City Embraces Visual History
Downtown Newhall to get historic murals.
The City of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events Office, after working with the Newhall Redevelopment Agency, are getting ready to unveil three murals on the walls of three major businesses in Old Town Newhall on Tuesday, August 28th.
The themed murals include: a California Vaquero painting at the site of El Trocadero, a Walk of Western Stars painting at the Source, and the history of the Santa Clarita’s Southern Hotel will be on display at the Work Boot Warehouse.
Mayor Marsha McLean praised the murals in a released statement saying: “The City of Santa Clarita is thrilled to showcase these magnificent canvases of art depicting the beauty and historic points of interest of Newhall. The murals will serve to visually simulate the environment of the Newhall Arts and Theatre District while developing new attractions that are representative of Newhall's history and character.”
Participating artists will begin work installing their murals beginning Monday. Each artist painted the 18’ x 9’ 6” murals on wood panels in their studio’s and will transfer the panels to each individual site for final installation.
30 different artist proposals were reviewed by the Santa Clarita Arts Advisory Committee for the Newhall Mural Project. In the end, local artists, Victoria Sulski and Peter Bartczak were selected for the Walk of Western Stars mural, Nicole Ponsler for the California Vaquero mural, and Frank Rock to paint the history of the Santa Clarita’s Southern Hotel.
Old Town Newhall is a 271-acre, mixed-use revitalization area in the heart of Santa Clarita featuring historic points of interest, a community center, Metrolink station and an arts scene.
Old Town Newhall has become the focal point of sorts for arts and culture, with two theaters, the Canyon Theatre Guild and the Repertory East Playhouse, and the newly opened SCAA Art Gallery managed by the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association.