ARTgrove VOL. 5: “Dia de Los Muertos”
Honoring Our Dearly Departed –
October 30, 2022
ARTgrove Vol 5 “Dia de Los Muertos” was held at District 56 in the City of Elk Grove. This event was sponsored by the City of Elk Grove and SMUD. In honor of our dearly departed, we celebrated the Mexican traditional holiday “Dia de Los Muertos.” Artists were invited to paint artwork of their rendition of the theme. Artwork was placed throughout the event, along with a mobile mural exhibit. There were cultural artisans, music, performers and an Azteca Blessing by Kalpulli Xihuacoatl. This was the second annual event of its kind festival brought to the City of Elk Grove to share our culture, inspire the community to appreciate the cultural arts. ARTners has already been invited to administer the 3rd annual ARTgrove Vol 6 “Dia de Los Muertos” that will be held on October 29, 2023 at District 56.
ARTgrove VOL. 4: “Elk Grove Multicultural Festival”
Live painting by ARTners Vice President Markos Egure – HippieCholo Arte –
August 27, 2022
ARTgrove Vol 5 was held at District 56 in the City of Elk Grove. This event was sponsored by the City of Elk Grove. ARTners was invited to have a vending booth and also to feature artist ARTners vice president Markos Egure “HippieCholo” to live paint a grafitti piece. We also set up two triangles with six 8′ x 8′ mobile murals in the multicultural theme. The community loved their photo opp moments with the murals. It was a great event, lots of people, food, entertainment and ARTners was happy to be invited and take part in such a huge city event.
ARTgrove VOL. 3: “Mother’s Day Celebration”
Honoring our Mothers – May 7, 2022
ARTgrove Vol 3 was held at Old Town Plaza in the City of Elk Grove. It was a beautiful day of honoring our Mother’s with an artistic cultural twist! Honoring Mom with amazing murals, an Azteca blessing by Kalpulli Xihuacoatl, Salsa lessons by Dance on the Edge and Bachata Festival, Zumba by Gloria, Encore Studio of Performing Arts and a performance by Instituto Mazatlan Bellas Artes. An event with shopping, flowers, entertainment, food and a beautiful memorial of butterflies for our Moms who have passed. In addition artist Markos Egure built and painted a 16′ x 10′ Monarch butterly as the stage backdrop. The mural artwork, paintings and artisan hand crafted items were absolutely beautiful and the food was fantastic! All in all it was a beautiful day! This was the first of its kind festival brought to the City of Elk Grove to share our culture, inspire the community to appreciate the cultural arts. This event was also sponsored by the City of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Arts Commission, SMUD, PinkStreetART and Wes Kos Images.
ARTgrove VOL. 2: “Dia de Los Muertos”
In honor of Our Dearly Departed Loved Ones – October 30-31, 2021
ARTgrove Vol 2 was held at Old Town Plaza in the City of Elk Grove to bring cultural heritage to the community. In honor of our dearly departed, we celebrated the Mexican traditional holiday “Dia de Los Muertos.” Artists were invited to paint murals of their rendition of the theme. Along with the mural exhibit, there were cultural artisans, music, performers and an Azteca Blessing by Kalpulli Xihuacoatl. This was the first of its kind festival brought to the City of Elk Grove to share our culture, inspire the community to appreciate the cultural arts. This event was also sponsored by the City of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Arts Commission, DC 16 STARS Jattf, SMUD, Washington Neighborhood Center, KTI Media 360, PinkStreetART and Wes Kos Images.
ARTgrove VOL. 1: “Happy Birthday Frida”
In honor of International Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo – July 10, 2021
ARTgrove Vol 1 was held at District 56 in the City of Elk Grove to bring cultural heritage to the community. We opened up our event to artists who created their version of our festival’s theme. Sharing their visual stories of International Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo inspired imagery in a museum style viewing of thirteen 8′ x 8 murals. Along with the exhibit, there were cultural vendors, artists painting live, and cultural food trucks. This was the first of its kind festival brought to the City of Elk Grove to share our culture, inspire the community to appreciate the cultural arts. This event was also sponsored by the City of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Arts Commission, DC 16 STARS Jattf, Sojourn Truth Museum, Washington Neighborhood Center, KTI Media 360, PinkStreetART and Wes Kos Images.
“UN DIA PARA LA MADRE” (“A DAY FOR MOTHER”)
@ THE MEXICAN AMERICAN HALL OF FAME SPORTS ASSOCIATION (2018, MAY)
Mural Expressions Vol 1 was held at MAHFSA Social Hall/Building to further advance and achieve community goals. We opened up our event to artists who created their version of our festivals theme. Sharing their visual stories and community connections of multicultural artists painting 20 murals. After the festival those murals were left in the community for one week proudly exhibiting the results of Sacramento South 1st community engaged mural festival. ARTners in an ‘artnership’ with MAHFSA earned 2 high school senior scholar-athletic scholarships for the students’ college future.
“FIESTA DE COLORES” (“COLOR PARTY”)
@ LOS INMORTALES MEXICAN RESTAURANT (2018, SEPTEMBER)
Mural Expressions Vol 2A was held at Los Inmortales Mexican Restaurant day one Mural Expression artnered with FBBA/FBNC in the communities annual “El Grito” celebration. We transported our setup to host 4 artist painting content relatable murals to be in connection with the community event.
