Artist Morgan Bricca has been restoring the faded, damaged "Year of the Ocean" mural located on the California Avenue pedestrian underpass, giving the undersea-themed artwork some much-needed touchups. Check out the before-and-after photos to see her work.Read more
While the well-heeled residents have started moving into the Millennium Tower, the rest of us will soon have a delicious excuse to check out the gleaming new high-rise. The decorated Mina Restaurant Group makes its New England debut next week, with Pabu Boston at Millennium Tower.
Boston’s outpost is a chic, sophisticated sibling to the popular San Francisco izakaya and sushi bar led by James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Michael Mina and partner and sushi chef Ken Tominaga.Read more
“In November of 2000, I walked into my boss’ office and turned in my resignation. He asked me what I was going to do. I replied, ‘I have no idea’. I did not have a clear plan other than the knowledge of what I did not want.” — Morgan Bricca
Morgan Bricca was the first person I thought to interview for my new blog, intended to inspire first time entrepreneurs to finally take the leap and make their passions profit. Morgan did just this, without any formal art training, just a massive amount of artistic skill, vision, and sense of adventure.Read more
Muralist Morgan Bricca has left her mark throughout the country, from an Olympic swim center in North Carolina to a hotel in San Diego.
Last spring, the Los Altos resident painted murals closer to home. She created them at Almond and Springer elementary schools.
For the mural on the outside wall of a classroom at Almond, Bricca worked with parent volunteer Jennifer Walker and principal Erika Benadom to develop the design. The whimsical, nostalgia-evoking mural features a blossoming almond tree, the school’s eagle mascot, dandelions, butterflies and children dancing. Bricca said the painting “captures the peak of (her) sweet phase” as an artist.Read more
Desirae Harp (second from left) of the Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley leads more than 30 spectators in a song introducing them to the tribal language during a ceremony Sunday afternoon dedicating a Wappo-themed mural in the 1400 block of Second Street.
The 14-by-60-foot artwork by Morgan Bricca, “Tuesday Morning, 1720: Mishewal Wappo, Napa Valley,” depicts tribe members amid the habitat of the valley’s pre-European era.Read more
For almost 90 years, the folks at San Mateo Lock Works and Safe Center have been serving the community and a recently completed mural blends some artistic flare with the owners’ proud history.
Gary DeSantis co-owns the long-standing downtown business with his brother Steve and their partner Sid Shimabuku. From an original 1910 lock used at the city’s downtown jail, to state-of-the-art equipment able to program modern car keys, the Second Avenue store is like a miniature museum highlighting the history of locksmithing.
DeSantis said he’s long wanted to spruce up the exterior of the building they own across the street from the movie theater and, after commissioning local artist Morgan Bricca, recently finished a new mural for all to admire.Read more
A blank wall in downtown Napa is being transformed into a piece of art honoring Napa’s earliest residents.
Using scaffolding, paint brushes and gallons of paint in many colors, artist Morgan Bricca began work last week on a mural depicting a scene of the everyday life of a Mishewal Wappo Indian woman.
The mural, titled “Tuesday morning, 1720,” is “an opportunity to show a broader perspective of a community’s history (and) depict a larger pattern of life,” said Bricca.Read more
Last Monday some lucky Cabrillo Middle School students got to combine their artistic talents with those of the San Francisco 49ers in painting a mural on the outside wall of Cabrillo's 49ers STEM Leadership Institute Chevron STEMZONE.
Designed by Los Altos mural artist Morgan Bricca and commissioned by the 49ers Foundation, the mural features visual representations of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The contours of the mural are the letters S, T, E and M. Each letter encloses whimsical illustrations of that discipline, created and painted by the students and football players. The creativity of the mural, said Bricca, celebrates "what's most fun about STEM." And it has a second advantage, "You don't need a sign."Read more
San Francisco 49ers players, ownership, executives and staff teamed up with Cabrillo Middle School students and educators, Chevron executives, representatives from the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and members of the Santa Clara Unified School District School Board on Monday, September 28, to paint a mural on an exterior wall of the Chevron STEMZONE at Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara, Calif. The goal of the mural painting celebrated the organization’s commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, while memorializing current and future students that will learn at the Chevron STEMZONE.Read more
Just as school ended this year, new color bloomed on two Los Altos campuses – public art projects commissioned by school communities to mark ends and new beginnings.
