Frida Kahlo Footbridge Mural
The Museum welcomed “The World of Frida” exhibition, traveling from the Bedford Gallery in northern California, in mid-September. Viewers enjoy works from dozens of contemporary artists that honor the artistic style and legacy of visionary painter, Frida Kahlo.
The entrance to the Museum provides an equally dramatic experience, with a Frida Kahlo themed mural, painted by local artist, Katie Gaines. With vibrant colors and floral patterns that speak to Kahlo’s personal style, the mural provides a warm, relevant welcome to Museum visitors.
The middle section of the mural highlights a famous quote from Frida Kahlo: “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” Frida Kahlo’s life story is rife with experiences of extreme joy and intense pain, as did much of her work. The quote is especially relevant during this challenging time – both for the arts, and for the world at large. The past several months have been a painful time for many. Frida’s words and work live on to remind us of the capacity of our individual and collective strength, and the art has the power to magnify it.
Meet Katie Gaines, Frida Kahlo Muralist
Katie Gaines is an artist/designer and small business owner located in North County San Diego. Her company, Love Paper Paint, specializes in custom-designed invitations and printed goods for weddings and special events; as well as hand-painted decorative finishes and murals for residential and commercial spaces.
Katie has been a working artist & muralist for over 20 years in the North County region, and mentions in the interview below how honored she felt to paint the footbridge mural, featuring one of her all-time favorite artists, on the Center’s campus.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Katie has been leading a Virtual Craft + SIP event each month on the Center’s Facebook page. She has brought a variety craft and art projects to the Center’s virtual audience, like Acrylic Pour Art, a Frida Kahlo portrait, and coming, a Frida Kahlo themed painted flower pot, inspired by Frida’s famous floral headpieces she was so famous for wearing.
“We’re all artists in our own way,” Katie said in an interview. “It’s how we manage stress and heal from difficult times like we’re in now.” Whether it’s by following along with one of Katie’s virtual craft events, or by visiting the Museum at the Center, the past few months have shown us all how important the arts are in our lives.
“The World of Frida” Exhibition
Currently on view at our Museum from the Bedford Gallery in California, The World of Frida exhibition celebrates the culture, style, and persona of visionary painter Frida Kahlo. Featuring over 100 works across all media by contemporary artists, their works touch on Frida’s life and art, her love of animals, and her vibrant Mexican culture.The work in this exhibition explores the strength of her legacy, identity, and artistic vision against the backdrop of the twenty-first century.
About Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo, born near Mexico City in 1907 just before the Mexican Revolution, is emblematic of the many cultural shifts that occurred during the course of her life. She stepped fully into a uniquely Mexican identity and is famous for her political activism. Kahlo’s powerful and graphic self-portraits depicted the many hardships she faced in her life, both emotionally and physically. The Museum will also feature an altar for Día de Los Muertos dedicated to Frida Kahlo created by local artist Daniel Martinez.
Visit “The World of Frida” exhibition now through Nov. 15, 2020.
About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.
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