What’s In Store?

Glass Mosaic Artist Kristi Halva brings her work to the Haggin Museum Store tomorrow, September 18 at 6 pm.  Kristi will be demonstrating how to make mosaic art and offering her work for sale.  It is free to visit the museum store but for regular admission ($8) you can hear trumpet music at 7 pm and enjoy snacks as part of the Third Thursday event.

I first saw Kristi’s work at the Lodi Art Hop.  In May, she exhibited at the Summer ArtSplash. It is fitting that Kristi shows her work at the Haggin store during the 58th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition At The Haggin which runs through September 28 since Kristi has displayed her mosaics at the Stockton Art League Goodwin Gallery in the past.

Kristi Halva Glass Mosaic Tile At The Samantha Williams Memorial Garden

For more of Kristi’s mosaic art, visit the Samantha Williams memorial garden at St. Peter Lutheran School and Church in Lodi.  The mosaic tile she made to honor her friend lies below a gazebo covered with vines and flowers.

Future Events At The Haggin Store

Mat Falls, co-founder of Sideshow Collectibles, will be in the store to coincide with the exhibition Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross during Haggin á la Carte on Saturday, October 18 at 6 pm.

The Holiday Open House takes place on Saturday & Sunday, November 1 & 2 from noon to 5 pm. Enjoy light refreshments as you view the beautiful holiday décor and gifts for the season. There is a Members Only Preview from 10 am – noon on Saturday, November 1.

Come see work by talented local jewelry makers Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Lee Kirkland and Ronna Taylor during the Holiday Jewelry Event on Thursday, December 4 starting at 5:15 pm.  Take this opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind pieces for your holiday gifts. Free gift wrap included.

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From Food Truck To ArtSplash

I found the art of  Chevan You, who joins the ArtSplash, on the side of a Food Truck at the Food Truck Frenzy. Erin Odessa, noted performer, shows her artistic side – paintings and mobiles. Both will be at the Elk’s Building tonight.

Food Truck Art By Chevan You

Summer ArtSplash Tonight

Friday, September 12, 5pm – 8 pm

Mexican Heritage Center 111 S. Sutter Street

Tres Amigos Exhibit – Acrylic, oil, graphite and ink/ball point pen, ink on paper and American tattoo art are represented by Ricardo Cardenas, Thomas James Armendariz and Francisco Reyes.

Kress Lobby 20 N. Sutter Street

Artwork By Vi Nakamura, Deanna Riddell, Liz Campbell, Gail Lynne Amo,

Angela Bardot and Andrew Puentes.

Elk’s Building 42 N. Sutter

2nd floor patio –

Art By Ismael Qadree and Bella

My name is Chevan You. Art has always been a hobby of mine since my childhood. My art style is made up of cartoons, video games, and comic book characters.

Bree makes lovely hair accessories – flamboyant, big ones and subtle, small ones… mostly from spun fibers.

Erin Odessa – Paintings (crochet and paint on wood and canvas), Driftwood mobiles with laser cut wood medallions and sparkly, reclaimed findings.  Erin will also sing during the event.

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Cafe Coop organization hosts ArtSplash in the Elks building

Artwork By Dawn Rogers And Don Aguilar

San Joaquin Pride Center 109 N. Sutter Street

Jonathan Joint – newsprint political cartoons and comic book pop art

San Joaquin County Administration Building 44 N. San Joaquin Street

Art Expressions of San Joaquin Member Exhibit, Featured Artists Arturo Vera and Nancy Buckenham, Ballet Folklorico Raices Mexicanas will perform at approx. 5:45 pm and guitarist Jesse Hendricks will begin at 6 pm. Note: this venue closes at 7 pm

Chalk Art At The Regal Cineplex Dome, 222 N. El Dorado

Art Table With Drawing Supplies For You To Draw A Picture To Take Home, Janet Leigh Plaza 222 N. El Dorado

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Art Break Day

Last year I discovered Art Break Day, a day where people gather throughout the world to make art for free. The Art Break Day message “art is an essential part of a healthy community and everyone deserves access to it” resonated with me so I contacted the founders of the non-profit Art Is Moving, that conceived Art Break Day in 2011, to register Victory Park as an Art Break Day site.

A wide variety of people came to the first Art Break Day in Stockton, about 100 in all – couples, singles, parents with children, seniors, developmentally disabled, friends, skilled artists and those just wanting to have fun.  What touched me was how grateful everyone was for the opportunity to gather and make art.

Art Break Day returns to Stockton tomorrow Friday, September 5 from 9 am – 5 pm at the Janet Leigh Plaza by the downtown Cineplex.  The theme for this year is “I Wish.”  I have invited the Cleveland School Remembers Draw It Out wish flag project to be part of Art Break Day to tie into the “I Wish” theme.

