KNVS (pronounced Canvas) paints a new picture of the North County food scene. Kevin Shin’s fourth restaurant in The End Hotel downtown, Oceanside is both a restaurant and an immersive art gallery – the first of its kind in the area.
The venue opened in July with a white, minimalist interior carefully designed not to overshadow the artwork. For three months at a time, artists selected from over 200 submissions will exhibit and sell their work, with each collection accompanied by a menu that aligns with the subject’s theme.
Shin, who sits on the board of the Oceanside Museum of Art, was inspired to create an immersive experience where artists fill all roles, from exhibitors to culinary staff, united by an artistic theme.
“I sat there, just to see how beautiful it was,” Shin said of the location. “And being at the museum, watching art rotations and watching the themes change drastically, I kind of realized that with this space, I could create a similar environment.”
The first artist to bring her easel to the KNVS is Margaret Alexis Chiaro of Oceanside, whose work is on display until October 31. Her collection, “The Floral Guild”, is a contrast between whimsical female figures and darker elements.
Chefs Michael Mitchem and Matthew Monko curated a selection of dishes and cocktails to showcase Chiaro’s work, ranging from a bouquet of vegan ratatouille to a berry cured salmon.
Artists exhibiting at KNVS can choose to donate 15% of the proceeds to a non-profit association of their choice instead of giving a commission to the gallery. Chiaro chose the association ACE Studiowhich aims to “enrich lives through art, community and education”.
KNVS is open from 4 p.m. to midnight from Friday to Tuesday. Visit knvs.bar.
Roxanna Becceril is a freelance writer.