On its second year now, the Vallejo Arts Windows brings high quality arts to vacant storefronts in the downtown district to revitalize the area and the Arts in the city. The project housed 17 artists this year.
The exhibition launch was held at The Hub, a new community art center in downtown. Guests were treated to live music, appetizers and wine. Outside however was where the excitement was as guests strolled through four city blocks to admire the artworks.
Some exhibits were elaborate and used up whole stores. Most exhibits however were much more intimate using only a storefront window. The artists were on hand to answer any questions regarding their work.
Most of the artists were local, so it provided a unique opportunity for guests to witness the rich culture of the city and diverse perspectives of the city’s inhabitants. One artist shared how he was influenced growing up by the structures in the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, while other artists shared their cultural background through their pieces.
The event saw a fair amount of attendees – around a couple hundred. But even with the small turnout, it was definitely a success to the community's efforts to transform the previously crime-ridden downtown district into the city’s art and cultural “Hub.”
All works will be on display to the public till Aug. 24.
The Vallejo Arts Windows is in partnership with Vallejo Community Arts Foundation, downtown property owners, and other community and civic organizations. For more information regarding the project, please visit their official website: www.vallejoartwindows.com/home.html