“FIESTA DE COLORES” (“COLOR PARTY”)
@ THE MEXICAN AMERICAN HALL OF FAME SPORTS ASSOCIATION (2018, SEPTEMBER)
Mural Expressions Vol 2B, day two was once again held at MAHFSA Social Hall/Building to further advance and achieve community goals. A smaller festival, due to joining presentation space at “El Grito” an annual event in the same community. This event’s theme was an open free style of 15 professional creatives coming together to make it a Color Party. Our festivals and ‘artnership’ with MAHFSA earned a total of 4 high school senior scholar-athletic scholarships for the students’ college future.
WKi2 STUDIO GALLERY
@PENSIONE K BLDG. (2014 MARCH – 2015 SEPT)
The WKi2 Studio Gallery, the ARTners Nonprofit 1st art gallery & artist studio in midtown Sacramento. WKi2 hosted monthly changing theme based artist exhibits, solo artist shows, creative art classes, speciality nights (Chillarte Tuesday) and other community events. We were in maintained operation as downtown was welcoming the Sacramento Kings into downtown Sacramento.
@ 7th St. EXCHANGE BLDG. (2017 FEB – 2018 MARCH)
The ARTners Gallery name was an extension to the nonprofit we were building. This gallery was opened to exhibit and promote visual, performing Sacramento Artists. We featured various programs ie; ‘Cosmic Yoga’ program, instructed by Yogi Vincent Egure, Compassionate Communication, Instructed by Eddie Zacappa, ARTners various art classes, various themed featured art shows. We also had resident Artists Lin Fei Fei and Gabriel Sanford. This was ARTners Collaborative, which has now grown into our existing non-profit 501c3 ARTners. We moved out of our gallery in 2018 and are now running our services virtually.
FBBA – “ARTS & BREW”
@ LA ESPERANZA MERCADO (2019 APRIL)
ARTners/Mural Expressions was invited to display 7 mural art productions created during our 2018 Sacramento South’s Mural Festivals. ‘Artnering’ within our community to further showcase the local artists, their themed production works and overall supporting the FBBA mission of adding relevant murals into their community.
LAB – “LIT ARTNERS BOX”
@ LIT DELHI in BISHOP GALLEGOS SQUARE (2018, SUMMER)
The LAB (Lit ARTners Box) was a fun collaboration with many Sacramento Artists, as we challenged them to paint a themed subject in their own creative version – (1) “Our California Flag” and (2) “How Sacramento Can You Be” These events occurred in between our Sacramento South mural festivals aligning us with our community objective of equality representation. Lit Delhi is a corner convenience store/deli with Indian cuisine, home of the Punjabi Burrito and host to a WKi/ARTners mural.
FBBA – NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
@ LA ESPERANZA MERCADO (2018 AUGUST)
ARTners/Mural was a participant in the annual National Night Out along side with mural festival host Mexican American Hall of Fame Sports Association (MAHFSA) Engaging with the community to share the upcoming pop-up temporary mural art gallery.
“STREET ART MURAL JAM” – WIDE OPEN WALLS @ SACRAMENTO BEE PARKING STRUCTURE (2017, NOVEMBER)
@Coordinated a team of 15 artist to paint one city block of 16 different mixed interconnected art pieces. Using both brush and aerosol to make their designs come to life. ARTner Teresa Gutierrez and her Nieces Marcella Beltran, Christina Romero and Sabrina Gutierrez, mural image of Selena Quintanilla was adored by Journalist Lilia Luciano used for local ABC 10 commercial promotion of connections to our city.
“HUMANITY” – DOCUMENTARY FILM TRAILER (2017, AUGUST)
The initial viewing of where we were going with this mural. Director Joha Harrision was a walk-by artist who took interest in our project. Once in action he took his love of creativity and donated his director services to making this trailer and his movie “HUMANITY and the mural” documentary film public showing at the Guild Theater.
“HUMANITY” – IMAGES 2017/2018 WIDE OPEN WALLS (2017, AUGUST)
This was our 1st ARTners team mural production project, which eventually pivoted into our program titled Mural Expressions. “HUMANITY” is a 300’x11′ long community awareness mural that stretches on Sacramento city block long, located in a ‘watch-your-surroundings’ alley. The mural concept, funded by the California Endowment, was designed in contrast to the standard Wide Open Walls Festival’s mural processing. Our mural production took a foundational approach to achieve our murals-with-messaging goal. The ARTners Nonprofit team of 20 various independent artists were determined to complete our social-conscious awareness mural. Overcoming the initial limited budget, no application supplies and we even fundraised our own completion budget. “HUMANITY” is composed of 17 smaller murals of individual life stories,evenly spaced, side by side, the entire length of the project from showing our humanities beginnings to our possible future. These cells are irregular shapes with a 3D illusion as if the wall has been broken away with cracks joining the cells. The mural title word humanity, 100’ wide by 11’ tall., is spelled out, as individual cells, this word is balanced in the middle of the entire piece from 7th street to 8th street. Additional ‘Power Words’ are painted on the 15 trash dumpsters that sit in front of our mural. These are painted as a statement of individual messages. Interpreted, as a visual metaphor, of what values and morals we are “throwing away” or identifying those words of “daily trash” today.