Wide Open Walls 2017

Sacramento's Own Mural Festival

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Jul 272017


Patrick Harbison, PHPR, 916-747-9143, patrickharbison@gmail.com

*Mural festival now slated to be the largest of its kind in the country*

*Sacramento, CA *- Now less than two weeks from its launch date, Sacramento's highly anticipated mural festival is releasing its list of
locations where attendees can witness art being created live. Slated to be one of the premiere summer attractions of the capital region, Wide Open Walls will celebrate “Art for All”.
Wide Open Walls producer David Sobon notes that the announcement of the mural locations is part of the final stretch in making the event a reality.

"After months of planning, and receiving an unprecedented number of artists joining our 2017 line-up, we're ready to transform Sacramento," says Sobon. "The list of mural locations reveals how much of an impact this event will have on our city."

The festival brings together artists both globally and locally, and provides an opportunity for everyone to experience public art on a grand-scale. The painting of these outdoor canvases will unfold over the 11 days of the festival at multiple locations throughout Sacramento.

"Given the large geographic footprint of the mural locations, we hope that no matter where someone lives in Sacramento, they can be part of this celebration," says Sobon.

Wide Open Walls will take place August 10-20, 2017. Full event details - including mural locations, artist profiles, gallery receptions,
celebrations, tours and branded merchandise - can be found on the event's official website: http://www.wow916.com. Volunteer opportunities are available - interested applicants should refer to the website for more information.

To view a detailed map of this year’s mural sites, please visit:

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Patrick Harbison
Owner, PHPR <http://www.patrickharbisonpublicrelations.com>
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Visit Sacramento Joins as Presenting Sponsor to Wide Open Walls

Jul 262017


Contact: Brandon Darnell, Visit Sacramento,
bdarnell@visitsacramento.com; 916- 765-1304

Contact: Patrick Harbison, Wide Open Walls,
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Visit Sacramento Joins as Presenting Sponsor to Wide Open Walls

Event to Add 40 New Murals to California’s Capital City

Sacramento, Calif. – Visit Sacramento is partnering with Wide Open Walls to build on the success of last year’s Sacramento Mural Festival and highlight the rich culture of public art in Sacramento. They will bring more than 50 local and internationally acclaimed artists together from August 10th through the 20th to add to the city’s extensive collection of murals.

“Sacramento’s arts community is a critical asset in marketing this city as an attractive visitor destination,” said Mike Testa, Visit Sacramento president and CEO. “We believe that this event raises the profile of our arts community, the aesthetic vibrancy of our Central City, and the overall prestige of the market; we are thrilled to play an important role in helping to ensure the festival’s success and reach outside of the market.”

Last year’s Sacramento Mural Festival brought 11 new murals to the city’s walls. This year, Wide Open Walls organizer David Sobon is looking to significantly increase that number. For 2017, Sobon is doubling down on the effort, broadening the canvas to include other parts of the city, and expanding opportunities for the community to participate and interact with the artists.

It’s a rare opportunity for the public to watch the artists while they work, and event organizers plan to coordinate the live painting with gallery showings, First Friday and Second Saturday celebrations, public mural tours, artist panels and more.

“We are thrilled to partner with Visit Sacramento, an organization that believes in the value of public art in our beautiful city,” said Sobon. “We have created the largest mural festival on the west coast featuring 50 artists from over 12 countries. This truly is a game changer for our region.”

Adnate Artners Collaborative Askew One Bryan Valenzuela
Caratoes Christina Angelina DDSO – The Mural Project Demetris Washington
Few and Far Women Franceska Gamez How & Nosm Jake Castro
Jeff Musser Jeremiah Kille Jeremy Stanger John Horton
Josh Everhorn Jorit Agoch Jose Di Gregorio Kinetik Ideas
Lopan and Ernie Fresh Lora Zombie Ludo Maren Conrad
Micah Crandall-Bear Michael McDaniel Miles Toland Nosego
Okuda Phlegm Raphael Delgado Roy Gonzalez
Shaun Burner Sol Collective Stephanie Taylor S.V. Williams
Molly Devlin Tavar Zawacki Trav Tyson Anthony Roberts
Waylon Horner      

More information including sponsorship opportunities can be found at:
www.wideopenwalls916.com or follow the event on Instagram @wideopenwalls916_.

About Visit Sacramento
Visit Sacramento is a private non-profit, destination marketing organization funded primarily by assessments paid by hotels into tourism marketing district. Visit Sacramento is the premier economic development and services organization for the region's convention and tourism industry and plays a leadership role in helping the region compete to bring events, conventions and business meetings to Sacramento. Brands operating under the Visit Sacramento umbrella include America's Farm-to-Fork Capital, Sacramento Sports Commission (Sac Sports), Sacramento365 Sacramento Film Commission (Film Sacramento), and Sac Event Crew.

About Wide Open Walls
The Wide Open Walls mural festival is taking place from August 10th through the 20th, 2017. It will bring over 40 artists – local, national and international – to the Sacramento area. This year’s event adds to the region’s already venerable history of mural painting – which has produced over 600 murals over the last 40 years. The festival celebrates the relevancy and diversity of street art, and will transform walls and neighborhoods throughout the downtown area and beyond.

Street Art Festival Announced for Late Summer in Sacramento

Apr 272017

Media Contact: Patrick Harbison
916.747.9143 + patrickharbison@gmail.com

Street Art Festival Announced for Late Summer in Sacramento
Newly created Wide Open Walls celebrates capital region art, talent and history

Sacramento, CA – Food, farms and politics aren’t the only things putting Sacramento on the map these days. Though art has long been a focal point of the metropolitan capital, a new summer event is hoping to showcase even more of the city’s creative side. David Sobon, wellknown benefit auctioneer and founder of last year’s Sacramento Mural Festival, has announced plans to produce Wide Open Walls, an event intended to continue the impressive history of Sacramento mural painting over the last 30 years. The timing of Wide Open Walls builds on the already strong momentum of art appreciation in Sacramento.

“This festival will celebrate the incredibly rich story and promising future we have as a city that realizes the value that art brings to our lives,” said Sobon, owner of DSA Events. “Our strong artist culture is yet another great reason to live in, or visit Sacramento.”
The free event is slated to go beyond the standard Downtown and Midtown grids, reaching areas such as Natomas, Del Paso Heights, the River District, Broadway, Oak Park, South Sacramento, and Power Inn Road. With such a large geographic footprint, the event promises to bring out an impressive variety of talent, including emerging local artists, university students, and street artists recognized on the national and international art scenes. Sobon hopes the event can provide not only entertainment, but educational opportunities for patrons.
“This is a rare opportunity to see art being created live,” noted Sobon. “The agenda will be endless with daily events, live music, food and more – we encourage everyone to get this on their calendars now.”
Wide Open Walls will be held August 10th-20th, 2017. More information including artist signups and sponsorship opportunities can be found at: wow916.com

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