Crowdfunding For Stockmarket Starts Today

Indoor Space At May Stockmarket

In just a few months the Stockmarket, downtown Stockton’s premier shopping experience, has become a crowd pleaser featuring makers of all kinds, vintage, music and food.  The first Stockmarket was held at the beginning of May and the second event took place in mid July, reaching vendor capacity.

As the Stockmarket grows funding is needed for additional staffing (currently there are two staff members), permits, insurance, furniture, building improvements, support of local musicians and hiring artists to collaborate on an outdoor mural. A crowdfunding campaign over the next month starts today.  Help Stockmarket continue to thrive in downtown.  For more information, link here.

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Free Art Classes

Jon Quinones Illustration

Today starts free summer youth art classes sponsored by Art Expressions of San Joaquin with a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission.  Locations include the Weston Ranch Library (1453 French Camp Rd.) and the Podesto Teen Impact Center (725 N. El Dorado).  Another free youth art class series will be offered at the Troke Library (502 W. Ben Holt Dr.) starting this Thursday, July 16.

The class at the Weston Ranch Library runs once a week on Tuesdays (starting today) through August 4 from 2 pm – 4 pm with instructor Ernie Martin who will elaborate on figure drawing, use of materials and the importance of sketchbook journaling. Limited to 15 dedicated students ages 8 – 16. Materials provided. To register, email

The workshop at the Teen Center runs twice a week on Tuesdays (starting today) and Thursdays through the end of July from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm with instructor Jon Quinones who will teach the core concepts of illustration – application, light physics, value, form, texture and spatial depth.  These concepts are helpful to know for creating thumbnails for painting or storyboards, comics, murals, graphics and product design. Limited to 15 dedicated students ages 12 – 18. To register, email

The class at the Troke Library runs once a week on Thursday (starting July 16) through July 30 from 4:30 pm – 6 pm with instructor Menchie Oliva and features acrylic painting, use of materials and the importance of sketchbook journaling. Limited to 10 dedicated students ages 8 – 16. Materials provided. To register, email

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Interactive Music Tonight At Transit Center

Musical Shakers Are Some Of The Instruments Provided At Tonight's Interactive Music Event At The Transit Center

Summer ArtSplash, 5pm – 8 pm

1. Kress Lobby (20 N. Sutter) – Nicholas Burnette and Ariel – The Artist’s Lair represents the talent of San Joaquin County. We believe in the commitment, quality, passion and respect to the Arts.

2. Transit Center (421 E. Weber/Weber and Sutter) Enter on Weber – Interactive Music Venue, instruments provided for group music jam, make a rain stick project (while supplies last)

Becky Clover is a semi-retired special education teacher who substitute teaches in grades K-6th regular education and art classes with more than 30 years of experience.  She loves teaching but enjoys the flexibility of part-time because it allows her more time to pursue painting, theatre, community involvement and walks with her dogs.  Becky’s artwork includes portraits, a love of children, animals, and memorable moments often painted or drawn in a realistic or impressionist style.   Pastel, colored pencil, and acrylic are her favorite mediums. She earned a “Fundamentals of Art Certification of Completion” for a correspondence art course from “Art Instruction Schools” in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the ultimate goal of improving her illustration skills for children’s books that she is writing.  Becky is an active member of The Stockton Art League and has taught student drawing workshops at The Haggin Museum for children ages 5 to 12 and given several drawing lessons at The Boys and Girls Club in Stockton. Being creative, seeing the beauty and humor in life, and helping to make the world a better place has given added meaning to her life and hopefully to others.  As a child and young person, Becky had many artistic advantages while growing up in San Francisco. Later, by being able to live most of her adult life in the small cities or country parts of the San Joaquin Valley in California, she has been given a simple appreciation of the very basics of life.  It is with much gratitude that Becky states, “I enjoy being an artist, teacher, grandmother, and very busy person with a city and country focus.”

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.

3. fab. @ The Pride Center (109 N. Sutter) –The San Joaquin Pride Center is excited to welcome tattoo and mixed media artist Melissa Bambula-Santos to the Pride Center. Melissa is owner of Canvas Tattoo as well as one of its premier artists. To welcome Melissa, the Pride Center will feature a tamale bar with all the fixings. So join us for fab (friends, art and beauty) and celebrate the artistry of tattoos.

