After 27 years, Capitola mural gets a face-lift

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Muralist Laurel Bushman is restoring the 1988 mural behind the Kings Plaza shopping center along 38th Avenue. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel)

By Jondi Gumz, Santa Cruz Sentinel

CAPITOLA >> A mural created in 1988 at the Kings Plaza shopping center, 1601 41st Ave., is getting a face-lift for spring.

The project began April 27 and is slated to wrap up Wednesday, according to Dawn Teall of The Regional Artisans Association, a nonprofit that orchestrated the mural-in-a-day project in Scotts Valley and runs the Third Fridays Capitola Mall Art Walk, Art of Santa Cruz, a store in the mall and Scotts Valley Artisans, a retail shop in Scotts Valley.

Her organization is restoring this mural at the request of the Ow family, which owns the shopping center and is funding the project.

The mural, entitled “Visual Events Production,” features hot air balloons and was the work of Elizabeth Sadoff and a crew of UC Santa Cruz students.

Teall contacted Sadoff, who owns an art advisory firm in Manhattan, about the project. “She’s so excited we’re restoring it,” said Teall.

Local artist Laurel Bushman is the master muralist for the project. She will be working on the wall through Wednesday.

Several other local artists have spent some time to assist including Amber Romano, Cynthia Siegel, Joan Davisson and Teall.

The mural can be seen from 38th Avenue.

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