What is ArtStreet? M5Arts, a nonprofit, describes ArtStreet as “an exhibition and forum for serious and playful thinking about art and the vital role it plays in a culture’s success in the world today”.
A friend and I toured the much anticipated ArtStreet earlier this week. ArtStreet, which runs through February 25, is located in a huge former factory/warehouse and the adjoining outdoor lot located at 300 First Avenue (Third Street at First Avenue).
ArtStreet follows on the heels of the popular M5Arts ArtHotel in downtown Sacramento that drew thousands to the to-be-demolished Jade Apartment building. Multiple artists transformed the rooms, hallways and public spaces of the Jade Apartment building into a temporary exhibit of artwork.
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ArtStreet is much more ambitious. Not only will ArtStreet be open more than twice as long as ArtHotel, it also has a higher capacity for visitors.
Not everyone who wanted to view ArtHotel during its 10-day run was able to do so. If you wanted to go but were unable to tour ArtHotel check out YouTube – there are several videos of the interior and art exhibits that you may find interesting.
ArtStreet is free, but you can make a reservation for a set time for $10. My friend and I decided to go the reservation route to help support M5Arts and the participating artists. There are also contribution boxes scattered about the venue if you want to make a donation.
Over 100 artists are participating in ArtStreet, and multiple mediums are showcased.
We arrived at ArtStreet mid-afternoon during a light drizzle. We found a parking spot close by – but finding parking may be more difficult during the weekend. Car-pooling when you can might be a good idea.
At the ArtStreet entrance, signs directed those with reservations to the right and all others to the left.
The outdoor lot adjacent to the warehouse contains some art exhibits, and food and drink are available (cash only–however there are ATMs). Some of the outdoor artwork during our visit was not on display (i.e. it was covered) due to the rain.
We made our way to the entry of the warehouse where we checked in. We were given a sticker with a specific time by which we were to complete our tour. We were informed, however, that if we had not completed viewing all the exhibits that we could return to the check-in desk and secure another time sticker.
As it was mid-week and the venue was not crowded this did not pose a problem for us – although when we were ready to leave we did note that we had stayed beyond the designated time.
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