Essential Worker’s Mural


The COVID epidemic has hit our community hard in so many ways since March of 2020. Some of us were able to shelter in place, while others could not do so because we depended on them to keep our economy and community moving. Many of us left home every day to keep our supermarkets open, our gas stations running, to treat our sick, and harvest our gardens, orchards and vineyards.

As we return to a sense of normalcy, now is the perfect time for our community to come together and express our gratitude to our residents who have given so much of themselves to get us all through this pandemic.

The Lake County Arts Council, in collaboration with the City of Lakeport, Rural Arts Initiative and Lake Family Resource Center, proposes the installation of a mural on the Meals on Wheels Thrift Store wall in Lakeport 120 N. Main Street,  facing First Street; to express our appreciation for the service, strength, and fortitude of our local essential workers. We would like to thank these friends, neighbors and family members who, through their actions, kept our community strong through this time of need.

The muralist, Emma Wakefield, is a Lake County artist from Loch Lomond and is currently a student at San Francisco State University finishing her BA in studio Art and minor in education. Emma plans on returning to Lake County to continue her education by obtaining her teaching certificate within the county. Her work focuses on figurative subjects and the unseen art form of Habits and their effects on personalities and people’s behaviors. To understand these hidden arts, she uses multiple mediums such as digital art, oil paints, and spray paint. Emma has painted murals at San Francisco Fire Station 19 (2021), The San Francisco State Fine Arts Building (2021), and has shown her work in “Sci-Fi in SF” at the Martin Wong Gallery, San Francisco (2022) and in “Community Works Restore” at the Middletown Art Center, Middletown California (201*). Currently she is working on her series “Sci-Fi in SF: which discusses the new habits and routines crated by the COVID 19 shutdown.