Art Street!

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This is an art event that I just attended in Sacramento, CA and it will only last another few days through February 25, 2017. I love the concept – it’s an old warehouse building scheduled to be demolished (along with all the art that was created in, around and on it). M5Arts are the artists behind the project. They did the Art Hotel last year, which was also later torn down after that event. Art Street has about 65,000 square feet of space in which 100 artists and performers have turned into a unique art experience. And it’s free to the public! Art installations are hanging, sculpted, lighted, painted on walls and interactive with audio effects. Some need the viewer to actually engage with the art to experience it. There is even a giant kaleidoscope! My words can’t express as much as the pictures, so I will let them tell the story. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words! But… to get the full experience, you will need to do that yourself in person and it will all be demolished soon!

The location is 300 1st Ave., Sacramento, CA  95818

The hours are M-F 3pm-9pm & S/S 11am-9pm

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Outside murals

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Finishing touches… mural on outside of Art Street building

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My favorite installation – I loved this! By Francesca Gamez & Shaun Burner

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By Bryan Valenzuela

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Light art by Robert Emerick & Rene Steinke

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By Jared Tharp

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Oil painting by Jeff Muser

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Masking tape art installation with under lighting

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Graffiti art by Hot Carl & PIER

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Wall mural by Miles Toland

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Hanging installation by Bailey Anderson

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Cyanotype by Melissa Uroff

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Cyanotypes by Melissa Uroff

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By Waylon Horner

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Installation by Lin Fei Fei

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Wall mural by Jose Di Gregorio

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Hanging geometric sculpture by Jose Di Gregorio

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Collage wall of found objects by Nathan Cordero

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Signs from Sacramento Women’s March To be archived in California State Library, SF. (Of course I had to pose with my hoodie!)

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Encourage your child’s creativity and developmental skills – ditch the coloring books!

One of the most common questions that people ask me is, “How long have you been creating art?”  Honestly, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making art!  I jokingly tell people that I was born with a crayon in my hand.  I actually have art saved by my mother from when I was 2 years old!  My brother and I used to draw on anything that was available, including old envelopes.  I recall my parents bringing home a variety of discarded paper for us to draw on.  We had a few coloring books, but we mainly had a wide variety of art resources to use, especially paper.   My favorite paper was a round graph paper that my father would bring home from the factory.  It was so much fun to draw on round paper!   I later learned that when art was made in a round shape it was called a mandala.  The other fun item to draw in was an old ledger.  It was a large hard bound book with lined pages and was special because we had our own homemade coloring book.  I believe that the freedom to make my own drawings, instead of being limited to coloring books, is part of what nurtured my creativity as a child.  I didn’t have to worry about “coloring outside the lines” because they were my own lines.  The vast variety of paper was always available to express myself and experiment with my creativity.  I have included an image of circles that I drew at age 2 1/2 years old.   I was surprised to find that my fine motor skills at that age were pretty good!  Many of my circles are neatly closed, which usually doesn’t happen until a later developmental age  (I learned that when I was trained as an art therapist).   Drawing begins to develop skills needed for reading and writing.  Making closed circles means a child can write and recognize the letter “o”.  Once a child can draw diagonal lines/shapes, such as a “v” or triangle, that usually signals she is ready to learn to read, because the child can write and recognize letters that have diagonal lines like an “A” or “K”.  Having an unlimited supply of paper undoubtedly allowed me to hone those skills.  So if you want to encourage your budding artist, and your child’s developmental skills, then I would suggest having a variety of paper and drawing/painting supplies.  And encourage your child to color outside the lines!

 

 Circles dran at age 2 1/2

 Circles drawn at 2 1/2 years old