“ Because of the Springs wONEder Project, the stores have watched their businesses grow by 20-25 percent.”

For members of the media interested in interviews and to learn more about
the Springs wONEder Project please contact Rico Martin, rico@wONEder.org

Chicken sculpture fuels controversy over Sonoma County makeover

May 02, 2016 –  An effort to spruce up a portion of Sonoma County has gotten people talking. Some might call it controversial. Others describe it as good business. At the heart of it all is a sculpture of a chicken. more…

Sonoma Valley chicken sculpture refuels controversy over Springs makeover

April 27, 2016 –   A large, piñata-like chicken sculpture installed in front of a Sonoma Valley meat market has rekindled the controversy over the highly colorful makeover of building facades north of Sonoma along busy Highway 12. more…

Sonoma Valley artist sets out to make The Springs a palette of color

December 24, 2015 –  With a palette of bright, bold colors and designs inspired by Hispanic motifs, artist and designer Rico Martin has set out to improve the image and revitalize the economy of more…

Shift in debate over paint jobs on Sonoma Valley stores

August 9, 2015 –   Much of the contention over the bold paint jobs an artist recently gave several Sonoma Valley businesses centered around a building shared by a consignment store and ice cream shop. more…

Splashes of color in Sonoma Springs area prove polarizing

July 24, 2015 –   A local artist employing bright rainbow colors to revitalize a number of Sonoma Valley businesses, including a consignment store and ice cream shop, has set off a heated debate about more…

Sprucing up The Springs in Sonoma Valley

January 11, 2015 –   Dim and tattered buildings dot much of the 2-mile stretch of busy highway in the Sonoma Valley known as The Springs. The unincorporated community has more…

Chicken a la Springs

April 30, 2016 –  In the Springs, the bright colors and vivid designs of artist Rico Martin came first, on the facades of several businesses, along with a bit of controversy. Now comes the chicken more…

Splashes of color in Sonoma Springs area prove polarizing

July 24, 2015 –   A local artist employing bright rainbow colors to revitalize a number of Sonoma Valley businesses, including a consignment store and ice cream shop, has set off a heated debate about more…

Springs paint jobs are “here to stay”

July 28, 2015 –  Last night, a public meeting was held regarding the recent brightly colored face lifts on buildings in the Springs. Delaney Gold-Diamond, advocate for the new facelifts more…

Colorful debate expected Monday at Springs meeting

July 26, 2015 – The Springs Community Alliance (SCA)has hastily called a public meeting for Monday, July 27 to discuss the facade project that has ignited a growing controversy. The bright colors and designs on several businesses more…

Springs colors

May 14, 2015 – Artist and muralist Rico Martin continues to bring a bright and vivid palette to businesses in the Springs as part of county-funded façade improvement program. more…

Sonoma tiene un nuevo pollo en El Brinquito

April 16th, 2016 – Después de tanto esperar, la comunidad de Boyes Hot Springs por fin vio al artista Rico Martin instalar el colorido pollo que diseñó en semejanza con una more with English Translation…

Rico Martin le pone color a Sonoma

December 4th, 2015 – Esos colores brillantes: amarillo, rosa, naranja, verde, morado, no podían pasar desapercibidos a lo largo de la autopista 12. Pronto hicieron reaccionar a los colonos del área conocida como ‘The Springs’ en more with English Translation…

Coming home to roost

April 24, 2016 –  Coming home to roost Why did the people cross the road? To look at El Brinquito’s new chicken artwork, of course. The latest Springs-area design by artist Rico Martin – more…

Colorful debate over colorful design

July 30, 2015  – Almost 400 people turned out Monday evening to debate the merits of the façade improvement program along Highway 12 in the Springs. At the end of the night, there were probably no minds changed. more…

Rebranding a Commercial Neighborhood with Paint and Sensibility

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 – We all have them in our towns: 50s-era strip malls with parking in front, originally designed to be convenient to an automobile-oriented society. Simply drive in more…

Rico Martin answers questions at the Boyes Springs Alliance meeting

July 27, 2015 –  This is a video clip on Rico Martin addressing a crowd of over 250 from the Community on some of the economic ideas behind the Springs wONEder Project video link…

The following 8 businesses are 
participating in the current program

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