As we settle into the fall season with cooler weather on the way, we can say we made it through one of the hottest summers on record. The heatwave that seemed as though it would never end caused the cancellation of many events – but not Riverside Artswalk. Although many patrons waited until the sun went down for the September first Thursday Artswalk, the rain or shine event carried on without a hitch. The galleries and museums were open offering free admittance to view their current exhibitions and their air conditioning. The Artist Vendor Lot was as busy as ever with dedicated vendors arriving in the heat of the day just to be ready for the start of the event at 6 pm.
Riverside Artswalk has earned the support of many of the participating artists who make every effort to participate in the event each month, some of which have been participating for over a decade. Michael Sedano, the September Riverside Artswalk Artist Spotlight, is one of the longest standing vendors for the Artist Vendor Lot, participating since 2011 and missing less than a handful of events throughout that time.
Michael Sedano is a painter and muralist who was born and raised in Riverside CA. He has been creating art from the time he was in high school and is currently a full-time artist, creating artwork every day. He is inspired to create art by his life and experiences and his artwork acts as an outlet for stress. Although he has made art his career, it fulfills his desire to create as well as connect with others. By participating in the Riverside Artswalk, there is the opportunity for networking and collaboration – connecting with local artists and supporters. It also gives Michael the chance to inspire future artists who may be starting out the way he did.
Michael also participates in other events aside from Riverside Artswalk. He participates in other Art Walk events as well as conventions including LA Comic Con and Designer Con, Riverside’s Day of the Dead event and various pop-up events throughout the region.
His artwork has been found in many art galleries such as The Gramercy, Curated Chronicles, and Artist Tree. He has also been showcased at coffee shops such as Back to the Grind, Twee, and GoodtimesLB. His murals can be found in Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Downtown Upland. When he is not painting or sketching, Michael is looking for inspiration for his next piece and in his free time, enjoys thrifting and finding unique items to transform into art. He looks forward to exhibiting his work in galleries, future collaborations as well as the opportunities for creating more murals, specifically in his hometown.
For more information, visit Michael on Instagram @area90art or his website area90art.com