Ruben Espinoza is a local artist born and raised in Santa Maria. Espinoza’s work can be found around the Central Coast and Southern California and is known for his installations that create public engagement.
Espinoza will be 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 result of a collaborative effort between Santa Barbara’s Squire Foundation Artist in Residence Program and the Dunes Center in Guadalupe with the goal to share 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 24 th 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.
From the artist: 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.