Welcome to Artify Orinda!
What does it mean to Artify?
Artify Orinda is the idea of Maggie Boscoe, a longtime Orinda resident and co-curator of the Lamorinda Art Council's Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. The program utilizes the talents of local professional artists to paint decorative art forms that transform privately owned business structures in Orinda with blank building walls and unsightly pipes into bright spots of color and interest. We call this Artify Orinda.
Working in cooperation with the City of Orinda and the Orinda Planning Department, we also intend to paint decorative images on some of the utility boxes and pipes on the Orinda Theatre Square side of town and the Village Square side of town. We are pursuing funding sources to help underwrite these projects so that artists are paid a reasonable rate for their design and completed murals. Acrylic paint will be used with final coats of graffiti-proof varnish and hardener to keep the murals from fading in the sun.
What does Artification look like?
The next time you are in the Orinda Theatre Square area, we invite you to take a look at our proof of concept mural at Mash Gas & Food, 22 Bryant Way, same side of the street as Casa Orinda, near the entrance to 24 E. The Ballad of Rocky the Squirrel and Andy the Hummer is a 44" square mural on the right hand side of the building. It depicts a colorful window box filled with flora, fauna and pollinators. The mural was completed on June 12, 2020, by Bill Carmel, MFA, co-curator at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. The Council wishes to thank Mo Mashhoon, owner of Mash Gas & Food, who volunteered the space which allowed us to test our concept.
Read the allegorical narrative behind The Ballad of Rocky the Squirrel and Andy the Hummer HERE.
Can you find the pollinators in the mural? Can you find the Praying Mantis? View the Legend of Flora and Fauna, Location and Nomenclature HERE for more details.
Our second project was recently installed on the blank back side of the Big Belly waste receptacles located across from CVS in downtown Orinda, near 59 Moraga Way. The 44" x 30" mural, painted by local artist Kath Balamuth, features a scene of the San Pablo Reservoir and surrounding area, with a border of ceanothus.