Carlsbad Art Wall for May 2023

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Carlsbad Art Wall May 2023


The 2nd Carlsbad Art Wall mural of 2023 was completed last weekend by visual artist Ricky Watts. Watts was born in San Francisco and works out of his Northern California studio.


This is the 35th mural since the Carlsbad Art Wall was founded. We’ve seen some amazing diversity, creativity and beauty over the years.


The colors are vibrant, particularly in contrast to the May Gray day yesterday.


Carlsbad Art Wall May 2023


The #CarlsbadArtWall was founded by well-known Carlsbad artist, Bryan Snyder, in 2015. This on-going project is in cooperation with the owner of Senor Grubby’s Mexican Restaurant in Carlsbad Village.


Bryan also founded the Carlsbad Alley Art Wall, among other art projects in Carlsbad.


The Carlsbad Art Wall gives residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy temporary public art by local, regional, and occasionally even international, artists.


The public can watch the artists at work on their creations, which are often painted over a 2-day period, typically the weekend.


While you may not have heard the official name, you’ve likely noticed the changing murals at Senor Grubby’s Mexican Restaurant’s east-facing wall if you live in the area or have visited Carlsbad Village.


The Carlsbad Art Wall is just west of the train tracks, across the street from the Carlsbad Village Faire Shopping Center, as you head to the beach. It’s easy to spot.


Carlsbad’s reputation as an arts community continues to expand with abundant public art (interactive map on the City of Carlsbad website). There are multiple art galleries, a performance theater, a number of arts and crafts fairs, plus live music events throughout the year. The Carlsbad Art Wall is a very special part of our vibrant arts community!


Here are some previous Carlsbad Art Wall murals:


Carlsbad Art Wall March 2023

Carlsbad Art Wall November 2022

Carlsbad Art Wall July 2022

Carlsbad Art Wall April 2022

Carlsbad Art Wall January 2022

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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

That is a cool event for artistic expression and very appropriate to your area, Jeff. Love the colors and swirls!

May 29, 2023 10:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I agree! 


May 29, 2023 12:00 PM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Very fun - I love art festivals!

May 29, 2023 10:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

It was great fun to see in person and up close Margaret Goss 


May 29, 2023 12:00 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Jeff,

I have always admired this cool event in Carlsbad! The colors are so vibrant and the swirls are almost make you dizzy!  Art festivals are so fun to wander around and see what the artists created!

May 29, 2023 10:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Dorie Dillard Austin TX  I don't get to all of the art festivals but always enjoy them when we go!


May 29, 2023 12:02 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff this is a very different mural, but I like it.

May 29, 2023 06:13 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi George Souto 

I like that all the murals HAVE been unique, and some, for me, more pleasing than others. Glad you like it!


May 30, 2023 12:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  remember going to see it decades ago, now I watch it through your photos and posts, Endre

May 29, 2023 09:59 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Endre Barath, Jr. 

Seeing the murals in person is best, of course. I like sharing them so others can enjoy, too!


May 30, 2023 12:13 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Simply breathtaking, Jeff!!!! Hard to pull your eyes away. We have some new wall art in Charlotte, as well, but I haven't had time to go and check it out.

May 30, 2023 05:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Nina Hollander, Broker  It's pretty colorful.

I hope you WILL share the wall art in Charlotte some time!


May 30, 2023 12:14 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love the look of that, especially since blue is my favorite color.  When I see all of the murals that are going up in the city I grew up in, it reminds me of what Carlsbad does and I think it really adds to the beauty of the city.

May 30, 2023 05:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I'm a big fan of blue as well Brian England . Wall art really does add to the beauty in a community. I enjoy seeing what other communities are doing with public art.


May 30, 2023 12:16 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, some people just have more creativity than others.  I could never come up with those designs.

May 30, 2023 09:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Joan Cox  I couldn't either. While I enjoy looking at art and appreciate others' creativity I have very limited artistic talent.


May 30, 2023 12:17 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Jeff.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

May 31, 2023 04:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Roy Kelley 

And to you and Dolores as well!


May 31, 2023 10:18 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeff- I love the Carlsbad Art Wall!!  Have you ever compiled all of the Walls you've photographed into a photo book??

Jun 03, 2023 12:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Kathy Streib  I really like this particular mural, too.

I think I am missing some of the Walls in the early years but perhaps a slide show or photo book is in order.


Jun 04, 2023 09:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Jeff.

I hope all is going well for you this weekend.

Jun 04, 2023 08:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Roy Kelley  You and Dolores as well!


Jun 04, 2023 09:09 AM