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Monthly Shows & Shows in a Show

Every month, the Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League offers its Members the opportunity to display their art in the North Coastal Art Gallery. All shows are awarded prizes, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and at the discretion of the judge, Honorable Mentions, in the following categories:
– Oil/Acrylic, Watermedia,
– Photography,
– Pastels,
– Drawing,
– Photography,
– Computer Generated Art,
– Sculpture.

The Show in a Show is offered 5 times a year and is judged separately from the Monthly Show. All shows are awarded prizes, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and at the discretion of the judge, Honorable Mentions may be awarded.

Off-site Live Monthly Demonstrations

One Thursday a month, COAL hosts a professional artist demonstrating their media and techniques to the art community and the general public – admission is free and donations are accepted to support the program. Demonstrations are held on a Thursday, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Calavera Hills Community Park located at 2997 Glasgow Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92010 in Carlsbad, CA. (760) 602-4680.

For information, contact
Nancy Atherton West at (408) 529-1361.

Demonstrations Schedules: Thursdays, January 6, February 10, March 10, May 5, June 9, July 7, September 8, October 6, November 10, 2022.

2022 70th Annual Open Show

70th Annual Open Awards Reception

Each year, we host an Open Annual juried and judged show for all Southern California Artists. Cash awards, ribbons, and certificates are provided!

The deadline to apply is July 10, 2022.
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An awards reception is scheduled for August 7, 3pm – 5pm. Sponsored in part by The Compass Restaurant and the Surfing Madonna Ocean Project.

Youth Programs

Part of COAL | NCAG mission is to to encourage young talented art students. This is why we grant annual art awards to selected youth and high-school seniors.

Recipients are selected from the high schools in the Carlsbad-Oceanside area. Each spring, students submit portfolios that represent their body of work for judging by a committee appointed by the League’s Board of Directors. Recipients are chosen to receive awards by a committee of members and are judged on the basis of talent, creativity, and technical expertise.

Talya Bird, Mission HS

High School and Youth Art Show

Each April, COAL | NCAG sponsor a high school student art show held at a different venue and grant award prizes at a reception for the show.

Prizewinners from the show are subsequently exhibited at the NCAG gallery during the June art show.

Details about the upcoming show are posted on the home page of this site about 60 days before the show

Art on Green at Carlsbad Inn

Art on the Green @Carlsbad Inn

Every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting), members and other artists may join in and sell their art at the Carlsbad Inn along Hwy 101. This is a great time, fresh air, lots of people browsing, and fun.

Art on the Green is opened every weekend on the lawn area at the Carlsbad Inn. Painters, photographers and sculpture artists are welcome!

If you would like to try your hand at direct sales in a lovely venue, please call Ann Hurd (760-579-3811) or Deb Capetz(760-845-3985) to “get the scoop”.

North Coastal Art Gallery

Storefront Artist Demonstrations

Meet and greet the public where Members are free to join you in a live demonstration, or they can simply watch and be amazed at the artist’s process of creating works during the week. Members simply need to signup to be on the schedule and we will announce your happening.

Storefront Artist Sales Opportunities

A golden opportunity for our Members to sell individually, out in front of our Gallery. Great exposure to meet more people, enjoy the atmosphere the Village Plaza has to offer, and simply have fun selling any of your art-created projects. All sales are processed through our Gallery. Members simply need to signup to be on the schedule and we will announce your happening. So show your best art and enjoy!