The Dunes Center to Work with The Squire Foundation to Install Mural on the Former Far Western Tavern Building

Local artist set to capture the charm of Guadalupe’s vibrant community on local landmark.

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GUADALUPE, CA— One of the Squire Foundation’s Artists in Residence, Ruben Espinoza, will soon begin working to install a new temporary mural on the side of the former Far Western Tavern building.

The building was originally constructed in 1912 as The Palace Hotel where it remained until the Minetti family established the Far Western Tavern there in 1958. When the restaurant moved to Old Town Orcutt in 2012, the building was donated to the Dunes Center as the location for a new museum.

The mural will be the result of a collaborative effort between Santa Barbara’s Squire Foundation Artist in Residence Program and the Dunes Center in Guadalupe with the goal of sharing public art pieces that bring the community together.

“We are excited to continue the tradition of art with the building that holds a special place in the heart of this town,” says Dunes Center Executive Director, Doug Jenzen, “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.”

Join the Dunes Center on Sunday, June 24th as it hosts a public event to celebrate local art with the unveiling of the new mural. The painting, designed and installed by Ruben Espinoza, will be representative of the dynamic community of Guadalupe.

Ruben Espinoza is a local artist born and raised in Santa Maria and currently an Artist in Residence with the Squire Foundation. Espinoza’s work can be found around the Central Coast and Southern California and he is known for his installations that facilitate public engagement.

Though the event for the mural’s reveal is to be held on June 24, Espinoza will start working on the mural on Monday June 18. Visitors are encouraged to come watch the mural’s progress and post photos on social media with the hashtag: #thesquirefoundationpublicart

The Dunes Center is a natural history museum in the heart of historic Guadalupe, CA that works to conserve the unique ecosystem of the local dunes through education, research, and cooperative stewardship. Well known for its display of artifacts from Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 The Ten Commandments, the Dunes Center also offers a variety of guided community hikes, classroom education programs, and nature field trips that focus on the history of the area, as well as local flora and fauna.

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About Ruben Espinoza: Born and raised in Santa Maria, first generation Mexican American, and first in my family to graduate from college. After graduation I spent 6 years working in the animation industry as a designer. I moved back to Santa Maria four years ago this August. I’ve been creating public art and painting murals in Southern and Central California for the past 8 years.

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