At Covington School, the Class of 2015 sponsored a mural celebrating reading and the California landscape. At Egan Junior High, the PTA launched a mural to honor Principal Brenda Dyckman’s 23 years of service. Both murals stem from Los Altos resident Morgan Bricca, who has left her mark on schools, civic buildings, shops and local homes around the region. Through her business “Murals by Morgan,” she has created hundreds of site-specific works of art.Read more
The ugliest buildings make the nicest canvasses.
That’s the opinion of muralist Morgan Bricca, who recently painted a large mural depicting a street scene in China on the back wall of Crouching Tiger restaurant in downtown Redwood City.
It’s the first of many more murals that should hopefully pop up in the Commercial Way alley parallel to Broadway, said Jason Newblanc with the Redwood City Cultural Commission.Read more
The Raleigh Swimming Association (RSA) revealed today the Secret Mural Project at the William H. Sonner Aquatic Facility (Sonner) by Los Altos, CA muralist Morgan Bricca. The Northern California muralist turned a 67 foot fire wall into powerful swimming mural.
“We are so grateful Morgan was able to come to Raleigh to transform a firewall into a work of art that sends a message of power and strength for our swimmers,” said Laura Hubbard, RSA Board member and project lead. “The mural feels alive – with life size swimmers racing freestyle while churning water to the finish line,” she added.Read more
Waves, smiles, honks and even a serenade by a guitarist all helped encourage muralist Morgan Bricca, who stood atop a 15-foot scaffolding in front of the downtown Goodwill store this month delicately painting the history of Sunnyvale.
From its agricultural days to the innovations of NASA Ames and Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale's story is being captured and displayed in three 30-foot-long murals in the middle of downtown.
The Sunnyvale Goodwill at E. Washington and S. Sunnyvale avenues had the opportunity to completely change its look, with Goodwill stores being renovated throughout Silicon Valley.Read more
The Avalon Art & Yoga Center has scheduled “Off the Wall,” an exhibition of mural artist Morgan Bricca’s new works, through Jan. 8 at the center, 370 S. California Ave., Palo Alto. An artist’s reception is scheduled 8-10 p.m. Saturday.
Bricca, a Los Altos resident, left her traditional medium, murals, to move into the studio to create a new series of paintings, which became the designs for a line of custom-art wallpaper murals.Read more
The Gustafsons can reach Lake Tahoe in a matter of minutes. All they have to do is walk downstairs and they’re on the beach with a view of snow-dusted mountains across the lake.
A very special mural makes this possible. Not only is it realistic, but it’s also quite personal, because it includes Mary and Kent Gustafson’s three children, their two dogs and the family’s boat.
The mural graces the retaining wall built when the Gustafsons added an expansive subterranean living space to their Los Altos home. The wall was plain stucco, typical of a basement light well.Read more
When John Lents took over the principal's office at Duveneck Elementary School, one of the first things he noticed was the dreary entryway to the school.
"These entrance canopies are so dark," Lents said. The entryway was built at the same time as some of the other Palo Alto Unified District schools, such as Fairmeadow, El Carmelo and Greendell. They even shared the same building plan and materials. "You could walk through them and be at any place in the district."
It was a problem that needed a creative solution -- and he turned to the PTA for help.Read more
California native Morgan Bricca doesn’t quite qualify as a nomad, but look at her repertoire of murals, and you’d think she has traveled the world. From the Australian outback to the tropical waters of Hawaii, each wall that her paintbrush touches is transformed into magical works of art.
