Sol Collective Rises Again at 21st and Broadway
Story & Photos by Barbara L. Steinberg
I remember the old Sol Collective. Urban and edgy in its Del Paso Boulevard location. I traveled there to meet one of the resident artists known as 2Hermano while researching an article about the new wave of "Urban Tattoos" popping up throughout Sacramento. Urban Tattoos was coined by a friend, Bonita, as I struggled to define this fantastic art form...and wanting to steer clear of its "graffitt" roots. To this day, I still refer to Urban Tattoos; their numbers have spread.
It was a sad day when I learned that Sol Collective had been destroyed by a "suspicious" fire. It was not just another art gallery, but a place where young artists could come and explore and learn. Some didn't see it as a positive...just a bunch of "taggers". Perhaps...in some other life. But at Sol Collective they were putting a postive spin on their incredible artistic talents. Imagine someone calling Sacramento Code Enforcement to report the image ofFrida Kahlo as "graffitti" and wanting it removed. This actually happened.
Sol Collective has risen from the ashes and re-opens tonight at a new location south of Broadyway. Again, it's not just a gallery but a place for all-ages to explore their creative selves. Come out and embrace the rebirth of the Mecca of Sacramento's Urban Tattoos...and so much more.
Sol Collective Grand Opening
February 20, 2010
2574 - 21st Street
7pm to 11pm
$5 Donation Appreciated