Description of a recent R Street Mural Walk with members of the Sacramento Renaissance Society/A Cook’s Tour.
A group of Renaissance Society members met on a recent Friday morning at 13th & R Streets. It was a dry and sunny day, but unseasonably cold.
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R Street Mural Walk
The plan for that morning was to view the many murals on or nearby R Street, and then adjourn for lunch at one of several nearby restaurants. The murals viewed were created during previous Wide Open Walls, Sacramento’s annual mural festival.
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The member who had volunteered to lead the tour had done her research, and she shared information on each of the artists and the artwork.
Some members of the group are very seldom in Downtown Sacramento, and this was their first time viewing the mural art on R Street. On the other side of the scale, one member of the group had spent a week as a volunteer (pre-pandemic) assisting an artist complete their mural during a Wide Open Walls event.
The mural she had worked on was on our route, and it was very interesting to hear about her first-hand experiences and interactions with the artists. The Wide Open Walls she volunteered at was one of the really hot (as in temperature) events. There have been several of those as I recall!
There was one mural in particular that I had not previously seen in person, so I was delighted when I checked and found out it was one of the stops on our route.
The 2022 mural, by North Carolina spray paint artist Brian Lewis (aka as Jeks One), is located on 12th Street just off R Street. The large mural very realistically portrays four of our most famous Sacramentans – (left to right) artist Wayne Thiebaud, actor LeVar Burton, Tower Records founder Russ Solomon and writer Joan Didion. You really have to see this mural in person to appreciate the detail!
See related blog posts: Notable Sacramentans – Wayne Thiebaud and Wayne Thiebaud Birthday Celebration and Notable Sacramentans – LeVar Burton and Tower Records – A Sacramento Story and Tower Records Mural Restored and Notable Sacramentans – Joan Didion
At the end of the walk, the group split up into several groups with each heading off to lunch. I joined the group meeting up at Old Ironsides. To sum up, it had been a pleasant way to spend a chilly spring morning.
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