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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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)
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)
Maren Conrad (Sacramento, CA)
www.marenconrad.com Instagram: @marenconrad
Raphael Delgado (Sacramento, CA)
All Photos: © JeriMurphyPhotography (formerly known as Images by RJM)