Vallejo Art Windows

    In conjunction with U.S. Forest Service
    Visions of the Wild Festival “Changing Landscapes”

    6th anniversary

    Vallejo Art Windows is a community-driven and site-specific art program accomplished through partnership with downtown property owners, the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) and other community and civic organizations. By bringing high quality art to empty storefronts, this ongoing project promotes the talented artists of the Bay Area and aims to increase foot traffic in the downtown retail corridor, improve the aesthetic appeal of the historic downtown, and encourage the rental of all available commercial spaces to drive a thriving downtown Vallejo. These artful windows, lit warmly every night, greet visitors and residents with an engaging and creative scene. This project continues to attract art and commerce to the area, bringing artistic flair and new vitality to our historic downtown.

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    VCAF Announces 2017 Vallejo Art Windows 6th Annual Event

    The 6th annual will be unveiled on the Second Friday Sept. 9th.

    Vallejo Art Windows is a completely volunteer public art initiative, approaching it’s 5th anniversary with  one big change on the horizon!

    Art Windows 2017 Team

    Our team which includes Deanna Baillie, Mel Gomez, Jos Sances, Brian O’Reilly, Marilyn Manfredi, Tim MacDonald, Susan MacDonald. The remainder of the board will provide continued assistance and fundraising:  Tom Arie Donch, Ken Mullen, Leigh Beck. Contact us if you are interested in supporting this great program, all the volunteer help possible is needed to create another successful year.
    susan@vallejoarts.org or 707.567.1321

    Vallejo Community Arts Foundation – VCAF

    Launched the Vallejo Art Windows Project in 2011 and has raised funds for the Vallejo Art Windows Project for the past 6 years.  We are proud of the success of this program that has enabled our community to overcome the stigma of the many vacant window prevalent in our downtown five years ago.

    A Standing Ovation to all Donors & Volunteers

    The generosity of our community with both financial and volunteer support for this project is an example of the how power of art can change our street, our community and our city.  Thanks to the cast of thousands that have participated over the years.  A special thank you to our major financial five year sponsor, Carlton Senior Living.  Also thanks to VCAF Board Members who have worked tirelessly for 6 years to raise the funds to make this project a reality.

    Mark Martin, Sean Murdock, Sandy Sangco, Lou Verenini, Gretchen Zimmerman,  Sherry Tobin, Erin Bakke, JeanCherie, Susan Noll, Pearl Trantor, Matthew Finkelstein, Brian O’Reilly, Robert Schussel, Sarah Rohrs, the staff of the Times Herald,  The Hub,  Tim and Susan McDonald,  Robert Litwin, Buck Kamphausen, Brigitta Olsen, Michelle Hightower with the City of Vallejo, Vallejo Public Works,  Central Core Restoration Corporation,. We appreciate the support of downtown property owners and managers, and the many others in our town who help to promote and support the project.

    Thank you.

    Call for Entry

    The 6th Annual Exhibition of Vallejo Art Windows is Open.

    Vallejo, CA – Vallejo Art Windows announces its Call For Entry for its 6th Annual Exhibition to be unveiled the second Friday Sept. 9th. The deadline for artists to enter is noon, July 15th. Interested artists can click the “Artists Apply” link to submit their application.

    The 2017 Theme for the Art Windows 2017 will be “Changing Landscapes”
    Memory and imagination are universal ways we experience changing landscapes. Submissions can explore the ambiguous relationship between observation, fantasy and art. They can recreate the past, re-create the present or reveal a vision of the future. Even the most abstract images remind us of the natural world in some uncanny way. Reflect on the landscapes in your own mind. Work does not have to be representational and is completely open the creative process and imagination of every artist.

    Vallejo Art Windows is designed to help spark economic revitalization and improve the aesthetic appeal of Vallejo’s downtown district while promoting artists and their creative vision.

    Working in conjunction with the downtown property owners we secure temporary installation sites inside vacant storefronts. Artist’s installations remain in the windows for a year, or until they space they occupy is leased. There is no entry fee or rental fee to the artist.

    This ongoing arts initiative seeks applications from local and regional artists to create art installations in Vallejo’s Downtown Arts and Entertainment District. We are accepting submissions in a variety of media including:

    • 2D visual art
    • sculpture
    • video or new media
    • installations

    Artwork should have a strong visual impact and should complement or highlight the windows and spaces where they are installed. Artists, teams of artists, and established arts, cultural and historical organizations are invited to apply.

    Deadline for artist submissions is July 15th at noon.

    About the Event

    The VCAF Annual Windows Art Exhibition Grand Opening in conjunction U.S. Forest Service Visions of the Wild Festival Sept 7th – 11th. The Art Windows Grand Opening will be on September on Friday Sept 9th and during the Second Friday Art Walk. The Temple Arts Loft Exhibition “On Fire” and “Imaginary Landscape” at Artiszen will also have their premier on Sept 9th. Other galleries will also be participating in this 4th Annual Visions of Wild festival with the theme “Changing Landscapes” Music, street closures, street performers and vendors will also participate. Patrons will meet at the Empress Lounge at 324 Virginia St. live music, nibbles and no host premium bar.

    Interested artists can find online submission information and guidelines here, or can contact the Project Curators directly at info@vallejoartwindows.com. A complete list of installation locations and information about the exhibiting artists will be available to view on the Vallejo Art Windows website following the Sept 9th launch.

    Working with involved building owners, artists, and Vallejo citizens, Vallejo Art Windows is presented by Vallejo Community Arts Foundation in partnership with the Central Core Restoration Corporation, and the Downtown A & E District Advisory Council.

    How it Works

    Working in conjunction with the downtown property owners association, Vallejo Community Arts Foundation and the city, we secure temporary installation sites inside vacant storefronts. Downtown’s art revival is creating a buzz.  As in the past, our goal is to occupy all vacant retail storefronts throughout Vallejo’s Art and Entertainment District in order to bring art to the streets of Vallejo and increase commerce in the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District. There is no entry fee or rental fee to the artist. Each space is available thanks to the generosity of downtown property owners.

    Vallejo Art Windows is looking for artwork in a variety of media from individuals and groups:

    • 2D visual art
    • sculpture
    • video or new media
    • installations

    Every exhibit-site relationship has its own set of guidelines in terms of size, visibility, and other physical requirements. Typically you will supply all the materials as well as hardware for mounting your exhibit. You should be prepared to remove your work within 15 days should the space be rented. You must agree to leave each location in the same or better condition than you found it. This means that Vallejo Art Windows or the property owner will not sustain costs to restore the location to an acceptable condition as a result of the installation.

    Artwork should have a strong visual impact and should compliment or highlight the windows and spaces where they are installed. Artists, teams of artists, and established arts, culture and history organizations are invited to apply to have artwork installed at the locations described in this application. Every installation is a one-of-a-kind experience that requires all parties to communicate about appropriate and inappropriate content for a specific installation space. Vallejo Art Windows is sensitive to the needs and limitations of the property owners and particular locations. Art that will be visible from the sidewalk should abide by the content restrictions that apply to public art.

    Application Procedure

    To have artwork considered, please compile an application as described here and return it by email to susan@vallejoarts.org. Email is the preferred method. Please submit all documents as a single PDF if possible. To submit a proposal by mail, send it to:

    Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF)
    Vallejo Art Windows Project
    P.O. Box 1767
    Vallejo, CA 94591

    For questions, email Info@vallejoartwindows.com.

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