A vacant, two-story warehouse on a side street in downtown Santa Rosa will become an art gallery for just one night this weekend.
“Out of Order,” a free exhibition of work by more than 40 artists from Sonoma County to the United Kingdom, will run from 4:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday (May 25) at the former site of the Santa Rosa Printing Co., 575 Ross St.
The show is the brainchild of Roman D’Argenzio, 26, who staged the monthly “Kaleidoscope” pop-up art shows at various sites around Santa Rosa from 2009 to 2012.
“We’re calling this a mural exhibit,” he said. “The art is painted directly on the walls inside, but there are also sculptures and installations. We want to show the community how talented our artists are.”
The point of showing the art only once is to make people savor and remember the experience, rather than getting used to walking past it every day, he said.
“The goal is to have this big one-night art show on a grand scale,” D’Argenzio said. “We’ll take as many photos as we can to document the night.”
D’Argenzio, who has a bachelor of arts degree in advertising and graphics from the San Francisco Academy of Art, plans to publish a coffee table-style book featuring photographs of the “Out of Order” show, probably by October.
Some of the art is spray-painted, but this is a not a graffiti show, he said.
“There are a lot of pictures of people and animals,” D’Argenzio explained.
The 4,000-square-foot building is owned by his father, Dino D’Argenzio, a Realtor, property developer and owner of the Heritage Public House beer tap room and restaurant and food venue in Santa Rosa, where Roman works.
One of the artists involved is Ricky Watts, who recently painted a large outdoor mural on the southern wall of the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma.
For more information on the online campaign to raise donations to cover the costs of both the event and producing a book commemorating it: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/outoforder/out-of-order-mural-exhibit.