Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach mural celebrates beach lifeguards

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Redondo Beach artist Joanna Garel celebrates the unveiling of her tribute to beach lifeguards. Photos by Kevin Cody

Redondo Beach artist Joanna Garel’s 20-foot tall, 30-foot mural celebrating beach lifeguards was unveiled Wednesday evening on the side of Mediterraneo restaurant in downtown Hermosa Beach. The mural is the seventh to be commissioned over the past seven years by the non profit Hermosa Beach Murals Project, which plans to complete at least three more.

The Hermosa Beach Mural Project’s seventh mural in seven years is unveiled.

Garel, a Toronto native who came to the South Bay 20 years ago in pursuit of an acting career, said she took up painting just three years ago. Her mural depicts two lifeguards against a bright yellow sky, rowing a dory through steep waves as another lifeguard watches over them from a lifeguard tower.

Herosa Beach Mural board member Steve Izant with muralist Joanna Garel. Descending the mural after releasing the tarp is Mural committee member Mike Flanery. 

All seven murals are on walls donated by property owners and funded through donations.

Previous murals document the old downtown, beach cottages, beach swimsuits,  surfing, jazz and, last year, beach volleyball. Mural Project board member George Schmeltzer said that Garel’s mural differs from most of the others because it is painted  directly on the wall, rather than on a canvas attached to the wall. For more information about the Hermosa Beach Murals  visit HermosaMurals.org. ER

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