november, 2018

sat03nov11:00 amsat5:00 pmSixth Annual Ramona Art & Wine FestivalBenefiting the RAMONA H.E.A.R.T. MURAL Project11:00 am - 5:00 pm Art and Wine Festival, 18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona, California 92065

Event Details

Charlene Pulsonetti – Ramona Home Journal

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Local artists and wineries will be celebrated at the Sixth Annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival, to be presented Saturday, Nov. 3, by the Ramona H.E.A.R.T Mural Project, Inc., the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association and the Ramona Art Guild.

This year’s festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the scenic Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, whose mission is to “encourage economic vitality by increasing tourism, promoting community pride, and celebrating our rich cultural heritage through an outstanding outdoor visual arts program.”

Most recently, the project oversaw the transformation of 17 utility boxes around Ramona, turning them from muted-green blocks into decorative displays, illustrated by 15 local artists. The project was funded through the Ramona Community Foundation, and paint was donated by Ransom Brothers Lumber True Value.

“The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural project is a great way to develop our town,” says director Joyce Strand, acknowledging that improving the appearance of Ramona through art is a win-win for everyone. Currently, 18 full-size murals are on display, with an additional four planned for the near future.

The nonprofit organization was founded in 2010, after Hatfield Creek Winery owner Elaine Lyttleton was inspired by a similar project in Chemainus, British Columbia. The lumber-mill town had been in decline until a group of citizens formed a mural committee. Eventually, 40 murals were established, and the town was transformed into a thriving tourist destination. She saw similarities between Chemainus and Ramona, and believes that visual arts can help improve the local economy by encouraging visitors to stop and enjoy everything Ramona has to offer. The Art and Wine Festival followed in 2013, as a way to help fund the project and bring attention to the small wineries that were developing in the area.

According to the mural project’s website, “The acronym H.E.A.R.T. not only indicates Ramona as the geographic center of San Diego County, but reflects the character of the community. ‘H’ for Historic and Hiking, ‘E’ for Equine, ‘A’ for Arts, Antiques and Agriculture, ‘R’ for scenic Rural vistas and drives, and ‘T’ for Tasting of fine wines.”

A highlight of the festival are the intervals of enthusiastic bidding for hand-painted wine barrels featured at the event. Decorated months beforehand by a juried group of artists, the barrels are displayed around town to generate excitement and entice residents and business owners to take the unique barrels home. At last year’s event, artist Lynette Bredow’s barrel generated the highest bid of $2,400.

This year’s barrel artists are Haley Poole, Lynette Bredow, Marsha Cook, Linda Kelly, Jamie Dougherty and Lyn Feudner. The barrels are on display at Boll Weevil; Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance; Reds, Whites & Brews; Ramona Family Naturals Market; San Vicente Resort; and Walter Andersen Nursery in Poway.

Festival guests may enjoy exhibits from approximately 30 local artists who work in acrylic, oil, sculpture, glass, mixed media, jewelry and watercolor, all while sampling local award-winning wine and food prepared by local chefs. Participating wineries include Correcaminos Vineyard, Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery, Hellanback Ranch & Vineyard, La Finquita Winery & Vineyard, Mahogany Mountain Vineyard & Winery, Milagro Winery, Old Julian Vineyards, Pamo Valley Winery, Principe di Tricase Winery, Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery, and Schwaesdall Winery.

New this year was a commemorative poster contest, with barrel artist Jamie Dougherty selected as the winner. Her original poster will be auctioned off during the event, and signed and numbered copies are available for purchase. Strand, who is a local author, will debut her 10th novel, “Dangerous Delays,” a murder mystery that takes place in Ramona.

All guests may participate in the live and silent auctions. General admission tickets for the 21-and-older event are $79 and include wine tasting and access to the food pavilion. Entry-only tickets that do not include the food pavilion or wine tasting are available for $39, and may be upgraded to full-access passes at the event. For information, visit

In advance of the festival, Ramona Art Guild will sponsor a free Artists Wine and Cheese Reception on Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 2Create Gallery, 438 Main St. Members of the public are invited to preview the barrels and the original commemorative poster, and mingle with participating artists.


Ramona Art and Wine Fest painted barrels


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Art and Wine Festival

18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona, California 92065