(UPDATED 8/23/17) Wide Open Walls runs from August 10 through August 20. Last year, the first Sacramento Mural Festival was a great success. See related post: Sacramento Mural Festival – A Sacramento First! This year the renamed event has returned–bigger and better–as Wide Open Walls.
More than 50 artists are participating in the event at multiple locations in Sacramento – including Midtown, Downtown, Natomas, Del Paso Heights and Oak Park. The list of artists and mural locations can be found here.
Wide Open Walls participating artists include artists from: Sacramento, CA; Melbourne, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Hong Kong, China; Venice, CA; New York City, NY; Santa Cruz; CA; Naples, Italy; Los Angeles, CA; Voronezh, Russia; Nevada City, CA; Madrid, Spain; Sheffield, United Kingdom; Laguna Beach, CA; and, Berlin, Germany.
Friends of mine from the Bay Area visited with me on Day 6 of Wide Open Walls – so I invited them to join me in checking out the murals-in-progress in Midtown as there are a number of murals located in the immediate area.
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Our first stop was 1815 K Street. The artist, Roy Gonzalez (Laguna Beach, CA) was hard at work. According to his WOW bio, Roy has been an icon in the Extreme Sports Industries art and design circles, and has created some of the most definitive and well-known images of the surf, skate and music industries.
Next we headed to 1716 L Street (Old Soul). The artist, Kinetic Ideas AKA Anthony Padilla (Sacramento) was not present at the time we stopped by. According to his WOW bio, he once described himself as a “midnight marauder” (spray paint graffiti artist), but then he realized he could actually make a living creating art. Since then he has completed hundreds of commissioned pieces.
Our next stop was 1730 K Street. The artist is Nosego (Philadelphia, PA). The artist was not present at the time we stopped by. According to his WOW bio, Nosego, AKA Yis Goodwin, is identified in Complex Magazine as one of the Top 10 Street Artists to Watch and one their Top 50 Artists to Follow on Instagram.
From there we made our way to 1900 K Street (Rear of TRUE). The artist was not present at the time we stopped by. According to his WOW bio, Jeremiah Kille (Santa Cruz, CA) employs a multitude of stylistic approaches which range from loosely abstracted to highly rendered objects. He currently pursues painting at his studio full-time.
Our fifth stop was at 1050 20th Street (MARRS Building). There I had the opportunity to meet the artist and chat briefly. According to her WOW bio, Maren Conrad (Sacramento) has an established reputation as one of Northern California’s most promising visual artists. She works largely on a commission basis, and has successfully placed her works throughout California was well as Washington, D.C., Chicago and Tel Aviv.
Our last stop of the day was 2020 I Street. The artist was not on site when we stopped by. According to his WOW bio, John Horton (Sacramento) is a multidisciplinary artist experimenting with painting in the digital aesthetic. He creates paintings that mimic the distortion of corrupt digital files – the result being a blend of art, technology and humanism.
Despite it being a nice day, at this point in time we were getting a bit warm and thirsty – so stopping for Happy Hour sounded appealing – and that is what we did.
I am guessing that few artists and/or artist helpers were present at the majority of the mural locations we stopped by because it was late afternoon. I am going to time my next visit(s) to Wide Open Walls mural sites in the morning and early evening. Stay tuned.
(UPDATED 8/23/2017) – Links added.
Comments on Wide Open Walls?
Have you visited some/all of the Wide Open Wall mural sites? Do you have a favorite (or two/three)? Any comments to add?