Category Archives: Local Public Art Resource

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

Sacramento Education Events for Art (SEEART)

Sacramento Education Events for Art (SEEART) is a local non-profit that has partnered with neighbors, businesses and the City of Sacramento to create quality arts and education programs including: Midtown Murals Project, Arts for the Generations, Mural Project Kids summer arts program, and The Legacy Trees Project (1).

The Midtown Murals project has a goal of organizing 12 new murals to enrich the identity of Midtown Sacramento. They write: “This identity will focus on Midtowns’ rich history, cultural diversification and natural artistic beauty” (2). Midtown Murals is funded solely through private contributions from local sponsors. Murals include Uptown Market at 17th & Capitol, Office Max tile mural on J Street, Mt Diablo Sunset near 21st & J, and the Alhambra Sweet Dream mural near 25th & J.

The Legacy Trees Project was organized by artists who work together to rescue special trees that are being cut down from the wood chipper or woodpile in order to distribute large pieces to local woodcarvers.

“The Legacy Trees Project was nurtured into existence by the Sacramento Art community’s desire to uncover a deeper understanding of the beauty and importance of historic trees in the city of Sacramento, by repurposing dangerous, diseased and dying trees felled by the city and property owners into works of art.” (3)

A 100+ year-old camphor tree at 18th & Capitol was recently cut-down and the wood was rescued for artists and craftspeople but I did not see reference to whether Legacy Trees was involved or not.


Midtown Mosaic (1 of 4) ~ 2220 K Street

The Midtown Mosaic mural is truly an art mosaic, with over 60 different artists’ work spanning an 80’x10′ alley wall. The project was conceived and coordinated by Sacramento’s Midtown Alley Project (MAP). MAP was started by local artists Kristina McClanahan and Clare Bailey (1), and the group collaborates to bring beauty and culture to the Midtown neighborhood by creating outdoor venues for local artists to display their work.

MAP describes the mural, which was entirely a community effort and received no funding from city or government agencies:

The “Midtown Mosaic” mural showcases the work of over 60 talented artists. The various styles represented include tattoo inspired images, landscapes, portraiture, cityscapes, abstracts, whimsical pieces and one tile mosaic space. The variety of artistic styles and the diversity in subject matter gives this mural a broad range of appeal. (2)

Russ Andris has a wonderful panorama photo of the entire mural that gives a great feel for the overall effect.

I’ve photographed each section of the mural and researched many of the artists. I’ll be posting on the mural in a series of posts so each one is a smaller serving of art you can linger over. Like the mural, these posts are a bit of a mosaic. Keep reading, explore the photos, and click the links to read more about the works that draw your interest…

Click on any photo to see a larger image.

A geometric image created by Eva Rickert, who is a high school student, and the youngest contributor to the Midtown Mosaic.

The image, called ‘Newborn’, is the work of Laurelin Gilmore and on the MAP blog, Gilmore describes her work: “He is pulling back the curtain on a new morning, looking directly at the viewer despite the timidity apparent in his long, drawn down ears…. This is me, trumpeting the morning of my escape from old norms.” (

This tile-work piece is one of my favorites and was created by Marjorie Morblizter. Russ Andris posted a video interview with Morbitzer describing how the image is designed as if the viewer is looking out of a window and the woman is looking back in at the viewer from outside.

This floral is another of my favorites and was created by Barrett Manning. Manning describes his work in a video by Russ Andris. (

The odd humanoid is the work of Shaun Turner and you can hear a little more about him in Russ Andris’ video. He painted a set of similarly styled twins on another part of the mural (see photos below). Sac Ped Art has featured Turner’s work several times, including: Dimple Records mural, American Market Mural, and the lost mural at 2309 K Street.

This wild Tibetan mask image was painted by tattoo artist, Wesley. The tattoo art on Wesley’s arms are actually the subject of a different piece in the mural by Jeff Musser (see below).

