A rendering of a mural to be painted on the Boathouse at Ash Avenue in the summer, conditions permitting.

A mural-painting day at the Boathouse building on Ash Avenue scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has been postponed to honor social distancing protocols in place in response to the threat of the COVID-19 virus.

The nonprofit organization Muralism organized the project honoring the work of the late Carpinteria artist Ray Cole, and the mural will depict one of his works with an added undersea scene to provide an interactive element for beachgoers of the kelp forest environment just offshore. Many of Cole’s watercolors are collected in his book, “The Delights of Carpinteria.”

Ernie Merlán, CEO and founder of Muralism, noted that projects on the scale of the Boathouse mural usually cost between $40,000 and $50,000, but his organization will complete the mural for $15,000 with $5,000 donated from Carpinteria Beautiful, $5,000 from the city of Carpinteria and $5,000 from the Cole family.

Muralism has a goal to paint 100 murals before the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. Founded to connect young people with special needs to meaningful work and community interaction, Muralism employs a paint-by-numbers technique to produce its murals.

“Paid artists with special needs cover sidewalks, pressure wash and prime the wall, panels or canvas,” Merlán said. “Our team then draws a paint-by-numbers image in charcoal across the wall, panels or canvas. The whole community, especially organizations for those with special needs, are invited to participate in the fun-filled community paint party.”

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