Imagine a stroll down the streets of Florence , in the heart of Italy
, where art is everywhere, outside on fountains and statues, inside
on walls and ceilings. The Outdoor Art Foundation (OAF) was formed
in 2005 with the express purpose of bringing to Carlsbad the same
high quality of art that one experiences in Europe and in several
other cities throughout the United States.
History of the Outdoor Art Foundation
During a trip to a small
town, the Carlsbad Village Business Association (CVBA) President,
Bill Ostrie noticed an abundance of murals in what otherwise would
have been a non-descript community. He realized that having art
placed throughout the Village of Carlsbad would make an otherwise
fairly non-descript place a dynamic space that would attract more
people and increase business. He shared his vision with the executive
director of the CVBA, Mikki Royce. They developed the Outdoor Art
Initiative, which was promoted to make the Village of Carlsbad Southern
California 's premiere Outdoor Art Scene. Eventually the Outdoor
Art Initiative evolved into the Outdoor Art Foundation (OAF).
Mikki was a guest of the Museum Artists Foundation's (MAF) Façade
fundraising event in La Jolla and approached Dennis Paul Batt, the
executive director of the MAF, to help create a similar event in
Carlsbad for the purpose of raising funds for the Outdoor Art Initiative.
Bill Ostrie, Mikki Royce, and Dennis Paul Batt got together to layout
a plan of action. A committee was formed with several members of
the local community and began to plan the first event, the 2006
Carlsbad Masquerade . They also realized that to best raise
funds and enlist the aid of the entire Carlsbad community they should
alter the Initiative and create an Outdoor Art Foundation. The OAF
would enable not only the placing of art in the Village of Carlsbad
but also throughout the entire community, thereby attracting more
The first members of the newly formed Committee were: Bill Ostrie,
Mikki Royce, Dennis Paul Batt, Michael Perdue, Katie Taylor, Mark
Winkler, Scott Dickson, Maria Rubenstein, and Paul Gorman. A short
time later they were joined by Sandra Chanis, Kate Nielsen, Kathy
Winkler, Shauna Decker, Lisa Norton, Gary Hill, and Lynnabeth Martinez.
Michael Perdue assisted the OAF committee in putting together the
forms required to have the Outdoor Art Foundation become a 501c3
public charity and established the OAF as a Trust Committee with
Mikki Royce as Managing Trustee and Sandra Chanis as Co-trustee.
For the Masquerade, Dennis Paul Batt assembled all of the sculptors
and performing artists, who were then approved by the committee.
The Masquerade Ball was an outstanding social, artistic, and financial
The current trust committee consists of
members of the original group: Sandra Chanis, Managing Trustee,
Dennis Paul Batt, Co-trustee, Mark and Kathy Winkler, and John Cadman.
Former members and others are volunteering for upcoming Masquerades
and events, are participating on future art selection committees,
and will become part of a newly established OAF advisory board.