Art in the Library

Civic Center Library

Our current artist is Bonnie Tucker.  She will be at the Civic Center Library during the March 3 Art Walk from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

"Having been totally deaf since infancy, my world focuses on sight and feeling.  The intensity of that sight and feeling has led me to explore artistic mediums focusing on bold and bright visual and tactile effects.  My artwork is very striking, textured and vivid.  I first spend days marbling and hand painting paper to achieve the bright and multi-dimensional colors I desire.  I then tear the paper into pieces and affix the pieces to canvas or wood to create the many segments of each painting.  Finally I use acrylic paint to incorporate people, animals, landscaping features, objects and the like on top of the paper.  Sometimes I use several layers of paper to create the figures and objects.
I am a retired lawyer and law professor.  For the last thirteen years of my legal career I was a Professor of Law at Arizona State University College of Law.  During that time I authored several leading books on the subject of disability law and was a visiting professor of law at many other law schools (such as Cornell University Law School and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia).  Although deaf, I communicate normally via lipreading and speech.  My autobiography about living as a deaf person in a hearing world, ‘The Feel of Silence,” has been published in several countries (and languages) in addition to the U.S.
I view my work as a celebration of visual and tactile effects.  My hope is that people will not just like and appreciate my work, but will actually FEEL my work, as I do."


Mission Branch Library

We currently have paintings by Alex Arshansky on dispay.

Alexander is a prolific artist living in San Diego, California with over 800 paintings produced in the last 8 years.  Originally from Moscow, Russia, he moved to the United States over 20 years ago. The extreme change of climate, environment and culture surrounding has affected his artistic vision and expression: the work has evolved into what resembles Ancient Mayan Art with a rounded cubist twist of his complex mind's eye. The art explodes into a bright array of color-space elements and lines that make up each painting: From parts comes the whole - an observer will discover many parallel stories and realities within each artwork.  Alexander has a compulsive need for the creative process, and believes that making art creates a chain reaction of inspired minds in all forms of expression in order to make this world more beautiful, complex and magical.  View more of his work here. 

Past Exhibits

 The Civic Center Branch of the Oceanside Public Library is an ArtWalk Stop!  We host our featured Artists as part the the Oceanside Four Seasons Art Walk, upcoming dates are: March 3, July 7, October 6 and December 1.  Stop in to our Civic Center Branch and check out the new local art work on display on the Second Floor hallway gallery.  We keep the Art work up for an average of six weeks, and we are always glad to meet new artists!  For more information about Four Seasons Art Walk visit Oceanside ArtWalk

Displaying in the Library

In the Civic Center Library art can be featured in display cases in the front lobby, three smaller cases on the 2nd floor and on the walls of the upstairs hallway gallery. The gallery on the 2nd floor and the space above the archway in the front atrium are suitable for mounting large photographs, paintings or two dimensional objects. The Children's Room display area is designed to highlight children's programming.

Displays in the Mission Branch Library are featured in the display cases in the children's area, and on walls throughout the library.

In both libraries, the displays in the cases are changed monthly, except in cases of special displays when a shorter or longer time may be arranged. Community members interested in displaying original artwork or curated collections are encouraged to send completed application to