Vallejo Random Acts of art
Vallejo Random Acts of Art is a project that Sherry started to inspire people to make art and leave their creations downtown to encourage others to visit downtown.
Vallejoans commit random acts of heart for art walk
By Dianne de Guzman, Vallejo Times Herald
Printed Friday, February 6, 2015
“This is like crafting heaven over here!”
That was just one of the exclamations made by those who were at The Hub Thursday night, as a group of friends and strangers met to make Valentines for next week’s Art Walk.
Artist Sherry Tobin worked with everyone to make Valentines using pink tissue paper, scissors, glue sticks, construction paper — practically every type of craft item available — all to be handed out to Art Walk visitors on Feb. 13. Addressing the group, Tobin explained the idea behind making the Valentines.
“What I’ve been noticing at this art walk is it’s just getting bigger and bigger and people are coming from Santa Rosa, from all over, just to visit our art walk,” Tobin said. “And I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be wonderful to give them Valentines? And wouldn’t it really be great if we got some people from Vallejo to come back downtown, if we gave them Valentines? So it’s just putting something positive out there in the community.”
The group at The Hub busied themselves with painting, attaching lace to paper hearts, working on their own versions of a Valentine.
The Valentines are part of a larger movement that Tobin and others have been working on, called Vallejo Random Acts of Art, where group members create pieces of art to leave around Vallejo for anyone to find. The idea is that the art will be both a surprise for someone to discover and something fun for an artist to create.
The art pieces often have a note attached asking for the finder to post to the Vallejo Random Acts of Art Facebook page of their discovered art piece — although the group has yet to have someone post about a found piece of art.
Thursday’s party had a Valentine’s Day theme and Tobin decided to name the night “Random Acts of HeARTS” after a conversation with Marie Neri from Artiszen.
“I thought for this, since it’s Valentine’s Day, and it’s already the 13th, I didn’t want to just leave stuff,” Tobin said. “There’s people coming down; let’s just start passing out Valentines.”
The scene at The Hub was reminiscent of how kids create arts and crafts projects together at school and the crowd really seemed to enjoy the atmosphere.
Mary Jane Etchegaray-Szalan, a regular at the Community Art Party events at The Hub, cut patterns onto folded pieces of tissue paper and said, ”I haven’t done these since grade school.” Another person painted a tiny square piece of canvas with a drawing of an octopus and hearts.
Jasmin Torres and Chris Perez of Vallejo, sat together and worked on their own art pieces. The couple married last Thursday and recently moved to Vallejo. Torres and Perez had just discovered The Hub, deciding to come in Thursday for the art party.
“On Saturday we walked in and it just looked so cool,” Torres said. “He loves to draw, so then we found this. We’re going to be regulars!”