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CSUSM Hosts Art Gallery Grand Opening, Mar. 9

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new off-campus art gallery located at Old California Restaurant Row on San Marcos Blvd. in the Village Shops area. Featuring art and live music, the grand opening will take place on Friday, Mar. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m.Curated by faculty and students in CSUSM’s Visual and Performing Arts department, the CSUSM Art Gallery seeks to engage with the community while also promoting the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts.  Work by students, faculty and regional and national artists will be exhibited.Admission is free and open to the public. The gallery will be open Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information, contact Marilyn Huerta at 760-750-8889.What: Grand opening of CSUSM’s art gallery.When: Friday, March 9, 2012, 4 to 8 p.m.Where: Old California Restaurant Row, 1080 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos – in the Village Shops area.About California State University San MarcosCalifornia State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.