Plans progress for committee’s first mural project
By Karen Brainard
Ramona’s H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project Committee is launching its first mural, reported Elaine Lyttleton, president of the group.
After putting out an artist call in May for the first mural, Lyttleton said finalists were interviewed. The committee is in talks with an artist, but Lyttleton declined to provide a name until a contract has been signed, which she said should be soon.
The first mural is planned for the tower of the Town and Country Real Estate building at 10th and Main Streets owned by Stephanie Norvell, who is a member of the committee.
The first mural may depict Casey Tibbs, but the committee is researching to ensure there are no copyright infringement issues, said Lyttleton. Tibbs was a world champion rodeo cowboy, stuntman and actor who lived in Ramona for about 14 years before his death in 1990.
The mural committee is seeking additional funds for the mural, either through grants or community contributions, said Lyttleton. She anticipates the first mural could be completed in about three months.
A community event will be held when the mural is finished, she added.
The mission of the H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project is to increase toursim and celebrate Ramona’s cultural heritage through an outdoor visual arts program.
The project is named for the acronym adopted by the Ramona Chamber of Commerce and other Ramona organizations, making reference to Ramona’s geographic location in the center or heart of the county. The H.E.A.R.T. letters refer to the components that identify the community of Ramona: Historical/hiking, Equine, Arts/Antiques/Agriculture, Rural drives/vistas, and Tasting of fine wines. These elements will be depicted on the murals.
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