Glen Ellen mural set for installation
Come early July, downtown Glen Ellen’s Sorkin building at 13647 Arnold Dr. — already bustling with the recent reopenings of the Garden Court Cafe and McCormick’s Mercantile — will feature a new attraction. Two permanent murals by Santa Rosa raised and New York-based artist Maria de Los Angeles are slated for installation on its north- and south-facing facades the week of July 5.
The mural project is a public arts collaboration between de Los Angeles and SVMA. In a press release announcing the project, SVMA Executive Director Linda Keaton said the museum was “pleased to be collaborating with Maria de Los Angeles and the Glen Ellen community to bring important public murals to the region.”
To create a mural that captures the historical and cultural iconography specific to Glen Ellen and the Sonoma Valley, de Los Angeles, a multidisciplinary artist whose mediums include drawing, painting, printmaking, and fashion, researched Glen Ellen history and conducted interviews with a diverse group of members of the community.
“I want to celebrate the ecological and sociological diversity of the Sonoma Valley,” de Los Angeles said in the release. “A mural brings visibility forth. It’s a public work to promote conversation about shared experience — what we’re proud of, who we want to be, what we want to protect.”
The mural will be installed by Glen Ellen resident Sarah Zbinden.
A public unveiling and celebration at 13647 Arnold Dr. presented by the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) and sponsors Holly and Stephen Sorkin is scheduled for Saturday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include music, dance, art projects, food, and presentations by local dignitaries, including Sonoma County First District Supervisor Susan Gorin, SVMA Executive Director Linda Keaton, mural sponsor Stephen Sorkin, and others. Performers include Grup Folklorico Quetzalen and Ben Prentice & Joel Kruzic Jazz Duo. Parking is limited, so guests are encouraged to carpool to the event.
For more information, contact the SVMA at svma.org or (707) 939-7862.