A rejuvenated fresco called a ‘National Treasure’ will soon be seen at the Ramona Bowl

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A fresco, painted by muralist Milford Zornes, was recently rejuvenated by select students from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Tony Ault photo
It was an idea believed to be born in 1941, just after the bombs dropped on Pearl Harbor. It was inspired by muralist Milford Zornes, an instructor at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles (now Otis College of Art and Design), who was contacted by the Ramona Pageant Association members to paint a 16- by 18-foot mural with scenes from the “Ramona” outdoor play. Nearly 75 years later, the huge fresco of Ramona and her lover, Alessandro, is once again brilliantly alive with the last finishing touches of its rejuvenation being completed before the bowl and amphitheater will open again after COVID-19. When guests and play goers enter the venue, they will find the entire wall filled with scenes from the play that began in 1921 and earned worldwide recognition. The fresco, today,
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