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Colorful Tigers Make Mark in Carlsbad

Not quite "raining cats and dogs," but paint is raining on some sleepy tigers in Carlsbad Village.

On the wall of Witch Creek Winery at the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Grand Avenue is a painting called "Catnap" done by Oceanside artist Michael Summers.

“It is thought provoking, bringing life to the corner,” said Kristianne Kurner, director of New Village Arts.

 “I took my kids to see the mural and it brought color to the village, it elevates your experience” said Mia Hall, an employee at New Village Arts.

Residents and non-Carlsbad residents enjoy the painting of the tigers.

“The painting woke me up more than the caffeine I had when I first saw it, driving to work,” said Jonathan Steinhart, a resident of downtown San Diego. “It impressed the daylights out of me; I ended up making two trips to bring my family here.”

“The mural should stay up for the next 5 to 10 years and we hope we can continue to have more murals up in The Village” said Kurner.

New Village Arts, with the support of the Matt McLaughlin Fund of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, came up with THE MURAL PROJECT in Carlsbad Village. 

Around 16 to 20 people applied for to paint the murals and the winners were selected by a committee of representatives from New Village Arts, the Charitable Foundation and downtown business people.

Related: The New “Village” Art Mural Project

What do you think of the tigers? Tell us in the comments section below.

Frankie Laney May 10, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I've waited for years to have this wall covered with a mural. When will the entire wall be covered? It needs total coverage. The artists did a fabulous job!
Deanne Goodman (Editor) May 10, 2013 at 04:27 PM
the conversation among our facebook friends is overwhelmingly positive for this mural: www.facebook.com/carlsbadpatch
Andrea Bearden-Kuhns May 11, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Stunning. The first day we drove by it we thought a paint store had moved into the building. Looking forward to more art on Village blank canvasses.
Tapple May 14, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Absolutely beautiful, great addition to Village . . .
Tapple May 14, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Thanks for the coverage Patch!
Christine Corcoran October 16, 2013 at 02:45 PM
We are so proud of Michael Summers! The mural is a wonderful way to share art with everyone, especially those who cannot afford to collect. May it bring beauty and happiness to Carlsbad Village!!

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