october, 2021

sat02oct11:00 amKumeyaay Tribute Mural Dedication11:00 am

Event Details

IMPORTANT:  The dedication is scheduled for Saturday, October 2, at 11:00 a.m. (some sources have printed an incorrect date)

All are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new mural that pays tribute to the Kumeyaay Native Americans on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the back of the Verizon Building at 1530 Main Street, Ramona, CA. This is the 27th mural created by the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project. You can enjoy light refreshments and music by Jose Smith while exploring the details depicted in the mural painted by artist Simon Melnyk, whose goal was to “celebrate Kumeyaay culture in its untouched state by venturing into their world before European contact.” He constructed the mural on 26 individual panels which he then put together to form the complete 1200 square foot mural.

At the dedication, Melnyk will address the group reviewing both the content and the challenges he faced in crafting the mural. He will be available to sign souvenir photographs of the historical mural, which will be available to visitors at no charge. As with all Ramona mural projects, viewers are challenged to discover the “heart” icons in a “Where’s Waldo” exercise. The artist has hidden four hearts in the Kumeyaay mural.

About the Artist

Simon Melnyk is a multidisciplinary artist with more than 15 years of experience as a painter/illustrator/photographer/designer. Since relocating to San Diego in 2015, he has specialized in the design and painting of custom wall murals with themes tied to the ocean, nature, lifestyle, and environment and a focus on creating new visual adventures through existing spaces in the community.

He has completed a variety of unique murals throughout Ramona, Ocean Beach, Birdrock, Oceanside, Hillcrest, El Cajon and greater San Diego for local businesses that include restaurants, yoga studios, pre-school, senior living, local businesses, and private residences. In Ramona, he painted the outside stucco walls of Mariscos Mar de Cortez restaurant at 109 10th St, Ramona, Calif. and other colorful underwater scenes inside. For more on Melnyk, go to SimmageDesigns.com.

If you are interested in supporting the growth of murals by becoming a sponsor of the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, please contact Elaine Lyttleton at lyttleton@sv-mail.com or (760) 787-1102. Anyone making a contribution of $100 or more will be named on the plaque to be erected at the site. Contributors can also designate donations to the Kumeyaay mural on the H.E.A.R.T. Mural website at ramonamurals.com/the-vision/donate.


(Saturday) 11:00 am


Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project PO Box 1661, Ramona, CA 92065