ART KEEPS ON GIVING IN OCEAN BEACH
by SPECIAL TO THE BEACON I THE OBMA
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Muralist Janis Ambrosiani touches up the 2010 community wall mural.	COURTESY PHOTO
Muralist Janis Ambrosiani touches up the 2010 community wall mural. COURTESY PHOTO
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For the last 11 years, the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association’s (OBMA) Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival has boasted a unique art element that supports beautification around OB’s neighboring businesses.

The 2010 installment of the life-size mural was recently erected outside US Bank at the intersection of Newport Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

OB local artist and activist Rich James began the mural project in 1999 as a way to beautify Ocean Beach and instill a sense of community pride. Since then, the murals have sprung up all over town and have become a fixture in the local landscape. After James passed away in April 2008, his mentor and local muralist Janis Ambrosiani took the lead to help the OBMA carry on James’ tradition. 

The OBMA uses the program to raise money for the annual community Fourth of July fireworks display, as well as beautification efforts throughout the business district. 

Every year, artists of all types gather at the annual street fair to paint the individual mosaic-type squares designed by James. After each street fair, James and his friends would install the newest mural on the wall of a local business for all to enjoy.

“This program allows us to get the community involved and create imagery that depicts the great lifestyle Ocean Beach has to offer,” said OBMA executive director Denny Knox.  “We sold out of art squares in the first hour and raised more than $1,000.”

This year, the Ocean Beach branch of US Bank agreed to allow the use of its east-facing wall by Sunset Cliffs Boulevard to bear the 40-foot mural.

David Zedaker, owner of Zed Electric, volunteered to professionally install the mural. Zedaker reached out to the OBMA last year to offer his free services because his background is in sign installation and he has the proper licenses, a full contractor’s license, and is bonded.

Every year, artists of all types gather at the annual street fair to paint the individual mosaic-type squares designed by Rich. After each street fair, Rich and his friends would install the newest mural on the wall of a local business for all to enjoy.

To view all of the Ocean Beach art murals, visit www.oceanbeachsandiego .com/ocean-beach-murals.
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