Balboa Island Park Avenue mural project, set for unveiling in fall 2024, launches fundraising campaign

Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach will present a legacy project – a magnificent 56-ft. long by 10-ft. mosaic mural on the south facing wall of Irvine Ranch Market, with the unveiling scheduled for fall 2024. The Balboa Island mural is being created by local artist/designer Barbara Abbott.

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Photos by Barbara Abbott

Local artist Barbara Abbott has designed a massive 56 ft. x 10 ft. tile mural to be installed on the Irvine Ranch Market blank wall on Park and Marine avenues on Balboa Island

Creating a massive iridescent tile mural began more than four years ago under the direction of a grassroots committee made up of Balboa Island residents, who chose local artist Abbott to design it.

Now in the final phase of transforming her design, showcasing a series of individual panels depicting iconic and historic images of Balboa Island landmarks, a fundraising campaign has been launched to secure tax-deductible support of $150,000.

“The creative process has been a great joy,” said Abbott. “I am sincerely proud to be able to share this urban art form with our own Newport family community, along with so many people who visit Balboa Island year-round. Most exciting and gratifying is that the mural will hopefully bring a smile to faces for generations to come.”

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Future site of the Park Avenue mural on the south facing wall of Irvine Ranch Market

More than decoration, this mural is a legacy gift. With the gift of “the blank wall,” courtesy of Irvine Ranch Market property owner Manouch Moshayedi, the mural project fundraising campaign, is proceeding with the call for action of gathering funds to cover the costs of fabrication and installation.

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A series of iconic and historic images of Balboa Island will grace the iridescent tile mural by artist Barbara Abbott

“We are seeking as many generous community art lovers as we can and encourage all to share in Barbara Abbott’s celebration of the Island’s unique heritage,” said co-chair Lee Pearl, who has championed other civic art projects in the community with his wife, Sue. “Every donation matters. We need to complete our campaign by mid-summer. Art is so important to the soul of the community. We must support and celebrate this legacy project.”

To learn more, and to make a tax-deductible donation made to the 501(c)(3) Balboa Island Legacy Alliance, contact Lee Pearl at