This month I had the privilege to paint a mural celebrating the legacy of the Duvenecks at the elementary school of their namesake. The Duvenecks helped start the Lucie Stern Center in Palo Alto, Peninsula School, and also Hidden Villa, where they shared their deep appreciation of the natural environment with a diverse community of learners. The mural included the pigs Frank Duveneck loved so much, the original barn, and the peaceful valley setting they fell in love with when they first spied it from the ridge on a camping trip. The mural is front and center as you enter the school, and the highlight of painting for me was all of the appreciation from the school community. A classroom of students would all “ooooh” (cooool, whooooa) as they turned the corner and filed past. I got lots of great questions about the process, and lots of ideas about what I needed to add. My favorite compliment was from a 5 grade cool dude who studied it for a few minutes and then looked at me and said, “I didn’t even know that was possible.” Wow. That was one of the nicest compliments I have ever received!
I painted this mural for a very sweet woman who cherished the memories of family trips taken to Cambria for hiking. She showed me photos of her family among the abundant rainbow colors of wildflowers. Her kitchen sink has looked on to a big blank wall for 10 years until today. How do you think she feels looking at that big wall now?
I can’t get enough of One EskimO. When the last song on the album ends it feels like the end of a great book, I am sad it is over. I hear so much creativity in their timing and composition. Simple lyrics and very groovy sound. I cannot decide which song is my favorite- the whole album is awesome!
A big thank you to my cousin Liz for the recommendation!
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SHOUT OUT TO…
One of my daily heroes is Vicki Moore. Vicki has almost singlehandedly built up the garden based science program for the Los Altos school district. Our school has been transformed by her beautiful native gardens, as has every school in the district. I see her there pulling weeds at odd hours and working behind the scenes to hire raise money for the program. Living Classroom now boasts almost 300 lessons a year, made possible by parent volunteers who through the training process better educate themselves as environmental advocates. The result is that kids are getting hands on, experiential education learning about growing food, soil chemistry, and habitat, and we are building a community of nature lovers! Vicki is a modern day Josephine Duveneck. Thank you, Vicki!
Morgan Bricca is a mural artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her clients run the gamut from professional creatives, including architects and designers to building owners, school administrators and community advocates. When she is not making art, Morgan enjoys sipping boba tea with her kids and taking naps on the couch.