmail.com. The messages, along with images of the banners and additional information, can be viewed at www.encinitasarts.org or by using the QR code located on each banner. For more information, please email encinitasarts@gmail.com.

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EFA has made significant strides toward its goal of elevating arts and culture. Established in March 2014 by the City of Encinitas Commission for the Arts, the organization partners with the City of Encinitas to enrich arts and culture in the community through programs and fundraising. Programs include the Passport Series, Encinitas Dia de los Muertos, public art, and arts education for children and youth: Ballet Folklorico de San Dieguito, offering year-round dance instruction and performance opportunities. To learn more about EFA, please visit: www.encinitasarts.org.

Encinitas Advocate – Encinitas hosts virtual Día de los Muertos Nov. 1 Day of the Dead celebration

https://www.encinitasadvocate.com/lifestyle/events/story/2020-10-17/encinitas-hosts-virtual-dia-de-los-muertos-nov-1-day-of-the-dead-celebration

Ballet Folklorico El Tapatio de San Dieguito director and dancers at Encinitas Dia de los Muertos. (L-R) Director Nadia Arambula, Jimena Rodriguez, Kimberly Villasenor and Paola Mendoza.

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The Dia de los Muertos featured performers include Ballet Folklorico El Tapatio de San Dieguito dancers, Mariachi Real De San Diego, and a modern dance rendition from LITVAKdance company by dancers Maria Jose Castillo and Nick McGhee. There will be workshops on how to make a paper flower and decorate a picture frame to use for the alter. Entertainment also includes highlights from the past six years’ Dia de los Muertos events. Mano a Mano Foundation Program Director Beatriz Villarreal will emcee the event, and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear and Encinitas Deputy Mayor Kellie Shay Hinze will speak as well as Naimeh Woodward, president of Encinitas Friends of the Arts.

Encinitas Dia de los Muertos

Prior to the event, the community is invited to participate in a Dia de los Muertos face painting contest. To enter, participants email a photo of their painted face to encinitasdiadelosmuertos@gmail.com by Oct. 22. Gift card prizes will be awarded to the categories of female and male: youth, teen and adult. For contests rules and waiver, visit encinitasarts.org/calendar/

To add to the festivities, an event bag containing materials to make a paper flower and decorate a picture frame along with a free raffle ticket, a child size face mask, and candies will be available for pick-up on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Raffle prizes include gift cards, laptop computers and more. Contest and raffle winners will be announced Nov. 1 at the event.

The Encinitas Library is also participating in Dia de los Muertos. Since Sept. 22, they have been featuring Dia de los Muertos art made by Luis Murguia in their acrylic showcases in the front lobby.

For a schedule of events, or for more information, visit: www.encinitasarts.org

Encinitas Advocate: ‘Passport to Encinitas’ cultural diversity celebration set for Aug. 22

https://www.encinitasadvocate.com/lifestyle/events/story/2020-07-30/passport-to-encinitas-cultural-diversity-celebration-set-for-aug-22

Encinitas Friends of the Arts (EFA) will present Passport to Encinitas, a virtual presentation, on Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. The event will celebrate the cultural diversity within the City of Encinitas while showcasing local talent and the arts and culture resources of the community. This fundraiser supports the vital work done by the EFA while supporting the artists and business in Encinitas.

Passport to Encinitas is part of EFA’s Passport Series Program which has been celebrating the diversity of the arts that exists throughout the world since 2014.

To purchase your ticket go to bit.ly/3g5XRia

Please note the ticket price includes:

Early access to the event. Ticket holders will be sent a private link to the live stream from 5 to 6 p.m. and other special prerecorded performances after 6 p.m.

Can’t watch live? The private link will be available even after it’s over.

One-year free membership to EFA

An opportunity drawing ticket for some gift items

Discounts to several restaurants in Encinitas

For more information, go to encinitasarts.org

Encinitas Advocate: The Elements to perform at Passport to Encinitas Aug. 22

https://www.encinitasadvocate.com/lifestyle/events/story/2020-08-14/the-elements-to-perform-at-passport-to-encinitas-aug-22

Indie rock band The Elements are honored to participate in Passport to Encinitas, Saturday, Aug. 22, in support of the local art community. A virtual event, it starts at 5 p.m., and The Elements perform at 6 p.m.

“We are supporting our local artists and businesses through the Passport to Encinitas event and would like The Elements to represent a younger audience,” said Encinitas Friends of the Arts founder Naimeh Woodward.

Hosted by The City of Encinitas and Encinitas Friends of the Arts, Passport to Encinitas is a fundraiser designed to raise awareness of the arts and celebrate the diversity in Encinitas and throughout San Diego County. This thoughtfully curated event will showcase live music, visual art and dance. Tickets are $20 each and include early access, an opportunity drawing ticket, restaurant discounts, and an Encinitas Friends of the Arts membership. For event details and ticket sales, visit www.EncinitasArts.org.

