Carlsbad Art Wall April 2022 - Hang with the Bats

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April 2022 Carlsbad Art Wall


The 2nd mural of 2022 for the Carlsbad art wall, now in its 8th year, is up and it’s a beauty. Plus it’s interactive…more on that in a moment.


Hang with the Bat - Carlsbad Art Wall April 2022


The most recent Carlsbad Art Wall was completed recently by children’s writer/illustrator/artist Janell Cannon. Ms. Cannon may be best known for her award-winning children’s book, “Stellaluna (1993).” The book is about a young fruit bat who is separated from her Mother and finds her way to a nest of birds. They adopt her and she learns some bird behavior, yet retains some of her bat tendencies. It’s a very clever book and beautifully illustrated.


Cannon’s mural is called Hang with the Bats, for obvious reasons.



Now for the interactive part! Viewers are invited to have their photo taken while standing in front of the wings. The next step is to crop the photo so it’s rectangular (i.e., exclude the grass and peaked part of the building). The last step is to turn the photo upside down. Then post on social media with the hashtag #HangWithTheBats. Get it?!



Well-known Carlsbad artist, Bryan Snyder, founded the Carlsbad Art Wall (CAW) in 2015, in cooperation with the owner of Senor Grubby’s Mexican Restaurant in Carlsbad Village. The Carlsbad Art Wall provides residents and visitors the chance to enjoy temporary public art by local, regional, and occasionally international, artists.


Even if you haven’t heard the #CarlsbadArtWall name, you’ve likely noticed the changing murals at Senor Grubby’s Mexican Restaurant’s east-facing wall. The Wall is just west of the train tracks, opposite the Carlsbad Village Faire Shopping Center, as you head to the beach and is easily seen.


Carlsbad’s reputation as an arts community continues to grow with abundant public art (interactive map on the City of Carlsbad website). You’ll also find art galleries, performance theater, and live music offerings during the year. The Carlsbad Art Wall is, indeed, a very special part of our vibrant arts community!


Check out these other recent Carlsbad Art Wall murals:

Carlsbad Art Wall January 2022

Carlsbad Art Wall October 2021

Carlsbad Art Wall June 2021

Carlsbad Art Wall March 2021

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Comments (12)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Great times with great art! I have to go to more of these for sure

May 02, 2022 09:59 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Jeff... can't say I'm a fan of bats and I've seen bats do some amazing damage to homes in my area. But this is still a "fun" and attention getting bit of wall art.

May 03, 2022 04:01 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good morning Jeff.  Clever idea to extend the wall to Social Media.  That blue is so deep and vibrant.  Hard to imagine how it must overwhelm in person.  Mark

May 03, 2022 04:49 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I am totally convinced best artists have the best creative mind to cleverly write and illustrate an educational and fun story to read! This sounds like a great book and the concept of hanging with a bat is also a brilliant idea! Bats were created with a purpose and it's all good! I really enjoyed reading your blog post today!

May 03, 2022 05:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This sounds like a fun experience! Thanks for sharing.

May 03, 2022 05:52 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is cool and after reading the instructions I can see how that sets up really well for photos.

May 03, 2022 06:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks Laura Cerrano  Sounds like a good plan to me!

I get that Nina Hollander, Broker 


May 03, 2022 10:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho 

It IS a pretty cool idea. And the color really IS quite vibrant.


May 03, 2022 10:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

We borrowed the book from the library to read to the grandkids - it's pretty impressive, with some good messages.


May 03, 2022 10:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for stopping by Kat Palmiotti 

It will be fun to see if people DO what instructions say Brian England 


May 03, 2022 10:09 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff this one is simple and clean, which is what makes this one special to me.

May 03, 2022 03:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jeff- the art alone is beautiful but the interactive part makes it so much fun. I'd love to be there to try it. 

May 04, 2022 11:05 AM