• Selma Mural Walkway

     

  • Selma Mural Art is Rooted in Community

    Revitalizing the Selma Community One Mural at a Time

    Selma's Mural Walkway was spearheaded by Selma art educator, art enthusiast, and walnut farmer, Vicki Filgas. In the wake of the Great Recession, Selma's downtown turned into a ‘ghost town'. Vicki knew she had to do something and knew art would have a positive impact. She rolled up her sleeves and got to work. She partnered with local artists, the City of Selma, business owners, and other key stakeholders to lay the groundwork for Selma’s first mural, Selma Historical Mural on High Street. Although it took time from the first mural to the second, people in the community saw its value and wanted to get involved. The rest is history. In early 2019, Selma welcomed its sixth mural, The Tree of Life, located on the wall of Selma's Pet Clinic. These murals have breathed new life and activity into Selma's downtown. Thank you, Vicki, for your continued vision and leadership.

  • Making the Case

    Mural Art Bringing Positive Change to Selma

    Vicki Filgas in Action

    Vicki discusses the benefits and positives art can bring to a community, example of before and after of La Boca Immigration City Scape.

    Artist Ariel Bird Howe Connects with Selma's Youth

    Children from Garfield Elementary School excitingly meet with Artist, Ariel Bird Howe, who painted the mural, Children Dream, dedicated to Selma's youth.

    Credit: The Selma Enterprise and Report Laura Brown

  • Murals

    Come Take A Walk: Vision, Beauty and Community

    Selma’s Historical Mural | 2010

    Producers: Vicki Filgas
    Artists: Ernesto Palomino, FranCisco Vargas, Ramiro Martinez and Mario Bonilla
    Location: Robertson & Guerra Building, 1948 High Street, Selma, CA 93662
     

    No Separations- The Lotus and the Dove | 2014

    Producers: Vicki Filgas
    Artists: Ramiro Martinez
    Location: Central California Cardiovascular, 2001 High Street, Selma, CA 93662

    La Boca Immigration City Scape | 2015

    Producers: Vicki Filgas and Beverly Cho
    Artists: Ariel Bird Howe, Mauro Carrera, Tony Carranza and the late FranCisco Vargas
    Location: Joyeria Herreras Building, 2404 McCall Ave, Selma, CA 93662

    Cho Family Mural | 2015

    Producers: Vicki Filgas and Beverly Cho
    Artists: Robert Amador and Joshua Wigger
    Location: Cho's Kitchen Building, 2030 E. Front Street, Selma, CA 93662
     

    Children Dream | 2016

    Producer: Vicki Filgas and Selma Health Care District
    Artists: Noxa Arts - Ariel Bird Howe and Michael Howe
    Location: Sierra Market Building, 2446 McCall Ave, Selma, CA 93662

    The Tree of Life - Respecting Endangered Species | 2019

    Producers: Vicki Filgas and Selma Pet Clinic, Sukhwinder Chugh, DVM
    Artists: Ezequiel Lee Orona and Abel Jesus Orona
    Location: Selma Pet Clinic Building, 1843 W. Front Street, Selma, CA 93662
  • Meet The Artists

    The Central Valley's Talented Artists

    Robert Amador

    Robert Amador is a painter based in Fresno, California. Raised by a mixture of decaying urban landscapes and the dusty valley vineyards as playgrounds, his first exposure to public art was the graffiti-covered, rainbow-like freight trains that would barrel through both worlds; it was a traveling art exhibition that anyone could enjoy! This inspired him to create his own graffiti art using terrible quality automotive rattler cans that would cover more of his hands than the surface he was attempting to decorate. That early love for graffiti mixed with his drawing obsession led to a lifelong love of art and an art journey that continues to this day. Amador has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, and painted public art through out the state finding that gallery art belongs to few, while murals belong to everyone. Amador is currently teaching mural painting to incarcerated individuals in California and continues to paint in a very hot garage studio.

    Xamples of his work can be found here:

    @robertamadordraws

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    http://robertamador.blogspot.com/2010/10/

     

     

    Mauro Carrera

    "(artists) may not have a lot of money but we still have our paint brushes; giving us our voice."

