For all the art hanging on walls inside La Jolla’s homes and institutions, the neighborhood’s outer walls don’t exactly paint the same picture.
“You look around La Jolla and it’s mainly beige and light green,” said Mark Quint, owner of Quint Contemporary Art, a gallery in La Jolla. “You would think with the Spanish heritage that there’d be more bright colors in La Jolla. But there aren’t very many murals and there aren’t very many colors — I think.”
This year a group of La Jollans, including local arts scene powerhouses like Quint, got together to put up some art in their neighborhood with the La Jolla Community Foundation. They decided on temporary murals because they could work with established, internationally known artists without dealing with permits or the expense of installing a sculpture.
Local artist and former University of California, San Diego professor Kim MacConnel (whose home we visited to peek at the art on his walls) painted the community’s first mural in August in an alley behind Girard Avenue.