Interactive community mural lets you express your own artistic flair
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Youngsters show off their artistic talents as they make their own contributions to the community mural during last year’s Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival.          
                                          Courtesy photo by Joe Ewing
Youngsters show off their artistic talents as they make their own contributions to the community mural during last year’s Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival. Courtesy photo by Joe Ewing
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Long before the advent of online social networking, people were connecting through community art and, in the process, giving neighborhoods a sense of history and identity.

In Ocean Beach, community murals located on buildings around the neighborhood capture the essence of the seaside town. Defining and engaging, mural themes range from surfing to cars and flag-waiving Americana.

On June 22, visitors to the 34th annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival can put their talents to the test as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wonderland Amusement Park, which thrilled residents at the turn of the century briefly on the shoreline of Ocean Beach around 1913. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to create masterpieces

The spaces sell out quickly, so participants are encouraged to come early to buy a space. The mural will be stationed at its traditional spot at Surf ’n’ Sea Custom Wetsuits, 1874 Bacon St. Squares are $10 each.

“The community mural has to be one of my favorite activities of the day,” said Barbara Iacometti, street fair chairwoman and president of the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association. “It’s not only a lot of fun for people who participate, but it is a significant part of Ocean Beach’s beautification. People love coming down and seeing all the art we have displayed across town.”

Ocean Beach artist and community activist Rich James started the art project in 1999. When he died in 2008, his friend and mentor Janis Ambrosiani took over the mural project.

Locations for this year’s completed murals will be announced after the street fair. 

For more information, call (619) 224-4976, or visit oceanbeachsandiego.com.

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