September 5th, 2015 – TIME: 11 am to 9 pm
Historic Downtown Vista, Indiana Street, Hanes Place and Alley Art Man Way
The Alley Art Festival is coming to town on Saturday, September 5th in Historic Downtown Vista. It will kick off with an expressive and creative procession that is geared to make you smile! Who wouldn’t wrinkle up their lips upon seeing the Derby Girls skating alongside the Maker’s Place Cupcake (huh? What’s that?), large puppets being carried by costumed happy people, bicyclists, skateboarders, and who knows what else? The procession will start at 11 am and will march up Hanes Place to the new Alley Art Man Way then over to Indiana to parade around and back to Hanes, ending at the newly installed “Alley Cat Sculpture” by Randall Art Ranch.
At noon, don’t miss the sketch comedy being presented in the AVO (did I mention it’s FREE?) by the Daycations theater group. Their inspiration comes from the SNL culture of sketch comedy. From there the activities in the air conditioned AVO Theatre will include a Poetry Slam and Film Presentations.
Indiana Street will feature food and artisans. The Alley Man stage located in the Gazebo Parking Lot will entertain with music and an awesome evening fashion show presented by Palomar College design students. Did I mention that Lee Dewyze, American Idol Season 9 winner, will be singing at 6 pm? We will also be featuring the 2015 Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter of the Year: Lanita Smith and MC Magic, Boondock Brothers and more. A wine and beer garden will be set up with canopies to relax and enjoy the music. A USCD Art Student media presentation will be ongoing as well.
Hanes Place will host multiple interactive art activities suitable for children and adults while being entertained by the musicians and comedians on the Alley Cat Stage. Mini skateboard painting, button making, Before I Die Wall, Origami Graffiti, and Live Mural Painting by Sara Spinks will be there for your entertainment.
Between Hanes Place and Indiana will be the Big A$$ Art show. The first of its kind in San Diego that we know of. Large pieces of Art will decorate the outside of the buildings in the Alley and anywhere else we can hang it!
Finally, we will have a unique interactive “Art Box” in a recently vacated downtown building. Located at 227 E. Broadway the former “One Day Shoe Repair” will be transformed into a creative expression space. Come and leave your mark on the wall or counter or floor or door and let’s have fun expressing ourselves in this space. Guided by Scott Prior who is setting the stage for his soon to open Vista Academy of Art.
This is a unique art experience which promotes community involvement and promotion of the arts in Vista. Reaching out to give Artists of all kinds a voice to express their creativity makes for a healthy community. This is also a great example of the City of Vista, the Vista Village Business Association, Local Businesses, the Vista Art Foundation, the Vista Community Clinic and others to work together.
“The Alley Arts Festival continues to provide a kaleidoscope perspective on the Vista music and art scene, with its friendly party festival atmosphere. This year’s festival will be a blast for everyone attending and a great way to experience good food, music, wine, beer and art.”
-Maureen Barrack, Vista Art Foundation President
Vista Art Foundation a 501 (C) 3 organization