LOS ALTOS, CA (Aug 31, 2021) – Los Altos muralist Morgan Bricca has spent her life bringing beauty into the world through her art, transforming walls and other surfaces into stories. To share her life experience as a mural artist and inspire others to pursue their own creative work, she will give a talk titled “Adventures in Mural Painting” at Los Altos History Museum on Thursday, Sept 23 from 7-8:30pm.
Many of Bricca’s colorful murals can be found on the walls of local schools, including her “Los Altos Orchard Mural” for Santa Rita Elementary, and “Peace in our World” butterfly mural for Oak Elementary. She designed a playful collage of Los Altos for the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, and her stunning image of Yosemite Valley graces a wall of the Arrillaga Outdoor Education Center at Stanford University. She has painted murals on restaurants, residential homes, a brewery, a bus, and a bear—the grizzly on Veterans Plaza on the corner of State and Main Streets—and her clients range from commercial to public to private, locally 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 Bay Area 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.”
“Not many people know much about mural art or the creative process of how they’re made,” Bricca said. “I have a relatable story to share. 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 tells 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 copies, 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 exhibition, “Annie Knapp Fitz Paints: A Legacy in Art,” on display through Feb 6, 2022. To learn more about the exhibition and register for the program, visit losaltoshistory.org/MuralPainting.
Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent, and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.
The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. Tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House are available during open hours subject to docent availability. The outdoor agricultural exhibit, gardens and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.