Few & Far Mural ~ 24th & S Alley

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A long stretch of blank wall on the CED building in the alley at Round Corners (near 24th & S) was brought to life last September by an all-women crew of street artists called, Few & Far (1). The crew, who flew in from numerous cities across the country to gather and paint together in Sacramento, created this amazing piece of work in one weekend.

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The Art:

Few & Far created this mural with an animal rights theme, and in this video called, It’s a jungle errr day, you can see the mural emerging under the artists’ hands. Scroll down to the bottom of this post, where you can see photos of the artists at work.

The mural includes a shout-out to Ironla, the sponsors of the mural (near the monkey), and, looking carefully, you can find many other notes tucked between the images including a poignant, “Rip Gavin”. Check out the Few & Far site which has a wonderful panorama photo of the mural.

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The Artists:

Few & Far is a a crew of women from around the world who skateboard and create graffiti/street art to beautify the cities and ghettos. They seek to build community through sharing art and friendships.

F&F connects women by creating social and artistic exchange, by showcasing art on the streets, on walls and in other high profile venues. Few and Far fosters and celebrates the power and expression of female graffiti and street artists. Importantly, Few and Far consists of a team of open minded, highly creative, cutting edge, dedicated women. (2)

Artists who painted this mural: Erin yoshi, Ursula Young, Jenn Ponci, Meme, Ksra, Hops, Reds, Agana, Dime, Merlot, R-Peezy, Megen Devine and Baybay-FNF Khonda TMD (#).

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Big thanks to Kenny Nonymous for the shots below! He met up with Few & Far over the weekend the crew was painting and snapped some action photos.

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Title: Few & Far Animal Rights mural
Artist: Few & Far (http://fewandfarwomen.com) including Erin yoshi, Ursula Young, Jenn Ponci, Meme, Ksra, Hops, Reds, Agana, Dime, Merlot, R-Peezy, Megen Devine and Baybay-FNF Khonda TMD
Date: 2012
Media: Paint
Location: Alley on 24th between R & S


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1) http://ransackedmedia.com/2012/10/01/downtown-eyesore-transformed-into-beautiful-street-art
(2) https://www.facebook.com/FewandFargirls/info
(3) http://fewandfarwomen.com/portfolio/fnf-sacramento/

Brazen ~ CSUS

A pair of legs. Warrior’s legs, I’m sure. Maybe Roman by the look of the sandals. Brazen. This is a piece by Stephen Kaltenbach that stands near the entrance of the CSUS Alumni Center.

“Only a playful ease with unease can yield pleasure and possibly reveal the complexity of an artist whose work is elusive on principle” ~ Elaine O’Brien (1).

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The Art:

This piece was created with faux cast iron and stands 5’6″ tall. It is “part of a series that utilizes the destruction and repair and reconstruction of Kaltenbach’s favorite sculpture from the history of art as metaphor for the temporal aspect of both civilization and human experience” (2).

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The Artist:

Sacramento is home to several of Kaltenbach’s works including, Time to Cast Away Stones, Matter Contemplates Spirit, and Peace. Kaltenbach graduated from UCD, lived in New York where he was part of the avant-garde scene there in the late 1960s, and then moved to Sacramento to teach art at CSUS from 1970-2005 (1).

Going against the grain of the art scene of keeping artistic ideas to one’s self, Kaltenbach intentionally sought to keep his creativity open and looked for opportunities to share artistic possibility with others (3). He called this spreading of influence Casual Art, and Teach Art was one element of the Casual Art principle that his role at CSUS gave him a platform to embody (4).

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Title: Brazen
Artist: Stephen J. Kaltenbach (www.stephenkaltenbach.com)
Date: 1988
Media: Faux cast iron
Location: CSUS Alumni Center


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(1) http://www.midtownmonthly.net/art/bad-ideas/)

(2) http://godesigngo.com/es/art-meets-design/design-loves-art-at-the-pacific-design-center-presents-lita-albuquerque-and-stephen-kaltenbach-opening-march-25-5-8pm

SacPedArt is in the news!

For those of you who don’t yet follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may not have heard that we were featured on Fox40’s ‘Know Your Neighbor’ series on April 27th. What a treat to share public art with a larger audience! You can see the video of our live news coverage here.

The in-studio segment of the video covers a piece called, Spirit, the chrome horse that sits in front of Safeway at 19th & S. After the in-studio segment, they covered reporter, Zohreen Adamjee, and I live, on-location as we visited four great public art works in Midtown:

Fuller Poles at 16th & Q
Amanceres de Sacramento at 16th & L
Furlow Furrows mural at 18th & L
Mt Diablo Sunset mural at 23rd & J

Desert Cactus and Prickly Pear ~ 23rd & K Alley

A midtown business facing a problem with frequent intruders on their back patio hired artists rather than security guards to resolve the situation. Artist Margaret Arnold painted and Steve Cook sculpted, and together they secured the 30-foot-wide patio wall behind Western Properties office (1).

