Wide Open Walls

Today I volunteered as an “art ambassador” for Wide Open Walls. I followed a route and checked in with the artists to see if they needed anything. Emily Ding:

Kosono Okina:

Patrick “Kane” McGregor:

Ana Valentine:

The best part is still coming. Going back later to see the finished murals.

SABA social ride

In the afternoon, I did my first-ever social ride with SABA. We met at Insight Coffee at 8th & S Streets in downtown Sacramento.

Deb Banks introduced David Sobon, CEO of Wide Open Walls, who led a tour some some of this year’s artists at work. About 50 people were ready to ride despite temperatures in the mid-90s.

This was such a different ride for me – herding cats comes to mind. Not many helmets. Two guys with loud portable speakers on their backs played music as we rode – turned off when David spoke at the various stops. Other riders blocked traffic at intersections so everyone could ride through regardless of the sign or signal.

The walls at North Star at 12th and C Streets:

Improv Alley:

Wide Open Walls: Sunday

Today’s route was all downtown – a pain using a car, much easier on a bike. I parked in Old Sac. I couldn’t find the first artist, Bryan Valenzuela in Firehouse Alley:

The next four artists were all in Improv Alley between 7th & 8th:

Madelyne Joan Templeton


Brandon Alexandr


In Merchant Alley, the artist 2 Hermano:

The artist 594evah painted a tribute to Danny Sandoval, a well-known local musician:

And this very special moment:

Jazz Alley

Diana Ormanzhi:

Governors Alley

Paige Woolford:

509 12th St

My last stop of the day. Raphael Delgado:

Raphael said he chose to do this mural because he thought everyone could use a hug during our current challenging times. So true.

555 Capitol Mall

Wide Open Walls – Saturday

I volunteered this year at Wide Open Walls. The Sacramento mural festival was first conceived as an idea to activate spaces in alleyways and buildings throughout Sacramento. I was called an Art Ambassador. I drove a route to visit all the art but mostly to see if the working artist needed anything.

Jose De Gregorio:

UCD Med Center parking garage

Ana Valentine:

UCD Med Center parking garage

At Canon Restaurant:

Michele Murtaugh & Paige:

E.O.N.75 aka Max Ehrman:

1220 Blumenfeld Dr

Keya Tama:

1901 Del Paso Rd

Edgewater Rd:

Finished! Allison Bamcat signing her art:

Spencer Keaton Cunningham:

1511 Del Paso Blvd

Shane Grammer:

1511 Del Paso Rd

Kirileigh Jones:

1409 Del Paso Rd

MJ Lindo-Lawyer:

1616 J St

Brandon Gastinell:

1616 J St

Shonna McDaniels:

1403 19th St

Lily Mott:

1901 Alhambra

Lisa Elias:

1901 Alhambra

I had a lot of nice chats with artists, no one needed anything. I especially enjoyed listening to Lisa Elias as she analyzed her work from across the street.

Lisa also recommended the restaurant across the street: Casa Tulum. In addition to good food, I am supposed to check out more of her work in the bathroom. I’m going to do that!

Bike ride

I wanted to show Billie some of Wide Open Walls and other public art downtown. This is Coloring Book by Jeff Koons, an $8 million piece in front of the Golden 1 Center.

We rode from my house for a total of 23 miles.

Wide Open Walls

This morning Thais and I took a 2 hr, 3 mi walking tour of the mural projects going on in Sacramento right now.
Shepard Fairey’s Johnny Cash, 15 stories tall, looks toward Folsom Prison:Grizzly bears and golden poppies are requested elements.
The entrance to an alley of public art including the dumpsters.
A very long post but worth it, right?