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More Than 25 Female Artists Take Over The Napa Ruins

Updated: Oct 07, 2022 07:43
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Get ready for one of the largest art events The Bay has seen in a very long time – entirely created and organized by women artists from around the world. Few and Far Women is an international crew of women street artists, graffiti writers, and skateboarders celebrating their 11th anniversary in the most epic way. The play on beautifying The Napa Ruins in American Canyon during a free event next week.

Artists from Few and Far working on a mural together

30+ members of Few and Far Women will be gathered at the ruins to work on several large mural projects. Then, on October 15th and 16th, the space will be open to the public for a massive free event. Everyone attending will be able to celebrate the artist’s achievements and give folks time to enjoy the art created by the team.

They say, “A mural is a story and each artist takes her turn in the telling. Using our gifts as totem makers, Few and Far’s reflections of the world is fantastic and distinctly feminine. By engaging our community in our narrative, we seek to foster young imagination, to help the neighborhood’s next generation recognize and channel their creative impulses.  This conversation between artists and communities is an ongoing, global project to heal and bring together all peoples.”

Although seemingly abandoned, the Napa Ruins has been more recently celebrated for its graffiti and street art. Originally a fully operational factory owned by Standard Portland Cement Company, the space hasn’t had an occupant since the 50s. Some artists have now been working to preserve the graffiti and art that lives on the walls of this vast property.  The Napa Valley Ruins & Gardens is a part of the Watson Ranch community development project which is helping make a once abandoned space the future epicenter of artistic expression.

This venue will be getting a major facelift. An aerial view of The Napa Ruins in American Canyon

What I love most about Few and Far is their emphasis on building community, supporting each other, and spreading beauty through their art. Few and Far started from a want to connect and spread their gifts while feeling supported by others with similar commitments to their passions of art, social justice, education, and skateboarding.

“In a male-dominated subculture, these forms of expression are potent teaching tools for youth.  Few and Far seeks to validate these emerging styles for the next generation. Members herald from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, New York City, Miami, Seattle, New Jersey, Great Britain, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, Kathmandu, and Australia among other places,” – Few and Far Women.

Portrait of some of the crew behind Few and Far Women

There will also be performances during the festivities on the 15th and 16th including DJs, musicians and other emerging artists. For more information about the event, check out the event page on Few and Far Women.

Few and Far Women 11th Anniversary Mural Project and Party Details

Flyer for the Few and Far Mural Event – October 15th and 16th at The Napa Ruins in American Canyon

Few and Far Women Artists Participating:

Agana @dj_agana
Niz @elenizzle
Meme @memersweets
Dime @ladimeuna
Keena @lamakina510
Beth Emmerich @bethemmerich
Ursula X Young @ursulaxyoung
Polen @polenhunn

Guest Artists:

Lushy @MissLushy
Nico Cathcart @nicocathcart 
Irene Shiori @IreneShiori
Wolfe Pack! @Wolfe_.Pack
Zoë Boston @ZoeAdiahBoston
Bud Snow @Bud_Snow
Sarah Painter @SarahPainter
Amaranta Colindres @Curlieturtle
KRC @Karina_Ramirez_Cortez
Shan @Shananagan1
Silver @Silver_Kod_Bsk_Tdk
ShiShi @Shishi.Madriz
Tibz @_Tibzz
Shani shih @Shanishih
Miss Moth @Miss_Moth_
Khoda @msscorleone_
Herenia MX @hereniamx 
Fword @servant_hand 
Stiz @steel_carz 
Moody @moody.arttt 
Bella Donna Artiste @belladonnaartiste
Nana @blissful_nana 
Stephanie @fanifly_

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Katy Atchison

Katy Atchison

Katy has lived in The Bay Area since the age of 3. While other kids were attending summer camp & soccer practice, she was raised selling wares at craft shows with her working artist parents and spent vacations in a small 1920s Montana log cabin. This has all given her a unique perspective on the ever-changing texture of San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. Currently a blend of all that is The Bay Area - she's a web designer at a tech-company, artist and DIY teacher.