Cittaslow Sebastopol

Come paint the
McKinley Street Murals
September 13 & 14
Part of the Sebastopol Village Convergence

Want to be part of the painting team?
September 13 & 14
Reply to this email so we know how many to expect.  We will send you one more email before the big date if you sign up.  No experience needed.  Fun for everyone! Mention what you'd like to do and when in your email. No commitment, but we'd like to get an idea of how many want to do what and when they might come.

The  Sebastopol Village Building Convergence (VBC), is a delightful 10 day community series of events and projects to be held September 12-21, 2014 at multiple venues around Sebastopol. 

Want to paint the street? 
Cittaslow Sebastopol's VBC project is to paint murals on McKinley Street connecting Main Street and The Barlow.  Reply to this email if you'd like to help make a stronger connection between the Barlow and Main Street by painting Spirit Bird and Spirit Canine along McKinley Street.  Everyone can help - paint by numbers!  
McKinley Street Murals
Overview of McKinley Street Murals
Spirit Canine
Spirit Canine designed by Dana Vallarino
To be painted near the beginning of The Barlow - just west of Warped Brewing
Spirit Bird
Spirit Bird designed by Dana Vallarino
To be painted near Laguna Parkway outside the Rialto Cinemas

Traveling between the two we will also paint salmon swimming upstream (designed by Karen Lockert) and wildlife paw prints walking along the bank (designed by Penny Bentley).

The whole 10 days will be filled with activity - it's like a studio tour (e.g., Art Trails), but instead of artist workshops, you can tour and help build community projects:
  • Paint a mural - Sept. 13 & 14
  • Plant a garden
  • Build a cobb bus stop


Here are some of the many ways you can join the fun:


Saturday, Sept. 13 - starting at about 11:00 to 5:00

  • Help close and clean the street.
  • Help draw out the chalk outlines using a big grid - artists especially needed for this!
  • Help mix paint colors.
  • Paint inside the lines once the lines are drawn.
  • Supervise kids doing fun painting projects.
  • Volunteer in our Cittaslow Sebastopol booth signing folks up and giving out food. (Please specify if you would like to do this so we can assign you a time slot.)
  • Cheer folks on from the sidelines!
Sunday, Sept. 14 - starting at about 10:00 to 5:00
  • More painting to finish up two coats on all the art!
  • Many of the things listed under Saturday.
There will be music and food to keep you inspired and fueled! 
* Saturday hear live music by Whitebear.
* Sunday hear and see the Sonoma County Taiko Drummers perform.

What to bring:
A refillable water bottle!
Gloves, rags, paint brush if you wish (not required)
Clothes to paint in
Your creative excitement and sense of fun!

Check this out  to see a time-lapse video of a street mural painting event in Portland, Oregon.


  • Post on Facebook and Twitter (You can use the share buttons at the top of this email)
  • Email your contacts - use the Forward link below
  • Enter in your blog
  • Visit this web page to learn more about this project and how you can help.
We need lots of volunteers.  There will be a job for everyone.  Tell your friends to contact us at if they want to join the fun.  Click for more info at our web site.


Big Thanks to Kelly Moore Paints in Rohnert Park and Sebastopol Whole Foods for fabulous contributions to this project!


The Cittaslow Sebastopol Village Building Convergence Team  


Check out
our video!

McKinley Street Mural Project Video

Your donations
are tax deductible!
We need your help to get
  • Special pavement paint
  • Brushes and rollers
  • Food for volunteers
  • Porta-potties for the event
Donate $50 or more 
Receive a large organic cotton commemorative grocery bag (16" x 16")

VBC Commemorative Grocery Bag

Printed with both logos
Cittaslow Grocery Bag

Go green and shop in style! No more plastic as of September 1. 

Donate $25 or more 
and get a postcard of Spirit Bird, suitable for framing.

Spirit Bird

Sebastopol has been a "Slow City" since 2010

Priorities of a Slow City:
- Support locally made
  products and agriculture.
- Celebrate local history  
  and culture.
- Welcome visitors and 
  embrace neighbors.
- Integrate technology for
  improved well-being.
- Protect the health of the
- Develop community-
   friendly infrastructure.

Sebastopol is Cittaslow

Cittaslow Sebastopol
Steering Committee
- Tasha Beauchamp
- Clare Najarian
- Mayor Robert Jacob
  (City Liaison)
- Sarah Gurney
  (Alternate Liaison)
- Carol Capria
- Debbie Morris
- George Curtis
- Halle Pryor
- Marty Roberts
- Meg Mizutani
- Richard Von Sternberg