“Tear Stains Be Gone,” the first mural in 2015 to be installed as part of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s “Murals of La Jolla” project, went up on the alley-facing side of 7661 Girard Ave., La Jolla, in early February 2015.
It joins 13 other murals already installed throughout La Jolla. “Tear Stains” will be visited during the next Murals of La Jolla free monthly tour, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 leaving from the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library at 1008 Wall St.
Of her work, San Diego artist Jean Lowe said “I’m just playing with the idea that you can buy something that’s going to make you feel better or transform your life. Spoofing advertising signage is an organic way to drop an image into the urban fabric.”
Lowe received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA from UC San Diego where she served as a visiting lecturer from 1992 to 2008. In 2000, Lowe exhibited at the Athenaeum.
“Murals of La Jolla” was founded by the La Jolla Community Foundation and is now under the auspices of the Athenaeum. The goal is to enhance the civic character of the community by commissioning public art projects on private property throughout La Jolla.
To date, works by Kelsey Brookes, John Baldessari, Gajin Fujita, Anya Gallaccio, Robert Ginder, Ann Hamilton, Robert Irwin/Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Nina Katchadourian, Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness, Roy McMakin, Richard Allen Morris, Catherine Opie, Julian Opie, Fred Tomaselli and William Wegman have been installed throughout La Jolla. Three of these have been replaced or temporarily removed.