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painted byDougDavis. At themural’s dedi- cation in 2000, thewhole fire department showed up, plus four generations of the fire- men depicted in themural.Needless to say, the citywas impressed.” The nextmural,Delpy’s VistaMercantile,


Beattie andTravis,was painted on the HanesBuilding byChuckRouse in 2001 and dedicated in 2002. After that venture,Koop interviewed sev-


eral artists about the idea of having one artist create by hand the longestmural.Clayton Parker, a local artist, turned out to be the man chosen.The project’s costwas $75,000. Thosewhowanted to be part of the project


each paid $500 to be depicted in the paint- ing,which covers awhole block behind Main Street. Themural, Vistacado Parade, dedicated in


2005, illustrates the history of vista, build- ings, stores, and faces of historic people throughout the community. These visionary efforts pioneeredmurals as


a significant element of Vista’s public art. The handwriting - or painting -was on the wall.Therewould bemore to come. Bill Fortmueller, assistant director ofRecre- ation andCommunity Services for the city of Vista, says, “ there are 20murals in Vista. We’ve utilizedwallswherewe’ve had graffiti problems.Themurals both beautify the com- munity and stop vandalismaswell.” As part of Vista’sMural-in-a-Day program,


ArtMortimer, a southernCalifornia artist andmuralistwho grewup in Vista, painted the side of a building that oncewasMc- Dougall's Pharmacy. Mortimer designed it using actual old


avocado crate labels fromVista in the 1940s and 1950s. Volunteers helped paint the 13- foot-high, 69-foot-longmural in 2009. “We got a grant for thismural fromtheNational Endowment for the Arts for the project. Mortimer drewthemural in


pencil andmixed the paint colors; then the public came.They started painting at 8 a.m. andwere done by 5 p.m.,” says Fortmueller. Last year, SDG&E gave Vista a donation


of $10,000, and the city commissionedwith DanielMartinez to do aWelcome to Vista mural down the Sprinter corridor.The mural greets people at the eastern entrance to the community and shows im- ages of things to do in Vista. Vista’s public


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PUBLIC ART IN VISTA DOWNTOWN CITY OF MURALS - HISTORICAL


2011 “Vista Avocados” by Art Mortimer (Mural in a day), 203 Main St.


2003 “Vistacado Parade” by Clayton Parker – 2005 Vistacado Lane


2003 “Faded Memories of Pechstein Farm” by Rick Valdez -350 E. Broadway


2001 “Delpy's, Vista Mercantile, Beattie & Travis” by Chuck Rouse-131 Hanes Place


2000 “Vista Fire Dept 1929” by Doug Davis – 307 Main St.


COMMUNITY MURALS 2011


2010 2008


2008 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006


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-“Welcome to Vista” by Daniel Martinez – Sprinter wall, Mar Vista Crossing


-“Vista Sports” by Art Mortimer – Luz Duran Park (Mural in a day)


-“Train Retro” by Jason Hailey – Santa Fe Walk (Sprinter rail trail) -“Family Events” by Jason Hailey – Luz Duran Park - “Kites” by RBVHS students and Charla Buffia – Dura Paint - “Vista View North” by Lori Escalara – SDG&E- N. Santa Fe - “Gateway to Hills” by Allison Thoene – Palm Ave


- “Old Rancho Scene” by Jane Falcone – Rancho Buena Vista Adobe - “Trees for People” by Delane, Lab Trader Bldg. 1396 Poinsettia


-“Soccer Players” by Jason Hailey – Luz Duran Park -“American Flag” - Elks Lodge, 1947 E. Vista Way - “Aquatic Murals” by Laurie Sheahan and R. Cording -Wave Waterpark, Donor – Vista Rotary -Vintage Cars” by Francesca – 2147 E. Vista Way -“San Diego County Rancho Brands” - tile puzzle -Rancho Buena Vista Adobe – donated by Vista Womens' Club


 created by Palomar College art class -“San Diego County Ranchos” by Betty Gilroy, donor Dillon Foundation - Rancho Buena Vista Adobe


-“Adobe Life” by Betty Gilroy, Wildwood Park -“Children at Play” by Betty Gilroy, Breeze Hill Park -“Children's Murals” at Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts


1998


-“Student Anti-Graffiti Project,” artistic director – Betty Gilroy - Murals of Vista Community Project - Cedar Lane Park wall, N. Melrose at Olive


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