Avalon Casino entrance - mermaid mural

Celeste Mookherjee

Long Beach, United States

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A close look inside the grand entrance to the Avalon Casino (Santa Catalina Island, California, USA) reveals one of the Art Deco hanging lamps and a mural designed by Los Angeles artist John Gabriel Beckman in 1929 (restored in 1987). All of the murals within the entrance loggia have underwater themes, mostly in Art Deco style, but the centerpiece mermaid in the mural above the entrance to the theater is in Art Nouveau style. Please note: the Avalon Casino is not a gambling establishment (it was named “Casino” for the Italian word meaning “gathering place”). Today as when it was built in 1929 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., the casino houses a very large and luxurious movie theater on the lower level and a circular ballroom on the upper level. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 70mm [140mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent], f/6.3, 1/160 sec., ISO 800, open shade, handheld)

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (November 2013)

Top 10 in “Art Deco – any genre” challenge in BassenThorpe Gallery group (December 2013)

Featured in BassenThorpe Gallery (8 December 2013)

A view of the Avalon Casino (also here in my RB portfolio, image linked to original):

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