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Art  thriving in downtown Vista thanks to the dedicated volunteers of the Vista Art Foundation!  Over 40 artists from as far away as Ventura, participated in a Pop Up art show last Saturday exhibiting over 120 pieces of art.  Almost 25% of the unique works of art found a new home that night.   This event brought together artists, friends, family, community members and general art enthusiasts.  They gathered to celebrate and share the creativity of art.


A popcorn bar with unique toppings and DJ “Hellnote” rounded out the festive atmosphere.  This current show featured all small works no larger than 5 x 7 before framing.

This show was tucked away in the alley at 125 Hanes Place.   Sam Phillips, the owner of  American Tattoo, hosted this show in the future location of the business he is relocating from Bonsall.  Sam, a Vista resident, has been a major supporter of the Vista Art Foundation, the Backfence Society and the Alley Art Festival.  He designed the tie dyed T-Shirts that proclaim “Make Vista Weird” that many of the art show participants were wearing.  He hopes his own art related business brings variety to the art renaissance happening in Vista.  Sarah Spinks, a City of Vista Art Commissioner and the Vista Art Foundation Program Director of the Backfence Society, orchestrated this show.  She has put on more than 5 previous “pop up” shows in Vista.

These art shows go up for a one night only celebration and gather large crowds from all over San Diego County and beyond.  Each one celebrates a theme, like the previous “Get Weird” show at the former Lawn Mower shop on South Sante Fe in Vista. The shows  provide a venue and a voice for artists of all ages to share their creativity.  According to Erick S. a local artist, has enjoyed having something “cool and art related” to go to in Vista.


This show was also the first in a series of 2016 “Pop Up” shows the Vista Art Foundation is hosting as fundraisers for the 2016 Alley Art Festival.  The next show “Vista Exposed” will be on April 16th at Art Beat on Main Street and will have its own unique theme.

More  about the Vista Art Foundation or the Alley Art Festival can be found at VistaArt.org or AlleyArtFestival.com.  The Vista Art Foundation is also on Meet Up and Facebook and the Alley Art Festival is on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.  Artists and community members are invited to join the creative momentum and get involved!  The 2016 Alley Art “Love Fest” Festival will be bringing two new sculptures, Alley Art Woman and Love Locks, two new murals and lots of interactive art.  Also, this year, any current VAF member can have a complimentary booth in the festival.  SAVE THE DATE 9/3/2016!  info@alleyartfestival.com  http://backfencesociety.blogspot.com/


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