Local Art Walk

February 2016: Celebrate Love


cover art by Center for the Arts at TERI, Inc Curated by Cynthia Melfi

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photos by Brigid Parsons

Click here to see profiles of many of the artists.

Below are the venues that participated in First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk for February 2016 - Celebrate Love as part of the inaugural Oceanside Valentine's Week!



Artists and Events



704 Pier View Way (760) 435-3720



217 N Coast Hwy (760) 433-8900

Paul Kauffman (paintings)



205 N Coast Hwy (760) 439-2274

live music


last minute cancellation



216 N Coast Hwy (858) 603-5694

Robert Berry



210 N Coast Hwy (858) 603-5694

Coast to Coast Barbershop Quartet (live music), sponsored in memory of Jerry Yentz



212-C Artist Alley (760) 722-5602



212-E Artist Alley

Myles McGuinness (photography)



212-F Artist Alley

  • "Water is Life":  Murals from the Art Miles Mural Project and the Aquarium
  • brand new exhibition "Gordgeous Gourds" by Oceanside artist Sheila Montez
  • PCH Jazz (live music)
  • projections of thousands of murals!



206-A Artist Alley

Sargent Art Group (SAG) including:

  • Diane O'Connell (oil on canvas)
  • Janet Kelly (acrylic)
  • Rosemary Valente (acrylic on canvas)
  • Rita Shulak (pointilism)
  • Jackie Zucher (acrylic)
  • Carol and Harvey Korfin (glass artist)
  • Linda Melvin (viscosity paintings and jewelry)
  • Nancy-Jo Klephaak (acrylic)
  • Mary Borges(viscosity paintings)
  • Karen Huber(water color)
  • Ruth Jameson (sculpture)
  • Don Pallia (acrylic and photography on canvas)



501 Mission Ave (760) 966-7436



605 Mission Ave (858) 994-0506

Jeffrey Myers (surfboard painter)


last minute cancellation



605 Mission Ave (858) 994-0506

Michael C. Hsiung (graphic works)



701 Mission Ave (760) 754-451

  • inside: Todd Hummel (photography)
  • outside: Small Town Heroes (live music)



711 Mission Ave (760) 637-2222

Angela Moriarity

Angela Moriarity is a self-taught photojournalist and artist from Southern California. She developed a love for capturing moments in time with any camera she could get her hands on as she traveled around the United States. Angela was the resident photographer for the world renowned burlesque stars Michelle L'amour and The Chicago Starlets in Chicago, IL from 2013 – 2015. In 2014, she completed an internship with Lisa Predko Photography, a Chicago-based studio photographer focusing on conceptual, portraits and commercial work. Angela's photographs have been represented in Sensual Chicago's 2014 and 2015 exhibition shows. When she’s not behind the camera, Angela is in front of blank spaces, creating custom chalkboard art for a major food retailer, weddings, baby showers and other special events. Angela has an AA in Liberal Arts from Saddleback College.

Check out more on the artist website, Facebook Angela Moriarity Photography and Instagram @angela_moriarity

Todd C Hummel

The beauty of the ocean is unsurpassed. Majestic colors, mesmerizing movement, and captivating sights all thrive below the surface and create a sense of peace and intrigue. It is an honor to be able to capture this dreamlike world and share it with others.

Todd Hummel is an advanced certified diver who has visited some of the world's top dive destinations, including Indonesia, the Great Barrier Reef, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Aruba and many other treasured locations throughout the Caribbean.

Maria Elena Cruz

Throughout my life, art has been a way for me to feel and heal. When I didn't feel safe enough to express myself verbally or by writing in journals that someone could read, I would draw. Drawing out my emotions was my release. Just as much as I need to release anxiety and pain, it is also an opportunity to create a new vision for my life... to paint the picture that I want to see in my reality. Because my work has always been so personal, I was very shy about sharing it. But once I realized how much my paintings inspired others, it became my ambition for my art to not only be a journey of self discovery, but to arouse passions of hope for humanity and to speak in a universal voice for the family of man. I hope to bring my lexicon of emotions into the lives of people who are searching for inspiration, optimism and love.

I also work with various organization by setting up interactive art workshops that engage community member. Please visit dialart.org for more information.

Check out more at the artist website.

Paul Kauffman

To paraphrase the Sinatra hit, “He’s been a barker, a teacher, a designer, an artist and almost a priest …. That’s Life….”
….Paul Kauffman’s life at any rate!

Paul was born in Berkeley, CA. and grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Grandson of a carnival owner, he started selling amusement ride tickets at the age of thirteen and travelled with the carnival during summer vacations for the next six years.

He studied six years (high school and two years of College) for the Priesthood in the archdiocese of Los Angeles. He attended Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington his junior year and transferred his senior year to continue his education as an Art Major in 1972 at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, CA. As a way to pay for his room, board and tuition, Paul waited tables at the world famous restaurant, The Warehouse, in Marina Del Rey.

After his studies at Loyola Marymount University, he went on to teach both Art and English to Jr. High School students in the Los Angeles Parochial School System for 8 years He was also the Substitute Art Instructor for Adult Education for the City of Los Angeles School District. He has conducted Painting Workshops in San Diego County and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

A career shift in 1981 launched Kauffman from the art world to floral design, when he purchased Silver Bells Florist, (This was later renamed Kauffman Designs). For the last 33 years, Paul has been a well sought-after Event Designer for several major functions all over Southern California area. He has designed for many of San Diego’s Celebrity / non- profit Gala Fundraisers.

