Murals & Roses al Fresco Art Exhibit

Hardeman Olivas Bell GatePainting by Marguerite Hardeman

General Information

Murals and Roses is a free art exhibit held annually on Mother’s Day at the Olivas Adobe. The exhibit showcases the historic Olivas Adobe Rose Garden and a series of colorful murals painted by renowned California muralist Marguerite Hardeman. Each year, up to fifteen of the murals are taken out of storage and displayed around the Olivas Adobe grounds in celebration of spring. Historic tours of the Olivas Adobe grounds are also provided and a unique gift shop open for browsing.

This exhibit is presented by the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters.

2021 Murals & Roses al Fresco Art Exhibit

May 9, 11am-3pm, FREE

Join us on Mother’s Day from 11am to 3pm, as we open the Olivas Adobe grounds for visitors to enjoy this free, one-day historical al Fresco exhibit featuring artists Marguerite Hardeman and Laura Jean Jespersen.

Wander the Olivas Adobe grounds, learn about this remarkable site from the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters, and stop to smell the roses in our historic rose garden, now in full bloom.

It’s sure to be an afternoon filled with history, art, and beauty!

Visitors must follow all posted COVID-safety guidelines.

Painting of a hillside overlooking downtown VenturaPainting by Marguerite Hardeman

2021 Second Sundays at the Olivas Adobe

June 13, 11am-3pm, FREE

Exhibit in the small adobe by Artist Laura Jean Jespersen

Artist Laura Jean Jespersen has taken inspiration from Olivas Family stories and created a series of paintings depicting the romance of the site and the natural world that surrounds it. Stop by the Olivas Adobe and experience the site that inspired Jespersen’s exhibit. 

  • Plein-air artists welcomed to come paint, 11am-3pm, all ages

July 11, 11am-3pm, FREE

Exhibit in the small adobe by Artist Laura Jean Jespersen

Celebrate artist Marc Chagall’s birthday with a fun art project and view our stained glass in the Olivas Adobe exhibit hall. 

  • Special art project 12 - 2pm, ages 5 and older

August 8, 11am-3pm, FREE

Exhibit in the small adobe by Artist Laura Jean Jespersen

Learn about how the Chumash and Olivas families worked together. 

  • Special art project 12 - 2pm, ages 5 and older

Painting of someone herding farm animalsPainting by Laura Jean Jespersen

Painting of downtown Ventura with dirt roads and horsesPainting by Marguerite Hardeman

Marguerite Hardeman Murals

Renowned California muralist Marguerite Hardeman painted twenty-five murals depicting four centuries of Ventura history during the 1960s. The largest, a series of panels measuring 30-feet, shows Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo coming ashore to greet local Native Americans in 1542. Other pieces reflect California's Rancho Period and Rancho San Miguel.

Painting of wedding guests celebrating in the Olivas Adobe courtyardPainting by Laura Jean Jespersen

Laura Jean Jespersen Paintings

Local artist Laura Jespersen has taken stories from the Olivas Family and created a series of paintings depicting the romance of the Olivas Adobe and the natural world that surrounds it. Jespersen’s paintings will be on display in the small Adobe.

Murals and Roses Brochure Cover

Contact

Gina Reyes
Recreation Coordinator
greyes@cityofventura.ca.gov
805-658-4728

Kathryn Dippong Lawson
Recreation Supervisor
kdippong@cityofventura.ca.gov
805-658-4720

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