By Claudia Gonzalez
Photos: Claudia Gonzalez
Merced, Ca— On August 8th, Mariposa Art Company (MACo) held its Beachwood Art Walls event at the Ashby Flea Market in Beachwood. Patti Pastelles, co-owner of MACo, said hundreds of people stopped by throughout the day to view the street art springing up in the unincorporated community.
The 32 artist who contributed art to the Beachwood walls came from all over California, a few trekked from as far as Tijuana to make it. The event was made possible by the support of the Meadowbrook Water Company, Merced Community Foundation, Oink Art, Sherwin Williams and Merced Building Healthy Communities.
The Ashby Flea Market had been a prime target for graffiti, often to the expense of the property owners. In an effort to curb the vandalism and property damage, Pastelles and organizers from the Meadowbrook Water Company decided the area would be a suitable location for a mural project. This serves the dual purpose of bringing art into the community while creating an atmosphere that would discourage additional unsanctioned graffiti.
Prior to the festivities, Pastelles and volunteers worked for a week priming and prepping the wall. The all-day event also featured live music, skateboard demonstrations and a food truck.
The artwork is located at 1930 N. Ashby Rd. The long, colorful stretch is visible from the freeway. For more information about the Mariposa Art Company and upcoming community art projects, contact Patti Pastelles at (209) 354- 6067 or [email protected].