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3rd Annual "Save the Ocean"
Art & Poetry Exhibit

Show runs October 13 - November 2, 2023

Submission Deadline September 17, 2023

"Friend or Foe" by LaRetta Small

First Place Winner 2022


Art & Poetry Exhibition
At Escondido Municipal Gallery

Reception October 14, 2023 from 4 - 6PM Awards at 5:30

Surfing Madonna Oceans Project Third Annual show highlighting the beautiful ocean environment. Use your creative talents to bring awareness to the environment and the need for Ocean Stewardship through conservation, preservation and appreciation. logo.png

Art Awards:

Best in Show - $300

Best Theme Fine Art - $200

Best Theme 3D - $200

First place $300

Second place $200, 

Third place $100

6 Honorable Mentions - $25

Poetry Awards:

First place $200

Second place $150, 

Third place $100

Award winners receive a Surfing Madonna Swag bag including:

An Awesome Ribbon of Artistic Achievement

A Certificate of Excellence

All Artists accepted into the show will receive a Surfing Madonna pin at the reception



By submitting I acknowledge that I have read and understand the general presentation requirements of the exhibition and will abide by them. The greatest possible care will be taken in handling art works. The Escondido Municipal Gallery, Surfing Madonna Oceans Project and/or their agents will not be responsible for loss or damage to any artwork submitted.

Artist Waiver

Please print, fill this out and bring to the drop off at the Gallery with your artwork delivery

General Presentation Requirements

We strive to protect your work. To prevent possible damage to it, artwork must be appropriately prepared for exhibition when delivered.

1) Two-dimensional work must be wired with sufficient gauge to support the weight of the work and be ready to hang. Your work must be professionaly framed (you can frame it yourself but it should be professional and appropriate for a museum display) or if not framed the edges should be neat and canvases should be on museum gallery wrapped canvas width  - 1 1/2” wide stretcher bars. If your work requires atypical hanging or presentation structure, please contact us prior to delivery dates for clearance. Special hanging, display and/or lighting requirements will be at the discretion of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project staff.

2) Installation and multiple piece works must include a simple diagram showing installation positions. If your installation is different than what you describe it may disqualify your piece and cannot be accepted.

3) Work previously exhibited at Surfing Madonna Oceans Project shows will not be accepted.

4) Accepted artwork may not be removed before the end of the exhibition.

5) Sold artwork must remain in the show until load-out.

6) Artwork must be considered appropriate for viewing by all audiences, including children.

7) Artwork that fails to comply with entry requirements will be disqualified.

Deliver Accepted Artwork Dates

Tuesday October 10, 2023 from 11AM - 4PM to The Escondido Municipal Gallery
Please sign the  waiver and bring with you.

Submission Guidelines

General Show Eligibility
You may submit if you’re a California resident artist & your original work was made within the past 2 years.

General Entry Fee

You may submit up to 3 pieces for $30*
*Entry fees are non-refundable.

Exhibition Dates

 October 13 - November 3, 2023


The reception on October 14, 2023  from 4:00 to 6:00pm will feature poetry readings from the award winning poets 

Pick Up Artwork

Saturday November 4, 2023 from The Escondido Municipal Gallery from 11 - 2PM
There is no space for artwork storage. Artwork must be picked or provisions for shipping back to artist must be made by providing a self addressed and prepaid box with appropriate packing for it's safe return.

Hours and Location

Gallery Hours

Call to confirm open hours


Location: 262 E. Grand Ave

Escondido, CA 92025


Parking is available on street and in the lot behind the building.

Notice of Acceptance/Non-Acceptance

Accepted artists and poets will be notified by the email you provided on September 25, 2023. Accepted artists will be displayed on our Web Gallery for six months.

Surfing Madonna

Surfing Madonna Contact info:

Cathy Carey - 760-877-0869

For more information about Surfing Madonna Oceans Project

Calendar of Important Dates


Through September 17, 2023 at 11:59 pm


Artists will be notified September 25, 2023


Tuesday, October 10, 2023

between 11 - 4PM

to the Escondido Municipal Gallery


Saturday October 14 2023 from 4 - 6PM awards at 5:30

PICK UP ARTWORK  Saturday November 4, 2023 from 11 - 2PM

ART SHOW: Services
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Previous Art Shows

Ocean-Earth-Air - Poway Center
Second Annual Save the Ocean 2022 - Escondido Municipal Gallery
Inspirations 2022 - La Playa Gallery La Jolla 
Save the Ocean 2021 - Escondido Municipal Gallery

Surfing Madonna Oceans Project wants to spread our message of hope and appreciation for the ocean and support the arts. We believe that creating art and public appreciation of art increases cognitive abilities and eases anxiety and depression in these difficult times. Art can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world.

ART SHOW: Who We Are

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Support for the Arts Enhances Our Community!


California Arts Council


San Diego County District 2
Community Enhancement Grant

ART SHOW: Projects
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