The circular cafe scene by Pat Orner is called Cafe’ Des Arts and was inspired by “Midtown’s many outdoor cafes and coffee houses.” You can hear Pat talk about her piece in this video by Russ Andris. (

One of two pieces on the mural by Jared Konopitski. (

Based on Russ Andris’ page, I believe this critter is the work of Eric Goodman. (

The multi-colored cityscape image was painted on an actual doorway that appears along the wall by Michael Misha Kennedy (who also painted the utility poles shown in the larger photo above). (

The wild demon figures were created by Micah Young, and Russ Andris posted is a short youtube video interview of Young.

Keith Hopkins painted the neon sign of the Torch Club; Sacramento’s premier blues club established the year after prohibition ended in 1934. You can hear Keith talk about his piece and the challenge of working on the unique surface of the wall in this video by Russ Andris. (

This haunting war image is the work of Rachel Vohland. The details have worn over time, but you can see a clearer close-up here.

Another piece created by Barrett Manning.

A piece by Looking closely, you can see that the Earth is being held by two hands and that the Sacramento skyline appears along the bottom of the image.

Based on Russ Andris’ page, I believe this is the work of Jasmine Beard.

This piece, another of my favorites, was created by Jeff Musser and features the tattooed arms of Wesley, the artist of the Tibetan masks above. In this video by Russ Andris, Musser expresses how much he got from the community aspect of participating in the mural. (

This piece was created by tattoo artist, Gorgeous George. In the youtube interview by Andris, the artist describes that the image is dedicated to his niece and nephew. (

Two figures climbing around on the Sacramento city-scape is the work of Kevin Ward who, according to the MAP blog, uses “symbolic images that make the viewer aware of social issues and injustices.” (

The bright pink landmark of Rick’s Dessert Diner was painted by Evelyn Niehaus. Niehaus is self-taught artist who creates wonderful pen and ink architectural renderings, including an entire series of courthouse buildings, that can be viewed on her website. (

Cartoonist, Ryan, painted this one and the speech bubble reads, “Heros ain’t what they used to be”. If you look closely, you can see that the gun the figure is holding is actually a bolt in the wall that the artist incorporated into his piece.

In this video by Russ Andris, Jimmy Osborn, talks about the development of his cubist style demonstrated in this piece.

Based on Russ Andris’ page, I believe this is the work of Viki Asp.

Based on Russ Andris’ page, I believe this is the work of Jasmine Beard.

Next up, part 2 of the Midtown Mosaic posts.

Title: Midtown Mosaic
Artist: 60+ different artists; Coordinated by Midtown Alley Project
Date: 2008/2009
Media: Paint & Tile
Location: Alley between K and L on 23rd Street

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Flash Mob Dance

I dig Flash Mobs. Watching them never fails to elicit a big grin. Truth be told… I sometimes get a little teary eyed, but who wouldn’t watching Christmas Food Court Hallelujah? Of course, I have yet to see a zombie flash complete with fake blood or a mob of naked folks streaking the streets, so my enthusiasm for flash mobs might be selective.

Regardless, groups breaking into dance and song in public and seemingly out of nowhere is pretty cool, and now Davis has it’s very own Dance Flash Mob.

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop has received an arts contract for Taking It to The Streets, a public art program offering free dance classes and the chance to create art in public places.

Taking It to The Streets is funded jointly through an Arts Contract from the City of Davis’ Arts Contract Program and the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, we’re offering two free classes a week for the Davis Community! Come to a single class, or come to every class, move with others in the studio, move with others in public places. It’s all about building community, making connections, creating art in public places, and mostly… Having a great time with movement! (1)

Dancers at the Farmer's market 3/5 celebrating Pig Day!

The free classes will be running for the entire year and are held on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm and Saturdays from 12:30-1:30pm. The classes are open to everyone age 7 on up through senior citizens. Trokanski plans to offer a special class for children under 7 sometime in the near future. If you won’t be attending the classes, you can still get on an email list to be notified whenever they will be putting on a flash mob.

