Colorful Murals and Budding Creativity
in the Ramona Valley
— Charlene Pulsonetti
Ramona is a respite for its community of local artists who seek inspiration and a place to practice their craft. Surrounded by rolling hills and country charm, artisans share their work through local galleries and public spaces.
Everyone, from visitors to locals, can enjoy a day touring the town’s large-scale murals, or taking a class from professional artists — there’s something for all to enjoy!
Exceptional painting, sculpture, jewelry, textiles and fiber arts can be found at 2Create Gallery, which aims to exhibit world-class San Diego artists in the backcountry and foster an appreciation for the arts through community engagement. Located at 438 Main St., the gallery hosts annual events as well as First Friday Art Parties, where visitors can meet artists face to face. For information, visit 2CreateGallery.com.
The Art Center
Partnered with 2Create Gallery, The Art Center brings professionally instructed classes and workshops to the community. Director Helen Wilson describes TAC as “an inclusive community art space, where art as a process is paramount, and where the community and the artist are put into direct
contact.” Current class schedules may be found at TheArtCenterRamona.com.
Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project
Ramona’s history and lifestyle are colorfully illustrated through an array of large-scale murals found throughout town. In 2018, 17 mini-murals were completed by 15 local artists, who transformed green utility boxes into imaginative works of art. Visit www.ramonamurals.com.
Art & Wine Fest
Imagine an afternoon sampling award-winning wines, mingling with passionate vintners and meeting local artists — with the beautiful Ramona Grasslands County Preserve as the backdrop.
It’s not a fairytale — it’s the Ramona Art and Wine Festival! This annual event brings art and wine lovers together to appreciate the handiwork of local artisans, with the highlight being painted barrel auctions to benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project.
Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery
At 845 Main St., local art is on display inside this former hotel built in 1914 by Civil War veteran Captain Francis M. Green.
Ramona Library, at 1275 Main St., hosts quarterly art exhibitions as well as monthly meetings of the Ramona Art Guild. Classes for all ages are presented throughout the year. Stop by or visit Sdcl.org/locations_RM.html to see what’s new and coming up!
Open Studios Tour
Local artists open their private studios for public viewing during the annual Ramona Open Studios Tour. From April 13 to 14, they will share their creative process and invite the public to view and purchase art directly from their studios. For information, visit RamonaChamber.com/ramona-open-studios-tour.
Local vendors offering handmade art, décor, floral designs, teas and more can be found on the first and third Sundays of every month at Casa Rustica, 316 Main St. It’s a great way to meet local artisans and find something special! Visit MyCasaRustica.com.