Unique event celebrates urban, edgy art forms
VISTA, CA – A celebration of art found off of the beaten path will return to Vista from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 3rd. Now in its third year, the Alley Art Festival is a platform for all expressions of art. The annual event brings people from all walks of life to the city’s historic downtown for a day of music, poetry, fashion, and, of course, art.
“The Alley Art Festival brings something for every generation to enjoy and is an awesome day celebrating creativity, without judgement,” said Maureen Barrack, vice chair of the Vista Public Arts Commission and president of the Vista Art Foundation, which hosts the event.
She added that the festival and foundation are helping create a “cool culture” in Vista that most people enjoy.
It’s no secret that in recent years downtown Vista has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts with new breweries, eateries, coffee houses and etc.
Photos courtesy of Vista Art Foundation
“The festival gives a balance to the changing restaurant and brewery scene with lots of public art left behind that can be enjoyed year round,” Barrack said.
Each year, the festival bestows a mural and sculpture to the city. This year’s mural, titled “Margarita Fischer,” will be painted by artist Daniel Toledo on the back wall of the building at 344 Main Street, near Citrus Avenue.
Vista Art Foundation Board Members Rick Randall and Jaydon Sterling-Randall, of Randall Art Ranch, created the sculptures – Alley Man and Alley Cat – for the festival the last two years. This year, they are tying into the event’s love theme with two additional metal sculptures – Alley Woman and Love Locks.
The Alley Woman, located at Main Street and Michigan Avenue, will serve as a sort of bride for the Alley Man. Love Locks, near S. Indiana Avenue and Main Street, is two giant hearts bordered by wire fencing where symbolic locks can be placed, similar to the art installation on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris.
Jaydon Sterling said they created the Love Locks sculpture because they were inspired by the Paris bridge, which the locks were recently removed from because they weighed it down.
“With all of the bad news going on, the world needs a little bit more love,” she said. “We thought Vista could use a little more love too.”
A benefit concert by local band “Zaxas” will kick-off the weekend on Friday, Sept. 2 in the Avo Playhouse. The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.
It includes a recycled art show, XXL art show, food trucks, numerous bands and DJ’s on three stages, street dancers, artist market and interactive art activities. A puppet show by Twisted Heart Puppetworks, steampunk fashion show and poetry slam will take place inside the Avo Playhouse.
Twisted Heart Puppetworks will kick-off the day’s festivities with giant puppets leading the parade procession that starts at 11 a.m.
The parade will wind through the streets and alleyways behind Main Street. Everyone is invited to join the procession, which will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the former King & Queens Hair Salon, 365 E. Broadway, Vista.
For more information, visit www.alleyartfestival.com.
About The Vista Art Foundation…The Vista Art Foundation is a nonprofit organization comprised of artists committed to supporting and promoting the education and cultural appreciation of fine art and creative expression in the community. The foundation does this through demonstrations, student scholarships, outdoor displays, exhibitions, commercial displays and eventually hopes to have a main gallery. The foundation has hung art in the Vista Library, Vista Chamber of Commerce, city of Vista Civic Gallery and other businesses in Vista. For more information about the foundation, visit www.vistaart.org.