Midtown’s Second Saturday
It somehow feels like I missed spring this year. This past Saturday felt like a summer day and many people were out enjoying the weather. June 11 was the second Saturday of June and many events allowed families to go out and enjoy the weather and celebrate Sacramento’s Second Saturday Art Walk.
Spanglish Arte celebrated their 2nd Annual Piñata Festival. Both sides of 23rd Street (between I and J Streets) had vendors and artists showing their goods. The street was still open for traffic and parking during the event.
Mari Arreola along with family and friends made this a community event suitable for an all ages. Arreola handpicked the vendors at the fest and enjoyed seeing the many guests to her gallery, Spanglish Arte; enjoy art, music and each other’s company.
Piñata workshops were scheduled to be conducted by Gavina Barragan. Children and adults participated in making their own piñatas at the gallery’s parking lot. There were many vendors, artists, guests and live performances that I did not get a chance to see but thoroughly enjoyed my time at the fest.
The Washington Neighborhood Center, a nonprofit organization, received some of the proceeds from the event. Several Sacramento artists were able to set up merchandise stations to sell their art. Artists donated at least one item for a raffle to benefit the Neighborhood Center as well.
Mari Arreola said, “Everything you see here is hand made by local artists. Most of the proceeds will go to the Washington Neighborhood Center.” She also gave thanks to sponsors that included State Farm Insurance, Jamba Juice and Yelp.
Several of the hanging piñatas had been sponsored by organizations including one sponsored by the Governor’s office that looked like the California flag.
Emerald Tree Designs had a table right across from the Spanglish Arte gallery that sold Handcrafted Earth and Body Inspired Jewelry where Emily Terrill sold her creations. A few spots from there Chulo Baby sold unique baby clothing.
Supporting local artists is at the core of Spanglish Arte’s business and Mari Arreola makes sure customers understand that. Many of the artists have had a long affiliation with Spanglish Arte.
While I was at the fest I was able to enjoy the Aztec dance group Kalpulli Itzkuauhtli Danza Azteka. After their lively performance I headed off to see what else was going on at the Second Saturday Art Walk.
On my way to go see a fire dance show a Brazilian samba group passed me by on J and 20th Street.The Bathtub Gins played at Barber’s Shop Alfa Romeo and a two member band performed down the street.
As I made my way to the Hot Pot Studio I had to stop at Yogurtagogo on 1801 L Street as I saw an artist doing a Shakira art piece and next to her an air-brush creation of Salvador Dali was being worked on.
My next stop for June’s Second Saturday Art Walk was at the Hot Pot Studio located at 1614 K Street to watch a fire dance. A few dances were performed by the group that always puts on a sizzling performance.
A short stop at the Blue Lamp ended my Midtown Art walk. This was the most well attended Second Saturday of the year so far and one of the most enjoyable.