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

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