    Mauro Carrera is a Fresno based community-oriented muralist and arts educator. He is originally from Yanga, Veracruz, Mexico and immigrated to California at a young age settling in Fresno’s Calwa District. As a young boy he was inspired by Latino/Chicano themed murals and his talents came through with help from a local Chicano muralist and teacher. As a muralist and arts educator, he has been able to engage in this process known as ‘Public Practice’ where art works in combination with art education, community organizing and mural paintings. Mauro has been doing this work for eight years and has has developed over 15 pieces in the Central Valley primarily in low income communities but also across the United State in places like New York City and Philadelphia. He has also worked with youth doing educational workshops as well as helped prison inmates learn to paint gaining useful skills once released from prison.

     

    Get to know Mr. Carrera and his work by visiting his instagram page: @muaro_carrera

     

    Tony Carranza

    Artist. Educator. Entrepreneur.

    Mr. Carranza grew up in the rural Central Valley, the son of farm workers. His upbringing and the political issues of the time help shaped his point of view as an artist. He is immensely active and a visible leader in the art community in Fresno and beyond. He is also an entrepreneur creating spaces for the arts, social justice and community. His experience as an Art Director and his dedication to social justice has allowed him to work with a long roster of community based organizations and change makers around the U.S. With more than 15 years in art/design he co-founded two organizations, Dulce UpFront and Somos Fres.Co which is a collective co-working space for the community where people's artistic talents from art, drive for social movements, policy, entrepreneurship to spoken work can gather and make their dreams in 'reality'. For his efforts in Selma he helped to manage the team of artists for two of Selma's mural, La Boca and Cho Family Mural.

    Ernesto R. Palomino

    Xicano Excellence

    Ariel Bird Howe & Michael Howe

    Visit them at the following sites:

     

    IG: Noxo_Art

    Ariel Bird 

    Mike Howe

     

     

    The Late FranCisco Vargas

    Influential Muralist & Artist

    Even if you did not know FranCisco personally you knew his art. It is painted throughout Fresno and other towns in the Central Valley. He is responsible for the many iconic murals, such as the stamp of Fresno and the downtown mural on Van Ness and Broadway.

    FranCisco lost his battle to stage IV cancer in May of 2015 however his art, his passion and his love for the community live on.

    Ramiro Martinez

    Ezequiel Lee Orona

    Josh Wigger

    Meet Josh and view his work here:

    https://vimeo.com/15384059

     

  • In The News

    Murals Making Selma Proud

    Mural Dedication | 02.13.19

    Credit: Hanford Sentinel and Reporter Laura Maldonado

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    Selma gets a new downtown mural | 11.16.16

    Credit: The Selma Enterprise and Reporter Laura Brown

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    New murals proposed for Selma | 09.14.16

    Credit: The Selma Enterprise and Reporter Laura Brown

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    Mural projects underway for Selma businesses | 09.16.15

    Credit: The Selma Enterprise and Reporter Laura Brown

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    New mural dedicated in Selma | 11.15.15

    Credit: ABC30 (KFSN)  

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    Murals celebrate Selma's cultural diversity | 11.18.15

    Credit: The Selma Enterprise and Reporter Laura Brown

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    Second Selma mural: 'Beauty of the Valley' | 03.12.14

    Credit: The Selma Enterprise and Reporter Esra Hashem

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    Second Selma mural dedicated | 03.26.14

    Credit: The Selma Enterprise and Reporter Esra Hashem

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    Selma art exhibit features Hispanic Artist | 3.09.16

    Credit: The Selma Enterprise and Reporter Laura Brown

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  • Sponsors & Partners

    To the Community Members who have Financially Supported each Mural, we THANK YOU for your Support!

    Selma's Historic Murals

    Producers: Vicki Filgas

    Sponsors: Rose and Scott Robertson, Selma Unified School District, Selma High School - ELL Class 2010, Indianola Elementary, Robertson - Guerra Insurance Agency, Balvinder & Harpreet Purewal, Pure Fresh Sales Inc., Glacier Refrigeration and Air (Andy & Yvette Montijo)

    Union Community Partners: Ken Crabtree, W-N Art Bronze Co., Leadership Selma Class 15, Sal's Mexican Restaurant, Kimberly Skidmore, Nelson's Ace Hardware, Selma Chamber, City of Selma, Selma Police Department, Selma Rotary, John Martin, CPA, www.ThatAwardsGuy.com, and Educational Employees Credit Union and Brent Eastwood Insurance

    In Loving Memory: Rene Gallardo, Steve Robertson, Mr. Snodgrow, Gurdial S. Purewal "Give unto Others", Anthony Caro, Jesse Lujan, JR.

