(Last UPDATED 4/22/2022) Description of the annual Sacramento Wide Open Walls (WOW) mural festival. NEW: This year the WOW mural festival will be held May 12 – May 22, 2022!
Original 9/7/2020 Post
Description of the fifth annual Sacramento Wide Open Walls mural festival, scheduled to take place September 10-24, 2020.
Wide Open Walls 2020 is scheduled to take place over eleven days this month – in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unlike previous years, the artist line-up is primarily local which is understandable in light of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Related festival activities have also been scaled-back in size. No large street parties this year!
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The Wide Open Walls website lists the line-up of participating artists (as of September 6) as:
- 2 Hermano (Sacramento)
- 594 evah (Mexico/Chico)
- Ana Valentine (Sacramento)
- Brandon Alxndr (Sacramento)
- Brandon Gastinell (Sacramento)
- Bryan Valenzuela (Sacramento)
- Cheyenne Randall (Sacramento
- Diana Ormanzhi (Sacramento)
- Jake Castro (Sacramento)
- Keya Tama (Los Angeles)
- Kirileigh Jones (California)
- Leecasso (Sacramento)
- Lily Mott (Sacramento)
- Lisa Elias (Sacramento)
- Madelyne Joan Templeton (Yuba City)
- Mel Waters (San Francisco)
- Michele Murtaugh (Sacramento)
- MJ Lindo-Lawyer (Santa Rosa)
- Norman Ayles aka Normaste (Sacramento)
- Paige Maureen (Sacramento)
- Shonna McDaniels (Sacramento)
Information on the individual artists is available on the Wide Open Walls website. I personally like to know a bit about the artist when watching them create or viewing their works afterwards. Don’t you?
Hopefully the record-breaking heat waves we have been having will be over and done with prior to the start of festival. The temperature today (September 6) is predicted to reach 111 degrees!!!
The majority of the artists are first-timers, with a few returning artists such a Bryan Valenzuela and Shonna McDaniels. Valenzuela in 2017 created a mural in Midtown titled Kumbaya Moment. McDaniels in 2019 created a mural in the Oak Park neighborhood of a female member of the Ndebele tribe in South Africa. McDaniels is the executive director of the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum.
An artist to keep an eye out for is Mel Waters, a well-known San Francisco muralist. I am also excited about checking out all the local talent!
The Rest of the Story
As I write this the Wide Open Walls website is still lacking some key basic information – like mural locations, maps and COVID-19 related details on safe viewing. NEW: See UPDATE below.
You may want to also keep an eye out on the Wide Open Walls Facebook page for the latest and greatest. I certainly will be!
Check back after the festival to view photo’s of some of 2020 murals.
(4/22/2022) The 2022 Wide Open Walls (WOW) Mural Festival is moving to May! WOW is scheduled to take place from May 12 through May 22.
(10/8/2020) 2020 Mural Photo’s Added
(9/12/2020) The Wide Open Walls website has been updated with both names of additional muralists and a great map of showing and listing the locations of murals from 2017-2020. 2020 Wide Open Walls mural map.
- John Horton (Sacramento)
- Jose Di Gregorio (Sacramento)
- Max Ehrman aka EON75 (San Francisco)
- Melissa Arendt ((Sacramento)
- Ralphael Delgado (Sacramento)
- Shane Gramm (Sacramento)
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Do you have a favorite mural or murals from previous years?
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