While wrapping up a Sunday morning constitutional through Atwater Village -- stops included Tacos Villa Corona, Kaldi Coffee and the Sunday Farmer's Market -- I detoured slightly from my more regular route and walked by Vince's Market to see how the mural was coming. Lo and behold, I ran into the muralist, Rafael Escamilla, completing his work.
The paintings are lovely evocations of Atwater Village in a different time. Strangely, though, they could just as easily be from today. The market serves a small bilingual community with fresh food and good neighborliness and now it has a fantastic mural that ties the community back to its former heyday and hopefully dissuades taggers from hitting their walls (which were formerly a frequent target).
Raphael also did the murals on Fletcher and Casitas and is taking part in an art exhibit that is currently being held downtown at City Hall (through November 3rd)that's called "Journey Through Art: The Salvardoran Experience". For more information about the exhibit, call Salef at 213.480.1052. There is a closing reception on November 3rd at 6p.
Here are a couple cell phone camera pics of the mural.