Tony DeZuniga Memorial Art Contest

Sketch By Jagged Lines of Imagination Academy Lead Artist Sally Luntao

Do you enjoy creating comic art?  Do you have original colored art pieces (11” x 17”) that you love and want to share?  Consider entering the Tony DeZuniga Memorial Art Contest. Any character, any medium in your style is welcome.

Stocktoncon, Stockton’s comic convention taking place this year on August 8 and 9, is looking for artwork by kids (12 and under) and adults (13 and older).  All submissions will be featured in the event program (space permitting) and cash prizes for first and second place and framing of the fan favorites selected by FB viewers will be awarded in both categories (kids and adult).

Email high res original color images not to exceed 20MB (one per person) to by 11:59 pm on Monday, June 22. Link here for all the details and entry form.

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Imagining Stockton

"The Chinese Cinderella" photo credit Daniel Thoeuk and Willa Phorn

Summer ArtSplash Friday, June 12, 5pm – 8 pm

1.Mexican Heritage Center (111 S. Sutter) – Native American Indian Center: Edison High school; Ruby Chacon’s work claims public space to create a sense of belonging in art – healing, empowering, and inspiring voice, creativity and action. 6 pm – Souls of the Rising Sun (Khemya MitRahina, Dontell Ramirez, Jairo Ambriz) are a drum and percussion ensemble that performs traditional African & Latin Coros /dances and rhythms, along with contemporary original music in other genres with the intent that music and dance is our medicine, and WE strive to bring global peace with our message and music.

2.Kress Lobby (20 N. Sutter) – Merced and Donna Romero: Dark Horse Glass – Merced focuses on lampwork glass beads. Donna works with glass slumping and fusing creating a variety of pieces and shapes. Crystal Rosales is a self taught artist. Her art is based on imagination and inspiration. Sometimes she uses the brilliant minds of her siblings to create art or just the world around her, but most of all her art is about what you make it to be.  DeltaFusion shares show and tell items and a flex tangle for younger participants to color and assemble. Note: DeltaFusion, celebrating its fifth year, combines giant puppets, original music and scores of community performers who come together to celebrate the stories that bind us to the riches of Stockton and the San Joaquin Delta region. DeltaFusion Workshops take place Monday – Friday, June 8 – 26 at 1:30 – 3:00 for ages 6-12 and 3:30 – 5:30 for ages 13+ at UOP’s Theater Arts Building culminating in a festival/pageant in Victory Park on Sat. June 27 at 5 pm.  Workshops are free but enrollment is required. Call (209) 940-6315. 7 pm – music by Katy Rodgers. Katy has been singing for about 3 years.  It has become what she loves the most. She would love to pursue a career with singing and inspire others. Gail Lynne AmoGail is exhibiting impressionist acrylic paintings in vibrant metallic with a touch of sparkle, pen & ink, intense watercolors and garden totems (repurposing glass plates, bowls, glasses, vases into glass sculptures to place in the garden).

3.Elk’s 2nd Floor Patio and 5th floor (42 N. Sutter) – Open Mic Poetry with Shamir Kali Griffin /A Cappella Venue on the 2nd floor patio, Japanese anime artwork by Bella Nevarez, Comic drawings by Isaak Perez and illustrations by Ismael Qadree on the 5th floor

4.Transit Center  (421 E Weber/Weber and Sutter) Enter on Weber – The Red Dragon Youth Theater (sponsored in part by a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission)/Edison High Chinese Club will be performing “The Chinese Cinderella” (20 minute play) at 5:30 pm, Note: This play will be performed again with Ming Lee and the Magic Tree on June 20 at the Confucius Church, 212 E. Lafayette at 2 pm; Sculpture by Gilbert Olivas, Bryant and Marsha Mills: Bryant exhibits pastel and pencil prints with religious and abstract themes, Marsha shows painted rocks with scripture memory verses, Christian Victoria Davila is currently a senior at Chico State majoring in Computer Animation. Her main focus is sculpting birds and covering them with paper cut from literature books. She won second place at the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival with her huge paper Sandhill Crane sculpture. Nicholas Burnette – The Artist’s Lair represents the talent of San Joaquin County. We believe in the commitment, quality, passion and respect to the Arts. Matthew Kenneth Blacconiere is part of Art Expressions of San Joaquin and the Stockton Mural Art Resource Team. He has exhibited nationwide and hosts a show on 93.5 called The Arts Showcase. He facilitates art groups for retirement communities and instills inspiration. Visit his website. MAKINGTHINGSINTERESTING.COM

5.fab. @ The Pride Center (109 N. Sutter)Luis Medina is a self-portrait artist who absorbs pop culture mediums and creates unique and arresting imagery. Stop by the ice cream/banana split bar for a “cool” treat to go along with the cool artwork and cool music ambiance.