No previous dance experience is necessary for these classes!

I think this gets to the heart of why I love flash mobs. Dancing, singing, creativity and art are available to us all and I love seeing people reclaim that together in community. Watching a performance of technically trained dancers is wonderful, but dance is so much bigger than that small sphere of amazing, but elite, folks. The Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop knows this, and their classes are geared toward bringing dance back into all of our lives. Trokanski writes that dance (and I assume she applies this to all of the arts) is a “form of expression, communication, and creative endeavor that belongs to all people of all ages.” (2).

The dance workshop’s website says: “Taking It To the Streets is about coming together as a community, and creating something special together. . . . Bring your family, bring a friend! If you have additional questions, please call Pamela at 756-3949 or email her at, otherwise…Come and Dance!”

Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop
2720 Del Rio Place, Davis, CA 95618
(530) 756-3949

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SMAC Art in Public Places Program


Since 1977, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) has managed the Art in Public Places (APP) program.

The APP program “includes a collection of more than 400 permanently sited works of art integrated into Sacramento’s built and natural environments. More than 80% of these artworks are by local and regional artists” (1). The funding comes from a percentage of building projects allotted for public art:

2% of eligible City and County capital improvement project budgets [are] set aside for the commission, purchase, and installation of artworks throughout the City (2).

You can search for public art pieces in the Online APP Collection or go on an APP Art Walk.

You can take your own art tour anytime using the Art Walk’s downtown walking map pdf. For school groups, they offer field trips and even in-class virtual tours for those that can’t arrange a field trip. In addition to guided tours, their Educational Program offers “workshops, lectures, discussions, and other educational opportunities for design professionals, public art practitioners and the general public” (3).

APP also has a Gallery Program, which manages exhibition spaces at City Hall, SMUD, and the Sacramento International Airport. Through this program, these sites feature ongoing installations by regional artists (4). The current exhibit at SMUD (through 1/31/10) is “Power Driven Artists: An Exhibition of Artwork by SMUD Employees“.

You can sign up for SMAC’s online newsletter to be updated on art news and events.

Russ Andris Gallery of Public Murals

Russ Andris has collected an amazing photo gallery of public murals in and around Sacramento:

Most of the murals Andris photographs are in the Midtown and Downtown areas. For many of the murals, he has included details about the art, artist, and/or business. He has included photos of murals inside both public buildings and private business (after first asking permission). Andris’ gallery currently has 67 pages with 12 photos each — that’s 800-some photos of local murals!

The first image on Andris’ site was posted October 25, 2007 and captures The Bread Store mural by Stephanie Taylor . His most recent additions, posted this month, include a series of photos from Deterding Elementary School where of an array of art was created by students and teachers, Iron Steaks mural by Stephanie Taylor, the old Sam’s Hof Brau on L Street, and a mural in the court yard of the Secretary of State of California Main Office.

Last May, the Sacramento Bee published an article on Andris’ great work documenting Sacramento’s public murals. The article says that Andris is a retired park ranger and natural resource specialist who worked on the South Yuba River for the Bureau of Land Management until 2005. He took photography courses at American River College and now documents the murals of our city.

Thanks Russ!

“Art is All Around Us” Walking Tour

Together, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership and Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program co-developed an art walk in downtown Sacramento called, Art is All Around Us

Art is All Around Us | A tour of Sacramento’s collection of art in public places
Tour Sacramento’s impressive collection of permanently sited works of art integrated into Sacramento’s built and natural environments. See local works by notable local and regional artists. This tour was developed in partnership with Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program. Richard MacGill leads this tour.
Tuesdays: 3 pm
Wednesdays: 10 am
Thursdays: 11 am
STARTING POINT: Indo Arch outside of Downtown Plaza at 3rd & K streets
COST: $10.00 per person

This article is a review of the art walk with photos of the pieces: Art is All Around Us walking tour.

Downtown Sacramento Partnership has developed a number of interesting Sacramento walking tours around different themes.

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