The Sac Bee: It’s a newspaper parking garage. It’s also an art gallery

More than 150 muralists and street artists descended Saturday on The Sacramento Bee’s parking garage for Wide Open Walls’ Street Art Mural Jam.

Artists, food trucks, and loud pop music filled the top of the garage and surrounding sidewalks, feeling much more like a block party than an art festival.

A development group led by Sotiris Kolokotronis purchased The Bee’s garage in December 2016 for $5.7 million, according to an earlier Bee report. The art created will no longer be accessible when work begins on The Press, a 273-unit apartment building on the site. But the fleeting nature of the art didn’t make the opportunity any less exciting for artists.

“This was a great opportunity a few weeks ago when they said that The Sacramento Bee parking lot wasn’t going to be there in a few months, and they gave us the opportunity to paint here,” said Ten Blair, a participating artist. “Everybody has a different style and they invited everybody from emerging artists to international artists, so when you walk around you get everything. Street Art Global, pretty much.”

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