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March 8, 2019 (Ramona) -- Working toward a goal of at least 40 painted murals on Ramona buildings, the H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project has received approval of artists and concepts of three additional murals from the Ramona Design Review Board.The committee is also searching for a muralist to create a fourth mural — a scene of vintage bikes, at Cheers of Ramona, 2475 Main St. 

Artist Rik Erickson has been selected to paint a mural depicting an historic home with an antique stove for The Pott Belly Shop, 885 Main St. at the corner of Main and 9th Streets. Rik is a licensed, professional mural artist and painter who has been painting custom, high quality wall murals for clients for more than 25 years. In Ramona, he also painted the Verlaque Pioneer Store mural at 629 Main St., Ramona, CA at Reds, Whites & Brews next to the Guy B. Woodward Museum. He also painted the Old Firehouse Mural at 222 9th Street, Ramona, CA 92065. His murals can also be seen in restaurants, businesses, hospitals, Marine and Coast Guard walls, as well as many private residences throughout San Diego. 


Artist Johnathan Martinez has been chosen to paint a wall at Leslie’s Pool Supplies, Service & Repair, 1905 Main St. to commemorate a quinceaneracelebration. Bold and vibrant colors are Johnathan's hallmark as well as painting his subjects without faces. This draws the audience in while reinforcing the ideals of family, love, friendship and the joy of living life. In addition to participating in the Ramona Art & Wine Festival as a wine barrel artist, Johnathan also painted two utility boxes outside the Women’s Club at 524 Main St. in Ramona. 


Artist Beata Wojcik has been selected to paint a wall at D’Carlos restaurant, 1347 Main St., Ramona. She will be using an historical photo from the archives of the Guy B. Woodward Museum to paint local Ramona blacksmith Tom Bandy working at his forge. Bandy is the father of Lin Carnevale, the owner of D’Carlos. This will be Beata’s first mural for Ramona. She has been creating fine art murals and interior faux finishes since 1999 – commercial/residential – indoor/outdoor – private-public. She offers a unique blend of personalized design, 3D style painting, and a variety of artistic styles to customize her murals. 


The H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project requires that both the murals and the utility boxes should incorporate the community aspects represented in the H.E.A.R.T.: 

  • = Historic buildings and hiking trails
  • E = Equestrian industry
  • A = Arts, antiques, and agriculture
  • R = Rural country vistas and drives
  • T = Tasting fine wines and cuisine 


The goal of the Project is to encourage economic vitality by increasing tourism, promoting community pride, and celebrating Ramona’s rich cultural heritage through an outstanding outdoor visual arts program.


Learn more and view murals already created at