The wide-open spaces and rolling foothills of the Ramona area have inspired many an artist to pick up their paintbrush, welder or artistic tool of choice and bring their inspiration to life. Visitors are sure to enjoy Ramona’s ever-expanding art scene — and may be thrilled to feel their own inspiration and creativity spark upon the visit.
2Create Gallery hosts a changing exhibit of artwork by more than 30 area artists. Showcasing a vast and eclectic mix of art in a variety of media, from acrylic and watercolor paintings to sculptures, mixed media and more, visitors are sure to be impressed by the talent and creativity found within the walls of the gallery.
“Ramona is very fortunate to have such a vibrant and proactive creative and artistic community that supports all kinds of imaginative community endeavors,” says gallery owner Molly Jaeger-Begent. “Our monthly summer First Friday open houses are becoming quite the event, with music, refreshments and interesting themes.”
With a chance to view and purchase original works of art, it is not a place to miss. The gallery is located in the heart of Ramona, at 438 Main St., and is open Friday through Sunday. Visit www.2creategallery.com.
The Art Center
The Art Center offers a comprehensive experience for art-lovers, with classes, exhibitions and workshops held weekdays and some weekends.
The Art Center shares the same space as 2Create Gallery at 438 Main St.
“It has been a great partnership,” says Molly Jaeger-Begent. “With the help of an amazing art community in Ramona and interested, creative-minded Ramonans, both our organizations have flourished.”
Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project
One of the many expressions of art that jumps out to visitors is the vast array of murals that grace the walls of many buildings and businesses throughout town. Displaying an unmatched vibrancy and community pride, the murals provide a glimpse into the history of this town in the Valley of the Sun.
Elaine Lyttleton, president of the mural project, says that visitors can look forward to the installation of smaller canvasses, with a goal of 17 mini-murals. Artistically decorated utility boxes have already begun popping up throughout town. Visit www.ramonamurals.com.
Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery
Located on Main Street, the Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery provides visitors a chance to bask in the creativity and talent of local artists. Alongside artwork displays, the gallery, at 845 Main St., offers classes, exhibits and workshops. Visit their Facebook page, “Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery.”
Ramona Library hosts a permanent collection of artwork and changing quarterly exhibits, as well as monthly meetings of the Ramona Art Guild. The library also offers a variety of art events free to the public, including painting classes for different age groups and more. The library is located at 1275 Main St. Visit their Facebook page, “Ramona Community Library.”
Art & Wine Fest
The sixth annual Ramona Art & Wine Fest will take place Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd. A day filled with delicious samples from local wineries, tasty delicacies from local chefs, and art from a number of area artists, it is certainly an event to remember. Visit www.ramonaartandwinefest.net.
By Angela McLaughlin