Under the UnchARTed public art program, Arden Fair teamed up with the Sacramento Kings to bring together four local artists to create masterpieces on white high-top Nike Airforce 1’s. Each artist was responsible for creating a design that aligns with the different Sacramento Kings jerseys and Sacramento in general .
The designs on the custom sneakers were meant to celebrate our city, celebrate our local artists, and to show that we’re all united and Sacramento Proud. The public was able to bid online for the sneakers from 4/2 – 4/13 and all proceeds from the auction benefitted the Men’s and Women’s Leadership Academy (MWLA), a youth program in the Sacramento City Unified School District. MWLA is SCUSD’s effort to provide low-income students of color supportive learning environments.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
As a visual artist, Melissa in a constant state of creation, whether through painting, illustration or design. Her work is characterized by clusters of colorful cells juxtaposed with technically lined pencil drawings of people, places and things that intrigue her. She enjoys forcing these visual elements together within her clusters, thus creating a new whole. Ultimately, her work serves as a fragmented record of life on Earth, presenting assorted elements that make it such a fascinating, complex, absurd and cherished place. Melissa is a California native and studied graphic design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her work has been shown throughout Sacramento as well as in San Francisco, New York City, Paris, Denver, and New Hampshire.
From South Sacramento, Lisa Elias has been making her way on the art scene since 2007. She has always been very passionate about art, theatre, poetry, photography, cinematography, and music. Some of her accomplishments include curating/volunteering for events for her community. As well as shooting/directing short films with her friends. Painting murals for homes/businesses, and live painting for local events. She is also the winner of HOF Day art battle judged by David Garibaldi in 2017. The majority of Lisa’s portfolio includes abstract & portrait paintings that tantalize the eye.
Sacramento local artist, Heather G has been painting for over 30 years. You can spot her artwork from midtown Sacramento, Sinister Creature Con, Folsom and San Francisco, Ca. “I am a self-taught painter, though I did take some art classes in high school and college”… ” I enjoy taking reality and distorting it… creating beauty in such a complex world.”
Julia Narvaez is an artist based in Sacramento. She found her passion for
the arts at a young age and has been drawing and painting since she was four years old. Her current work focuses on portraits in multiple styles and mediums, varying from oil paints to digital media. She enjoys creating unique self portraits that inspire self confidence, expression, and also incorporate influences from her Filipino background to promote diversity and her pride for her heritage.
Learn more about the MWLA at https://www.youthdevelopmentscusd.org/copy-of-men-s-leadership-academy