The Elements will debut their new song “Dazed” and play a combination of originals as well as covers. Their original music spans genres from alternative rock to indie pop. The Elements also play covers of songs from bands such as The Beatles, Talking Heads, and Fitz and the Tantrums. Their broad musical range is sure to appeal to all ages.

The Elements are alumni of San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas where they often performed on campus. A 2019 graduate, singer/bassist Julian Boyer will be a sophomore at California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo, Calif., where he is majoring in graphic communication, minoring in psychology, and a leader for Week of Welcome.

Also a 2019 graduate, drummer/guitarist Dylan Herrera will be a sophomore at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Calif., where he is double majoring in music production and marketing communication and co-hosts a radio show on iCLUradio.com.

A 2020 graduate, keyboardist/saxophonist Eli Anderson was recruited to play water polo at Penn State Behrend, Erie, Pa., where he will be majoring in psychology.

The Elements perform in San Diego County and in Long Beach. In Encinitas, they perform at events for the City of Encinitas, Encinitas Friends of the Arts, Encinitas Highway 101 Main Street Association, and the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association. Last year, they performed at a couple of Art Night Encinitas events hosted by the City of Encinitas and Encinitas Friends of the Arts.

For more information on The Elements, visit www.TheElements.band or follow on Instagram: @theelements.band, Twitter: @BandTheElements, and Facebook: @BandTheElements. For more information on Encinitas Friends of the Arts, visit: www.EncinitasArts.org

Oside News: The Elements Perform at ‘Passport to Encinitas’ August 22nd

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Encinitas CA— Indie rock band The Elements are honored to participate in Passport to Encinitas, Saturday, August 22, in support of the local art community. A virtual event, it starts at 5pm, and The Elements perform at 6pm.

“We are supporting our local artists and businesses through the Passport to Encinitas event and would like The Elements to represent a younger audience,” said Encinitas Friends of the Arts founder Naimeh Woodward.

Hosted by The City of Encinitas and Encinitas Friends of the Arts, Passport to Encinitas is a fundraiser designed to raise awareness of the arts and celebrate the diversity in Encinitas and throughout San Diego County. This thoughtfully curated event will showcase live music, visual art and dance. Tickets are $20 each and include early access, an opportunity drawing ticket, restaurant discounts, and an Encinitas Friends of the Arts membership. For event details and ticket sales, visit www.EncinitasArts.org.

The Elements will debut their new song “Dazed” and play a combination of originals as well as covers. Their original music spans genres from alternative rock to indie pop. The Elements also play covers of songs from bands like The Beatles, Talking Heads, and Fitz and the Tantrums. Their broad musical range is sure to please all ages.

The Elements are alumni of San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas where they often performed on campus. A 2019 graduate, singer/bassist Julian Boyer will be a sophomore at California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo, CA, where he is majoring in Graphic Communication, minoring in Psychology, and a leader for Week of Welcome. Also a 2019 graduate, drummer/guitarist Dylan Herrera will be a sophomore at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, where he is double majoring in Music Production and Marketing Communication and co-hosts a radio show on iCLUradio.com. A 2020 graduate, keyboardist/saxophonist Eli Anderson was recruited to play water polo at Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA, where he will be majoring in Psychology.

The Elements perform in San Diego County and in Long Beach. In Encinitas, they perform at events for the City of Encinitas, Encinitas Friends of the Arts, Encinitas Highway 101 Main Street Association, and the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association. Last year, they performed at a couple of Art Night Encinitas events hosted by the City of Encinitas and Encinitas Friends of the Arts. The Elements are grateful for the many opportunities they have been provided.

For more information on The Elements, visit www.TheElements.band or follow on Instagram: @theelements.band, Twitter: @BandTheElements, and Facebook: @BandTheElements. For more information on Encinitas Friends of the Arts, visit: www.EncinitasArts.org.

Postponing EFA Art Salon to July 11th

Dear EFA Artist Collective members,We must all be prudent, but not paranoid. But because of the directive from the state we have decided it is prudent to postpone the Art Salon on this Saturday March 15. The good news is that we have already rescheduled it for Sat. July 11, same time, same place. Of course, we will send out a reminder closer to the date. Hopefully we can also celebrate our new freedom from any virus at that time. 

Be safe, stay clean and healthy, and stay in touch.