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The Art:
The three-sided mural was painted by Arnold and is called, “Desert Cactus” (2). The sculptures of cacti and aloe vera on top of the wall are called “Prickly Pear” and were made by Cook from rebar, nails, and saw-blades (3). Cook also built a secure metal door to replace the original wooden gate (4).

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The Artists:

Arnold lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills. She paints primarily in oils but also does illustration and craftwork such as beaded skulls and decorated eggs (5, 6). You can see a large gallery of her works on her website, www.margaretarnoldgallery.com. Russ Andris has a great photo of Arnold painting the mural.

Cook lives in Clarksburg and creates metal sculptures and furniture from cast off objects (7). You can see a gallery of his works on his webpage, stevecooksculpture.com and his facebook page.

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Title: Desert Cactus & Prickly Pear
Artist: Margaret Arnold and Steve Cook
Date: 2013
Media: paint & rebar, nails, and saw-blades
Location: Alley side of 2318 K


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(1) http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/50580/Public_art_grows_in_Midtown_alleys
(2) http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/50580/Public_art_grows_in_Midtown_alleys
(3) http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/50580/Public_art_grows_in_Midtown_alleys
(4) http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/50580/Public_art_grows_in_Midtown_alleys
(5) http://www.margaretarnoldgallery.com/info.html
(6) http://www.margaretarnoldgallery.com/margaretarnold.html
(7) http://www.bluewinggallery.com/july-01-2011-art-receptition.html

Arttake: Arty Bike Racks, Part 3

Sacramento is full of clever bike racks, so today’s arttake is a follow-up to my first two posts on arty bike racks from Feb 2011 and July 2011. The red rack pictured above is the very bike-like bike rack that sits in front of INK Eats & Drinks at 27th & N.

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The ice cream cone and sundae shaped sculpted bike racks at Vic’s Ice Cream were well used on this sunny day.

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Local artist, Gina Rossi, sculpted this sun inspired bike rack for R U Tan on K between 23rd & 24th.

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This rack in front of Paragary’s at 27th & N is called, The Martini Glass, and is also by Rossi. This is part of a series of racks she will be creating for installation throughout midtown. Many unexpected and fun details on this one.

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This industrial rack on 23rd Street between I & J looks like a sister to another rack at 25 & I that I posted on last July.

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Holiday Inn Ceramic Murals ~ 3rd & K

The clay sculpture murals at the Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn were created by someone but just who remains a mystery. Ceramic artist, Stan Bitters, was one promising lead, but no record was found identifying him as the artist and he himself, via email, stated that he has never done work in Sacramento.

Regardless who created these works, reflections on clay work by Bitters give us insight into the Holiday Inn pieces.

“It’s not about thinking about the clay,” he says. “It’s really getting in there and manipulating it-mashing it and beating it-until it produces some feeling of wonderfulness, something earthy and textural.” (1)

In his book, Environmental Ceramics, Bitters makes a case for incorporating clay into architecture, not just as decoration but as a structural medium.

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Date: 1979 (#)
Media: Clay
Location: Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn on 3rd between J & K


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(1) http://stanbitters.com/articles.htm

Spanish Fly Mural ~ 1723 J

Joplin, Hendrix, and Dylan. A simple and compelling mural by local artist, Pete Bettencourt, on the Spanish Fly Hair Garage Salon parking lot wall.

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The Art:

Bettencourt’s imagery brings alive the expressive soul of these iconic musicians. The mural looks almost unfinished, and maybe more was planned, regardless, the open form with the use of few strong borders or edges draws me into the piece with curiosity in a different way than if it had a more finished look. We can see the early progress of the mural in this photo by Russ Andris.

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The Artist:

Bettencourt is a local artist who has shown in various galleries, created numerous murals, and collaborated with other artists such as 2hERMANO, Skinner, and John Stuart Berger. 2hERMANO posted a video of a freestyle collaboration mural he painted with Bettencourt. One of the local murals by Bettencourt was inside the former Nine16 Skate Shop (now out of business) and I’m sure the mural has been painted over. Fortunately, Russ Andris captured a photo of the mural featuring Bob Marley and other musicians while Nine16 was still open. Here’s a video interview with Bettencourt from his March 2011 show in LA titled “The Political Paintings of Pete Bettencourt.”

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Title: <unknonwn>
Artist: Pete Bettencourt
Date: 2008
Media: paint
Location: 1723 J


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Lily Moon Mural ~ 1115 21st

Thoughts of Van Gough drift through my imagination whenever I see this mural along 21st Street in the alley between J & K. Yellows, blues, purples, oranges and reds pop out of the black backdrop. Brush strokes in swirls, lines and dashes form a mountain lake sunset landscape, and, along the bottom edge, silhouetted figures do everyday things like kiss, take photos, and drink beer. Turns out these figures were inspired by the street people that the artist, Lily Moon, got to know during the three weeks she painted the mural (1).

