Artist: Marta Alonso Canillar
Mural Location: 418 N Main St. on the north facing wall of Mayan Fusion
Inspiration for this Mural
One in ten pollinating insects is on the verge of extinction, and a third of our bee and butterfly species is declining. We want to raise awareness through the power of art and honor the pollinators.
Did you know that Fort Bragg was the very first official Bee City USA in California? We couldn't bee prouder.
If you'd like to know more about supporting pollinators and invertebrate conservation, I recommend you start by checking out Xerces Society.
Thanks to our community of sponsors and supporters...
We are so very grateful to the A.D. Abramson Endowment Fund for the Visual Arts, through the Community Foundation of Mendocino County for co-sponsoring this mural. Thank you Charlene and family for making this gorgeous piece of public art possible.
We'd like to extend special heartfelt thanks to the beekeeping community of Fort Bragg who have gathered donations and raised so much support for this installation. We are in awe of their generosity and team spirit. Special thanks to Valerie Frey and to the Love & Light Healing Center!
Marta moved to the United States from Spain when she was 21 and eventually found her way to Mendocino in 2001.
Like many artists, she feels like her artistic journey is intrinsically tied to her journey in life. It's a journey to find the courage to overcome all manner of insecurities and obstacles to be an artist. She found an inspiring mentor In 2014 when she took an oil painting class with Cynda Valley, a Willits artist at the time. She describes the experience as "uniquely heart and soul opening." Cynda taught her the technicalities of oil painting but also encouraged her to look at her art as part of her self, and extension of her being, and to confidently experiment and explore. Marta clearly has a gift for drawing inspiration from the world, colors, shapes and patterns around herself. She is drawn to portraits, with a strong connection through the eyes, rural settings, farm animals, old barns, bees, hearts and peeling walls and rusty elements, dreams and made up realities. Her current area of unexplored curiosity is assemblage of oil portraits and sparkling encaustic relief.
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