There will be three tents of artmaking supplies for the public to use – a tent where participants can make a wish flag sharing wishes for what would make neighborhoods better and two tents with painting and drawing supplies to create works on paper.  Draw It Out asks that wish flags be left behind to be added to the wish flag collection for display in Stockton.  Other art pieces made may be taken home or left to be given away.

Bring a friend and spend part of Friday making art at Art Break Day Stockton at Janet Leigh Plaza.

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Festival Week

UOP hosts the 33rd annual Labor Day weekend Pow Wow through 6 pm today at the lawn north of the Wendell Phillips Center (WPC) off Stagg Way. Participate in this rich expression of Native American culture with intertribal songs and dances shared to the beat of the drum, arts, crafts, foods, and more.


Spend Labor Day (tomorrow) at the 46th annual Black Family Day, a free event from 10am – 7pm, at Weber Point Events Center (entrance at Center and Miner). Stockton Black Family Day is a day of reflection, renewal and pride – a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience, inclusive of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, and orientations, as nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Ancestors.” The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act will also be commemorated.

Start the morning with a health/exercise session for both youth and adults. On site registration takes place between 8am – 8:45am with yoga and line dancing from 9am – 10 am.  Registration is required to participate. A free continental breakfast is available for the first 50 people that register.

Black Family Day Highlights – a Children’s Pavilion, Gospel Explosion, Health & Wellness Expo, and ongoing performances.  There will also be food, clothing, jewelry, books, artifacts, and art for sale.


End the week at the 55th annual Greek Festival at St. Basil’s Church, 920 March Lane, Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7 from noon to 8 p.m.  Don’t miss your chance to explore Greek culture through its food, music and dance and shop at the outdoor marketplace. Admission is $2, free for children accompanied by adults.

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The Road Less Traveled

Last Saturday had an abundance of events featuring the arts to keep in mind for next year. – the Stockton Pride Festival, Reggae on the Delta, Red Shoes and Salsa (August 23 blog), Orange and Black Ball, and the Annual Picnic at Kennedy Park.

A little about the events – the Pride Festival included lots of entertainment, food, exhibits, a letter writing campaign advocating gay marriage and murals that reflect on the colors found in the LGBT Pride flag.  The Reggae Fest, which just celebrated its 24th year, was a real party with Caribbean food, music and dancing all with a delta view. The Orange and Black Ball at UOP was an elegant dinner dance fundraiser with everyone dressed in beautiful hues of orange and black.

I considered what to do and having been to most of the other events before I chose to attend a free all day event that was new to me – the Annual Picnic at Kennedy Park (near Pock Lane in South Stockton) sponsored by Ministers and Community United Inc.

My husband and I arrived in the afternoon.  There were covered picnic tables and tents around a large open patio space.  We were greeted warmly and asked if we were hungry and given tickets for a barbecue lunch with ribs, chicken, hotlinks, hotdogs, potato salad, chili beans and punch.  A game of musical chairs was underway.  Afterwards people were invited to join the domino tournament.  Music filled the air. Everyone was friendly and smiling.

The highlight of the day came when the peach cobbler cookoff was judged and yummy peach cobbler was served. Progressive Community Church’s gospel line dancers encouraged participation.  Watermelon was handed out along with raffle prizes.  We felt welcomed by all.  Stockton has so much to offer.  Make the most of whatever you choose.

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Poetry At The Empresso

Words For Wednesdays at the Empresso Coffeehouse, 1825 Pacific, moves to the second and fourth Friday of the month at 7:30 pm.  The Empresso comes alive tonight with the sounds of local talent.  Come listen to poetry or share your own.  Members of Stockton’s Brave New Voices team made up of spoken word artists from With Our Words, a group formed to change the lives of Stockton youth through words, will be in attendance with new work.  For date changes and added events check Words For Wednesdays – on Fridays on FB or call the Empresso.

More About Brave New Voices -

Brave New Voices, an annual international youth poetry slam festival, was created by Youth Speaks, Inc. in 1998. Youth Speaks Inc. believes that the power, insight, creativity, and passion of young people can change the world. These young writers are a diverse, creative, intelligent group of trendsetting community and cultural leaders. They come to Brave New Voices each year not only to compete, but also to attend world-class workshops led by renowned poets and writers, participate in youth development programs, and highlight the voices of a new generation of leadership.

More About Words For Wednesday Flier Artist Tiffany Pech –

I first met Tiffany when she participated in the University Neighborhood Renaissance Committee chalk festival in 2010.  I asked Tiffany to draw the Casa Flores logo for the chalk square sponsor.  Tiffany created a wonderful cartoon version of the logo showing her skill as an artist (photo above).

