SEPT 15 - SEPT 18
Events are FREE and open to the public
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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!
All festival events are FREE (except cruises) and open to everyone.

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 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

Temple Art Lofts Gallery
Corner of Virginia & Marin Streets, Vallejo

September 9th to October 15th.    Gallery Hours: Thurs-Fri: 1pm-6pm, Sat. 11am-4pm  (Opening Reception Friday, September 9, 5pm to 8pm)

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.

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Visions of the Wild: Untamed

Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
734 Marin St, Vallejo

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

Wild Places in Urban Spaces

Artiszen Cultural Arts Center

337 Georgia Street, Vallejo
September 9th to October 9th, 2016
(Opening Reception Friday, September 9, 5pm to 10pm)

Wild Places in Urban Spaces is an exhibition featuring artists whose work explores the interface between nature, suburbs, and cities.

Artists: Elin Christopherson, Jessica DunneChristina EmpedoclesFerdinanda Florence, Jeffrey LongRuth SanteeHolden SchultzKathryn St.ClairGail WightChristopher Woodcock

Each of the ten artists listed above will be contributing an artwork to the Forest Service for the permanent collection.

With Installations by Karrie Hovey and David Tomb

Curator: Kathryn Weller Renfrow

Presented by the U.S. Forest Service and the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation

Gallery Hours: 11am to 5pm, Wed – Sat.      Admission is free

Christopher Woodcock, Urban Wilderness, Composition 3, Rooftop Garden, C-print, 30″ x 40″

Visions of the Wild - American Canyon

The American Canyon Arts Foundation is hosting an art show at the American Canyon Chamber’s Welcome Center at 3860 Broadway (Hwy. 29).  The show will be from September 9-17, 2016, with a reception scheduled for Friday September 9, from 5-8pm. The show will highlight local artists with a theme of “Wild in the City.”  The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please go to our website: or email us at, or leave a message at (707) 645-8840.

Gardner & Bloom: From the Earth

Bill Bloom Studio
727 Marin Street, Vallejo

Exhibit opens Friday September 9 for Vallejo downtown Art Walk, 5 – 9PM. Second opening for Visions of the Wild, September 15 – 18, 2016.

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


Bill Bloom Raku Ceramic

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Don Gardner Wood Scupture

News & Events

Festival Events


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

Join us in downtown Vallejo for four new and original art shows.  The openings coincide with the Second Friday Art Walk for September 9th, 5pm - 10pm. "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 – RSVP/FREE (9:30 am-2:00 pm)

Register for the bike ride here.  This is a FREE event. This is a rare opportunity to tour the 3,300 acre Skaggs Island, a former top secret naval communications site. It is now a part of the San Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge. There will be approximately five stops to look at the natural and human history of the Skaggs Island and surrounding wetlands....

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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