Live Painted Murals at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

These murals were painted live in front of the community while enjoying the 2023 County Fair.

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Hector Covarrubias (https://www.instagram.com/cova____/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Dee-meh (https://www.instagram.com/ladimeuna/), Priscilla Marquez (https://instagram.com/priscillasarte/reels/), and Yazmin Shi Shi Madriz (https://www.instagram.com/shishi.madriz/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Driftin (https://driftin.one/produce).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Arsenio Baca (https://www.abacaart.com/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Jessica (https://www.instagram.com/jcaoart/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Eddie Ramirez (https://www.eddieramirezart.com/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Demetris BAMR Washington (https://www.bamrtheartist.com/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Ricardo Richey – APEXER (https://theapexer.com/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Robert Nexus-Nexx Ortiz (https://www.instagram.com/og_nexus_408/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Jesse Hernandez – Urban Aztec (http://www.jessehernandez.net/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

Norman Chuck – Vogue (https://www.voguesworld.com/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Raiz (https://www.pablosomething.com/) and Pancho Pescador (https://www.instagram.com/panchopescador/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

By Elba Raquel (https://www.elbaraquel.com/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

Flip Phone Pix

Here are some fun with a flip phone photos from in and around San Jose. These photos have no added filter effects; this is just how cell phone photos use to look. They are less than 2 megapixels and sometimes look a little like computer generated paintings and sometimes like incredibly detailed versions of foggy dreams.

Flip Phone Pics

Bathroom in downtown Santa Cruz food court.

Flip Phone Pics

Twin Lakes beach in Santa Cruz.

Flip Phone Pics

Cottonwood Lake in Hellyer County Park in San Jose.

Flip Phone Pics

A street sign in San Jose.

Flip Phone Pics

Bobblehead race at the A’s game in Oakland.

Flip Phone Pics

Bubbles in the air from a vendor at the Newark Days festival in Newark.

Cities of Santa Clara County Murals

At the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, there is a building with murals for its cities and towns.

San Jose by Mario Dimas (https://www.instagram.com/mariodimasart/).

Santa Clara by Kelly Detweiler (https://www.instagram.com/kdetweilerart/).

Gilroy by Sheryl Cathers (https://www.instagram.com/sheryl_cathers/).

Los Gatos by Bhavana Misra (https://bhavnamisra.com/).

Palo Alto by Megan Sara Stevens (https://www.artistmegansara.com/).

Mountain View by Scape Martinez (https://www.sm-artgroup.com/).

Sunnyvale by a collaboration of artists; Ketaki Adi, La Vonne Carrick, Angelo Lopez, Deepti Nanawati, Penny Nolan, Kanchan Paranjpe, Jayashree Sadasivan, Neela Shukla, Ishwarryah SR, Jenny Tang.

Los Altos by Morgan Bricca (https://morganmurals.com/).

Campbell by Pam Mossing (https://www.facebook.com/pammossingmurals/photos_by).

Milpitas by Francisco Ramirez (https://www.instagram.com/fco1980/).

Cupertino by Joseph Demaree (https://idiomism.wixsite.com/josephdemaree).

Saratoga by Greg Cheung.

Los Altos Hills by Tanya Fisher (https://www.tanyafisher.art/).

Morgan Hill by Paul J. Gonzalez (https://pauljgonzalezartstudios.com/).

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

Monte Sereno is at the end of the building and is five murals around a doorway that focus on painter Thomas Kinkade who had lived there. These murals above were by Kachan Paranjpe Khadikar and Ketaki Adi. The following ones were, in the order shown, by Joseph Demaree, Francisco Ramirez, and Lila Gemellos.

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Mural

Cabbage at the Library

Cabbage Sculpture

From the street of San Tomas Aquino Rd. I assumed I was looking at a simple, though attractive, vegetable sculpture. Then I got closer and saw there was more to it. Notice the roof of this library has a rain spout directed to the top of the sculpture. Then, looking closer I saw that the sculpture has curves that channel water and a drain near its base. It is a part of the rain water drain path! That is just neat. I found that the artist Elizabeth Conner (https://elizabethconner.com/section/348652-Public-Art.html) calls this work “Cabbage”.

Cabbage Sculpture

From the top you can see how the water is channeled all around the grooves of the sculpture’s leaves as it flows down towards the drain.

Cabbage Sculpture

Waterways work their away around it all and it has integrated lights to backlight the leaves at night.

Cabbage Sculpture

I like looking at this and hope to be near it when it is raining some day.

Alley off of Stevens Creek and Bascom

Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom

When I saw this one I instantly liked it and assumed it was completed for the most part. These photos of the Alley behind the corner of Stevens Creek and Bascom were taken a couple of weeks apart and show some changes. For this mural, it was dramatic and still excellent even though very different to me after the artist added the lines you will see next.

Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom

I like it both ways so much I can not quite make up my mind which way I would prefer it. Each way feels different to me like separate and excellent works. I ran into the artist, Augie WK (https://www.thejamsbrand.com/augiewk), selling some of his artwork at a SoFA First Friday event and told him how I liked this mural off of Stevens Creek and how I liked it both ways so much. He told me that he’s heard similar thoughts often from people with his art. He sometimes uses the lines and sometimes does not when he employs this style in his work. I’m glad that I was able to stop and appreciate this mural in both phases.

Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom

Here are some more works in the alley from various artists. New pieces pop up every once in a while so this alley already has more works than is captured in these photos.

Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom
Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom
Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom
Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom
Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom
Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom
Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom
Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom
Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom
Murals behind Stevens Creek and Bascom