Art show series launches at WAL Public Market

The Warehouse Artist Lofts Public Market has been open since May, but Saturday, July 11 will mark a new phase for the mixed-use space.

It’s the first art show! Specifically, First Show, the inaugural exhibit for the WPM Gallery. Its goal is to introduce and highlight local artists, and it’s the sort of thing Trisha Rhomberg, owner of vintage shop Old Gold and the shuttered Bows & Arrows, has been hoping for and talking about ever since the Warehouse Artist Lofts became a thing. 

First Show is already on view through August 4, but its reception takes place Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. (By the way, Fish Face and Metro Juice Kitchen & Drinkery will be open by then for ultimate public market-fun.) Then the next exhibit If You Do Me, I’ll Do You will take shape, with its reception Saturday, Aug. 8. Sensing a pattern?

Rhomberg says she already has a whole year booked of these shows, plus their receptions every second Saturday. That goal for an R Street art walk with WAL as an anchor? This is the start to that potential reality. 

First Show features Navid Dehghan, a WAL resident and illustrator inspired by ‘80s and ‘90s pop culture; Stephanie Wickizer, a Bay Area artist who creates three-dimensionall wall sculptures out of fabric and fiber; Bekah Wilson, a Verge painter who specializes in large still lifes and images influenced by scenes from B movies; and Eric S. Wood, a professor at Sacramento City and Sierra Colleges who creates watercolor landscapes.

Book Cult Bride: Night Train to Terror, 1985 by Bekah Wilson

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