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Update 3-24-22

Some incredible works of art are on display at the Carlsbad Museum, and they were all created right here in Carlsbad.

The Carlsbad Municipal Schools Annual Art show opened this week. Hundreds of pieces from local youth artists, ages K-12, are on display. Hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The exhibit includes a special showing of work by senior Ashely Carey, an artist who works with acrylic paints, oil paints, graphite, charcoal, ink and clay. Ashley’s inspiration includes personal experiences with injuries and sickness. Many of the pieces also feature movement and color. After graduating, Ashley plans to continue to pursue an interest in art by attending Colorado Mesa University as a Studio Arts major.  Please check out all of the works by our local students at this outstanding exhibit.

The Carlsbad Museum is also mourning the passing of community member Tiger Lilly, who operated the museum gift shop for many years and operated the museum on Saturday. Tiger was well known and well liked across Carlsbad. We offer our condolences to her family and friends, especially her husband, Willi Junge.


Now that we are (hopefully) finally moving past COVID-19 issues, one of the biggest concerns is getting all of our students to return to school. A significant number of high school students stopped attending during the COVID-19 pandemic and simply haven’t returned to school.

On the other end of the spectrum, a large number of kindergarteners and first graders never started school.  This is a problem across the country, as many families had to make changes to their schedule due to changes in their work situation, etc.  It’s going to be a long time before everything completely returns to normal, but we hope that we can start getting as many children as possible re-enrolled in their education.


Please don’t forget to visit us at 11 a.m. April 8 at the “Janell Whitlock Municipal Annex,” 114 S. Halagueno St., where we will be dedicating the building to former judge, city councilor and county commissioner Janell Whitlock. Janell’s close friend, hall of famer Becky Thompson, will be providing food at the event, so please tell us if you plan to attend, so we know how much food to prepare.

Two other Carlsbad legends – Jeanne Beeson and Ann Halford (the $2 Bill Lady), will be celebrating their 98th and 93rd birthdays, respectively, with a party on Saturday.  Happy birthday to Jeanne and Ann, and we hope you have a great celebration.


Sincerely, Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway


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