In the summer of 2016 I took over ownership of the old Kokomo Inn. The old building was abandon ten years earlier and a leaky roof took its tool on the historic building. The beautiful mural that Dotun and Jonathan (Nigerian artists) painted on the north side really boosted me to save the old building so the mural would have a solid foundation in years to come. I have gutted the building taking out all of the old rot and started renovating the building so I can turn it into an art gallery to house my works of art.
The new Gallery is scheduled to be open in the spring of 2017. I have asked Dotun and Jonathan if they would be willing to paint another mural behind the building in the alley. This is a very exciting venture for the John Lopez Studio and the city of Lemmon.
Thanks to a curious friend in Lemmon I was informed that the name Kokomo originated from a chief with the same name from a tribe in Miami. That fit very nicely with the them I wanted for the art gallery so I welded up a portrait of Chief Kokomo and attached it to the top of a facade that I build to give the building a bit more of an interesting look.