Art in the Library

Civic Center Library

Our current display is War Comes Home: The Legacy.  It will be on display on the second floor of the Civic Center Library from April 23 - June 17, 2017.

War Comes Home: The Legacy highlights private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history.  The traveling exhibition, rich with historic and contemporary letters, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a military member's homecoming.  

War Comes Home: The Legacy is a partnership between Cal Humanities, the California State Library and Exhibit Envoy.  It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bay Tree Fund, the Whitman Fund, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.  Learn more about Exhibit Envoy at and about Cal Humanities at   

Mission Branch Library

We currently have paintings by Alex Arshansky on display.

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 contact the Oceanside Public Library for more information.