About the Event

ABOUT THE EVENT

What is Wide Open Walls?

The Wide Open Walls mural festival is taking place from August 10th through the 20th, 2017. It will bring over 40 artists – local, national and international – to the Sacramento area. This year’s event adds to the region’s already venerable history of mural painting – which has produced over 600 murals over the last 40 years.

The festival celebrates the relevancy and diversity of street art, and will transform walls and neighborhoods throughout the downtown area and beyond. It will include many opportunities for the public to engage with the artists – including gallery openings, public mural tours, artists’ receptions and panels, First Friday and Second Saturday celebrations, the Wall Ball – an art-themed fundraiser for arts education – and the unique opportunity to watch artists as they create these large-scale works of art.

Event Detail

Date Venue Artists the Wall Ball
August 10th-20th 2017 Sacramento, California Over 40 Artists An art-themed fundraiser for arts education.


Wide Open Walls Staff

David Sobon – Founder and Producer

David Sobon is the owner of DSA events – a live auction, full service event planning and fundraising consulting firm specializing in working with nonprofits. He has a lifelong interest and love for the arts, serves on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, and has juried numerous art competitions.

The idea of bringing a Mural Festival to the capital city of California came to David while he was biking an alley in midtown Sacramento, and thought it could benefit from art activation and increased community engagement. This eventually led to the Sacramento Mural Festival (SMF) which David founded and which was produced in conjunction with the Friends of The Arts Commission in 2016. In 2017, with an even more ambitious vision, David formed Wide Open Walls, and hired Warren Brand from Branded Arts as a collaborator and experienced and respected curator.

David is a tireless advocate for the arts and for the city of Sacramento. He is known as a high-energy connector of people, and someone who can make things happen. However, his true driving motivation is his desire to showcase the diverse, innovative and rapidly evolving cultural landscape of Sacramento, while promoting the excitement and accessibility of street art, both locally and worldwide.

Warren Brand – Curator

Warren is founder of the multi-platform arts organization Branded Arts, which hosts a series of unique events merging art, music and entertainment. These events also host a variety of charitable associations, including The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, and Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services. Branded Arts’ social reach is massive, drawing trendsetters and cultural tastemakers that bridge several communities, including the art, music, and philanthropic worlds.

Over the last 6 years, Branded Arts has produced over 200 public and private mural projects around the world. Branded Arts recently completed a group of murals at THE RESERVE LA, a new 20-acre creative campus in Playa Vista, housing Microsoft, Sony PlayStation and TMZ. The Reserve won the 2014 Best Office Project Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal. Other major projects include IO Playa Vista, The Sunset Media Center, The Continental Grand Plaza, and The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. With cutbacks in public school budgets significantly impacting art programs around the country, the company’s philanthropic arm steps into that void by commissioning famous artists to paint murals at local properties, developments, youth centers and schools. Their goal is to inspire with art, to give people a creative outlet, and to always display positive imagery. Now a staple of the urban contemporary art scene, Warren Brand has established himself as a major art collector, curator, and tastemaker. He and his team have an overall vision built upon a substantial roster of contributing artists and multiple artistic platforms that will take their projects to even greater heights.

Anna Sobon - Events and Artist’s Hospitality

Anna Sobon has a BS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Business/Marketing. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and has spent many years as a human resources director and consultant for Sacramento corporations and non-profits. She is a blogger and copywriter and is currently working on both a novel and non-fiction project in addition to her work with Wide Open Walls. She developed a love for street art while travelling internationally, and visiting U.S. cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Austin that showcase a vibrant street art culture. She has planned corporate events, fundraisers, and weddings, and is thrilled to be producing the Wall Ball, overseeing web copy, and managing artists’ hospitality for Wide Open Walls.

Patrick Harbison – Public Relations and Social Media Strategies

Patrick Harbison is the owner of Patrick Harbison Public Relations (PHPR), a full-service public relations firm in Sacramento.

With more than 15 years of experience as a publicist, media consultant, publicity professional and media booker, Patrick leverages his extensive contacts within broadcast and print media to yield coverage for his firm’s diverse client base which includes marquee city-wide events, politically-minded organizations and daytime television actors.

Patrick is a three-time Hermes award winner, has been voted “Best of Sacramento” in various categories by both the Sacramento News and Review and the KCRA A-List and was selected as one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s top “40 Under 40” professionals in 2014. In 2015, the Sacramento Public Relations Association named him the Public Relations Professional of the Year and in 2016 Patrick was named Influencer of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America. Comstock’s Magazine named him one of 2017’s Emerging Leaders.

Patrick is a dedicated advocate for Sacramento non-profits and regularly donates his time and PR expertise to area organizations including WEAVE, the Make a Wish Foundation and the Sacramento Children’s Home.

A lifelong Sacramento resident, Patrick lives in midtown with his dog Guinness.

Theresa Plyler – Administration and Graphic Design

Theresa Plyler has a background in graphic design, marketing, administration, and customer service. She has worked in a variety of industries including software, manufacturing, and nonprofits. Her appreciation and talent for art began at a very young age, and propelled her toward creative paths throughout her life. She worked with Friends of the Arts Commission to design the program for the Sacramento Mural Festival in 2016, and decided that she had to be part of Sacramento’s burgeoning urban art scene. She is excited to lend her talent and energy toward Wide Open Walls, and be able to work with such an outstanding and visionary team.

Deepak Sharma – IT and Logistics

Deepak is an Entrepreneur and Technnology Consultant with over 35 years of experience in IT and Management Consulting. He has been working with various social endeavors in Sacramento, providing technical as well as management consulting.

A long-term Sacramento resident, Deepak has now joined the Wide Open Walls team and continues to collaborate with the rest of the team members on making this artistic endeavor a success. He contributes his tech. capabilities to enable the event with cutting-edge IT support. He also manages the event's presence in the cyberspace, besides providing logistical support.

James Neal – Merchandising

James has a degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University, and has 26 years of product design experience with Intel Corporation as a senior IT architecture manager, a project manager, and a software development manager. James is excited to be part of the Wide Open Walls team, and to contribute his expertise to an artistic endeavor. James takes care of the merchadising aspects of the event. He also works with Celebration Concerts and Spirit West Coast as a volunteer event planner, stage manager, and sound engineer, and enjoys spending leisure time at his home in beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Margaret Owens – Director of Operations

EDUCATION: University of North Dakota – B.Acc

As Director of Operations, Margaret Owens is able to utilize her 30+ years of experience in accounting and contract management. From managing and auditing the books of individual companies and clients, to forensic accounting for specialty clients, and even implementing accounting software solutions, Margaret has used her Accounting degree to support businesses and clients since 1986.

In 2012, Margaret added Fundraising and Development to her experience, by supporting one of her true passions, animal rights, through the SPCA. For 4 years, she supported fundraising efforts, chaired event committees, and worked with the event staff to help ensure success for the organization. Because of this experience, she brings a unique perspective, and a strong desire to ensure each non-profit event’s success.

Margaret looks forward to supporting each charity to her best ability, and helping DSA move to the next level as an organization.

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