Today kicks off Wide Open Walls, Sacramento’s 10-day celebration that invites artists from the world over to leave their mark on our city.
The campaign began in 2016 as the Sacramento Mural Festival, before rebranding in 2017. This year, ~20 artists have descended upon the River City to share their skills + help Sacramentans brush up on their art education.
Here are a few artists we think you should definitely check out + where their murals will be located:
🎨 Jolene Rose Russell | 6130 Birdcage Centre Ln.
This local artist explores mediums ranging from oils + acrylics to digital art. Her colorful work utilizes light + shadows to breathe life into its subjects. Her realistic style figures the natural world as a major player in her body of work.
🎨 Fintan Magee | 801 14th St.
This Sydney-based painter specializes in large-scale murals that can be found anywhere from Rome to Miami. With a focus on politics + social realism, his work tackles themes such as isolation, diversity, and migration.
🎨 IMAGINE | 901 Arden Way
Also known as Sneha Shrestha, this Nepali artist blends influences from Sanskrit scripture + graffiti to form her meditative works. Sneha also helped to establish Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum in 2014.
🎨 mr. june | 400 Ballpark Dr.
Starting out as a graffiti artist entwined with the Dutch hip-hop scene of the 80s, the majority of mr. june’s work now consists of 3D illusions created from a combination of shades, shapes + lines.
NeighborGood Market | Thursdays | 4-7 p.m. | District 56 | Free | Support neighborhood businesses + local food trucks at the weekly Elk Grove attraction. 🚚
Drag Bingo | Thursdays | 6 p.m. | Flatstick Pub, 630 K St. | $5 | Enjoy a night of bingo, prizes + beer hosted by one of Sacramento’s fabulous queens, Apple Adams.
Concerts in the Park: Nate Curry | Fri., May 13 | 5-9 p.m. | Cesar Chavez Plaza | Free | Chill out with the smooth grooves of the Sac-born but Davis-raised musical artist, with up-and-coming local artists like Camilla Covington. 🎶
Party on the Palms | Sat., May 14 | 6 p.m. | 8401 Laguna Palms Way | Free | Party the night away with a foam pit, games like ax throwing + corn hole, and live music at this Elk Grove event only for 13-18 year olds. 🌴
Rancho Cordova iFest | Sat., May 14 | 5-9 p.m. | Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Dr. | Free | Recognize the heritage of nationalities from around the world — and around the corner — through a celebration of the community’s ethnic diversity.
Spring Fling Kinda Thing | Sat., May 14 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Citrus Town Center | Free | Let the kids be kids with face painting, crafts, balloons, goodies + plenty more. 🎨
Running of the Elk | Sun., May 15 | Times vary | District56 | Prices vary | Kids + adults can run to support the Elk Grove Youth Sports Foundation in 5K, 10K, and half marathon events. 👟
Sunday Drives | Sun., May 15 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | California Automobile Museum | Free with admission | Get in gear to ride in one of the museum’s many classic cars through the streets of downtown. 🚗
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Clean Up the Lake — a program aimed at reducing plastic pollution in Lake Tahoe — wrapped up Tuesday with the announcement that 20,000 lbs of trash had been removed from the lake within the past year. Some of the trash removed included flashlights, tires + even a lamp post. 🚯 (FOX40)
City council gave final approval Tuesday for the construction of a 150-unit affordable housing project at the Railyards. Named the Wong Center Senior Apartments, the $56.9 million project will be geared towardSacramentans aged 55+ who make no more than 60% of the median area income. (Sac Biz Journal)
Edward vs. Jacob, Iron Man vs. Captain America, Cow vs. Mustang? A group of UC Davis students have begun a moo-vement to replace the university’s mascot Gunrock the Mustang with a cow. Proposed names for the new mascot include Bossy the Cow, Agnes + Hugh Heffer. 🐮 (Good Day Sac)
Wells Fargo Pavilion has rebranded itself as the UC Davis Health Pavilion thanks to a new partnership between UC Davis Health + Broadway Sacramento. UC Davis Health will also sponsor the 2022-23 Broadway on Tour series as part of the five-year deal. (Sac Biz Journal)
Placer County + Mercy Housing have partnered to bring a 79-unit affordable housing community to Auburn. The community will have both apartments and townhomes stretched across a three-acre property. 🏡 (CBS13)
The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Emergency Shelter has added60 beds to its Downtown shelter, bringing the total up to 140. The shelter is targeted at helping those experiencing homelessness — particularly along the American River Parkway — get back on their feet. (ABC10)
Get in loser, we’re going shopping. Folsom Premium Outlets is adding women’s apparel company Francesca’s to its list of retailers. The Houston-based brand’s third Sac-area store will be located next to Chico’s + is expected to open May 30. 🛍️ (Sac Biz Journal)
DYK: While it may be best known for premium chocolates, Ginger Elizabeth also serves breakfast sandwiches through its patisserie each day until 1:30 p.m. The Five Farm Breakfast Sandwich includes locally-sourced ingredients, like olive oil aioli + tomato jam, from — you guessed it — five different farms. 🍅
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Local chef Chris Barnum of Sac-based Localis + the upcoming Auburn-based Kindred announced on Instagram that he’ll be featured on tomorrow’s episode of LIVE With Kelly and Ryan to dish about some of his favorite menu items.
We think seeing the Farm-To-Fork Capital’s amazing eats represented on a national stage is just — mmm — *chef’s kiss*. 🤌
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Editor’s pick:If you’ve got the creative itch from today’s conversation — I know I sure do — be sure to scratch it at the city’s next Community Mural event. It’s this Sunday at 8581 Keifer Blvd. + begins at 12 p.m.
Missed yesterday’s newsletter? We loaded the kids onto the bus to some of our area’s best summer camps.
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