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Community gets creative for Art in the Village

CARLSBAD — Artists and artisans lined the streets of the Carlsbad Village on a beautiful summer day during the 12th annual Art in the Village event on Aug. 8.
More than 130 vendors displayed a variety of art, from jewelry to photography, at the yearly event hosted by the Carlsbad Village Association, or CVA. People came from as far as Los Angeles to enjoy the picture perfect day and wide selection of art for sale.
“This started as an art and antique fair but it’s slowly become more of a fine art exhibit,” CVA Executive Director Robin Young said. “I’m jazzed about the turnout today.”
Booth after booth offered up something completely different by some of the area’s most talented artists and artisans. Whether it was a traditional painting or a handcrafted hat, landscape photography or sculptures, it was sure to catch the attention of passersby.
Carlsbad resident Gregg Visintainer of VIZ ART drew a crowd with his unique and intricate pen and ink drawings on display. Each piece contains hidden messages and pictures woven into larger images, like Bob Marley’s hair or a city skyline.
“As soon as I pick up the pen, it’s all freehand,” Visintainer said. “The average piece takes around 60 to 70 hours. There’s a lot of meaning in each one.”
The Cowleses offered up works inspired by and created using pieces of nature. The husband and wife duo were enthusiastic about their “Leaf Motif” collection, which utilizes fresh and preserved leaves to create stunning images, note cards and more.
“Press, preserve, stain … I got the inspiration from my second-grade teacher at St. Patrick’s,” Carlsbad native Catherine Cowles said. “Plant material is exquisite — there’s a lot to inspire you.”
Cowles’ husband Ovie takes fresh leaves and flowers to create colorful scanned images that when framed, become beautiful pieces of art that would complement any home.
Lisa Kelso and Bob Bosacki of Oceanside strolled the streets in search of art for their new home. The two recently moved from High Desert to North County and are happily adjusting to life along the coast.
“This event is amazing — the quality of artists is fabulous,” first-time visitor Kelso said. “There are a lot of talented people in this community.”
The juried artists and artisans were selected based on a number of criteria. To participate, the artists had to submit pictures of their work, as well as photos of the creative process.