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Santa Maria Sun / Art

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Mural installation set for iconic Guadalupe building

By Rebecca Rose

The Squire Foundation’s Artist in Residence, Ruben Espinoza, will begin working to install a new temporary mural on the side of the former Far Western Tavern building in Guadalupe, the future home of the Dunes Center.

Espinoza will begin work on the mural on June 18. The Dunes Center will host a public event on June 24 to celebrate the unveiling of the new mural. Visitors are encouraged to come watch the mural’s progress and post photos on social media with the hashtag #thesquirefoundationpublicart.

The mural is a result of a collaborative effort between Santa Barbara’s Squire Foundation Artist in Residence Program and the Dunes Center, with the goal to share public art pieces that bring the community together. Espinoza is a local artist born and raised in Santa Maria and currently enrolled in the Squire Foundation’s program. Espinoza’s work can be found around the Central Coast and Southern California. He’s known for his public installations.

“We are excited to continue the tradition of art with the building that holds a special place in the heart of this town,” said Doug Jensen, Dunes Center executive director. “Those who frequented the old Far Western Tavern probably remember the remarkable murals painted on the walls in the bar. Those murals still remain, and we’re looking to continue that tradition by adding another piece of art that community can enjoy together.”

Arts Briefs is compiled by Arts and Lifestyle Writer Rebecca Rose. Send information to

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