Los Altos muralist Morgan Bricca is scheduled to deliver the presentation “Adventures in Mural Painting” 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.
Many of Bricca’s colorful murals can be found on the walls of local schools, including her “Los Altos Orchard Mural” at Santa Rita School and her “Peace in Our World” butterfly mural at Oak Avenue School. She designed a playful collage of Los Altos for the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, and her image of Yosemite Valley graces a wall at the Arrillaga Outdoor Education Center at Stanford University.
She has painted murals on restaurants, residential homes, a brewery, a bus, even a bear – the fiberglass grizzly at Veterans Community Plaza on the corner of State and Main streets – and her clients range from commercial to public and private, local and abroad.
Bricca’s murals tell diverse stories, celebrating farmworkers in Napa Valley and the Mishewal Wappo tribe. They capture nature in all its glory, from ocean scenes to the area’s foothills.
As for how she began as a muralist, she said, “I started working on my house and couldn’t afford a window, so I painted one.”
According to Bricca, not many people know much about mural art or the creative process of how they’re made.
“I have a relatable story to share,” she said. “I didn’t go to art school. I just did what I enjoyed. I want people to come away from this program with a sense of pride in their own artistic pursuit and increased motivation to do what they want to do creatively.”
In her book “The Mural Artist’s Handbook,” Bricca explains how to build an art business in a way that’s sustainable and fun, from finding clients to developing a site-specific design and selecting the right materials. To purchase a copy, visit the Museum Store in the lobby or online.
“Adventures in Mural Painting” is the first in a series of free programs supporting the museum’s current exhibition, “Annie Knapp Fitz Paints: A Legacy in Art,” on display through Feb. 6.
To register for the program and for more information on the exhibition, visit losaltoshistory.org/MuralPainting.