Tiffany continues to pursue her artistic talent.  Her art can be seen on the walls of the Empresso, where she is a barista, and the Words For Wednesday flier (at top of blog). Stop by and support a local artist.

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When I received an invitation to the Something Borrowed + La Cruzita Pop-Up Shop at Huddle, a shared working space at 235 N. San Joaquin, I wanted to learn more.  I knew one of the participants (Cruz Arredondo) from her collaborations with Ryan Camero and Café Coop and seeing her art at InstaMeet 3.

I had been to Huddle and wondered where the pop-up would be located.  Would it fill the entire common space?  I was greeted by Amy Sieffert, the owner of Etsy’s somethingborrowedvtg and she led me to the pop-up.

The merchandise was beautifully displayed making the most of the space.  There were racks of vintage clothing items and accessories by Amy and hair adornments and wall décor by Cruz offering a variety for the shopper.

The store is open daily from 11am – 6 pm now through Sunday, August 31 with extended hours this Friday until 9 pm during Huddle’s Craft Beer Tasting to benefit Placeholder Magazine. Please support small business and shop local.  The pop-up is especially convenient for downtown workers to take a shopping lunch break.

More About SomethingBorrowedVtg -

Amy has been selling vintage clothing since 1999 when she realized there was a lack of affordable, attractive, and well maintained vintage clothing.  Believing that good fashion should be sold at a good price, Amy created ‘Something Borrowed’ to make the world a little more beautiful through fashion.

Amy spends her days searching, scavenging, haggling, and altering.  Most items she sells are from the 1950s-1990s – everything from hippie to mod to rockabilly to grunge.

What sets SomethingBorrowedVtg apart?  Amy loves showing people how to wear what they might have thought ‘unwearable.’ Her philosophy is to help the earth by wearing vintage and thrift styles passing them on to keep them out of the landfill.

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Festival Of Peace And Healing

The Podesto Teen Impact Center, located at 725 N. El Dorado Street (one block north of the Chavez Library on El Dorado), is hosting the Festival of Peace and Healing this afternoon from 1pm – 5pm. There will be food dishes, arts and crafts, dance, live music, storytelling and a raffle. Raffle prizes – $5 for 6, or arm length for $10.00. Bring your instruments to join in the ending jam session.

This festival is a community effort, led by the Pan Afrakan Dance and Music Historical Educational Association, to inspire and bring the healing of peace, joy and celebration to our community while offering positive choice.  Community members are encouraged to share positive expressions. A requested $10 donation can be paid at the door.  Money raised will benefit youth programs and workshops.

About the Association -

Pan Afrakan Dance and Music Historical Educational Association is a non-profit organization that provides residential teaching programs to grassroot and at-risk community children, youth and families through music, dance, and art for ages 3-21. Khemya MitRahina directs the association.  She is the essence of peace and healing with her uplifting, giving spirit that shines brightly on everyone she meets. I have had the privilege of knowing Khemya and working with her to enrich Stockton’s arts programming through the years.

The photos accompanying this blog are from the 2010 Festival of Peace and Healing that I attended. The festival started with a procession through Eden Park to the festival location.  A highlight of the event was music by Stockton’s own Beloved Sister, a group of four sisters that sing amazing harmonies. See for yourself what the Festival of Peace and Healing has to offer.

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Red Shoes & Salsa

Tonight is a dinner and dance fundraiser, at the Mexican Heritage Center, to benefit the New Dance Company which was founded in 1989 as a dance performance organization that promotes the art of dance in the San Joaquin region with performances in Stockton, including one of my favorites – Stockton’s Trolley Dances.

The event runs from 6 pm – 10 pm and includes a buffet dinner, DJ music for dancing, a performance by the New Dance Company, salsa instruction with a chance to show off your moves and a raffle.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.  The Mexican Heritage Center is located at the corner of Market and Sutter, 111 S. Sutter, in downtown Stockton.

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Victory Park Music

Photo by @stocktonca

The 62nd year of Concerts In The Park ends tonight at Victory Park with Waterloo, an ABBA tribute band from 6 pm – 8 pm.  Bring a friend, some food, a chair and enjoy free music in one of Stockton’s most beloved places.

If you miss tonight’s concert, mark your calendar for June 2015.  Concerts In The Park run for twelve weeks from June – August every year.

Do you enjoy free music at Victory Park? Consider donating to make sure the music continues.  Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Stockton Concerts in Victory Park, Inc., 3461 Brookside Road, Stockton, CA 95219.

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