TASJA eagerly anticipates a summer installation of two magnificent murals to adorn the exterior of the historic Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum.

Crafted by the esteemed local artist, Hyatt Moore, these grand artworks will undoubtedly add a touch of cultural richness to the museum's facade. The diligent museum curator is meticulously crafting a comprehensive plan for City approval, ensuring that the installation process is executed seamlessly without causing any harm to the Adobe walls, symbolizing a harmonious blend of artistry and heritage preservation

The new mural - Mission Garden - behind the Capistrano Trading Post, has a new frame. With the help of dedicated volunteers, TASJA acquired framing material cut them to size and painted them. Installation was also completed by the volunteers.
The frame adds some majesty to to Nellie Gail Moulton's Mission Garden.

by Shawn Raymundo  August 14, 2023 3:12PM in EYE ON SJCNews

When Rich Heimann approached Capistrano Trading Post owner Bill Ortega about a year ago, asking to use his building in Downtown San Juan Capistrano for a mural, Ortega agreed.

There was only one caveat though that Ortega had for Heimann, the president of The Alliance for San Juan Art (TASJA).

“I said, ‘yeah, that sounds just like what people have been talking about for 37 years,’ So I said, ‘there is one condition, Rich, that I don’t have to do anything,’” Ortega said to an amused crowd Friday, Aug. 11.

“And he kept his promise, except for this speech,” Ortega joked to the group of residents, dignitaries and members of the local art and business communities who gathered outside his building to unveil the mural by the late Nellie Gail Moulton.

“He kept his promise, they did all the footwork. They did all the going back and forth to the City Council, they raised the money. They did everything,” Ortega said. “And I think it looks good.”

The mural of the painting “Mission Garden” by Moulton, a prominent artist of the 1920s, now adorns the back of the Trading Post for those visiting San Juan’s downtown corridor to view and admire—part of longstanding plans to beautify the area, such as the walkway between the Trading Post and Hennessey’s Tavern.

READ MORE at The Capistrano Dispatch

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