You Can't Miss the Second Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento!

Photo used by permission of Henry Garciga
Photo used by permission of Henry Garciga

See the art walk and the art . . .

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"Paris" by Bob Dreizler"China Town" by Richard KozikowskiArco Tung-Sol, circa 2000"Bette Davis Eyes and the Bugs" by Arco Tung-SolAsian SoireePainting by Dave SherrodKosmo with beretDave Sherrod's self-portraitCalifornia FunkPainting by Greg KondosDanse MacabreDreamscapephotography by Bob DreizlerPointillistic CityRolling GalleryThe ShamanSteve Vanoni and his sax"Lost Wages" by Henry GarcigaCityscape by Richard KozikowskiWho's better . . . Manet or Monet?Matt Bult collageVisionary art by Ann ErpinoPainting by Tim CollomAnother landscape by Tim Collom
"Paris" by Bob Dreizler
"Paris" by Bob Dreizler
"China Town" by Richard Kozikowski
"China Town" by Richard Kozikowski
Arco Tung-Sol, circa 2000
Arco Tung-Sol, circa 2000
"Bette Davis Eyes and the Bugs" by Arco Tung-Sol
"Bette Davis Eyes and the Bugs" by Arco Tung-Sol
Asian Soiree
Asian Soiree
Painting by Dave Sherrod
Painting by Dave Sherrod
Kosmo with beret
Kosmo with beret
Dave Sherrod's self-portrait
Dave Sherrod's self-portrait
California Funk
California Funk
Painting by Greg Kondos
Painting by Greg Kondos
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
Dreamscape
Dreamscape
photography by Bob Dreizler
photography by Bob Dreizler
Pointillistic City
Pointillistic City
Rolling Gallery
Rolling Gallery
The Shaman
The Shaman
Steve Vanoni and his sax
Steve Vanoni and his sax
"Lost Wages" by Henry Garciga
"Lost Wages" by Henry Garciga
Cityscape by Richard Kozikowski
Cityscape by Richard Kozikowski
Who's better . . . Manet or Monet?
Who's better . . . Manet or Monet?
Matt Bult collage
Matt Bult collage
Visionary art by Ann Erpino
Visionary art by Ann Erpino
Painting by Tim Collom
Painting by Tim Collom
Another landscape by Tim Collom
Another landscape by Tim Collom

Every second Saturday of the month it's time for fun


Back in the 1990s, the city of Sacramento started its Second Saturday Art Walk. Happening mainly in the downtown area, the event encourages the owners of art galleries and stores to open their doors in the evening hours on the second Saturday of each month. Arts and crafts are highlighted, with an emphasis on that produced by local talent. The event also attracts large numbers of musicians and street performers.

I first started going to the Second Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento with my good friend, an artist by the name of Arco Tung-Sol, now deceased. (You’re right - that wasn’t his birth name!) Arco and I liked having something to do on the weekend that didn’t cost much money. The free food was certainly appreciated, especially by Arco, who often subsisted on such “meals.” (Thinking of this, I still crack up!) Arco could certainly down glasses of wine or beer with amiable abandon as well. Incidentally, Arco had a show or two on these art walks.

(Please note that not all galleries or stores offer free food or drink. And some places charge a dollar or so for a small glass of wine.)

Other than Arco Tung-Sol, many other artists have exhibited their work at the Second Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento: Steve Vanoni, Dave Sherrod, Marco Fuoco, Manny Segovia, Gregory Barton, Richard Kozikowski, Bob Dreizler, Linda Fitch, John Van Dusen, Frankie Hansbearry, Henry Garciga, Ann Erpino, Katie Murphy and many others. I’ve met all of these artists and some are my friends.

One of the best venues on the Second Saturday Art Walk is the Arthouse on R, located at 1021 R Street. Situated upstairs, this gallery features ateliers by various local artists such as Richard Kozikowski, Ann Erpino and Leslie Smith. And, next door to the gallery, the Foundry in Sacramento features large bronze sculptures by artists such as Alan Osborne.

Interestingly, while strolling in the art galleries, I’ve discovered that many people think I’m an artist as long as I wear one of my European berets. (I think my gray hair adds to the illusion as well.) You could wear one too, I’ll bet, even if you happen to be a woman! By all means, when you go on an art walk, wear a beret, look bohemian or play the artist, what the hell! New hobbies and life styles are there for the taking. And if you want to play music at somebody’s gallery, they just might let you bang away!

I’ve discovered that many other areas have regular art walks. Davis, just 15 miles from Sacramento, has a Second Friday Art Walk, and both Downtown Los Angeles and Seattle, Washington have one on the second Thursday of each month. Such affairs seem to be popping up across the country. It’s a regular movement of some kind – for the enlightenment and entertainment of countless folks, I’m sure.

So, if you’re interested in all things artsy-craftsy, or just curious, see if there’s an art walk in your area and get down there ASAP.

And don’t forget to wear a beret!

Look below for some of the short videos I've recorded on the Second Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento:

Rockabilly

Doorstep of the Cigar Store

Los Politicos

The Folkies

You Know You're Out of Sight

Leo Boots plays slide guitar

The Trad Band

Well, You Needn't

They play Sister Sledge

Somewhere over the Rainbow

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This is an interesting Hub Page. I really liked "California Funk" and the painting by Greg Kondes. "Pointillistic City" is cool, too. I am glad I checked you out.

ciao


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kristenssn 7 years ago from Sacramento CA

Interesting you should write about this, as I just went to Second Saturday this past weekend. It was great as always.


jono8100 7 years ago

Kosmo you mentioned an old friend of mine in one of his bloggs, Arco Tung Sol. I'd like to know more about the circumstances of Arco's passing & family -- can we speak privately? --thanks jono


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Interesting hub, thanks. I am partaking this week end so it was useful to read about it. I had lessons from Greg Kondos, a great artist!


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Amez 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi, Kosmo really nice Hub, I sure miss Sacramento, I went to Kohlar Elementry in North Highlands. If I spelled it right. My Dad was Stationed at the AirForce Base, in Sacramento.


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4wardthinker 5 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

I've been meaning to go to Sacramento Second Saturdays for months now. Glad I stumbled on your hub. I've got the next one marked in my calender.


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Kosmo 5 years ago from California Author

Okay, 4wardthinker, maybe I'll see you there. Later!


James 5 years ago

Wow, I had no idea it had been going on for this long!

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