Our Mission • Nuestra misión
We strive to celebrate and foster the Arts in Vallejo by creating opportunities for artists and community. We embrace the rich diversity of our city by centering the Arts, culture, and community so that Vallejo can be a vibrant, safe and welcoming space for artists and the community at large.
We promise to deliver programming and exhibitions that represent and reflect the communities who live here which include the ethnically diverse cultures that make Vallejo one of the greatest places in the country.
Nos esforzamos por celebrar y fomentar las Artes en Vallejo creando oportunidades para lxs artistas y la comunidad. Abrazamos la rica diversidad de nuestra ciudad al centrar las Artes, la cultura y la comunidad para que Vallejo pueda ser un lugar vibrante, seguro y acogedor para lxs artistas y la comunidad en general.
Nos comprometemos a ofrecer programaciones y exposiciones que representen y reflejen las comunidades que viven aquí, que incluyen las culturas étnicamente diversas que hacen de Vallejo uno de los lugares más magnificos del país.
Meet the team • Nuestro equipo
Kathy O’Hare is co-owner of Obtainium Works Art Car Studio in downtown Vallejo, has been active in the arts community with the Vallejo Arts Alliance, Vallejo Open Studios, Art Windows, and 2nd Friday Art Walk, and has served on the Beautification Commission for the City of Vallejo.
Abel Rodriguez is a Queer Xicano artist who was born in Fairfield, CA in 1979. He received a MFA degree in Painting from Yale School of Art in 2010, and a BFA in Drawing and Painting and Graphic Design from California State University, Long Beach in 2007. He was selected to participate in the Artist in Residence Program at Recology, S.F. in 2011. He has exhibited nationwide and is the co-founder of El Comalito collective in Vallejo, CA where he currently resides.
Edgar-Arturo Camacho-González is a queer Xicano community activist, artist, and poet living on occupied Ohlone land. He is committed to making the communities he is part of safe, vibrant and welcoming for all by networking with people who seek to change the world through a decolonial lens. Edgar-Arturo is a co-founder of El Comalito Collective and and is part of the Vallejo Food & Art Walk team.
Dominique Gutierrez is an Office Manager for Artiszen Tile Stone Mosaic as well as a wannabe community organizer and until recently was Gallery Director at the now closed Artiszen Cultural Arts Center in Downtown Vallejo, CA. Dominique has a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from San Francisco State University and has also had quite the crash course in the arts by running a community-based art gallery and performance space for the past 5 years where she curated/organized many art exhibits, performances, and community events. Dominique has the complete pleasure of knowing so many creatives in Vallejo and although the Artiszen Cultural Arts Center doors are now shut, she is still very much involved in the arts scene in her favorite city by the Bay…Vallejo, CA.
Lori Herrera is a Community Organizer, Event Producer, and Artist Entrepreneur, providing creative business solutions to the Bay Area Independent Music Community. A creative at heart, she is a writer, poet, musician, and makeup & body artist, also affectionately known as Bubbles the Clown. As a lifelong resident of Vallejo, she is dedicated to serving the Community that raised her and joins the Vallejo Art Walk to support the homegrown Artists and Musicians of our diverse community and making Art & Music programing accessible and equitable for all.
I have loved to make all kinds of things- Pictures, Stories, Songs, Big Plans- for as long as I can remember. Freedom to wander and daydream fueled the creative days of my childhood, and the best fun of all was-and still is- to dream up whole new worlds to go adventuring in. I appreciate storytelling in its myriad forms: spoken, seen, sung, danced, acted. These pull the curtain back from ordinary experience to let us in on hidden wonder. Other stuff: I have degrees in Studio Art and English Literature from University of Nevada- Reno, have three awesome kids and 3-going-on-4 grandkids. I dream and create at the Mare Island Art Studios (formerly Coal Shed Studios) in Vallejo, California. — Erin Bakke
Carmen Slack – President/CEO, Solano County Arts Council –- Carmen has lived in Vallejo for over 40 years and directs the projects and staff of the Solano County Arts Council, and officially represents the Solano County Arts community in local, state, and national matters. Carmen studied Art therapy and worked with Merle Karnes, a pioneer in the field of Art therapy, early childhood education and one of the creators of Head Start. At 22, she was employed as Director by the Native American and Appalachian Community Action Program (CAP). Her years of service to the Solano community includes Operations Manager of the Vallejo Performing Arts and Conference Center, Executive Director of. HTIR , International US Internship Study, Art Director and Webmaster for the AFLCIO including N.CA UFCW, President of the Mira Theater Guild, Co-curator of the Art of Peace Exhibit at TAL in Vallejo CA., member of the Solano County Public Arts Committee and Team Member with the Vallejo Art Walk.
Stan Clark has been in Vallejo for 6 years, making giant inflatable art for special events. His art started as small fabric sculptures and stuffed animals and has evolved into a large collection of giant flower and dragon forms. Astro Botanicals have been featured at more than 200 events in the Bay Area and across the country.
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The Vallejo Food & Art Walk is organized by members of the The Vallejo Arts Alliance as well as in collaboration with SactoMoFo. This event is an opportunity for artists to showcase their work in a very casual setting with entertainment and food provided to encourage visitors to walk among the art galleries and downtown businesses, including the new Community Gallery in partnership with Cal-Maritime.