Fundraiser campaign supports next Winters history mural project

The next Winters Historical Mural Project is being painted on the John Rogers Building.
Photo by Charley Wallace/Winters Express A crew from Josh Colter Painting prepares the east wall of the Rogers Building for the next Winters Historical Mural. The paint was donated by Chris at Sherman Williams and Josh supplied the manpower. Working on preparing the wall were (l to r) Jake Cowan, Carlos Ponce, Luis Salazar and Josh Colter. The mural will be painted by Winters students with the help of art teacher Kate Humphrey, artists Jaime Montiel and Celestino Galabasa Jr.

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Work has begun on the next Winters history mural project set to adorn the east wall of the Rogers Building along Russell Boulevard. A crew from Josh Colter Painting power washed and primed the wall last Friday, while students continued working on the mural design plans. The goal is to complete the mural by August 2020. Winters High School art teacher Kate Humphrey said there are currently 18 students signed up to work on the 2020 Winters Historical Mural Project. The students will design the mural with facilitation from Humphrey. They will then implement the painting design under the guidance of the same two professional muralists, Jaime Montiel and Celestino Galabasa Jr., who both worked on last year’s Winters Laundryworks mural project. She hinted that the theme of this mural will be focusing on the history of the building itself. “The theme focuses on Winters History, specifically the John Rogers building and the uses that this building has had over its lifetime,” said Humphrey. With challenges of following the COVID-19 safety guidelines of the CDC, Yolo County and state health department officials, Humphrey said they are very limited in their ability to accommodate late joining participants this year.  “We have already had to limit the number of students who can paint at the same time, and need to make sure that we have enough distance between painters to keep everyone safe,” she said. Liz Coman, the Winters school district College and Career Coordinator, said students will be painting in two hour shifts following CDC and state guidelines. They will have barricades out to keep the public a safe distance away from the painters as they work. Over the past five years the Winters Participation Gallery (WPG), an arts nonprofit, has sponsored several Senior Capstone Project murals and the last two Winters Historical Mural Projects found on the on the east side of Lorenzo’s Town and Country Market and on the east and north walls of the Winters Laundryworks building. This year Humphrey and Coman have set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to cover insurance for mural projects, purchase supplies, stipends for professional services and provide scholarships for the students. As of press time $2,020 of their $5,000 goal had been raised. The GoFundMe campaign expires the end of August. Donations can be made online through the GoFundMe campaign at Direct donations to the Winters Mural Class Fund can be mailed in or made online at Although the current mural class is full, Humphrey said there is another mural in the works, so anyone who wants to participate in future murals should contact WPG at or write in an intention to: Winters Participation Gallery for the Arts (WPG), P.O. Box 1140, Winters, CA 95694. Humphrey said there is a bigger picture to the history project than just beautiful murals. “One of our goals is to work with the Historical Society of Winters and the Winters Chamber of Commerce to develop a Mural Trail that will allow visitors to take a walking tour of our business district and learn about Winters’ rich cultural, economic, agricultural and artistic history,” said Humphrey. Local business owners who are interested in having a mural painted on their building should contact WPG for more information about the application process. Humphrey said while most of the costs are covered by ongoing fundraising, WPG asks businesses to participate in the preparation of the building for the mural and provide a token donation. Updates of the mural progress will be posted online at and on the WPG website]]>

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