Artists Bring Color and Excitement to Ramona
— Charlene Pulsonetti
Murals, galleries and art events throughout the year are sure signs that this town loves to be creative!
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, during events and with the community in public spaces.
Whether you’re an artist just starting out, a seasoned professional or simply an admirer, Ramona’s art community welcomes you with open arms.
Exceptional paintings, sculptures, jewelry, textiles and fiber arts may be found at 2Create Gallery, which aims to exhibit the work of world-class San Diego artists in the backcountry, and foster an appreciation for the arts through community engagement. Located at 438 Main St., the nonprofit organization hosts annual events as well as First Friday Art Parties, where visitors can enjoy new work each month. 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
Sample award-winning wines, a multicourse lunch and creative talent at the 7th Annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival to be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Set at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., within view of the scenic Ramona Grasslands County Preserve, the festival will feature a delightful
auction of six hand-painted barrels to benefit The Ramona H.E.A.R.T.
Artist booths, a silent auction and live music will entertain guests as they peruse the grounds between auctions.
The festival is a great way to become acquainted with local winemakers
and meet talented artists, some of whom have painted the murals
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. Each spring, they 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 may be found on the third Saturday of every month at Casa Rustica, 316 Main St. It’s a great way to meet local artisans and find something special.
AnomaR Art Festival
Sponsored by 2Create Gallery and The Art Center, AnomaR is Ramona’s newest art festival that explores what it means to be creative. Collaborators will guide participants in unique, hands-on art activities, such as dance, music, permaculture, stargazing, painting and much more.
The annual event takes place at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd. Visit anomarfestival.com for 2020 information.