6.County Administration Building  (44 N. San Joaquin) – An exhibit by Em McLaren and Jon Quinones celebrating our city like never before; through artistic imagery of historic Stockton structures and  locations. Em shows the beauty and uniqueness of what Stockton has to offer.  Jon presents digitally simulated paintings. He says, “I’m a city boy, so I don’t have the grandeur of California’s scenic landscape, so I focus on the grandeur of our historic past/buildings.” Musical performance by father and son Carlos and Issac Lopez

7. Janet Leigh Plaza (125 Bridge Place)Bob Austin portraits, Michael Pearl wire sculpture

8.St. John’s Episcopal Church (316 N. El Dorado/Miner and El Dorado) Featuring organ and piano music and art by local talent inside the church

ArtSplash venues have pink ribbons and maps.  Join the Summer ArtSplash FB group.  For more info email Joy at

Want more to do after the ArtSplash – French25 Presents The Free Summer Concert Series (2nd Fridays) At DeCarli Plaza From 7:30 pm – 9 pm; Weber Point Free Movie Series (Gates open at 6:30 pm/movie starts at dusk); Placeholder Magazine Release Party, 630 E. Weber, from 7 pm – 9:30 pm ($5 donation)

For anyone who can’t make it to the Summer ArtSplash downtown, Lincoln Center will be having a Wine Stroll with 25 wineries, 1 brewery and 4 musicians from 6 pm – 9 pm.  Tickets are $20 and benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Council.  Make sure you stop into the Art Expressions of San Joaquin Gallery by Bliss Bridal during their final month at Lincoln Center to see featured works by Robert Kelley and Ernie Martin and meet these fine artists.

Have you ever imagined what the arts can bring to Stockton?  Tomorrow, Café Coop (42 N. Sutter Street) hosts “Imagining” from 3 pm – 6 pm as part of a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.  This event is one in more than 15 across the country. Community members are invited to envision how “art’s power to engage, connect, uplift and transform” can be woven into all aspects of Stockton in the year 2034 and how to get there from where we are now. The event will include a youth arts workshop, community forum and mixer.  It is free but attendees are asked to register here.  Be part of creative change in Stockton.

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It’s Cool To Ride The Bus … To Art

Consider riding the bus to this Saturday’s art events.  Start by taking the #40 Metro Express to the Miracle Mile (Walnut Street stop) and walk to the Yoga Center, 2110 Pacific Avenue for drum and dance workshops led by Khemya MitRahina.  The Djembe drum workshop is from 12 pm – 1 pm, and the African Caribbean Dance workshop is from 1 pm – 2 pm. Each workshop is $15 or $25 for both.  Dress comfortable and bring a drum if you have one.  Drums provided for the first 10 sign ups.  To sign up, email Khemya at or call 688-2736.  Proceeds help pay for summer and after school programs held by the non-profit Pan Afrakan Dance and Music Historical Education Association.

In the evening take the #40 Metro Express south one stop from the Miracle Mile to the stop on Fremont Street by the Ports Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont, where the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD) is hosting a grand community celebration for their 50th Anniversary. Note: SJRTD will be adding a stop on the #40 Metro Express line close to the ballpark.  The event runs from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm and is free with a bus ticket or a stuff the bus donation of school supplies or new books which will help the Stockton Unified School District and RTD’s upcoming Books on Buses program.

The celebration includes children’s activities – a bounce house, carnival games, a clown balloon sculpture artist, face painting, and train rides traveling around the field.  There also will be entertainment (Khemya MitRahina and the Souls of the Rising Sun, Mike Torres Band, Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players and the Valley Community Orchestra), batting cages, a photo booth, food for sale, RTD buses/history displays and commemorative items and a fireworks show.  Note: SJRTD has been offering a series of special events since last year celebrating 50 years of bus service (1965 – 2015).

