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Route 395 Vista Mural (courtesy photo)

Route 395 Vista Mural Unveiling, June 27

Vista  CA–  A colorfully nostalgic 14’X70’ mural commissioned by the Vista Village Business Association (VVBA) will be unveiled during a 6-8 p.m., celebration – complete with vintage cars – at the site of the U.S. Route 395 Mural Project on a formerly blank wall on the Lush Coffee and Tea building at North Michigan Avenue/Main Street in downtown Vista. The VVBA’s purpose in spearheading and funding the project was to enhance the visual quality of the Vista Village.


Artist Phyllis Swanson at work on the Route 395 Vista Mural Project. (courtesy photo)

The Vista mural commemorates the community’s presence along historic 395, original portions of which still dot North County. This iconic road, which once took travelers from San Diego to Canada, meandered through downtown Vista. The road and the cars that traveled upon it provided the catalyst for the winning design created by Kait Matthews, owner of the co-op ArtBeat on Main Street gallery just down the street from the mural. In creating this signature piece, Matthews worked with a team of artists: Cyndi Kostylo, Mo McGee, Raziah Roushan and Phyllis Swanson.

Matthews says, “I was elated to have the VVBA select my design from many quality submissions. I wanted to combine the charm of old Vista with the vibrancy of new Vista. Postcards of vintage cars owned by local residents embellish the mural, which displays 395 as it winds through downtown.”

She notes, “People coming to the celebration will be able to check out the actual cars that inspired the mural and meet the residents who own them. Together, the artists, car owners, VVBA and I are literally putting Vista on the map!”

ArtBeat on Main Street co-op gallery and wine lounge is located at 330 Main Street in downtown Vista. It is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Noon – 4:00 p.m. For information, visit www.artbeatonmainstreet.com, www.facebook.com/artbeatonmainstreet or discover Vista’s creative vibe in person. To learn about gallery partnering opportunities, including space rentals, email info@artbeatonmainstreet.com.