Arts Visalia Presents ‘Taking Art to the Streets’

“Taking Art to the Streets” is a major new exhibition and series of community events organized by Arts Visalia Visual Art Center as a part of the 2013 Taste the Arts Festival. The exhibition will feature works of urban art, block printing and screen printing by the artists of the Urbanist Collective, as well as faculty and students of the College of the Sequoias and the Fresno State University printmaking programs.

In a twist to the traditional exhibition format, this exhibition will grow and change as the month goes by. New works will be added to the mix while other artworks will have new additions made to them during the show. Stepping beyond the spectator-only format of art exhibits, members of the general public who attend the Taste the Arts Festival will be able to have a hand in creating works of art on display by joining in on a series of participatory art-making activities offered as part of the festival taking place on Saturday, October 19, in downtown Visalia.

Artists featured in the exhibition, who will lead the public during the festival activities, include Erik Gonzalez and the artists of the Urbanist Collective: Orlycukui, Shortyfatz, DJ Agana, Reydiem, Matthew Hopson-Walker, Francisco Alonso, Jessica Robles and Kevin Bowman. Members of the COS Printworks Club and the Fresno State Print and Glory Club will also contribute to both the exhibition and the engagement activities at the Taste the Arts Festival.

“Taking Art to the Streets” will be on display at Arts Visalia through October 26 with an opening reception on Friday, October 4, from 6-8 p.m. Arts Visalia is located at 214 E. Oak Ave. in Visalia, and is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5:30 p.m.

The project is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Further support for the project and the Taste the Arts Festival is provided by the Tulare County Board of Supervisor’s Step Up Youth Program, Sequoia Beverage Company and Pita Kabob Restaurant. Visit www.artsvisalia.org or www.tastethearts.net for more information.

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