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...

Chicano Art Festival

February 24

2-6 PM

110 S. Citrus Ave. in Downtown Vista

This event will not only be a celebration of Chicano art but also a unique platform for vendors and artists to showcase their incredible work! We’re celebrating the comic book release of TAMALE GUY! 

Call to Vendors:
Chicano art show

We need vendors for our first annual Chicano Art Show!

How to reserve your booth:

1. Visit our Eventbrite page or search: Elevated760’s – Artist on the Asphalt AOTA – Chicano Art Festival

2. Click on “Get Tickets” and select your preferred booth package.

3. Complete the easy registration process.


St. Patrick's Day Artist Market

March 16

2-6 pm

Backfence Society Parking Lot

110 S. Citrus Ave., Suite F

Downtown Vista

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