Community Art Walk Oct. 24 to Showcase Natoma Station Restoration Project

Folsom, CA –   A major two-year public art restoration project in Natoma Station is complete, and a community art walk and celebration is planned on October 24 to showcase 21 pieces of restored public art. 

The Folsom Arts & Cultural Commission and Natoma Station Community Organization will offer a 1-mile walking tour of the public art, and participants will have the opportunity to meet some of the renowned artists who will be attending the celebration.  The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Big Foot Mini Park on the corner of Turnpike Drive and Hopfield Drive. Wine, cheese and other refreshments will be served.    

The Natoma Station community is home to 21 pieces of public art, ranging from monuments to sculptures to ceramic tile murals produced by 15 different prominent artists including David Rible, Stephen Kaltenbach, Yoshio Taylor, Donna Billick, David Middlebrook and James Meichert.

Established in 1990, the Natoma Station community was unique in that the development included a diverse array of art pieces. Over more than two decades of wear and tear, the art collection was in need of restoration and repair work.

During the last two years the City of Folsom worked with a local conservator who is also an artist to restore the art pieces to return the art to its near-original state and perform conservation treatments.  The restoration project will be complete this fall.  Funds to restore the art pieces came from the Natoma Station Landscaping and Lighting District and were generously supplemented from a kick-off fundraising event sponsored by the Natoma Station Community Organization in 2014.

Take a virtual tour of the Natoma Station artwork, or visit the neighborhood off Turnpike Drive. For more information about the restoration project, contact Municipal Landscape Services Manager Lorraine Poggione at 355-7207 or lpoggione@folsom.ca.us