Passers-by may have noticed three new murals in Sacramento’s Mural Alley. The work debuted at the end of this spring.
Mural Alley is sponsored by Archival Gallery, located at the 32nd and 33rd aisles of Folsom Boulevard. The beautification project elevates commercial and even residential spaces into a lane that was previously a blank slate.
Mural Alley art was made by Robert Bowen, Davy Fiveash and Miles Hermann. Fiveash’s “Providence” mural was inspired by the floral still life and patterns he uses in his other artwork he paints in his studio.
“I do what I like to see,” Fiveash said.
He hopes the murals are a small step towards making Sacramento a great arts city, as Fiveash thinks it was in the 1970s and 1980s.
“I want people to enjoy it. Hope this inspires others to create something,” Fiveash said. He prefers the studio painting process, but Fiveash was happy to contribute to Mural Alley. “I like being able to say ‘I did this’. I contributed and I’m part of this community.
One of the new murals is “Loki Formulates a Theory of Everything”, by Dawn Pedersen. Pedersen previously participated in Sacramento’s Chalk It Up event, an event that uses sidewalks as a slate for art.
His mural is based on his cat, Loki.
“I wanted to make him famous,” she joked.
She first made an oil painting before starting to work on the mural. She generally works in oil, acrylic and watercolour. “Loki” is his first public fresco. It took about 30 hours to paint the mural, and Pedersen brought his 11-year-old to help with the painting.
“It was fun to do together,” she said.
Pedersen likes the murals to be seen by a large number of people. The public aspect of murals is a great advantage for many artists, because people who may not be looking for art are still on display and can enjoy them.
Carrie Cottini had a very different experience painting her mural on a residential garage door. Her piece, “Call Me Maybe”, features five different lipstick tubes. Cottini has known D. Oldham Neath, who coordinated the murals through Archival Gallery, for around 20 years. Of the spaces available to be painted, Cottini was particularly fond of the yellow house and the garage in the background.
“Lipsticks are kind of my signature subject. I’ve always loved painting them. There’s so much out there,” Cottini said.
While she had previously helped other artists to paint, this is Cottini’s first mural. She usually works in acrylic on canvas. Cottini was grateful to help fill Sacramento with art.
“It’s a community that I’m so happy to be a part of,” she said.
“Gutter Trap” is John Stuart Berger’s contribution to Mural Alley. According to her artist’s statement, her piece is a reminder to persist and focus on the positive. “Gutter Trap” is located at 3223 Folsom Blvd, on the back wall of the Archives Gallery. Its name comes from the downspouts on the wall.
Neath has owned the Archival Gallery since 1983. She also co-founded Sacramento’s “Second Saturday” and “Chalk It Up” art walks. The Mural Alley project, which came about through Neath’s coordination with its neighbors, is expected to last indefinitely.
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The Archive Gallery exhibit rotates monthly. For more information and timetables, go to archivalgallery.com.
To see more photos of the murals completed and in progress, go to sacramentouralalley.com. You can also see more information about locations and parking, and learn more about the artists involved.