Sacramento, Get Ready for Wide Open Walls 2018!

Get ready, Sacramento: as of next month, Wide Open Walls is back! The wildly-popular Wide Open Walls Mural Festival will be held at locations throughout Sacramento starting on August 9th and running through 19th, 2018. That’s ten whole days of … Continued

Local Art Float Features Student Art for the Entire Community

Public art is at its best when it involves the entire community. And the southern California city of Riverside’s recent Art Float exhibition is a great example of an entire community embracing public art, down to its youngest residents. Our … Continued

One-Stop Holiday Shopping: Your Local Museum Store?

Looking for a unique place to find a Christmas gift for the art-lover in your life? (Or, let’s face it, a special gift for yourself?) Here’s a thought: try your local museum shop. Despite criticism by Banksy (whose film is … Continued

Time to Check Out “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA”

First of all, let’s get this out of the way: no, LA/LA isn’t related to La La Land in any way besides the fact that the art show is also centered in Los Angeles. If you don’t live in Southern California, … Continued

Exploring Laguna Beach’s Festival of the Arts

We’ve explored the Pageant of the Masters here at the Art Docent Program blog, but we’ve never dove into its sister event, the Festival of the Arts. The two events occur at the same complex in Laguna Beach, with the … Continued

You Can Add to this Library of Sketchbooks

The phrase “The Sketchbook Library” sounds like a book title (specifically, the next big Elizabeth Kostova [or, if you imagined hard, possibly Dan Brown] novel. Honestly, it doesn’t matter–either one of those would make for an awesome read.) But for … Continued

I Madonnari Takes Over at Mission Santa Barbara

You may have seen chalk art before (whether it’s creating with kids in your own driveway, or Bert’s creations in Mary Poppins), but you’ve probably never seen it quite like this. Every Memorial Day weekend, the Mission Santa Barbara hosts … Continued

Introducing…Art Spots at the Crocker!

Those of us that are familiar with Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum probably already know about the Crocker’s extensive programs for kids. (And, seeing that we’re based in Sacramento, there’s a good chance many of our docents and teachers have already … Continued

Treasures in the Trash? At This Museum, Yes

We’ve all heard that one person’s trash may be another person’s treasure (or, as Jim Carrey’s version of The Grinch might say, “one man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpurri”). But Nelson Molina’s museum takes this concept to another level. … Continued

Our Mini-Guide to Desert X, the Desert’s Coolest New Exhibition

You don’t have to go to the Coachella Music Valley & Arts Festival to catch the desert’s hottest art exhibitions (pun intended) this spring. This year marks the Coachella Valley’s inaugural Desert Exhibition of Art, or as it’s better known, … Continued