Editor’s note: This article previously contained errors about who owned Plaza Del Obispo and the name of Melissa Thomson’s business. Those errors have been corrected.
A long-time San Juan Capistrano family is celebrating a new mural and triptych in town that pays tribute to the area’s culture and legacy.
A mural saying “Made in the OC” has been painted by artist Aja Richardson at Plaza Del Obispo, owned by the owned by the fourth generation of the Stroscher Family. The design incorporates swallows and other local features.
Melissa Thomson and her wife Patricia Waterman created a tile triptych at the corner of Del Obispo Street and Ortega Highway that represents Native Americans, local history and their great grandparents’ orange and walnut farm. Melissa Thomson is a ceramist who owns The Ceramics Studio.
“Our family has been in San Juan since 1887 on the same property,” Ben Thomson said. “My sisters and I take pride in our San Juan heritage.”