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Sacramento Street Art – Wide Open Walls

Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento
Mural created by Franceska Gamez and Shaun Burner for Sacramento’s Wide Open Walls Mural Festival, 2017.

For the past two summers Sacramento has invited street artists, both local and international, to paint larger-than-life murals on buildings, walls and alleyways within the city.

Wide Open Walls 2016 – The First Installment

For 7 to 10 days these artists spend hours applying color – via paint brush and aerosol can – to some unlikely spots around town.

Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Nate Frizzell
Artist: Nate Frizzell @natepaints

Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento

I did not learn about the 2016 Mural Festival until it was finished. However, I enjoyed visiting and photographing the murals and marveling at the talent shared.

Wide Open Walls 2017 – Many More Artists

In 2017 I learned of the festival – now called Wide Open Walls – prior to its beginning. While there were approximately a dozen artists in 2016, over 30 were invited to participate in the 2017 event.

I visited most of the new murals, many while they were “in process.” I wanted to watch the artistry unfold and to offer moral support to the artists who worked for long hours in Sacramento’s triple-digit summer temperatures.

Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Maren Conrad
MAREN CONRAD.
“Inspired by the concepts of loss and renewal, Conrad creates visual metaphors that express the collective truths learned from these shared human experiences.”

Event producer David Sobon said “While many people have been to an art museum or gallery, few have ever seen a professional artist paint live. This is a way to see them in action and get engaged.” (Sacramento Visitors Guide, Summer 2017)

Here are a few of my favorites from 2017. All caption quotes are from the Special Edition of Inside Magazine, Mural Festival Program, Wide Open Walls.

The Artists

Contact information for each artist is listed at the end of this post. I encourage you to check out their websites and follow them on social media (Instagram handles provided).

And most importantly, go out and see their art!

Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Adnate
ADNATE.
“… heavily influenced by … Renaissance painters like Caravaggio … He endeavors to capture the stories and emotions of each subject he paints.”
Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Artners Collaborative
THE ARTNERS COLLABORATIVE
“A Sacramento-based gallery, studio and event center that hosts a growing collective of artists … a local hub for creativity and inspiration.”
(The letters spell out “Humanity”)
Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Bryan Valenzuela
BRYAN VALENZUELA
“Building images with the written word is his primary visual focus.”
Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Bryan Valenzuela
BRYAN VALENZUELA
“Paragraphs, sentences, phrases and fragments create the DNA of his work.”
Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Christina Angelina
CHRISTINA ANGELINA
“She is known for her detailed, realistic murals that often depict female figures, and explore the duality between strength and vulnerability, including the power associated with both.”
(Mural depicts Lady Gaga)
Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | DDOS
DDSO
“In 1999, two art teachers who work at The Short Center North (SCN), an arts center for adults with developmental disabilities, founded The Mural Project in the hope of sharing the creations of artists with disabilities with the community.”
Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Few and Far
FEW AND FAR
“… an assemblage of 17 women from across the globe who beautify the streets … in a shared commitment to creativity, education and social justice ….”
Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Franceska Gamez | Shaun Burner
FRANCESKA GAMEZ & SHAUN BURNER
“Co-owners / directors of 1810 Gallery and members of MS Arts Collective.”
Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Jeff Musser
JEFF MUSSER
“Similar to how people construct memory – he draws together fragments of images to provoke wider unfolding associations, inviting us to consider how actions, events and representing images are interpreted.”
Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Lopan | Ernie Fresh
LOPAN AND ERNIE FRESH
“They combine anime and graffiti art styles to create vivid pop imagery using a mix of spray paint and brush painting techniques.”
Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | Raphael Delgado
RAPHAEL DELGADO
“His highly personal imagery is consistently inventive and ever-changing, but often focuses both human and animal forms, abstract designs, and universal symbols.”

Where To Go | What’s Next

For more information and a map of the murals, check out the website for Wide Open Walls.

Oh, and block off some time between August 9 and 19, 2018 to go see this year’s installment of art in Sacramento!

Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento | spray paint

Wheelchair Accessibility

All of these murals are outside, which makes them easy to see and fully accessible by car or by wheelchair.

Artists listed alphabetically by first name

Here are the websites and Instagram addresses for the artists showcased in this post. I encourage you to check out their work and follow them on social media.

And I would LOVE it if you’d follow the Instagram account I’ve created for my photography: @Jeri_Murphy_Photography

Adnate (Melbourne, Australia)

www.adnate.com.au                 Instagram: @adnate

Artners Collaborative (Sacramento, CA)

www.artnerscollaborative.com    Instagram: @artmerscollaborative

Bryan Valenzuela (Sacramento, CA)

www.bryanvalenzuela.com        Instagram: @valentinopalomino

Christina Angelina (Venice, CA)

Instagram: @starfightera

DDOS (Sacramento and Stockton, CA)

ddso.org                        Instagram: @ddsoorg

Few and Far (Multiple Cities, Worldwide)

Diety, Meme and Ursula X. Young (All from California)

www.fewandfarwomen.com          Instagram:  @fewandfarwomen

Franceska Gamez and Shaun Burner (Sacramento, CA)

www.franceskagamez.com       Instagram:  @ewfrank

www.shaunburner.com              Instagram:  @shaunburner

Jeff Musser (Sacramento, CA)

www.jeffmusser.com                Instagram:  @jeff.musser.art

Lopan and Ernie Fresh (Sacramento, CA)

Instagram:  @lopan4000

Maren Conrad (Sacramento, CA)

www.marenconrad.com             Instagram:  @marenconrad

Raphael Delgado (Sacramento, CA)

Instagram:  @artbyraphael

All Photos: © JeriMurphyPhotography (formerly known as Images by RJM)

 

By Jeri Murphy

Traveler, photographer, wedding officiant, blogger. Mother, friend, explorer ... that's just a little about me!

2 replies on “Sacramento Street Art – Wide Open Walls”

Thanks for this postng. I’ve only seen a few of the murals so I am most appreciative of today’s entry. Thank you. As always, your photography is excellent.

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Thank you. I hope you’ll have a chance to see more of the street art. It’s truly inspiring!

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