A mall is a mall is a mall, right? Well, not exactly.
Boasting 180 specialty stores, 45 restaurants, Picture Show Theaters, a 24 Hour Fitness with a rooftop lap pool and a state-of-the-art bowling, entertainment and amusements center at Round 1, MainPlace Mall is a unique part of the Santa Ana experience.
Now the popular shopping and dining destination adjacent to the Santa Ana Freeway is giving the public seven more reasons to visit with Art at MainPlace, a series of original murals celebrating life in Santa Ana and Orange County.
MainPlace commissioned seven local artists to create oversized works of art in preparation for its first Art Walk on May 12. Come catch the muralists in action at spots throughout the mall – or share a photo in front of one of the completed murals with the #ArtAtMainPlace hashtag for a chance to win MainPlace and retailer giftcards!
“Exploring” by Dino Perez. This self-proclaimed urban creative is an Artist in Residence at Grand Central Art Center. Honored by OC WEEKLY, the City of Santa Ana and others, he hosts his first solo exhibition at the OC Center for Contemporary Art in September 2018.
“Santa Ana” by Matt Southgate. Matt has been active in the Santa Ana arts scene for more than 20 years, advocating for artists in Santa Ana Artist Village, Orange County Arts and beyond.
“Take Flight” and “Discovery” by Jouvon Kingsby and Michael Ziobrowksi. Jouvon is an Artist Village resident known for painting a mural in Saddam Hussein’s bunker in Iraq. Michael was commissioned to paint drum kits for the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” among other works. Together, the two are creating a pair of oversized centerpieces for MainPlace Mall.
“Spring Flowers” and “Spring Showers” by Melissa Murphy. A professional muralist, Melissa is a habitual surfer, free diver and ocean swimmer who is also working on several large murals in downtown Huntington Beach. She is also active helping teach art to the incarcerated youth in Orange County prisons.
“Xochtli, Goddess of Flowers” by Kimberly Duran and Bud Herrera. Kimberly and Bud are the founders of The Heavy Collective, a public art initiative responsible for many of the murals in downtown Santa Ana including those in Art Alley adjacent to the Yost Theater and the two-story work at Hector’s Marisco.
IF YOU GO:
MainPlace Mall, 2800 N. Main Street, Santa Ana | (714) 547-7800
Open 10am to 9pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday and 11am to 7pm Sunday.
Art Walks are scheduled on the second Saturday of the month May – September from 2 – 5pm.