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Published on : Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Lompoc, CA – Lompoc is a town filled with a colorful history that traces the early beginnings of California. Two major attractions help capture the life, history and culture of the town – Lompoc’s majestic murals and the pristine La Purisima Mission.
Local history and heritage comes alive through the colorful murals scattered throughout Old Town Lompoc,creating an outdoor art gallery that has become a major draw for tourists. Lompoc’s murals started in 1989 through the Lompoc Mural Project founded by Lompoc’s ambassador Gene Stevens and his wife, Judy.
The Stevens discovered the idea during a trip to Chemainus in British Columbia where a mural project pumped life into the small town and gave visitors a reason to come. Stevens called a town meeting, and rallied the local Chamber of Commerce and City leaders to create Lompoc’s very own art project.
Hence, Lompoc’s Mural Project took shape, and today more than 30 murals dominate the Old Town area. The very first mural depicts Lompoc’s flower industry, painted by Art Mortimer. Others quickly followed, focusing on agriculture, the Chumash Indian nation, and others themes relating to Lompoc’s history and culture. Just this month, a new mural was added to Art Alley, “Prehistoric Dinosaur.” The mural program is managed by the Lompoc Mural Society; artists are commissioned to create works of art on community canvases designated for the project. Several of the murals have been painted as “mural in a day” projects involving community residents and artists.