Bricca’s defining moment came at the age of 25, when she decided to enroll in an art therapy class while working as a computer network administrator. For someone who never considered herself to be a great artist, an unexpected career change was well in the works with the first strokes of her paintbrush. “Muraling is innately pragmatic for someone who didn’t go to art school,” divulges Bricca. “I never had to buy a canvas and there was never an excuse not to be able to paint. It was almost like, here’s a wall, here’s some paint, now let’s go have some fun.” And that’s precisely where it all began.Read more
Growing up in Pacific Palisades, California, avid surfer Morgan Bricca has always had an affinity for the ocean. In fact, the Southern California native even honeymooned while on a surfing expedition, bunking it with 12 other surfers on a boat in the South Pacific. Little did Bricca know, however, that her love for water would one day help fuel a whole new passion: painting murals.
Bricca, who now lives in Palo Alto with her husband and two children, specializes in hand-painted wall murals, encompassing trompe l’oeil murals, Italian landscapes, beach murals, underwater murals, and children’s murals for homes, businesses, and public spaces all over the San Francisco Bay Area and California.
“I specialize in custom hand-painted wall murals, which means the client takes part in the creative process,” says Bricca, who donates 10 percent of her profits to Trickle Up, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the poorest of the poor become self-sufficient. “Those who are looking for an artist frequently already have a vision of what they want. My job is to take that inspiration and turn it in to something beautiful.”Read more
Los Altos resident Morgan Bricca is a muralist and a volunteer at HandsOn BayArea, an organization that creates opportunities for people to volunteer, learn and lead in their communities.
Q: How long have you volunteered at HandsOn Bay Area?
A: HandsOn Bay Area has an annual Be the Change Day, asking volunteers to help with projects that can be completed in one day. Last year was the flrst year I participated.
Q: How did you hear about HandsOn Bay Area?
A: I was on an action list of the Obama campaign, which piggybacked with the HandsOn Bay Area "Be The Change Day" event to put some action into Obama's Hope In Action platform.Read more
A California landscape depicting native plants and animals awaits children at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos when they return from summer vacation Aug. 20.
Los Altos artist Morgan Bricca spent five recent summer days painting the mural on the walls of the Montclaire kindergarten classrooms. The mural is part of a PTA “Campus Pride” effort led by parent Amanda Shenon.
“This is also a main wall that is visible from the front of the school,” Shenon said. “Montclaire is 50 years old, and this is the first project of its kind to occur. We are hoping it won’t be the last.”
Bricca, who has been painting murals for the past nine years, has worked primarily on private homes and businesses. She also painted a mural at Santa Rita School in Los Altos, where her children attend. She worked on the Montclaire mural for half her normal fee.Read more
So you’re expecting a baby. Where are you going to put him or her? Planning a baby’s nursery today entails pretty much the same basic elements it has for generations: crib, dresser, changing table and rocking chair. However, like everything else, the choices have become more sophisticated — and numerous.
Take cribs for instance. The major advantage to today’s cribs is that, with the aid of conversion kits, they transform into full-sized beds.
“Just make sure you have room for a double bed,” William Preston, of Planet Kids in Menlo Park, said.Read more
Figuring out what to do with big blank walls is a problem that haunts homeowners and designers alike. Regular decorating standbys such as wallpaper and paint can’t quite capture the personality of the people who live in a home; the same goes for artwork. For those who seek something one-of-a-kind, there’s an oft-overlooked option: professional murals.
An original work of art designed specifically with your home and family in mind, murals are fast gaining popularity, say Bay Area artists. Valerie McNeal, a San Jose-based artist, says that most of her recent mural clients have been families. She describes them as “people who really loved their homes and are interested in staying where they are.” McNeal adds that most of these families have established lives with hobbies and interests that make them much “more aware of what they like to look at.”Read more
Making connections. That’s what Morgan Bricca values the most about her career switch, from computer network administrator to mural artist. There isn’t a day she regrets her decision to leave the stress and begin her artistic journey.
It wasn’t always a clear path.
As early as kindergarten, Bricca felt she was really bad at art. When the other kids were drawing stick people, she produced “scribble-scrabble.” But in high school she hit an art class that let her express herself. Although she enjoyed the class, she went on to major in economics at University of California, San Diego.Read more