The #40 Metro Express stops include the Hammer Triangle (Hammer and Pacific), Lincoln Center (Ben Holt and Pacific), Delta College/Sherwood Mall (Yokuts and Pacific), University of the Pacific, the Miracle Mile (Walnut and Pacific), Fremont Street by the Civic Auditorium and University Plaza Waterfront Hotel and the Downtown Transit Center (Sutter and Weber).  Link here for tomorrow’s special event bus schedule, 50th Event Bus Schedule.  Note:  Free parking is available at Delta College’s Cunningham Parking Lot (C) for #40 Metro Express bus riders. Bus rides are free on Saturday.

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Hand In Hand

Every year there are many Asian celebrations with roots from South Stockton, each featuring a distinct culture – the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival, the Cambodian New Year Celebration, the Obon Festival, the Barrio Fiesta, Hmong New Year to name a few.

This Saturday, June 6, the cultures come together in an Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration known as Hand in Hand which is a collaboration between the Central Valley Asian American Chamber of Commerce (CVACC) and the Haggin Museum. The event takes place at the Haggin starting at 12:30 pm. See the schedule below:

(Museum Entrance)

12:30 pm – Stockton Bukkyo Taiko

(Haggin Room)

1 pm – Welcome messages

1:15 pm – Pacific Islander Dance Performance (Te Ihi O Te Ara Nui)

1:30 pm – Chinese Cinderella Theater Performance (Red Dragon Youth Theater/Edison High School Chinese Club)

2 pm – Hmong Dance Group (Hmong International Culture Institute)

2:15 pm – New School Aikido Martial Arts Demo

2:30 pm – AFAE Filipino Dance

3 pm – Little Manila Dance Collective

3:15 pm Closing Ceremony

CVACC Community Spirit Award – Anita Bautista

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Awards

It’s A Small World Sing-a-long and Asian Fashion Show

In addition to a full program of entertainment there will be Heritage tables, a Fa mu LAN balloon sword artist, a Mahjong demonstration, facepainting, origami, calligraphy, sewing crafts, and Chinese Herb store tours. Pedicab rides and Food trucks (Elsa’s Paladar & The Cupcake Lady) will be available outside the museum in Victory Park.

It has been my pleasure to have attended Stockton’s Asian celebrations through the years and call many of its leaders my friends. It is wonderful to see an event like Hand in Hand bringing the cultures together.

Anita Bautista (photo above) is a true inspiration to me, always willing to share Filipino history at events, gather histories to keep them alive and impart her wealth of historic knowledge to younger generations. I can think of no one more deserving of the Community Spirit Award. Please join me this Saturday in this unique multicultural celebration and congratulate Anita on her achievement.



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Red Dragon Youth Theater

Starting tomorrow (June 1) there will be a free three-week theater workshop for youth age 8 – 18 culminating in two plays (The Chinese Cinderella and Ming Lee and the Magic Tree) highlighting what participants have learned on Saturday, June 20 from 2 pm – 4 pm. The workshop and plays take place at the Confucius Church, 212 E. Lafayette Street. Workshop hours are Monday – Friday from 2pm – 4pm.

The Red Dragon Youth Theater workshop is open to 20 participants and partially funded by a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission. You may register at the first session. For questions, call 481-3851.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the performing arts and Chinese cultural traditions and make new friends. Please consider having your child take part in the Red Dragon Youth Theater workshop. 

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Celtic Woman Tonight At The Bob Hope Theatre

For ten years the music group Celtic Woman has been delighting audiences everywhere. Now is your chance to experience the magical sights and sounds for yourself.  The 10th Anniversary World Tour is coming to the Bob Hope Theatre (242 E. Main Street) tonight at 7:30PM.

The concert will include a wealth of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs accompanied by Celtic violin, a full band, the Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers. Don’t miss this unforgettable celebration. Tickets are available at the Stockton Arena Box Office, 248 W. Fremont Street, today until 4 pm and starting at 4:30 pm at the Bob Hope Theatre.  To purchase tickets online link here.

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Pizza And Tunes

Sometime today you will find my husband and I at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 1000 Robinhood Drive (across from Stone Creek Village on Pacific).  Why?  For the San Joaquin Delta College Writers’ Guild Pizza Fundraiser.   Print this Mountain Mike_s Fundraiser invitation and present it when ordering and twenty-five percent of all orders made today (dine-in, take-out or delivery) will be given to support the efforts of the writers’ guild.  Funds raised help the writers’ guild continue to publish Artifact Nouveau (a literary magazine with writing and art by the community), host the book swap and sale, writing workshops and much more. To place an order or find out store hours, call 474-7470.

