Every second Saturday of the month it's time for fun
Back in the 1990s, the city of Sacramento started its Second Saturday Art Walk. Happening mainly in the downtown area, the event encourages the owners of art galleries and stores to open their doors in the evening hours on the second Saturday of each month. Arts and crafts are highlighted, with an emphasis on that produced by local talent. The event also attracts large numbers of musicians and street performers.
I first started going to the Second Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento with my good friend, an artist by the name of Arco Tung-Sol, now deceased. (You’re right—that wasn’t his birth name!) Arco and I liked having something to do on the weekend that didn’t cost much money. The free food was certainly appreciated, especially by Arco, who often subsisted on such “meals.” (Thinking of this, I still crack up!) Arco could certainly down glasses of wine or beer with amiable abandon as well. Incidentally, Arco had a show or two on these art walks.
Other than Arco Tung-Sol, many other artists have exhibited their work at the Second Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento: Steve Vanoni, Marco Fuoco, Manny Segovia, Bob Dreizler, Linda Fitch, Frankie Hansbearry, Ann Erpino and many others. I’ve met all of these artists and some are my friends.
One of the best venues on the Second Saturday Art Walk is the Arthouse on R, located at 1021 R Street. Situated upstairs, this gallery features ateliers by various local artists such as Ann Erpino and Leslie Smith.
Interestingly, while strolling in the art galleries, I’ve discovered that many people think I’m an artist as long as I wear one of my European berets. (I think my gray hair adds to the illusion as well.) You could wear one too, I’ll bet, even if you happen to be a woman! By all means, when you go on an art walk, wear a beret, look bohemian or play the artist, what the hell! New hobbies and life styles are there for the taking. And if you want to play music at somebody’s gallery, they just might let you bang away!
I’ve discovered that many other areas have regular art walks. Davis, just 15 miles from Sacramento, has a Second Friday Art Walk, and both Downtown Los Angeles and Seattle, Washington have one on the second Thursday of each month. Such affairs seem to be popping up across the country. It’s a regular movement of some kind—for the enlightenment and entertainment of countless folks, I’m sure.
After the Pandemic
The Second Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento is making a comeback after being mired in a baseball-like slump during the COVID-19 worldwide medical disaster. Numerous businesses in the Sacramento area went bust during this catastrophe, including many local art galleries where the event has taken place for decades.
But, as of November 2022, people have opened or re-opened art galleries in the downtown area of Sacramento—and many have brought free hors d’oeuvres and wine with them!
So, if you’re interested in all things artsy-craftsy, or just curious, see if there’s an art walk in your area and get down there ASAP.
And, if you’re a man or woman, don’t forget to wear a beret!
Look below for some of the short videos I've recorded on the Second Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento:
Doorstep of the Cigar Store
You Know You're Out of Sight
Leo Boots plays slide guitar
The Trad Band
Well, You Needn't
They play Sister Sledge
Somewhere over the Rainbow
© 2009 Kelley Marks
James on April 21, 2011:
Wow, I had no idea it had been going on for this long!
Kelley Marks (author) from Sacramento, California on February 28, 2011:
Okay, 4wardthinker, maybe I'll see you there. Later!
4wardthinker from Sierra Nevada CA on February 27, 2011:
I've been meaning to go to Sacramento Second Saturdays for months now. Glad I stumbled on your hub. I've got the next one marked in my calender.
Amez from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2010:
Hi, Kosmo really nice Hub, I sure miss Sacramento, I went to Kohlar Elementry in North Highlands. If I spelled it right. My Dad was Stationed at the AirForce Base, in Sacramento.
Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on October 08, 2009:
Interesting hub, thanks. I am partaking this week end so it was useful to read about it. I had lessons from Greg Kondos, a great artist!
jono8100 on September 02, 2009:
Kosmo you mentioned an old friend of mine in one of his bloggs, Arco Tung Sol. I'd like to know more about the circumstances of Arco's passing & family -- can we speak privately? --thanks jono
kristenssn from Sacramento CA on May 13, 2009:
Interesting you should write about this, as I just went to Second Saturday this past weekend. It was great as always.
James A Watkins from Chicago on May 07, 2009:
This is an interesting Hub Page. I really liked "California Funk" and the painting by Greg Kondes. "Pointillistic City" is cool, too. I am glad I checked you out.