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- Art Exhibits -
- Field Trips -
- Coastal Cleanup Day -
and more!


September 15th to 18th, 2016
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Find out how beavers change the world and what we can learn from them.
Visions of the Wild Presents
Beaver Mania
Leave it to Beavers Film Screening &
Presentations by Occidental Arts and Ecology Center


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Carquinez Strait Boat Cruise
Boat cruise through the Carquinez Straits to the site of the former Mothball Fleet to learn about the health of the Bay and tidelands


Napa River Boat Cruise
Tour of the Napa River aboard the Dolphin Charter

Presentation by Myrna Hayes giving insight into the river life of both humans and wildlife


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If you would like to contribute towards the festival please send us a message and let us know of your skills and interests.

Wild in the City

Join us September 15th to 18th, 2016 for Visions of the Wild.
Films, Art Exhibits, Speakers, Field Trips, Coastal Cleanup Day, and more!
Most festival events are FREE.

Visions of the Wild art exhibitions will open on Friday, September 9th

Art & Films

The theme for the 2016 festival is Wild in the City.  We’ll be celebrating the nature – animals and plants – that live in our urban and suburban setting.  The festival brings the whole community together, including artists, conservationists, students and teachers.  If you’re interested in being part of the festival please contact us through our community page.


Events take place throughout Vallejo and American Canyon. This year we will be organizing events following up to the Sept 15th Weekend. Follow us on social media and check the events calendar below for information on our upcoming events.



There are many ways that you can participate with Visions of the Wild. If you would be interested in volunteering or just asking a question, please contact us by following the link below.

Art Exhibitions

Wild by Nature

The Temple Art Lofts Gallery   corner of Virginia & Marin Streets

The U.S. Forest Service in partnership with the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) is presenting the 3rd annual Visions of the Wild Festival September 15 – 19, 2016. The theme this year is Wild in the City, featuring four concurrent art exhibitions highlighting the connection of nature, culture and community.

The Temple Art Lofts Gallery will host the exhibition Wild by Nature. This exhibition will present artwork that considers the intertwinement of “wild nature” and urban environment and explores issues of encroachment, adaptation, and transmutation (of species) as habitats change. Installation work is of particular interest.

The time period for submissions is now over, thank you to everyone that entered to be part of this exhibit. More information about the opening times will be posted here soon.

Wild Places in Urban Spaces Exhibition

Artiszen Cultural Arts Center  337 Georgia Street

September 9th to October 9th, 2016

The Forest Service is partnering with the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) to develop an art exhibition entitled Wild Places in Urban Spaces, which will feature the work of artists whose work explores ways that natural, or wild, habitat and biology interface with our built environment. The regional artists being considered for this exhibition are currently working in this genre, in various media, and are being invited by the curator to submit examples of their work to be reviewed by a panel of representatives of the Forest Service, VCAF, and the project manager/curator in June. Ten artists will then be chosen for the exhibition, and for inclusion in the Forest Service Permanent Art Collection. The exhibit will be presented at the Artiszen Cultural Arts Center from September 9th to October 9th, 2016.

The time period for submissions is now over, thank you to everyone that entered to be part of this exhibit. More information about the opening times will be posted here soon.

Visions of the Wild: Untamed

Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum  734 Marin St.

September 9 to October 6, 2016

Visions of the Wild: Untamed, will be on exhibit at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum gallery in conjunction with U.S. Forest Services’ annual Visions of the Wild Festival of Art and Culture. This year’s festival theme is Wild in the City.

Co-curators, Susan Schneider & Deanna Forbes selected works for the exhibit including paintings, prints, and drawings by invited Bay Area artists: Linda Benjes, Kristina Branch, Lisa Esherick, Deanna Forbes, Betsy Kendall, Joe Oddo, Marc Pandone, Tim Ray, and Brian Rothstein.
Visions of the Wild: Untamed explores works that reveal in some way common aspects of nature’s wild in the urban setting that very often are unwelcome or taken for granted, or seen as banal, and yet, are indomitable and ubiquitous

Gardner & Bloom: From the Earth

Bill Bloom Studio   727 Marin Street

September 9 to September 18, 2016

Celebrating the urban wild in wood and clay.
Original works featuring Bill Bloom’s ceramics and Don Gardner’s wood sculptures.

News & Events

Festival Events


Art Exhibition Openings (5:00 pm-10:00 pm)

Join us for four new and original art shows at multiple venues in downtown Vallejo.  The openings coincide with the Second Friday Art Walk for September. "Wild by Nature" - Temple Art Lofts Gallery, Corner of Marin & Virginia Streets "Wild Place in Urban Spaces" - Artiszen Cultural Arts Center, 337 Georgia Street "Visions of the Wild: Untamed" - Vallejo...

Skaggs Island Bike Ride (10:00 am-2:00 pm)

Skaggs Island is a 4,400 acre unit of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, located north of  Highway 37.  It is normally not open to the public.  The island has an interesting history in addition to its ecological significance. Because the area is so large and flat, it can be explored well on a bicycle.  We will provide tour route  for riders and...

Reception and Talk: “Foraging the Urban Wild” (6:30 pm-9:00 pm)

Join us at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum for drinks and appetizers followed by a talk from Marla Emery about foraging for wild edibles in the urban environment. Urban trees, forests, and green space can be a critical source of food, fiber, and medicine in cultivated spaces like gardens and community farms, as well as in parks, street medians, and...

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