    No Separations - Dove and the Lotus

    Producers: Vicki Filgas

    Sponsors: Shailesh Shetty, M.D. & Nikita Shetty, M.D. (Central California Cardiovascular), Andy & Yvette Montijo (Glacier Refrigeration), Karl & Lorraine Salazar (Sal's Mexican Restaurant), Mike & Jeanette Derr (Derr State Farm Ins.), Scott & Rose Robertson (Robertson Guerra Ins. Agency), Rosalinda Tovar, (Rosa Linda's Fine Mexican Cuisine) Selma District Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors 2014), Selma Unified School District (Abraham Lincoln Middle School), Educational Employees Credit Union, Selma Knights of Columbus, Selma Rotary

    In Loving Memory: Toni Filgas

    La Boca Immigrant City Scape

    Producers: Vicki Filgas and Beverly Cho

    Sponsors: California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Central Valley Lioness Club, Selma Kiwanis Club of Selma, Selma Rotary Club, Educational Employees Credit Union, Rosalinda Tovar (Rosa Linda's Mexican Cuisine), Scott & Rose Robertson (Robertson Guerra Ins.), Virginia Less, Bob & Mary Allen, Bill & Paula Tucker, Martha Nienduet (La Estrella Market), Martha Nienduet (La Estrella Restaurant), John L. Martin, CPA, Selma District Chamber of Commerce Board, Stanley & Adriane Louie (Logan St. Medical Group), Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Andy & Yvette Montijo (Glacier Refrigeration & Air), Michael & Jeanette Derr (State Farm Insurance), Lorraine & Karl Salazar (Sal's Mexican Restaurant), California Water Service Co.

    In Memory: Jin Hong & Tais Cho

    Cho Family Mural

    Producers: Vicki Filgas and Beverly Cho

    Sponsors: California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Central Valley Lioness Lions Club (Selma), Kiwanis Club of Selma, Selma Rotary Club, Educational Employees Credit Union, Eli & Ramza Hage, Rosalinda Tovar of Rosa Linda's Mexican Cuisine, Scott & Rose Robertson of Robertson Guerra Ins., Virginia Lees / Bob & Mary Allen, Bill & Paula Tucker, Martha Nienduet of La Estrella Restaurant, John L. Martin, CPA, Selma District Chamber of Commerce Board, Stanley & Adriane Louie of Logan St. Medical Group, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Andy & Yvette Montijo of Glacier Refrigeration & Air, Michael & Jeanette Derr of State Farm Insurance, Lorraine & Karl Salazar of Sal's Mexican Restaurant, California Water Service Co.

    Dedicated To: John Cho's Lion Team

    In Memory of: Jim Hong & Tais Cho

    Children Dream

    Producers/Sponsors: Vicki Filgas and Selma Health Care District

    Dedicated To: the children of Selma and to the mental health & well being of the community

     

    The Tree of Life - Respecting Endangered Species

    Producers: Vicki Filgas and Selma Pet Clinic, Sukhwinder Chugh, DVM

    Sponsors: Selma Arts Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Selma, Selma Rotary Club, Glacier Refrigeration (Yvette and Andy Montijo), Bank of America (Selma), EECU (Selma), John Martin, CPA, Martin's Jewelry (Harold Phillips)

    In Memory of: Coyote 'Bill' Tucker

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    This website was created and is currently managed by Selena Martinez, originally from Selma, Ca. Selena was inspired by Selma's Mural Walkway in downtown and wanted to build upon the work of both Vicki Filgas and the city of Selma. Selena's vision was to take the mural idea to neglected parts of the community and address social justice and equity, in particular economic inequity. Selena drafted a thesis proposal as a part of her graduate studies in Public Administration at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She is now bringing it fruition, please visit The 559 Mural Project.

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