Brooks Theater Gallery

Artist Open House at the Brooks Theater Gallery

A free event open to artists, families, art lovers and supporters, as well as the general public, the Artist Open House features live music, an artist working in the Gallery on their current art piece, refreshments, and a concessions bar open for purchasing beer and wine. 

As part of a new direction for the Gallery, the Artist Open House will be offered year-round at the beginning of each new Gallery exhibition at the Brooks Theater Gallery, located in the historic downtown Oceanside Sunshine Brooks Theater. While as a unique venue whose mission is to create a visual energy and connection with the live performances produced and hosted by the Oceanside Theater Company (OTC) on the Main Stage, the Brooks Gallery has long served as a favorite gallery for numerous local artists, previously the Gallery limited artist events to Oceanside’s First Friday Artwalks.

With this new approach, Alex Goodman, the Managing Director for OTC, and Carol Naegele, Gallery Curator, aim to make the Brooks Theater Gallery a respected art destination of the San Diego County art world. 

For more information about the Artist Open House, to be added to our Artist Mailing List, or to volunteer to play music at the next artist opening, please contact Gallery Curator Carol Naegele at

Call for Artists

Brooks Theater Gallery

The Brooks Theater Gallery in downtown Oceanside is rather unique in that the Gallery is located in a very busy and successful performing arts theater offering plays, musicals, dance, concerts, and community events. The artwork is seen by performers, audience members, students, Camp Pendleton Marines, tourists, community members, art lovers, and more. I believe the synergy between visual art and performing art creates a memorable experience for both the art lover and the theatergoer.

Brooks Theater Gallery FAQ

How can I participate? Interested artists can email Carol Naegele at (note spelling) and attach images of the pieces they would like to submit. Artists can submit multiple pieces, but usually only one or two are selected due to space constraints. Online submittal deadlines are firm.

What happens after my work is accepted? If accepted, email verification is sent along with an artist contract, an inventory form, and a
social media link. The forms should be filled out and brought along when the art pieces are dropped off at the theater. The link will take you to a social media form to fill out and submit. A $10 cash/check entry fee per artist is due at time of drop off.

What if I can’t make the drop off date/time? Artists will need to find someone else to bring/pick up their art if they are unable to do so on the scheduled date/time. Alternate days or times cannot be scheduled.

Where do I bring my art? Come to the front entrance of the Brooks Theater at 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside 92054. Space will be
reserved out front for loading and unloading.

Do you handle sales? Yes. There is signage posted in the Gallery that the art is for sale. We ask artists to include sales tax in their sales price. A 10% Gallery sales commission is charged when a piece is sold. Buyers pay a 3% processing fee if payment is by credit card. Checks are also accepted, made out to “Oceanside Theatre Company.” The sold piece can be picked up by the buyer on the Art Pickup date.

What happens when the exhibition ends? Art Pickup dates and times are scheduled. Space will be reserved in front of the theater for pickup. Alternate dates and times cannot be scheduled.

More Questions? Please contact Carol Naegele at 760-994-5975 or (pls note spelling)

2023 Art Exhibitions & Artist Open Houses

Theme: Cheryl Ehlers “Mirrors in My Mind”
Artist Open House:
February 3


Theme: Take a Chance
Artist Open House:
March 3, 6-7:30 pm


Theme: Face 2 Face: Portraits and Self-Portraits
Artist Open House:
April 7, 5-8 pm


Theme: Friendship
Artist Open House:
May 5, 5-8 pm


Theme: Summer Fun
Artist Open House:
June 16, 5:30-8 pm
Art Walk:
July 7, 5:30-8:30 pm;
Exhibit Dates: June 12 – July 17


Theme: Animal World
Artist Open House:
August 4, 5:30-8:00 pm
Art Walk:
September 1, 5:30-8:00 pm
Exhibit Dates: July 17 – September 13


Theme: Abstracts…On the Dark Side
Artist Open House:
October 6, 5:30-8 pm
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 13-Nov. 7


Theme: The Best Gift
Artist Open House:
November 10, 5:30-8 pm
Exhibit Dates: Nov. 1 – Jan. 9


January 2024
Theme: Face 2 Face – Hello Again (Portraits)
Artist Open House:
January 12, 5:30-8 pm
Exhibit Dates: January 9 – February 6