Mural in a Day

The concept of painting a giant mural in one day is thought to have been originated by the Mural Society of Toppenish, Washington. Gene and Judy Stevens visited Toppenish in 1990 and watched as the artists created a huge, beautiful mural in one day. The outcome was so impressive that they brought the idea back home and presented the concept to the Lompoc Mural Society, which launched its first MID project in 1991. It was a 12×48-foot depiction of the history of the Chumash Indians in the Lompoc Valley.

The mural was a great success, and remains one of the favorite murals in the Lompoc Inventory.Painting a giant mural in one day is no simple undertaking. A “Master Artist” is chosen from submitted concept sketches, then a full color to scale “marquette” is completed. The day of the event it is duplicated full scale by 12-20 community artists under the direction of the master artist. This is truly an amazing sight to see!!!

On October 8 & 9, 2016 Explore Lompoc and the Lompoc Mural Society are rolling out the paint brushes for locals and visitors alike to help paint a new large-scale agricultural-themed mural during the city’s first“Mural in a Weekend.”

Master Artist Art Mortimer, who has created the artwork for this mural, will guide artists and volunteer painters in a two-day painting party in Old Town Lompoc.  Mortimer painted Lompoc’s first major commissioned mural back in 1989  “History of the Flower Industry” and was the Master Artist for the Mural in a Day “Great Floral Flag” in 1999 and again in 2001 on the “Flora & Fauna”.

Come for an hour, a few hours, all day, or all weekend – the choice is yours. Pre-registration to help paint the mural is encouraged to ensure that we have volunteers for all shifts, both days.  Sign up here!

Celebrate the arts with other fabulous festivities planned for the Oct 8 & 9 weekend: Mural Tours, Art Shows, Art in the Square, Vino & Brushes, Museum Tours, Garden Dedications and more. See the events calendar below for a complete list of activities.