The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) celebrates art through engagement, education and innovation. With over 1,300 members and 25,000 visitors annually, the museum is a vibrant force in the City of Oceanside and beyond. OMA runs 12-15 annual exhibits in five rotating onsite galleries and two offsite exhibition spaces. OMA presents exhilarating individual and group exhibitions of important local, regional and international artists.

At the core, OMA aims to be a congenial place where people can learn about and explore art through compelling exhibitions, programs and events. The longtime dedicated staff members are passionate about making the museum a friendly, accessible venue to engage with the pubic through art. OMA offers free admission the first Sunday of every month and the First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk from 5pm-8pm.  As OMA Director of Education Julia Fister explains, “We’d like everybody to come on by and see us, enjoy our exhibitions and programming.” OMA Director of Events & Community Engagement Mitzi Summers adds, “We are continually looking for ways to partner with the community. And we want people to feel welcome, not intimidated.” OMA is most definitely an exciting, thriving community art destination for both children and adults alike.

Currently on display is a precious collection called Love Letters in Metal: Jewelry by Svetozar & Ruth Radakovich. This Encinitas-based couple was classically trained in fine art painting. Their exquisite handcrafted jewelry has an inherent sculptural quality and exudes an ethereal beauty.

The exciting Teeny Tiny Art Sale on Friday, June 3rd from 5pm-8pm is an opportunity to purchase around 500 4 x 6 inch works from over 200 artists for only $20 each. Contributing artists are from around the world and created pieces in various mediums such as acrylic, watercolor, fiber, oil, encaustic, pen, ink and marker. Famous participating artists include James Hubble, Laddie John Dill and Allison Renshaw. The excitement of the sale lies in the fact that the creator of each piece will not be revealed until after it is purchased. The idea behind the Teeny Tiny Art Sale is to make art affordable and available to all.

Another fabulous show on the horizon is an invitational, juried exhibition called California Fibers: Eclectic Threads. The exhibit features two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces of fiber and textile arts in media such as silk, cotton, bamboo, palm, wool wire and paper. Works are created using a variety of techniques including weaving, basketry, quilting, embroidery and felting.

And mark your calendars for the museum’s largest annual fundraiser: The Museum Ball to be held on Saturday, July 23 from 6pm-11pm. This year’s theme for the black tie gala is A Night at the Casbah. The glamorous evening kicks off with a twilight champagne reception at the museum’s Biogen-Idec terrace followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing to live music by The Fabulous Pelicans at the Civic Center Plaza. The Museum Ball tickets are $175 if purchased by June 30 and $200 thereafter.

Click here to learn more about the upcoming programs and events held at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Published: June 28, 2016

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