It couldn’t be any more awe-inspiring. April 28, 2016, a day Murrieta was expecting gray skies and cold rain, but instead were treated to lively music, vibrant colors, and excited locals. The Murrieta Arts Council, a new Community Organization, held an Earth Day Art Walk in Old Town Murrieta. This was their first official event and it was a great success. Locals and visitors who were in the area stopped by to check out the various paintings and sculptures, chat with the artists, and even grab delicious Scottish shortbread  from McLaren’s caravan. Word quickly spread of the fun event and soon Washington Ave was crowded with lovers of art and curious citizens.

    The art was spectacular, and ranged from beautiful paintings of landscapes, to a newly invented spray paint style called “space-scapes,” which is a barrage of loud colors coming together to show the beauty and complexity of the universe. “It just screams character,” said the innovative artist, “space is like liquid, so I imagine it to be this vast ocean.”

    Other unique styles included acrylic paintings of celebrities, custom portraits of families and beloved dogs, and hand-carved aluminum paintings that were so mesmerizing people had to force themselves to walk away from the presentation.

    One artist that was generating a lot of popularity was Eric Yandell, who uses cardboard to make trees and other designs, framed by fence-board, that showed “grace and necessity.”  Being inspired by a biblical scripture, Yandell went on to use his gift to reach people, and it definitely did not go unnoticed at this art walk.

    For this being the Murrieta Arts Council’s first official event, and for it to be so rewarding to the people that came, Murrieta citizens are already looking forward to the next time they can watch others express themselves while gaining a new found appreciation for the arts.

    All of those beautiful paintings, carefully constructed sculptures, and even the awesome bands that performed, were just the tip of the iceberg for what the Murrieta Arts Council has planned for our Gem of the Valley. Open mic nights, concerts, dance shows, and live theater, the sky is the limit. This first event was a call for all local artists and lovers of the arts to come out and support their city. Showcase your talent and help a neighbor get theirs noticed. We all know Murrieta is one big family, and family supports each other in every way possible.

    Inland Empire citizens can look forward to the Murrieta Arts Council’s next event on June 14, 2016. It will be a community forum on the arts. Everyone is invited to this discussion of art and culture. Come together to find out what the city has to work with, and what they want to work towards. For more information visit the official website at www.MurrietaArts.Org, where you can sign up for their newsletter.

“To enhance arts and culture in Murrieta, encourage the achievement of artistic excellence, and support community-based events to provide art & cultural experiences to the residents of Murrieta Valley.”

-Murrieta Arts Council (MAC)