Unveiled at LBC! Two Large-Scale Murals by Renowned Artist Maria de Los Angeles

The entrance to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts flashed a colorful new look last month when we unveiled two large-scale murals by the renowned artist Maria de Los Angeles. LBC’s gift to the North Bay community, the murals are installed on exterior walls of our Santa Rosa campus, making it available for free year-round public viewing.

LBC commissioned de Los Angeles last year to create this latest exhibit in its growing permanent visual arts collection. Funded by private donations and sponsors, the mural project is our second collaboration with de Los Angeles, who had previously partnered with LBC on some of its early arts camps.

“We are proud to collaborate with Maria de Los Angeles, a former long-time resident of Santa Rosa,” said Rick Nowlin, President and CEO. “Her striking, intricate, and colorful celebration of community, cultural diversity, and educational achievement reflect the values embedded in LBC’s commitment to the region.”

The Muses: A Celebration of a Blossoming Imagination uses a modern fresco process and celebrates the artistic spirit by incorporating elements highlighting the performing arts—music, dance, theater, speakers, and comedy. It is the largest of the artist’s murals installed in Sonoma County to date.

A community component mural, titled “Four Seasons: A Celebration of Community and Environmental Beauty,” is impressionist in style and takes inspiration from LBC’s tagline, Connecting Our Community Through the Arts Across Schools, Homes, and Stages. De Los Angeles integrated community ideas and feedback into the mural design from members of valued organizations, including Latino Service Providers, Sonoma County Pride, CHOPS Teen Club, Alzheimer’s Association, and multiple local wildfire survivor and resiliency groups.

 


The murals project was made possible with generous support from the following:

Susan and Alan Preston
Steve and Nancy Oliver
Sherry and Pete Swayne
Karen and Mike Bergin
Jack Leissring
Chris and Amy Hunsberger
Robi McMinn, honoring Bobbi Gardner
Lauren and Bruce Morrison
Rick Nowlin and Don Strand
Robin Seltzer and Bill Wertzberger
Ellen and Chuck Wear
Anita Wiglesworth


“I’m thrilled to be commissioned by Luther Burbank Center for the Arts to do this project,” said de Los Angeles. “Public art and the significance of a mural are not just in the painting but in the act of bringing people together as part of a project. I’m grateful to the LBC for the opportunity to do both.”
– Maria de Los Angeles

An American artist focusing on drawing, painting, printmaking, and wearable sculptures, Maria de Los Angeles (@delosangelesart) was born in Mexico and raised in Sonoma County. She is the full-time Critic and Assistant Director of Painting and Printmaking at the Yale School of Art.

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