EFA Artist Collective Art Salon: Art Criticism for emerging artists in the 21st c. Jul 11th, 2020
1:45 pm – 4:00 pm EFA Artist Collective Art Salon at the Home and Studio of Portia La Touche 1090 Neptune Ave Encinitas, CA 92024 There no such thing as bad publicity? P.T. Barnum
There is only one thing worse in the world than being talked about. And that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde
.How has Art criticism has changed in the 21 century? We have less published critiques because we have fewer newspapers and print media outlets. But now there is art in the online world.  We deal with LIKES rather than serious write-ups.  Criteria for success for an artist might include getting in a good gallery, sales, and getting published. In your view, does this also include getting reviewed/having a critique of your work?  Or does this not matter to you?  And why not?  You know the old saying:  there is no such thing as bad press! We have a limited number of tickets for this free event hosted and moderated by Portia La Touche at her home and studio in Leucadia. As always we ask you to bring snack and drinks to contribute to the afternoon.Parking  for 4 cars in driveway,  Park on street or  on railroad side of 101 (1 blk away). We suggest carpooling when possible. For more info: 858-354-3755
You are invited to view the studio space from 1:45 to 2 pm. Here are a small selection of the questions that will be discussed: How has the role of art criticism in society changed?  How much does a good or bad review help or hurt your art creation and production, your marketing, and/or your confidence?Has your work been critiqued?  How and by whom?  And what was the outcome or effect on your exhibit, on sales, and on you? What is the value of online art criticism ­to the artist? to the viewer? What can the artist do, if anything, to influence the direction of art criticism today?

Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Encinitas- October 26

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Encinitas CA— Encinitas Friends of the Arts (EFA) and the City of Encinitas announce the sixth annual Encinitas Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). A time when families gather to honor and remember deceased loved ones, Dia de los Muertos is a significant Latino cultural celebration. The free festival takes place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 12:00-4:00 P.M. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Dia de los Muertos will feature a variety of performances and will be emceed by Mano a Mano Foundation Program Director Beatriz Villarreal. The event commences with Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear making welcoming remarks. Performances begin with Danza Azteca Misión San Luis Rey blessing the Ofrenda with ancient traditional dances. This will be followed by Mariachi estrellas de Chula Vista, Ballet Folklorico Rancho Buena Vista High School, Mariachi Del Mar and Danza Alegre. The festival ends with singer Chuy “El Chente” Moreno performing songs from the film, Coco, with dancing by Ballet Folklorico de San Dieguito and the public.

Festival activities include skull face painting, tissue flowers and sugar skull workshops, a Day of the Dead art exhibit by Oak Crest Middle School students, a selfie station with ladies dressed as “Catrinas,” and opportunity drawings for laptop computers and more. Outdoor festivities include a low rider car show by the Callejeros de Encinitas Car Club, artist demonstrations, vendors, and food trucks with options ranging from ice cream to tamales.

A Community Ofrenda—or remembrance altar—will feature a replica of the Surfing Madonna by artist Mark Patterson. “Having the Surfing Madonna in the Ofrenda makes this a uniquely Encinitas event,” said Encinitas Arts Program Administrator Jim Gilliam. All are invited to honor the memory of a loved one or friend by contributing a photograph or non-valuable remembrance to the Ofrenda.
Leading up to Dia de los Muertos, the Encinitas Library will hold two additional free events: Death Café, Tuesday October 22, 3:30 – 5:30 PM; and La Fiesta, Thursday, October 24, 4:00-6:00 PM. “We’re excited to add La Fiesta to this year’s Day of the Dead celebration,” said Branch Librarian Jayne Henn. “The Encinitas Library event willfeature live music by Carlos Velasco and Kevin Moraine and art-making workshops by Luis Murguia while we install the huge Community Ofrenda remembrance altar. It’s going to be a true community collaboration!”

Returning this year, The Death Café, “is a time for people to come together in a relaxed and supportive setting to discuss death, taking the fear out of it, while drinking tea and eating delicious cake,” said Teen Librarian Diana Minuzzi. “The objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”
A Community Ofrenda will be on view from October 24 through November 4 in the lobby of the Encinitas Library, located at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024, along with a Day of the Dead student exhibit or artwork and altars. Contact the library at (760) 753-7376 for details, or visit: www.sdcl.org

Encinitas Dia de los Muertos is made possible by funding from the City of Encinitas Community Grant Program, Encinitas Friends of the Arts, the City of Encinitas, County of San Diego, and numerous sponsors.

The mission of Encinitas Friends of the Arts is to partner with the City of Encinitas by fundraising and advocating for the cultural arts in Encinitas, and for city-owned arts venues. Established by the Encinitas Commission for the Arts in 2014, EFA works to elevate arts and culture by presenting cultural programs, arts education and public art. EFA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
For a schedule of events, or for more information, please visit: www.encinitasarts.org, or call (760) 633-2746.

Encinitas Day of the Dead Festival, It Takes a Village!

The 20 member organizing committee for Encinitas Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is hard at work planning the 6th annual free event, set for Saturday, October 26, from 12-4pm, at the Encinitas Community Center (1140 Oakcrest Park Drive). This year, 4,500 people are expected to attend the celebration of Latino culture with 4 hours of awesome Folklorico and Mariachi performances, art-making workshops, low rider car show, community Ofrenda, artist demos, opportunity drawings (including laptops!), food trucks and more. Pictured are representatives from Encinitas Friends of the Arts, Mano a Mano Foundation, San Dieguito Art Guild, San Dieguito Academy, San Diego County Office of Education, San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth and the City. Volunteers  and sponsors are needed! For more information please contact committe at friendsofthearts1@gmail.com