Renowned Los Angeles muralist, Levi Ponce, is executing his most recent mural – Judy Garland as “Dorothy” from the Wizard of Oz on the west exterior wall of the Theatre West building near Universal Studios.
A public unveiling of the mural will take place on October 28 at 2 p.m. followed by a Wizard of Oz Sing A Long and Wizard of Oz costume contest at 3 p.m. Prizes!
Everybody is invited! Come meet the artist and get a selfie with Levi and Dorothy, plus meet one of the munchkins! The event is FREE but donations welcome. RSVPs encouraged. Seating is limited.
Levi Ponce was born in Los Angeles in 1987. He grew up painting alongside his prolific muralist/sign painter father, Hector Ponce, and went on to study graphic design and animation at CSUN. His murals can be seen up and down Mural Mile in Pacoima, Reseda, NoHo, Venice, and many other places throughout Los Angeles.
Levi’s philosophy is that art is meant to be shared. He welcomes help from people who live in the neighborhoods he paints in and sees his murals as something that belongs to the entire community. In 2014, MSN’s Latinzine named Levi one of the “Top 10 Latinos To Watch” in the United States.
Theatre West is the longest running theatre company in Los Angeles. Founded in 1962, the company is comprised of actors, writers, directors, composers, technical, and managerial talent. Current and former members include Jack Nicholson, Betty Garrett, Ray Bradbury, Richard Dreyfuss, Lee Meriwether, Martin Landau, Sol Saks, Harry Dean Stanton, Sherwood Schwartz, Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Chazz Palminteri, and many others.
If you can’t make the unveiling, drive by and watch the mural in progress. Levi is there on weekends and welcomes community help. Ask him if you can help paint and he’ll hand you a brush!
Photo above: Levi Ponce painting Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