Meet the Artisans

The California Welcome Center is not just a gateway for travelers but a haven for those seeking the charm and creativity of locally crafted treasures. Step inside and you’ll discover a vibrant community of artisans, each contributing their unique talents to the rich tapestry of Oceanside’s arts scene. Let’s take a closer look at some of the skilled artisans who make this place truly O’riginal. 

orchid & ash

Illuminate your surroundings with the warm glow of Orchid & Ash Candles. All hand-poured and crafted by passionate candle artisan Kristina in her Oceanside studio, each piece tells a story of the communities charm and beauty. Kristina says “no place has ever felt so much like home.” Every component of the product is verified non-toxic, sustainable, and responsibly sourced. They not only light up a room but also capture the essence of this coastal paradise. 

Zoe Kanemitsu

For those who seek a hands-on artistic experience, the Oceanside Coloring Book is a must-have. Zoe Kanemitsu, a Japanese American artist poured her creativity onto the pages, offering a unique perspective of Oceanside’s landmarks, marine life, and vibrant community. She is inspired by seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling the ocean which motivated her to hand-drawn and created each of the characters in this one-of-a-kind coloring book that is filled with creatures and backdrops that can only be found in O’side.

skye walker

Skye Walker, a local muralist and artist, brings the spirit of Oceanside to life through captivating artwork. His pieces, inspired by the coastal surroundings, evoke a sense of tranquility and wonder. From stunning seascapes to vibrant street art, Skye Walker’s creations serve as a visual journey through the soul of Oceanside. “The Beauty of the Sea Will Always Be With Me” was painted on the side of the iconic Star Theatre. It honors the ocean and Mother Nature and how the town of Oceanside thrives off what the sea provides for the community and its history. 

Rais Cais

Elevate your everyday accessories with Rais Cais Leather Keychains. Each piece is a testament to the craftsmanship of local artisan Julie Rais who skillfully blends elegance and functionality. From the selection of premium materials to the intricate detailing, these keychains are more than just accessories; they’re a symbol of Oceanside’s refined style.

 “Keeping It O’riginal since 1888. O’side” stamped on vegan tanned leather with brass split ring. 

Art Magic

Dive into a world of whimsy with Art Magic Resin Ornaments. Ksenia Stockton uses resin as their medium to encapsulate the magic of Oceanside. From ocean waves frozen in time to miniature representations of iconic landmarks, these ornaments are a delightful addition to any collection, serving as a reminder of the enchanting atmosphere found in Oceanside.


Resin on wood ornament in round shape in shades of teal with sand.

Each item is unique.

Mikolich California Honey Co.

Meet the sweet maestros behind Mikolich Honey Company, where local honey is not just a product but a labor of love. From the meticulous care of the bees to the artistry of the honey extraction process, the Mikolich family has been beekeeping in San Diego County and Temecula for over 50 years. Their commitment to sustainability and the pure, unadulterated flavor of their honey make them a beloved presence at the California Welcome Center.

“Fresh from the hive since 1985”. Winners of two 1st Place Awards at the Good Food Awards.

The California Welcome Center isn’t just a stop on your journey—it’s a spot to celebrate and support Oceanside’s creative spirit. The artisans showcased here, from Mikolich Honey Company to Art Magic Resin Ornaments, collectively contribute to a cultural mosaic that reflects the unique beauty and personality of this coastal gem. So, the next time you find yourself at the California Welcome Center, take a moment to appreciate the skill, passion, and artistry of these local artisans who make Oceanside truly one-of-a-kind.

Published: December 13, 2010

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