CARLSBAD — As the years have progressed, so has the evolution of the Art in the Village.
The annual event returns for its 24th year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 26 in Carlsbad Village and has morphed through the years to showcase more fine art now than ever before, according to Christine Davis, executive director of the Carlsbad Village Association.
The group, which organizes the free event, has added more to this year’s lineup, such as live chalk art and sculpting by local artists and a Pop-Up-Art station for families.
In addition, three musical acts and eight solo/duo acts will perform at the art show and the Carlsbad Village Association has added a food and libation garden featuring beer from Pure Project, wine by Carruth Cellars, charcuterie by Bits and Bites and Drippin Kitchen‘s grilled cheese booth.
“The last time we had it fully was 2019,” said Christine Davis, executive director of the association. “This year what’s new is we have live chalk art. We have three local artists who will be performing their artwork live.”
Davis said those artists will be on State Street and attendees can watch as they bring their creations to life. According to Davis, the chalk art will be at least 5 feet by 3 feet and take hours to complete. Additionally, there will be live sculptors with live models on the north end of State Street.
Another popular component returns with Pop-Up-Art, which is managed by the city’s Cultural Arts department Davis said, which caters to kids and helps them to create art. In 2019, about 600 kids participated with the artists, she added.
And one other addition is the event’s first-ever food, beer and wine garden, which will be at the fountain at State Street and Grand Avenue.
“It’s going to be a wonderful place to just kick back and relax and enjoy Carlsbad Village craft beer and wine,” Davis said. “Can’t get more local than that.”
Zac Markham, owner of Humble Olive Oils on State Street and president of the CVA, said it is one his favorite days and busiest for his business. Approximately 5,000 people typically attend the event creating an interactive environment with variety of artists and styles.
Markham, along with Davis, both said this year the quality of artists is at a different level. There will be paintings, watercolors, photography and sculptors, to name a few. At least 100 artists are expected to showcase their work.
“It’s a curated, juried art show,” Markham said. “The level of local artists is fantastic and the booths are great. Some of the best local artists are out there. That’s what really sets it apart.”
The event is along State and Roosevelt streets from Carlsbad Boulevard to Beech Street to the train tracks on Grand Avenue.