Esco Alley Art
"Hal-ah-wee" by Leslie Meyer
Leslie Mayer
(760) 497-6703

“I lean toward traditional art in my work.

I love getting inspiration from old black and white pictures even dating back to the forties. I am inspired by older times.

I got my inspiration for my painting of Felicita LaChappa from a faded black and white photograph of her I saw in the tiny Felicita Park Museum. The character with wrinkles in her face is what drew me in.

I had to invent the color of her robe.

When I painted the mural on 9th Avenue I read about her and Kit Carson and about the battle of San Pasqual. I was taken in by the way she contributed to local history.

She was born a Kumeyaay princess. Her father’s name was Pontho. Her name was Hal-ah wee.

When the padres from the San Diego Mission came to baptize the children, they gave her the name of Felicita which means “happiness.””


Leslie Mayer is a native Californian residing in North County for the past 40 years. She is passionate about her artwork and inspired by the beauty in this region. Her work has always been rooted in traditionalism strongly influenced by early California impressionists. Her studio work includes portraits and interior scenes which she prefers painting  tonally, to create a timeless mood.

She enjoys painting subject matter from old black and white photos,  portraits of children playing on southern California beaches, hydrangeas in her garden, and the open air cafés of Sedona, Arizona.

She most recently completed, with artist friend Cindy Peters,  a 180 foot wall mural called  “The Wall Speaks,” on 9th Avenue, a cultural and historical walk through Escondido.

 Escondido is for artists. 

Come & CElebrate!!

2023 Esco Alley Art Party

Explore 12 new murals, and join us for birthday cake to celebrate Mayor Dane White’s birthday.

4 PM on Saturday, September 9th

Alley Art Party with DJ & cake, Free and Open to All, with food available for purchase from Doña Rosa Raspados. 

Find us in the alley south of Grand Ave between Kalmia and Juniper.

Global Roots Mural Mosaic Unveiling

America Connects West Mural

Music, Food, Friends, and Art!

Maple Street Plaza
Escondido, CA 92025

Join us for the Unveiling!

Sunday March 26, 3pm

Let's party!

2022 Esco Alley Art Party

Come celebrate the addition of 12 new murals with our artists in Downtown Escondido!

3 PM on Saturday, November 12th

Alley Art Party with Live Music, Free and Open to All!

Find us in the alley south of Grand Ave between Broadway and Kalmia.

Call For Artists

2023 Season

Esco Alley Art exists because of our wonderful artists. Apply today to participate in our next round of murals.

Thank you!

We so appreciate your generosity.