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Surfing Madonna Oceans Project 


“Save the Ocean”

October 8 - November 5 2021 

Reception October 9, 2021 from 4 - 7pm

Awards Ceremony at 5:30pm

at the Escondido Municipal Gallery

Juried by Mike Redman, Cathy Carey and Danny Salzhandler
(Board members of the Surfing Madonna Ocean Project)


Surfing Madonna Oceans Project

"Save the Ocean" Art Show 2021

We had an incredible variety of excellent artwork submitted for this show! Over 160 pieces. It was a tough job to whittle it down to these 62 juried in artworks.
Enjoy this online gallery!
Please join us in celebrating these artists at the Reception October 9th from 4 - 7pm.
Awards Ceremony at 5:30pm.


"Save the Ocean" Prospectus

Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Encinitas, California and was officially formed in 2013 by Robert Nichols and Mark Patterson (artist of the Surfing Madonna mosaic). The specific purpose for forming the nonprofit was to conserve, maintain and promote the public display of art and to promote environmental conservation efforts. Our intention is to partner with local arts groups and recognize the excellence of  local artists and promote the arts through media.  We strive to share our resources and create opportunities for local artists by giving awards, producing programming and creating opportunities for the public to share in the arts.


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

Entry Fee

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

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. If your work requires atypical hanging, please contact the Gallery prior to delivery dates for clearance. Special hanging, display and/or lighting requirements will be at the discretion of the EAP staff.
2) Installation and multiple piece works must include a simple diagram showing installation positions.
3) Accepted artwork may not be removed before the end of the exhibition.
Artwork that fails to comply with entry requirements will be disqualified.
There is a 40% commission on works in the exhibition.


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 EAP and/or their agents will not be responsible for loss or damage to any artwork submitted.

Submission Guidelines for Jurying

Artwork will be uploaded to: 

Submission dates are from April 15 - September 1, 2021

Artwork accepted into the show will be notified by September 11, 2021

Artwork will be delivered on September 24 from 11-4 and September 25 from 11 - 4 to the Escondido Gallery


Cash awards: First place $300, Second palce $200, 
Third Place $100, 3 Honorable Mentions of $25.
Award winners receive a Surfing Madonna Swag bag including a Medal of Artistic Excellence

Deliver Accepted Artwork Dates

Friday, September 24th, 11am-4pm Saturday, 
September 25th, 11am-4pm

Exhibition Dates

October 1 - November 30th

Pick Up Artwork

Saturday, November 6 from 11 - 4pm

at the Escondido Municipal Gallery

262 E. Grand Ave.

Escondido, CA 92025


We have limited space for artwork storage. Artwork remaining at the gallery 30 days after the end of the show for which it was submitted may be donated to charity.

Hours and Location

Gallery hours: Tues. 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thurs. - Sat. 11:00am - 4:00pm
Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92025


Parking available in the lot behind the Gallery or on Grand
*Bring your work through the front entrance.

Notice of Acceptance/Non-Acceptance

List of accepted artists will be posted on our website on this page at the bottom under - Jury Results. No phone inquiries please.

Surfing Madonna and Escondido Municipal Gallery Contact Info

Cathy Carey - 760-877-0869

Escondido Municipal Gallery info:


262 E. Grand Ave. Escondido, CA 92025


About the Jurors

Surfing Madonna Board Members

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Danny Salzhandler

Art Director

Danny is famous in Encinitas for his many years of putting on the Arts Alive Banners public art display on the light posts of downtown Encinitas, Cardiff and Leucadia. Danny is a transplanted Texan who has called Cardiff by-the-Sea his home since 1994. Once he and his wife moved to California he devoted full time to his passion for metal sculpting and welding, creating Biosculptures. Danny is on the board of the Encinitas Art, Culture and Ecology Alliance. He is also the President of the 101 Artists’ Colony, and helped make the Arts Alive public art exhibit one of the largest art events in Encinitas. He founded Full Moon Poets in 2000, producing annual poetry slams at the La Paloma Theater and the fun zone at Safe Trick or Treat in downtown Encinitas. He has received numerous art and civic awards, including “Citizen of the Year” bestowed by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce in 2010. Danny has worked in zoos as an employee and a volunteer, as well as for cultural and civic organizations in Encinitas. He is proud to serve on the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project board and appreciates the opportunity to help preserve and share our beautiful coastline and marine life.

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Cathy Carey

Executive Director

Cathy Carey is originally from Alexandria, VA, where she attended the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington, D.C. and received a BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1987 she came to Encinitas to be the Art Director at the Coast Dispatch newspaper group and in a funny twist went on to have a gallery in that building years later. She operated a graphic design business for 25 years as well as being a professional artist. Her paintings are represented by six galleries across the country, in Santa Fe and Taos NM, Scottsdale and Tucson AZ, Richmond, VA and La Jolla CA. She has a local studio gallery in Cardiff, CA.

“My passion is to help other artists. Through Surfing Madonna I hope to help career artists find recognition through financial awards, promoting local arts through art shows and media recognition. Surfing Madonna is also devoted to promoting young artists and art patrons by bringing all forms of art to a wider audience and cultivating appreciation for the amazing creative community we live in.”