New murals bring life to Westchester alleyway

Next time you stop by Noodle World on Sepulveda or drop off your dry cleaning at Spring Cleaners, make sure to check out the alleyway connecting the building at 8636 Sepulveda Blvd. to the parking lot. 

What were once gray stucco walls have been transformed into four colorful panels, depicting some of Westchester’s most recognizable landmarks. Otis students in the Creative Action Program, led by instructor and muralist David Russell, researched, designed and painted the murals to help beautify the thoroughfare. Otis lecturer, Maura Condrick, also contributed to the design. This is the latest local public art piece for Russell, the artist behind the five-story “Welcome to Westchester” painting on the building at Westchester Pkwy. and Sepulveda Blvd., made possible through a partnership with the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation.

The foundation’s president, Karen Dial, is passionate about bringing more art to Westchester through funding murals, utility box paintings and sponsoring events like Ballet Beyond Borders, coming to LMU in August.

 One of the murals contains nine local landmarks highlighted by red lines. The first reader to email us at westchesterhometown@yahoo.com with a correct list of the landmarks and a photo in front of the mural will receive a $20 gift card to Benny’s Tacos. Email us at westchesterhometown@yahoo.com!

Pictured: Otis students, along with patron Karen Dial and artists David Russell and Maura Condrick, pose in front of Westchester’s newest murals, which took four weeks to complete.