A Community of Art and Creativity
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.
In a town of Ramona’s size, residents are fortunate to have multiple showrooms for artistic creativity, one of which is 2Create Gallery, located in the heart of town at 438 Main St. The gallery displays the work of more than 30 local artists, showcasing an eclectic mix of art that displays the talent of its creators — and provides visitors a chance to not only bask in its beauty, but to purchase original pieces. “Many communities consider a community’s art scene to be an indicator of the area’s economic health,” says Molly Jaeger-Begent, owner of 2Create Gallery. “From what I see, the arts are alive and well in Ramona, and our community is well on its way to becoming East County’s cultural hub. It is very exciting to be involved in that process.”
The Art Center
The Art Center partners with 2Create Gallery, sharing the same space, to offer a comprehensive experience for art-seekers by offering classes, exhibitions and workshops weekdays and some weekends. The center is “an inclusive community space, where art as a process is paramount, and where the community and the artist are put into direct contact,” says Helen Wilson, director of The Art Center. Jaeger-Begent adds, “The success of the gallery and The Art Center is proof that there is not only a thriving art community in Ramona but art-loving residents who enthusiastically support the arts.”
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.
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.
Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery
Situated right on Main Street, the Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery offers visitors another chance to bask in the originality of the area’s artists. Alongside artwork displays, the gallery, at 845 Main St., offers classes, exhibits and workshops.
Ramona Library, at 1275 Main St., hosts a permanent collection of artwork and changing quarterly exhibitions, as well as monthly meetings of the Ramona Art Guild. The library also presents a variety of art events free to the public, including painting classes for various age groups and more.