Vista Art Foundation

The Vista Art Foundation (VAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of artists and art-lovers that is committed to strengthening the community through arts programs, events, education, citizen participation and communication.  Our mission is to support and encourage artistic expression through all types of art by all age groups and across all segments of our diverse community.  

What's Going On...

Shades of Red Art Show

May 18 – June 8

The Backfence Society

110 S. Citrus Ave., Suite F in Downtown Vista

As part of the Vista Strawberry Festival hosted by the Vista Chamber of Commerce, the Shades of Red show returns as a juried competition for cash prizes and an Opening Reception.

Deadline for submissions is May 8. $20 per entry. Reception will be May 18 and cash prizes awarded May 26 at the Vista Strawberry Festival.

  • 1st Place: $400
  • 2nd Place: $300
  • 3rd Place: $200
  • People’s Choice: $100

Shades of Red
Call to Artists

ABOUT THE JUROR:    Artist Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark is an accomplished fine-art photographer and painter based in San Marcos and photography teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School. Ms. Clark is a native of upstate New York where she earned her Masters in Art Education from the College of New Rochelle and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Kelly served as the Chairperson and Vice Chair of the Vista Public Arts Commission for 4 years and curated the annual New Work photography competition and exhibit at Vista Civic Center Gallery. She has exhibited her photography, mixed-medium art, drawings and paintings in museums and galleries here and throughout the country. You can see her work at or on Instagram at @kellyclarkcreative. 

“One of my favorite things to do is to teach and inspire others to create art! I am thrilled for the honor of jurying this year’s show of Shades of Red!”

10th Anniversary of the Alley Art Festival

July 27, 2024 in Downtown Vista – watch this space for coming details


Virtual Food Drive

VAF and The Backfence Society are proud to partner with the North County Food Bank. Help your neighbors who are facing hunger through our virtual food drive:

The Backfence Society Virtual Drive (

Where to Find Art


The Vista Art Foundation is proud to support this autonomous group of north county San Diego artists working collaboratively to produce interactive art events and provide an affordable and accessible platform for established and emerging artists. Rotating art exhibits throughout the year. 110 S. Citrus Ave., Suite F

Public Art

From “Kites over Vista” to whimsical sculptures and community murals, Vista’s creativity is on full display. More information may be found on the City of Vista website.

Retail establishments and other places

Paintings displayed in restaurants, privately commissioned murals and sculptures can be found in a variety of restaurants, breweries and other establishments around the city. 

  • Helia Brewing, 1250 Keystone Way
  • Booze Brothers Brewing, 2545 Progress St.
  • Curbside Cafe, 307 Main St.
  • Found Lofts, 516 S. Santa Fe Ave.
  • Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr. 

Public Library

Located at 700 Eucalyptus Avenue in Vista, the public library features permanent exterior murals, sculptures and mosaics, in addition to rotating art exhibits inside.

The Civic Gallery is in the Vista Civic Center, located at 200 Civic Center Drive, on the second floor. Rotating exhibits.

Veterans' Writing Group

The Veterans’ Writing Group of San Diego County has published three anthology books with stories drawn from  life and military experiences. Each copy sold of these deeply personal and intimately relatable works allows the Veterans’ Writing Group to donate two copies to veterans’ organizations, military hospitals, local libraries, and USOs to help fellow veterans and their family members heal and grow from their experiences. The stories are sometimes hilarious, at other times heart-wrenching, but always ring true and are like no other. For more information:

Alley Art Festival


Backfence Society & Vista Art Foundation collaborated on the 2023 ALLEY ART ON THE ASPHALT in Historic Downtown Vista, Citrus Street,  on July 22 from 4-9 pm. This year’s event included an artist market, interactive art displays, crafts and a variety of local musical acts. Stay tuned for more information about next year’s event!

This annual event is for all ages and FREE to the public!

Thank you to the City of Vista and the CVBID Board for the generous grant to make these events possible🖤


Vista Art Foundation