Out of the studio and into the streets, our placemaking scene parades its colors with fun for all.
The month started with the installation of the mural honoring Andy Lopez September 5 on Sebastopol Road and West Street in Santa Rosa. The following Friday, on Art Alley in Santa Rosa, was the mural dedication of Picasso’s Guernica painted by Artstart youth over the summer. The event included a public showing of Picasso painting in real-time, The Mystery Of Picasso. Kudos to Mario Uribe and his wife, Liz Uribe, who founded Artstart over a decade ago. They have been inspiring young and old artists alike, while helping to put our county on the map as a cultural hot spot. This power couple seem to be part of the very fiber of the placemaking scene burgeoning in Sonoma County and most definitely integral to these two mural installations.
September 12 kicked off the Sebastopol Village Building Convergence Project’s ten day extravaganza of art, music and sustainable community building inspired by City Repair of Portland Oregon. Sebastian Collett, an architect who worked with City Repair as the Placemaking Coordinator is back living in Sebastopol, sharing his skills, building community and raising his family. Meet the founder of City Repair, Mark Lakeman this Saturday from 12-4 @ the Sebastopol Grange. He will be speaking on Re-wilding the Commons.
Projects chosen for this years placemaking events included a cob transit bench, a cob oven and street painting. My son and I joined in to help paint designs created by artist Dana Vallarino on McKinley Street in Sebastopol. Dana started painting murals with Artstart and graduated to commission pieces in Santa Rosa and downtown Sebastopol. This street painting project was a first for Dana, though she seemed quite at ease encouraging the team of volunteers flocking to paint her inspirational designs. It was easy to see where her cheerful praise was born as her Mom and Dad were there to support her and guide the crowd as well.
Poppy Creek Park had it’s community bulletin board installed last week, another placemaking milestone. Come celebrate with the kids and adults from Growing A Village, who dreamed and created this fabulous bulletin board (and the hand carved sign yet to be unveiled). A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held October 30 from 4-6PM at the site on Carr St in Santa Rosa.