Catherine Devriese, visual arts director at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, believes expressing something visually offers a chance to change the viewer’s world.
“One piece of art can change a life,” she said.
That’s why she is excited about the return of the free Art and Street Printing Festival on Sunday, July 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High Street.
The celebration, which did not take place last year, offers art and interactive printmaking activities for children and adults. Attendees will have the chance to see a variety of visual arts from vendors, including painting, jewelry and silk scarves.
The highlight of the event is the live street printing using a three-ton pavement roller and the surface of the Sebastopol Center for the Art’s parking lot as the printing press.
Local established artists will sub- mit 18-by-24-inch blocks to be used for the pavement roller. Those prints will be for sale for $175. Rik Olson will serve as the lead print- maker.
Other featured artists this year will be Mark Ross, Gary Comoglio,
Lindsey Vargas, Rakshika Thakor, Hannah Skoonberg, Sally Briggs, Tim Haworth, Cheryl Itamura and Emily Robinson.
The public is also invited to carve 12-by-12-inch linoleum blocks to be used by the massive pavement roller. A preview of the prints will be available to view at the Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Avenue.
The festival will include live music starting at noon featuring Randall Sequiera, The Farallons and Kevin Russell. SoCo Arial Collective will be performing periodically through out the day, and food, beer and wine vendors will be onsite.
Devriese has led the event since it started in 2014. She developed the idea after hearing about a street printing festival in San Francisco. She said she wanted it to be something accessible to everyone.
“Not everyone has time or money for San Francisco,” she said. “I wanted to bring it right here at their doorstep.”
Proceeds from the established artists’ prints will go to the Visual Arts Program at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Devriese said the money will be used to improve the visual arts facility; provide things needed to set up exhibitions; give awards to winning artists at shows; and to support young artists in the community.