The 2019 Teen Mural Project was held at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center courtyard on June 19, with over 30 teenagers converging to paint an eight- by 40-foot mural titled “The Road Ahead.” Lowell Schuyler, Jean-Claude Rivalland and Bryan Mootz had built a wall for the teens to paint with funds from Carpinteria Beautiful and the Carpinteria Woman’s Club, and artist and teacher Janey Cohen spoke to the young artists about envisioning our individual and collective futures as they prepared to spend the day on the project.
Each student created their own subject matter, working together from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., only stopping for a brief lunch provided by Jack’s Bagels. Arts Center Chairman David Powdrell said, “Each year, John Wullbrandt hosts a one-day teen mural art-fest at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center (challenging) teens to think outside the box and to follow their passions through art.” Powdrell added, “John motivates each kid to be themselves in powerful yet gentle ways. He’s a pied-piper with a passion for making the world a better place through art—the arts are alive in Carpinteria!”
With major renovations and additions completed at the center, “The Road Ahead” theme was chosen as the community now looks to the future. Borrowing the colors and patterns of the courtyard paving, the painted image of an infinite and open road extending beyond the center provided space for young artists to use their imaginations freely. Several volunteers, including Lynda Fairly herself and fine artists John Wullbrandt and Stuart Carey, with professional muralist Ernie Merlan, offered guidance with mixing colors and painting techniques. Many other talented painters and volunteers were also of great help.