Muralists and community members gathered for a small ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 24 to celebrate the completion of the latest Winters History Mural project.
The 2021 Winters History Mural is painted on the on the side of the Winters Market facing the Railroad and Grant Avenues intersection. Images depicted in the mural focus on history of businesses at the area and give nods to Pisani’s Service, Carrion Chevron and Dean’s Frostie. It also includes a welcome postcard featuring notable businesses, annual community events and a tribute to Winters resident Christopher Mendoza who died in March 2018.
Winters muralists Jaime Montiel and Celestino Galabasa Jr. helped to guide and mentor the muralists alongside Winters High School art teacher Kate Humphrey.
Winters Market owner Sumandeep Singh, who purchased the business in late May, said the mural was the first project they jumped on as new owners. Singh said he wanted the wall to be a welcome to the community for everyone who drives into town.
Montiel said students came up with the idea of a postcard with tourist-type things that show the things to do, the history, the train bridge and Winters history.
“The mural reflects history that’s been lost,” Montiel said.
Valerie Whitworth, a Winters Participation Gallery board member, awarded the second annual Tim Duncan Memorial Scholarship to Leia Jara. Duncan, who died in August 2020, was an active part of the Participation Gallery board and within the art community. Whitworth said Duncan had been a Member of our Board for years and will be missed.
Whitworth said Jara has participated in the past four Winters History murals since the project began. She also praised Jara for helping to make creativity and cohesion happen.
Whitworth noted that the Winters Participation Gallery is working to bring the walking mural tour trail. The latest idea is to create QR codes that will link visitors to information and details about images and events displayed in each mural.
Local businesses who are interested in being considered for an upcoming mural project or who would like to learn more about supporting the efforts are encouraged to contact the Participation Gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or to mail a note to: WPG, PO Box 1140, Winters, CA 95694.