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The Art:

Quoted in a Sac State article, Moon said:

“It was three weeks of hell…. We were up there … painting in the rain. We had this crowd of homeless people looking up at us and talking to us and we really got to know the culture around us. Really if I think about street art, that was it right there….. Every little painstaking minute was worth it because of the people that I got to meet.” (2)

Prior to Moon’s mural, between March and November of 2011, three different murals came and went on this wall (3):
1. Running mural possibly by Shaun Burner, prior to March 2011
2. Mural by Raul Mejia, prior to Oct 2011
3. Hanami Salon mural by Chris, prior to Nov 2011

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The Artist:

The silhouette figure on the far right (picture below) looks to be an image of the artist with her brush outstretched and color swirling from the tip. Russ Andris caught an actual photo of Moon on the scaffolding while she painted the mural.

During ARTober 2011, Moon was chosen as the Emerging Social Artist of the year in the Transforming Leaders award ceremony (4).

An artist profile page for Moon describes her as “…an artist, a clown of the underground, an old soul with a young heart sewn onto her sleeves. She truly believes her purpose for breathing is to create.” (5) Moon explores many mediums including: paint, photography, carving, sewing, and welding (6).

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Artist: Lily Moon (Lily’s facebook page, Lily’s deviantART page)
Date: Nov 2011
Media: paint
Location: 1115 21st (on alley between J & K)


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(1) http://www.statehornet.com/campus/sacramento-s-street-art-takes-off/article_f8a8b008-6d5a-11e1-9cd0-0019bb30f31a.html
(2) http://www.statehornet.com/campus/sacramento-s-street-art-takes-off/article_f8a8b008-6d5a-11e1-9cd0-0019bb30f31a.html
(3) http://www.pbase.com/southyuba/image/139621351
(4) http://www.t2ps.com/t2Store/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&Category_id=13
(5) http://www.sactalent.com/emag/story/lily-moon
(6) http://www.sactalent.com/emag/story/lily-moon

CCC Mural ~ 1719 24th St

Fighting fires, building trails, planting forests, and building construction… this is the kind of natural resource and emergency response work that young adults do when they become members of the California Conservation Corps (CCC) for a year of service.

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This mural was painted in the late ’90s by members of the California Conservation Corps on the CCC Main office building at 1719 24th Street (1). The mural faces the light rail station at 24th & R and Sacramento Press quotes Susanne Levitskey, public information officer for the CCC, describing the benefits of the mural’s visibility to young people on the trains:

“The mural not only showcases corps people, but it advertises what we do here,” Levitsky said, adding that artwork like theirs has become a tradition throughout the organization in California.(2)

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Title: (unknown)
Artist: CCC Members
Date: 1997
Media: paint
Location: 1719 24th St


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(1) http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/61889/Photo_essay_Sacramentos_stunning_public_murals
(2) http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/61889/Photo_essay_Sacramentos_stunning_public_murals

Time To Wake Up ~ 17th & T

Letting go. Holding on. Waking up. Local artist, Shaun Burner, recently created this mural of metaphysical themes on the side of the Royal Market at 17th & T (1). Burner told Submerge that the open hand symbolizes letting go and the clutching fist with the oozing substance symbolizes holding on (2).

The Artist:
Burner’s work can be found numerous places around town including: Ancient Futurism mural, American Market mural, and Dimple Records mural.

He is involved in the artist’s collective, Trust Your Struggle (TYS), which is “dedicated to social justice and community activism through the medium of art” (3). Burner created an awesome mural in Guadalajara with TYS that incorporates the architecture of the building, including the window spaces.

Time To Wake Up seems like another part of Burner’s invitation to all of us for living life in creative flow:

Do the best you can with whatever you do. Don’t reflect on the past too much or worry about the future, but be present in this moment that is continually happening, and own that shit (4).

And PS…. with this mini-mural of Pat Morita around the corner (also possibly by Burner, 5), does anyone else see the resemblance to the Karate Kid in the main mural?

Title: Time To Wake Up
Artist: Shaun Burner
Date: 2012
Media: paint
Location: 17th & T


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(1) http://submergemag.com/featured/bicycle-mural-tour-2012/6135/
(2) http://submergemag.com/featured/bicycle-mural-tour-2012/6135/
(3) http://trustyourstrugglecollective.tumblr.com/
(4) http://submergemag.com/featured/bicycle-mural-tour-2012/6135/
(5) http://www.pbase.com/southyuba/image/144740963

A tour of public art in downtown/midtown Sacramento