UnchARTed Presents: Constellation

By | Arden Fair, UC Clients

In partnership with UpperCloud, Arden Fair’s public arts program, UnchARTed, is intended to unite art and the Sacramento community together. The program is dedicated to creating artful, experiential, and immersive activations on and around the Center’s premise that will unite, inspire, and create hope.

Arden Fair’s public arts program, UnchARTed, is bringing Sacramento Youth Symphony to collaborate with Oakland-based, LED sculpture artist, Christopher Schardt of LED Labs. Together they will create a mesmerizing and immersive art experience for the Arden Fair community and beyond.  On May 31st, Sacramento Youth Symphony will perform live with Schardt’s world-renowned, Constellation, a 6-pointed LED canopy, that will be installed between the first and second floor near JCPenney. Visitors will have a chance to slow down, sit back, and enjoy the moment underneath it, gazing up at the lights with music accompaniment. This unique partnership between Sacramento and Oakland artists aim to strengthen a sense of connectedness, sense of presence and joy of Arden Fair’s community of all ages.

Constellation will open on May 31st and will run from May 31st – June 14th.

Food We Love: The Banh Mi Ba Le edition

By | Food We Love

Let’s take a moment for the most important part of any day, food. Here’s s weekly series on our favorite food spots.

Here’s a running list of our holy grail food spots we feel should be on your radar while in Oakland:

Banh Mi Ba Le… because who doesn’t love a good Banh Mi? This place is a personal favorite of our co-managing partner and renaissance man, Johnny Neang. The man knows exactly wear his loyalty lies with this food option. Classic, classic.

The UC order: Johnny’s order is Dặc Biệt — The classic house special order for a very special individual.

At UpperCloud, our universal language is food. We’re always on the lookout for new good eats, good drinks, and good company. Have a favorite spot you feel we should know about? Let’s connect together over a dish (or two).

New (UpperCloud) Friendships

By | UC Clients

A new year, a new UpperCloud brand, and new clients.

Jamie Cardenas and Lucas Ives of Magpie Alchemy Soaps, Jilliane Patriarca of The OrgOrg, and Arden Fair. Each entity and team holds deep value into our core mission of positive change, wellness, and community. Talk about stepping into your (new business) blessings! We feel extraordinarily lucky for the opportunity to work hard for our new clients and we cannot wait for everything to come this year.

Affordable By Design

By | Artthaus Studios, UC Clients

We are on a mission to solve the housing crisis affecting the Bay Area’s missing middle by developing urban workforce housing that is, by design, affordable, convenient and stylish.

Join us for the creative hands-on process at Artthaus Studios in Oakland and be part of the group that will change the fabric of the city in the coming years.

Take a quick survey and if you are selected, you will be joining a handful of other selected participants alongside developers with the group and individual activities where we will touch on floor plans, designs, locations, etc. Food and refreshments will be provided and you will be awarded with a $100 gift card at the end of the participation.

Click on the link here to participate in the survey:

We are looking forward to making East Bay affordable together!

UnchARTed Presents: Fashion With A Purpose

By | Arden Fair

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.


Melissa Arendt
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.

Instagram: @melissaarendtart

Lisa Elias

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.

Instagram: @iglisaelias

Heather Gorton
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.”

Instagram: @poisin_dream_creations8

Julia Narvaez
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.

Instagram: @julianarvaezart

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