A mural by Miles Toland, one of the artists to be featured at the Wide Open Walls mural festival in Sacramento, Aug. 10 to Aug. 20.
(Courtesy of milestoland.com)

40 local and international street artists to live-paint murals at Sacramento festival this month


Street art is big here, but it's huge in Sacramento—more than 600 murals have appeared to brighten the walls of California's capital city over the last 40 years. And starting today, artists from all over the world are flocking to Sactown for the Wide Open Walls festival to create a few large-scale pieces of art themselves.

Having debuted last year as the Sacramento Mural Festival, Wide Open Walls—now through August 20th—is a full-blown street art extravaganza with gallery openings, mural tours, artist panels, and parties—the Wall Ball, on August 19th, will cap the festival with live DJs, craft cocktails, and interactive art to benefit local arts education.

But the real reason to make the drive to Sacramento is to see no fewer than 40 artists live-painting before your eyes. Look for hearty representation from Sacramento artists, as well as talent from around the world, plus Bay Area native Jeremiah Kille. (Check the map for locations).

Headed that way? Keep an eye out for these 10 international artists.

Okuda, from Madrid, Spain // Okuda will be painting at Mill at Broadway, 2555 3rd St. (Sacramento)

// Wide Open Walls will be held from Aug. 10-20 in multiple locations throughout Sacramento. More information can be found at wow916.com.

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