Are you looking for art today?

Head to the Stockton Airport, 5000 S. Airport Way, for the MayFest Music Festival until 9:30 pm at the Top Flight Grill located upstairs by Subway.  Hear the Rodeo House Band, Ray Reynolds Jr, the Mike Torres Band, the Blue Diamond Band and Debbie Smith, Toree McGee and more.  $10 Cover Charge. Before leaving the airport make sure you view the new art exhibit by the Stockton Art League (see select pieces below) and Art Expressions of San Joaquin.

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Art Expressions Partners With Art League

Art Expressions of San Joaquin (AESJ) and the Stockton Art League (SAL) are partnering on a new exhibit at the Stockton Airport, 5000 S. Airport Way.  SAL artists showing their work include Denny Ah-Tye, Nancy Thomas, Maria Flumiani, Glenda Burns, Jessica Fong, Don Trainer, Bobby Walls, Roosevelt Warren and Dolly Sellers.  The SAL Goodwin Gallery benefits from this partnership receiving a 25% commission on all sales made by its artists.

The airport exhibit opens tonight with music, followed by a ribbon cutting and remarks, wine, food and song. See schedule below

4pm: Jesse Hendrix,classical guitarist, will play music

4:30: Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting

4:45pm: Airport officials give welcoming speech

5pm: Jazz singer Robyn Jackson also featured artist

5:30pm: Guest artist Lorenzo Rafael regional singer

I congratulate AESJ for continuing to partner with artists/art groups in Stockton and am thrilled to see SAL artists participating in a new venue.  If you can’t make it to tonight’s festivities the exhibit will be on display for several months.  I hope you will take time to support this and the many other art related events in Stockton.

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Summer ArtSplash Returns

The Summer ArtSplash (a free self-guided tour of downtown Stockton venues filled with art that takes place on the second Friday of May – October) is returning for its 4th year tonight from 5 pm – 8 pm. 

1.Mexican Heritage Center (111 S. Sutter) SUSD Visual Art 7th and 8th Grade Student Showcase and “It Started With a Tulip”, artwork by 3rd – 6th grade students at the one.TLC school. Poetry By Robert Laird, Kennedy Dance Group, Ballet Folklorico Raices Mexicanas (6 pm).

2.Kress Lobby (20 N. Sutter) The City Express Magazine and artists/musicians who were included in its issue (Jon Quinones, Joy Neas, Mondo Mariscal, and Katy Rodgers). Mondo Mariscal (6 pm) – Country/Americana/Pop-rock/Singer Songwriter, Katy Rodgers (7 pm) – Singer/Songwriter

Gail Lynne Amo – Inspirational word art and garden totems

3.Elk’s 2nd Floor Patio (42 N. Sutter) – Open Mic Venue

4.Transit Center  (421 E. Weber) – Art by Winter Miller, Bryant Mills Innovations – pastel and pencil prints,  Justin Grant – watercolor paintings and sculptures. Community Drum Circle

5. fab. @ The Pride Center (109 N. Sutter) – With Our Words performances and the Free To Be LGBT Exhibit created by Damon Gress in collaboration with students from Jane Frederick High School and funded by the Muller City of Stockton Arts Commission Grant. Nacho bar

6.County Administration Building  (44 N. San Joaquin) featuring various Art Expressions of San Joaquin (AESJ) artists and the themed show ‘Signs.’ Music provided by guitarist Charles Hughes. This venue closes at 7 pm.

7&8.Redwood deck by Janet Leigh Plaza/Stockton Community Federal Credit Union north side of building (125 Bridge Place) – AESJ Artists

ArtSplash venues have pink ribbons and maps.  For more info email Joy at

Want more to do after the ArtSplash – French 25 Presents The Summer Concert Series (2nd Fridays) At Decarli Plaza From 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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Today at 2 pm, the Valley Community Orchestra, a group of over 35 volunteer performers, and the Souls of the Rising Sun (Afrakan Dance and Music) directed by Khemya MitRahina are presenting a free concert at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 33 West Alpine Ave, sponsored by the Stockton Arts Commission.

The Valley Community Orchestra will perform “A Salute to the Big Bands,” the complete “Simple Symphony” by Benjamin Britten and an arrangement of “Summertime” by conductor Beth Sanders featuring the vocal, dance and drumming talents of Khemya and the Souls of the Rising Sun. This collaboration brings together musical and cultural sights and sounds not often paired for a unique experience for all.

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