Local Oxnard beach residents stage impressive art tour

By George Miller

It turns out that the laid-back beach community of Oxnard Shores has quite a few artists in its numbers. On Saturday, September 2, nearly 30 of them organized and exhibited in the first-ever Art Walk @ the Shores-Oxnard, some with some very impressive works. A few are highlighted here for illustrative purposes -this does not in any way minimize the many other excellent pieces, which we were pleased and grateful to have the opportunity to view. See MORE SAMPLES-and artist contact info. Oxnard needs more of this.

Don Fay presents his most recent work at ART Walk @ The Shores- Oxnard on 9-2-17. Photo: George Miller/Citizens Journal.us

Without much advance notice, money or support, they managed to agree on a theme, develop marketing collateral and get the word out via Nextdoor.com, Facebook, email, web, The Tourist Bureau and a few other means. They displayed their work right in/outside their own homes. The event had a real nice vibe- neighbors and outside visitors strolling around the beautiful, quiet Oxnard Shores beach neighborhood, sharing their love of art with dozens of participating area artists- and all seemed to be having a great time of it. The sheer scope of it was amazing- and this is only one Oxnard neighborhood. Who knew?

People were walking, biking and driving all over the beach area, to view the works of these local artists, sample cookies and other treats, drink punch, water, wine and the occasional beer. We heard reports of quite a few works sold.  Crowd estimates ranged from hundreds to even “thousands” of visitors. 

Oxnard Shores, AKA Mandalay Shores, beach community in Oxnard, CA (GoogleMap)

We strolled into David Gardner’s garage, full of paintings of a more abstract nature. For some reason, one seemed more compelling than the rest, so I asked the artist- what were you thinking when you did this? He replied that he has been very concerned by the political goings-on in the world. Then he added that one night the news was unusually upsetting, which led him to paint this, below, and name it “Worlds Colliding ….

David Gardner interprets events, scenes and ideas via his paintings. Here: his worry about current politics expressed in “When Worlds Collide.” Photo: George Miller, CitizensJournal.us


Doug Cloutier does amazing things with shells and driftwood. Photo: George Miller, CitizensJournal.us


These beach scenes by Nomi Wagner show extraordinarily realistic detail, clarity and lighting nomiwagner.com. Photo: George Miller, CitizensJournal.us

Some of the artworks even had practical uses, such as some beautiful shell-decorated pots by Sherry Anderson.

Shirin Anderson does useful containers like this way better than you’ll find in most tourist shops. Photo: George Miller, CitizensJournal.us


Mesmerizing wall mural with 3D hanging fish mobiles.  Can’t find my notes on this one- someone please identify artist! Photo: George Miller, CitizensJournal.us


Real estate agent/artist Diane Schliep produced avant-garde lamps. Photo: Diane Schliep


Hard to believe that this came from a 16 year old with no training- Savannah Wells! Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us


Cris Dennis is the name, driftwood’s his game. This piece also won a prize at the county fair. Photo: George Miller, CitizensJournal;.us


Even the homes of some of the artists are works of art! Photo: George Miller, CitizensJournal.us


We stopped by one of the event sponsors, Red Tandem Brewery, on Harbor Boulevard. The lady tending bar didn’t seem to be aware that their employer was a sponsor.


We encountered at least one missing from that roster above- Shirin Anderson.


The group is mulling over having another event in November to cash in on the holiday buying season.  Most of this stuff is better than typical tourist trap fare- so watch for it.

Statement from David Gardner, event organizer:

Art Walk @ the Shores Oxnard started about 6 weeks ago with 3 artists within Oxnard Shores talking about having a small show, and that we had noticed that there were a fair number of artists within the Oxnard Shores area.  We put out an artist interest notice in the NextDoor application, and before we knew it we had over 30 artists interested in showing.

Our goal was to have an event where
1. The artists within the Oxnard Shores area could get together and get to know each other better
2. To provide an event within the community where neighbors could get together, get to know each other better, and to make a positive effect upon the community.
3. Start doing our best to better develop the Arts within the Oxnard community.
We are so happy that our vision exceeded our expectations.  It was such a pleasure to see everyone having such a good time, enjoying the art.  It definitely had a neighborhood carnival atmosphere about it.
I have attached a few email comments we have received, as well as the news clip that Santa Barbara Channel 3 did for us.  Take a look at it, especially the beginning as it showcases our youngest participating Artist, Savannah Wells and her efforts to raise money for the Harvey relief efforts.  The rest of the video might also give you additional information about the event.
Many thanks to all the exhibitors and others that made this happen.  I loved the way this this all came about through the community of artists, without the MSCA, or Neighborhood Council or City involvement! Even though the weather was uncomfortably hot, there were a lot of folks out enjoying the day, and the art. Good work everyone, and thanks

Thank you for organizing this. We went with a group on golf carts and it was just fabulous. Lots of bike riders and walkers out too. So many talented artists in our midst. We all hope this becomes an annual event and more artists participate.

We walked the Art Show route today. What a lovely event! The displays were creative and inviting, and the artists were friendly and welcoming (so many offered water to my dog and even refreshments for human visitors. We had only planned to “window shop,” but we ended up buying a wonderful piece. Congratulations to all who planned and participated

If I can be of further help, please let me know.

David Gardner
Art Walk @ the Shores, Oxnard
Organizer 2017


George Miller is Publisher of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard

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