Art at the Matador + Architecture

Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being.  In short, they make cities better places to live.”–David Binder, Broadway and Off Broadway Theater Producer.

Mother’s Day Weekend is an ideal time to share cultural experiences with family and friends. But where? A trip to Frisco can set you back half a grand with gas, meals, food, entries, and parking, and if it’s a “turnaround” you’ll be driving home with a carload of tired and cranky people. OR, you could “go local” to Art at the Matador and–except for the tacos and beer–pay nothing to see art, make art and listen to music. You’ll all go home refreshed and with imaginations recharged.

I invite you to imagine a visit to Art at the Matador, starting at the information table where a volunteer hands you a list of artists, events, and this description of the architecture: “The Matador’s Mission Revival characteristics include sculptural massiveness, broad plaster surfaces, clay roof tiles, covered walkways or arcades, arched entries and windows, and the courtyard of lawn walled in on three sides.”

Art at the Matador
Compare the Matador arcade (above) with that of the Mission San Fernando, Mission Hills, CA (below)
Art at the Matador
1798, Mission San Fernando arcade

Art at the Matador

Art at the Matador
Gladding McBean tiles, Matador

As you stroll through the Matador complex, look for Gladding McBean tiles on the exterior and interior–including tiles in the bathrooms!

Architectural historian David Gebhard, in his Guide to Architecture in San Francisco and Northern California, lists The Matador as one of ten most significant buildings in Chico.

Excerpt from Art Talk by Dolores Mitchell. Thank you!

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