Santa Rosa’s appealing and pizza-aromatic Rosso Rosticceria & Eventi became something more Thursday.
For just that evening, the restaurant doubled as a pop-up art gallery, a momentary venue for the multimedia creations of artists who study and work at Becoming Independent.
The Santa Rosa-based agency, which helps people with disabilities to earn income and live as fully and independently as possible, hosted the “Eat for Art” show at the airy Dutton Avenue pizza cafe.
Several of the professional artists in the Becoming Independent program spoke with guests and answered questions about their paintings and drawings, jewelry, ceramics, cards, T-shirt art and other works.
All were for sale, with the artists and Becoming Independent sharing the proceeds.
Guests perused the art, then lingered to enjoy a slice of Rosso pizza or two, and perhaps a salad and glass of wine.
People served by Becoming Independent must apply to the art program, which explores an individual’s creative drive and determination to do the work demanded of a professional artist. For inspiration and instruction, the artists visit galleries, among them the De Young in San Francisco.