by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Art Can Change the World

faces_sterling-randall1A Palomar College sculpture class changed the world for Vista resident Jaydon Sterling-Randall. “I do work a non-art related job,” she explained, “however, the occupation that I feel is the real me is being an artist.” While taking those classes, Jaydon felt fortunate to have three sculptures in the Boehm Gallery on the Palomar College campus. In 2014, she became involved in the Vista Art Foundation (VAF) with her art partner and husband Rick Randall.

At that time, then VAF President Maureen Barrack asked if the pair wanted to be involved in making her dream, The Alley Art Festival, come to life. The AAF’s purpose is giving artists of all ages and genres a voice through supporting and promoting the community’s education and cultural appreciation of art and creative expression. Jaydon is now AAF president. “My duties have been to work on trying to find the foundation a home where we can have a gallery for our artists to show their work and have the ability to have art classes. This has not been successful so far.” She works on putting on fundraisers to be able to fund the Alley Art Festival, which is challenging without a gallery space. They have fundraising art shows and events, such as last month’s Behind the Mask Masquerade Gala, and Jaydon holds monthly meetings in which anyone is welcome to come and get involved in the Vista art scene.

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Name: Jaydon Sterling-Randall
Community: Vista Art Foundation and Randall Art Ranch
Hobbies & Interests: Art and plants, The Backfence Society, and TwistedHeart Puppetworks
Favorite Places in Vista: The Yellow Deli, Randall Art Ranch, Alta Vista Gardens
Website: www.vistaart.org and www.backfencesociety.com


Right now, Jaydon’s primary function is working with all aspects of the Alley Art Festival, coming Sept. 10. This year’s a little different in that all the music will be done in a Cruzing Grand style. They’ll have a poetry slam, a fashion show, an artist/makers market, interactive art for all, a Sharpie car, food trucks, a Kidz art zone, a puppet parade, and more. Plus a new sculpture will be coming to the downtown!

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Some interesting sculptures Jaydon and Rick have created for past festivals include a Steampunk ‘Alley Art Man’, followed by ‘Alley Cat’-inspired by their cat Trouble. Last year they wanted to do something special, and so created Alley Art Man’s bride, ‘Alley Art Woman.’ “’Love Locks’ was created to be part of their “wedding”,” she said. “Now everyone can ‘lock their love’ in Vista and put their lock on the sculpture with the Alley couple’s lock. Art is so much more than a pretty thing to look at,” Jaydon said. “Art can change the world.”