The second piece in an exciting new series of temporary art banners will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 17 in downtown Paso Robles featuring original work by artist Joe Thomas.
A dedication ceremony at Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine Street, will take place at noon, followed by a public viewing of the latest installation at Artisan restaurant.
The series is made possible through Studios on the Park’s Mural Arts program. The program aims to provide artistic works that celebrate Paso Robles and the Central Coast of California through the unique visions of local artists. These works seek to engage locals as well as visitors in a visually poetic conversation, which enriches and deepens one’s experience with the Paso Robles community. Featured artworks are presented in large-scale format on the east-facing wall of the new Artisan location running along Pine Street near the corner of 12th Street. Works change periodically to showcase the talents and creative visions of local teen and adult artists.
The latest entry, “Picking Quince In The Land of the Giants” by Joe Thomas, stretches 40 feet and features giant sunflowers growing from clouds and a “ballooned,” silhouetted figure reaching for a quince. The brightly colored artwork ties in the magical qualities of Thomas’ childhood memories associated with picking fruit on the farm. While conceiving the banner, Thomas reflected on his childhood memories: “when I was a child my grandmother told me, ‘if you love someone, you will cook for them … and if you grow your own ingredients, it becomes magical.’” The resulting imagery doesn’t disappoint, offering viewers of all ages wonderment through the senses.
Programs Director Sasha Irving says, “The banner serves as an exciting example of the convergence of Paso’s artistic and culinary worlds. It’s themes of food, farming, and personal expression through art, bring an uplifting splash of creativity to downtown. We are proud to offer ‘Picking Quince In The Land of the Giants’ as part of our Mural Arts Program.”
Artisan restaurant owners Mike and Chris Kobayashi second her sentiments. They said they are ecstatic about the rotation of amazing art pieces on their exterior wall.
Contributors and supporters of Studios on the Park’s Mural Arts program include Artisan and local property developer Nick Tompkins, as well as The Blueprinter and Stephen Gonzales. To join them in making a contribution towards future Mural Arts, please visit www.StudiosOnThePark.org/Give or call (805) 238-9800.