Now coming full circle, he is once again rekindling his passion for painting. All of his life experiences are finding new expression in the colors and energetic brush strokes seen on his canvasses. It is his ardent desire to give back, in the form of lasting images, the joy and fulfillment that began for him the first time he touched brush to palette and pigment to canvas.

Rick Ortiz

I work at Biggs Harley-Davidson in San Marcos CA. I painted this piece simply named Semper Fi. Everyday we serve our Military Men and Women here at Biggs and every weekend they come in from there day of motorcycle riding and we serve them food, My family are very Military proud and it makes me feel good to see and serve these guys and girls, Basically because they get to see and do things us "normal" citizens do not, possibly even wouldn't/couldn't do. 2'x4' Acrylic on Wood panel. So I will be painting more Military related pieces in the Future.

Taylor Gallegos

Taylor Gallegos has been exhibited in solo and group shows in art galleries and businesses throughout the western United States and abroad. His work is in public and private collections from Hawai’i to Italy.

Taylor has always loved, created and studied art. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a double concentration in both Painting and Drawing from Colorado State University. To expand on his formal education and artistic practice, he went abroad in 2004 to study, paint and draw in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Since then he has lived and worked in the world of art practicing his craft in many different mediums and styles. Taylor now lives and makes art in Fallbrook, California, twenty minutes from the ocean that he visits often for fun, connection to the world and deep inspiration.

Check out more on the artist website taylorgallegos.com

Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance

The Artist Alliance is a membership affiliate group dedicated to the support of the Oceanside Museum of Art. It provides opportunities for interaction, visibility and growth for artists in the region.

For more info, check out the website.

The Artist Alliance appears monthly on the patio of the Oceanside Museum of Art

The Center for the Arts at TERI, Inc

The Center for the Arts at TERI, Inc in Oceanside CA opened its studio doors in 2007. The Art Studios provide a space for artists with autism and other developmental disabilities to collaborate, experiment with sensation, personal expression and to connect to you, as audience. The work is expressive and often collaborative; thus giving the opportunity of participation to people of diverse abilities. The greater body of work is in acrylics on various platforms, but includes creation in collage, mosaic, and mixed media.

Jeannie Marshall Ortiz

Jeannie Marshall Ortiz was born in San Diego, California, and grew up near the beach in south Ocean Beach. The ocean, the sun, and a good breeze have always been her comfort and inspiration. She gradually got into making art, starting with drawing, beading, sewing, and spinning and dying wool. She also played the flute, enjoyed jamming, and was part of a modern dance group called Vanguard. The rhythm and flow of all these elements is seen in her artwork.

She made her first linoleum block print when she was 21, living in what she called her ‘birdhouse’ in Golden Hills, while going to Mesa College. She majored in Art and Spanish, and took her first sculpting class there, which felt like coming home. Continuing her studies at San Francisco State University she enjoyed lithography, and, of course, sculpting. Finishing up her B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Sculpture, she made her first figurative sculpture in marble.

During her time in ‘The City’, she started traveling in Mexico and Guatemala, with just a backpack, and stayed in ‘pensiones’. Jeannie visited many museums and galleries, small towns, lots of water falls, made many friends, and drew in pencil and ink wherever she went. While living in Coatepec and Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, she worked on a sizable sculpture in marble, made a variety of prints, a couple of smaller sculptures in wood, and lots of drawings. She also taught art and sculpting to various individuals, and ceramics to a sizable group at the University Extension.

Returning to San Diego, Jeannie raised three sons, earned teaching credentials, and taught bilingual elementary school children for nearly two decades, mostly in Vista. She used her Spanish a whole lot more than her art during that time.

Since retiring, she’s gotten back to sculpting, and even made a couple of prints.
She teaches sculpting to kids of all ages, and now has a single subject credential to teach art. In 2010, Jeannie participated in the Oceanside Sculpture Competition. She taught sculpting at Reach, an after school program run by the Vista Community Clinic, with a grant from the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation in 2011. She was the featured artist of November 2011 at Vista Art Foundation’s Gallery 204. She teaches sculpting and mask making to elementary school students through ‘Kid’s College’, an after school enrichment program. She just learned to work in stained glass this winter, and loves the color and light. She also started making her first sculpture in olive wood recently. Jeannie shows her work at Artbeat on Main Street in Vista, and in the Artist Alliance shows around town.

Myles McGuinness

He’s a waterman and cameraman, can communicate verbally and visually, and manages brand strategy as well as he does typography. He is a Creative Director whose intuition and experience allow him to break from the script but stay exactly on-strategy. A fine artist backed with facts. And a shooter whose precision focus coexists with a broad depth of field. Instead of dictating, he integrates, shifting roles to fit the project, crew, client and shot at hand. Everything else just gets in the way of the idea.

He follows a basic principle: always go the extra mile.


These images have been exhibited & published internationally in U.K., Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Australia, U.S. and recognized by: American Advertising Federation (AAF), National Geographic, The Smithsonian,  Oceanside Museum of Art, Surfer, The California Surf Museum, Communication Arts Photo Annuals, PDN Photo Annual and a Follow the Light Finalist.

Images Represented by : Aurora Photos (US), The California Surf Museum (CA), and 6Feet and Perfect (France).

Check out more on the artist website 9mphoto.com, Facebook 9mphoto, Instagram @9mphoto, Tumblr 9mphoto.