The Backfence is excited to work with both established or emerging artists/artist groups through the Artist Occupancy Program to exhibit rotating artworks and installations in the Clubhouse Gallery. If you are applying for AOP please review the requirements and commitments below to better understand the program. Read more>

Artist Occupancy 


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Mission Statement

The Backfence Society is a 501(c)3 non profit dedicated to positive community engagement through art.




The Backfence Society, Inc., established in 2011, started as an autonomous group of north county San Diego artists working collaboratively to produce interactive art events. The Backfence Society aims to provide an affordable and accessible platform for established and emerging artists. The Backfence Society established itself with intentions to foster relationships that mutually benefit the community and the artists living within.


The industrious nature of creativity leads to positive change in our community and the Backfence Society advocates lifting one another up by embracing the connection we experience through art and its different forms.


The Backfence Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) serving artists and fostering leadership in the arts and its connection with audiences in an equitable manner.

Backfence Board 

Natalie Vega

Natalie Vega


Natalie is a single mom of two with an extensive administrative background and passion for Music and Art.

Alex Panchevere

Alex Panchevere

Secretary | Director, Only Loser Litter

Alexis is a lifelong resident of Vista and Director of Only Losers Litter, a monthly trash clean up campaign under Backfence Society.

Jonathan Cuyno

Jonathan Cuyno

Vice President

Jonathan is a lifelong resident of North County and is passionate about volunteerism.

Sarah Spinks

Sarah Spinks

Treasurer / Executive Director

Original founder of the Backfence, Sarah has been organizing art activity in Vista since 2011.

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