If you should happen into La Juanita's at 613 Lake Ave. in Storm Lake, you're probably going to note a drastic change.
Over the past two weeks, South Sioux City, Neb., artist Jose Luna has painted two vast , colorful murals the length of La Juanita's dining room. In addition, Luna last week added an unusual painting of a woman with a saber-toothed tiger and a prehistoric beast that seems a cross between a crocodile and a feathered creature.
Luna, who creates mural art for a living, uses a combination of oils and acrylics in his work. He also does commissions smaller than full-sized murals.
On La Juanita's north wall is a painting of Victor Bautista, owner of the Storm Lake and Sioux City La Juanita's, mounted on a horse on his ranchero, painted in a heroic Villa or Zapata style. Another scene appears to be a early version of Storm Lake, with small houses huddled on the shore of the unadorned lake.
The Latino Muralist movement is a living element of cultural history, an artistic child of post-revolutionary Mexico, characterized by the famed work of artists like Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente.
Anyone would would like to commission Luna for a mural may reach him at 402-494-2758.