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Kings & Queens Pop-up Art Event

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On Friday evening we went by the building formerly known as the King and Queen Hair Salon. The building is located on the corner of Broadway and Citrus in the Historic downtown area of Vista. It has sat dormant for many months while the rest of the downtown area has been enjoying a boom of nighttime activity. From across the street we could see it was already bursting with artists and art lovers. We hurried up to the entry gate where we met volunteer Janis Jones. While taking our ticket money she told us she was new to the art movement in Vista. She wasn’t displaying at this show but she had decorated one of the bird houses that were being auctioned off inside the building.

Photos By Pat And Mary Murphy

The building had undergone a marvelous transformation. It was literally bursting with color. Bright vivid colors radiated from paintings on the ceiling, pathways on the floor, sculptures and an eclectic assortment of art on the walls. The painted skateboard would be the envy of many a skateboarder. Paintings in a variety of media were hung on the multihued walls where Vistans once came for hair treatments. The bathroom door boldly announced that it was for “Whatever you are” and inside the bathroom I found a blinding glittering gold everywhere. Even the throne was golden. Outside in a courtyard alongside the building, mushrooms sprouted under blue skies painted on the building under the watchful eyes of some whimsical cats. Even more art was on the outside walls of the old salon and what was once the parking lot was full of chalk art and people.

Against one outside wall that belonged to a neighboring business I found the Twisted Hearts Puppetworks. Tanya Yager and her son Zane were just finishing the first of two puppet shows for a crowd of attendees that were all ages. Further along the wall was a smiling Jaydon Sterling-Randall. She was beautifully attired as a Fairy Queen. On her table were glowing fairy containers and blown glass hearts that were donated by Mad Art Studios in Balboa Park.

Photos By Terry Woods

I met an amazing 13 year old artist, designer, maker and Entrepreneur. While admiring his chalk art titled ‘Only Losers Litter” I talked with his mother, Carol, about this young artist by the name of Phineas Jefferies. He is home schooled and he is an accomplished leather maker, indigo dyer, pen and ink artist, Screen printer, and wood worker. He recently exhibited at the Mini-Makers Faire that was held at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. He has sold his products at the Vista Farmer’s Market and has his own business called “Grommet Makes”. He will be at the upcoming “Kids Day” on Saturday, August 27 at the Vista Farmer’s Market. His mom modestly described Phineas as being “a quick study”.

The Backfence Society produced this Kings & Queens Pop-up Art Show under the umbrella of the Vista Art Foundation, in collaboration with Randall Art Ranch and the City of Vista. The show is a fundraiser for the foundation’s Alley Art Festival, which takes place on Saturday, September 3rd in downtown Vista. The Kings & Queens Pop-up Art event featured various mixed media that included sculptures, paintings, photography, and what the organizers call installation art. The interactive event included the works of 35 local artists. The event raised more than $3,500 (net) for the Vista Art Foundation’s upcoming Alley Art Festival. More than 350 people attended. These pop-up art shows are a popular form of expression among the Vista community’s creative artists and the Vista Art Foundation works to give them a voice and platform to express their art.

Gourmet dining was available from the MotoDeli food truck. Raffle tickets for a large assortment of donated prizes from local merchants were being sold by volunteer Alexis who has a “day Job” across the street at Quality Lock and Key. Vista Art Foundation members were selling wine, beer and T-Shirts, Randall Art Ranch & Sterling Gardens were selling the aforementioned Blown Glass Art and Fairy glasses, and of course the painted Bird Houses were being auctioned off with the proceeds from all of these sales benefiting the upcoming Alley Art Festival.

Angela Price, from the Backfence Society told me that this was the nicest building to date. For two weeks she helped clean, scrape and paint in preparation for this event. However, she said that this was the easiest to date and “There was no large pile of trash to haul away and the bathroom was a working one.”

Maureen Barrack, vice chair of the Vista Public Arts Commission and president of the Vista Art Foundation was volunteering at the “Liquid Center”. She told me that if I was going to write anything about the event, I should mention “the outstanding cooperation that was provided by John Meyer and the City of Vista.”

Vista Public Arts Commissioner Sarah Spinks

Vista Public Arts Commissioner Sarah Spinks

Sarah Spinks looking very queenly with her black gown and shiny gold cape echoed what the other gals had to say. Spinks, a Vista Public Arts Commissioner and member of the Vista Art Foundation, works closely with the City of Vista to enhance its art scene. She was quoted in an earlier VistaPress.com article as saying, “It is exciting to not know where the project will take us. We let the process of being active in creativity lead the way” Spinks is also a local tattoo artist and a co-founder of The Backfence Society.

This is the third time something like this has been done in cooperation with the City of Vista, its Community Development Commission and the Vista Art Foundation. The city previously provided the space for Summer Nocturne in 2014 and Get Weird in 2015. John Meyer, Redevelopment and Housing Director for the city of Vista, said in a previous VistaPress.com story, “the city has provided the vacant buildings the last couple of years because it has a great relationship with the Vista Art Foundation and The Backfence Society” “We are always looking at ways to support the arts” “These are great events that put a spotlight on the arts and on downtown Vista.” “These venues, although they are temporary, the still generate excitement about downtown and what we have accomplished,” Meyer added.

The Backfence Society is a collaboration of local artists who produce interactive group art exhibitions to capture people’s imaginations and build their awareness of the various facets of art in the community. These events also give artists a platform to showcase their work. The group was established in 2011 and has since produced several successful art exhibitions.

If you missed this one night event you will see a lot of the same artists and more at the Vista Alley Art festival on Saturday, September 3rd. For more information, visit:









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