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Stretching alongside the scenic seaport village waterfront , sits a local favorite seafood restaurant named Marion’s Fish market & restaurant .Serving fresh seafood and scenic views to go along with every meal . Undergoing a new project with partnership from La Chula Crew , Marion’s is getting a new mural representing the atmosphere and brand as well as capturing the essence of seaport village and the ocean wildlife.
Behind the fresh and flavorful seafood is Marion , she is the owner of the restaurant and head Bruan chef from Mexico City who has kept Marion’s doors open from late 1999 till today.
“I've always loved food. I've always loved making people happy , it's been quite a journey with ups and downs like everything, but I'm very proud of saying that it's been more than 20 years and we're still here” said Marion .
La Chula crew partners with Marion’s for the monthly support group by sharing the space to not only empower but unite one another through food and helpful conversations . Marion partnered with the La Chula crew to uplift the community through art and created a space for young artists to display their artwork .
“I wanted to be part of the community and give back , there's a lot of young adults that have a lot of talent and I think that Seaport Village is an important landmark which will give artists a lot of exposure. So it's a very nice way to show everybody what all our local kids from San Diego can do, “ said Marion .
The artist behind this new project is Zeyna Acevedo, an emerging artist from Sweetwater high school , she is painting a 196” x 86” High of Sea life mural featured alongside the outside patio. Her creative focus was to highlight the sealife while incorporating Marion’s color palette with her own designs of fishes ,whales,turtles surfing on the waves .
“It's exciting ! kind of scary And It's fun” she said , “I've never gotten to do a project this big before I want inspire others as well to like, create something like this or even to get a job as an artist “
Avcevedo said “This is really good because it provides opportunities to people like me who want to volunteer to do something with art to be able to leave a little piece of their art somewhere in the community “.
The amazing artwork done by this talented artist is now currently finished and displayed at the restaurant.La Chula crew’s, CEO Chelsea Muñiz wanted to shine light on new emerging artists by cooperating hand by hand with Zeyna to create the mural .
“ I'm grateful that Marion gave us the opportunity to do the mural here at her restaurant, and to be able to highlight a young female artist in the community “ said Muñiz.
“To give her the chance to follow her passions and opportunity to grow as an artist, to give her the motivation and inspiration to create something for hundreds of thousands of people to appreciate as they're walking through Seaport Village, you know, it's an amazing first project opportunity for her” she said .
Excitement was in the air ! On October 16th the High of Sea Life mural was inaugurated at Marion’s Fish Market . Surrounded by art ,food and community Zeyna ,Marion and Chelsea shared the honor of cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the vibrant mural . Zeyna alongside her family and friends officially welcomed her art to the seaport village .
“I'm really excited. I'm really happy that my family and friends finally got to see my mural finished. I hope to inspire young artists like me to follow their journey and to paint something like this, “ said Zeyna .
Family and friends were present at the inauguration full of smiles and laughter .Her grandparents who have followed her artistic journey were more than proud of her accomplishment .
“Ever since she was little she would always paint drawings. I always saw the potential in her as an artist. Now with her mural she has shown her talent to everyone . This is her first step to a great career, “said Magdalena Díaz .
The inauguration was a success !So many folks came out to support and share this wonderful moment which inspired everyone who attended and highlighted the real meaning to commUNITY.
“Today is the culmination of a dream come true. I've been wanting for many years to put something together which involves the community. It feels so enriching to have Zeyna art here at Marion's. I want to thank the La Chula crew , we've made a great bond . I am so happy to be here today to share this wonderful event. So happy that we have so many people here sharing with us. Thank you” said Marion .