Friday, May 31, 2013, Imperial Beach, CA
The design of a mural takes time and a lot of planning especially when the mural is to be painted by young artists. Young means 5 years old on up in age. The new mural decorating the north wall of Bibbey’s Shell Shop was designed by 22 year old Eddy Berducido and 23 year old SDSU graduate Chris Padilla. Both Eddy and Chris not only designed the mural but also helped in its painting. But they did have some help from their students. These students are those they teach every Saturday in, “The Art Kids of San Diego,” art program.
The design was suggested by both Eddy and the director of the art kids. They use the outside store walls for their real world art practice. Bibbey’s Shell Shop is one of the stores that allows the kids to test out their skills and at the same time help his business. People come from all around to visit the beach and are truly surprised when they see the murals on Mike’s building. They are really surprised when they learn that the murals were painted by the very talented Art Kids. Mike, the owner of the shell shop, got together with the director of the Art Kids program and they have been creating murals all over his building for some 11 years. The Art Kids are the only ones that have permission to work on the building legally. Others have tagged the building but within 24 hours their unauthorized work is painted over.
Thousands of photos have been taken over the years by visitors to the Imperial Beach area. Bibbey’s Shell Shop is the most photographed building in the southland area. It has had numerous murals over this time that have adorned The Shell Shop. There is a change on the building almost every six months. There are five separate murals that decorate the building and one of those five is changed at that time. The only one that will never be changed it the original Shark. It is a institution and has been taken over 20,000 times by photographers in the area.
Concerning the new mural, both Eddy and Chris are incredible artists in their own right and are also in the same thought by their ability to create art with extremely fine detail. As one can see by the photos there are some truly fine detailed works of art. One of The Art Kids who worked on previous murals is five year old Osmar Pete Hernandez. He started painting with the Art Kids when he was 19 months old. At present has sold over $1,900.00 of his art and one painting alone sold for some $500.00. He was two when he painted, “The Koi,” and it sold when he was three years old.
The young artists that work on these murals have the ability to show their peers that they painted on a real world mural. This in itself has a great way of changing the life of a young person. They realize that they can be part of something special and at the same time have a direction in which they can follow. One of the former Art Kids choose to leave The Art Institute of San Diego because their faculty members were unable to teach this artist anything. In fact this student taught many of his or her fellow students. As a freshman at the institute, this student had already finished what qualified for their senior final. The Art Kids of San Diego County not only teaches art but it prepares the individual for the real world. This Art kid designed and created the wall coverings for the new Rady’s Children’s Hospital and one can see the work by visiting the fourth floor of their newer children’s wing. By the way this student was one of six chosen out of over 100 professional adult artists. This student earned over $3,500.00 for the work completed.
When going onto college the average art kid has a presentation notebook of their art work that is at least two inches thick in a normal three ring binder. The average high school art student is lucky to have 1/2″ worth of their art. As far as community service the average art kid has over 200 hours. One of our graduating seniors this year has over 1500 community service hours. Most of those hours were spent doing community projects for the local communities throughout the southland.
Eddy and Chris now have the right to put in their resume their contribution to this mural. Not just art but art thatwill be seen by thousands of people. This summer the kids will be working on utility boxes, murals, wooden bins, banners and projects that will enhance the entire community. The kids work with other kids and help teach them the basics of art. Kids teaching kids is one of their main goals.