4. County Administration Building (44 N. San Joaquin) – Art Expressions of San Joaquin (AESJ) member artist Deval Thaker is the featured artist for July. Deval creates oil on canvas pieces. Her works are dazzling with colors, shapes and movement. Live entertainment and refreshments provided.  Note: This venue closes at 7 pm. “I always had an inclination towards art since my childhood, whether it be music, dance or painting. As I grew older, I tried all types of art – ceramics, stain glass paintings on different types of media. In India, I worked as a free lance stain glass painter and ceramics artist and received many commissions for a wide array of projects. After moving to California, I focused my hand more towards oils on canvas and discovered my true passion and calling. Meeting my mentor Victoria Wescott opened the door of a new world and limitless possibilities. I specialize in Oils on Canvas. My works generally vary from Landscapes, Seascapes, Cityscapes as well as Flowers, Animals and Figurative Impressionism. I would consider Palette Knife Impressionism and Seascapes to be my strongest suit. I am incredibly humbled to be given the honor and opportunity to present my work in a location as esteemed as the County Administration Building of Stockton. I couldn’t have imagined being able to display my artwork on such a scale and I am eagerly anticipating the day of the reception.”

5. Janet Leigh Plaza (125 Bridge Place)Bob Austin portraits, Michael Pearl wire sculpture; AESJ art exhibit in the north window of the Hotel Stockton (seen from Janet Leigh Plaza); Riri Nakasone paintings in the Stockton Community Federal Credit Union across from Misaki at Janet Leigh Plaza

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

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 – French 25 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).

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Henry B. Joy Tour Comes To Lincoln Center

The Henry B. Joy Tour, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Joy’s tour from Detroit to the 1915 Panama–Pacific Exhibition, is coming to Stockton’s Lincoln Center tomorrow morning.  Who is Henry B. Joy? He was the first president of the Lincoln Highway Association and a major force in the success of the highway. Joy was also president of the Packard Motor Car Company. Note: The Packard Club (Packard Automobile Classics) and the Packards International Motor Car Club helped plan this year’s tour.

The car tour has been traveling cross country on the Lincoln Highway departing the Packard Proving Grounds near Detroit, Michigan and driving through Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California.  In California, the tour stopped at South Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, Cisco Grove, Auburn, Sacramento and Elk Grove before arriving at Stockton’s portion of the Lincoln Highway which runs on Pacific Avenue.

A variety of classic cars on the tour will be taking their #1 photo stop of the day at the Lincoln Center “L” Sign (Lincoln Center North) from 9:30 am – 11:30 am tomorrow before continuing to the Banta Inn near Tracy for lunch.  From there the tour goes to the Summit Garage on the Altamont Pass, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville and the Palace of Fine Arts in SF ending the tour at the Lincoln Highway Western Terminus just outside of SF’s Legion of Honor Museum.

If you love history and photography you won’t want to miss this opportunity to give the tour group a Stockton greeting and take photos of their beautiful vehicles.

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Artist Spotlight – Victoria Davila

From the moment I saw the work of Victoria Davila on facebook a couple of months ago I couldn’t believe my eyes – butterfly sculptures so real they looked like they would fly.  When I heard that she was offering a free class on how to make these paper and clay butterflies at the Tracy Library I knew I had to attend.

After the class I invited Victoria to display her work at the June ArtSplash (Transit Center Venue).  She brought her award winning life-size crane sculpture she had entered into last year’s Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi and a variety of smaller bird and butterfly sculptures for the public to view. Note: I had seen the crane sculpture at the Stockton Art League Goodwin Gallery on the Miracle Mile (not knowing Victoria was the artist who made it). The buying public knows a good thing when they see it because the crane sculpture recently sold.

On June 20, Victoria taught a butterfly on canvas project at the Kid’s College at Delta to a group of a dozen children. Yesterday, she offered a free workshop variation of her butterfly – Vivillon Pokemon Butterflies – at the Jagged Lines of the Imagination Academy to a full class.

Victoria keeps busy with various design projects.  She entered the StocktonCon 2015 art contest paying homage to the first StocktonCon theme – the Fantastic Four.  Victoria says if you know the story, the Fantastic Four crashed into Stockton making them Superheroes that originated from here, the reason for the First StocktonCon!  This year’s Stocktoncon takes place at the Stockton Arena on August 8 and 9. For more details link here.

Victoria will be returning to Chico State later in July to finish her degree in computer animation and videogame design. If you want to see her amazing work in person she will be participating in the upcoming ArtSplash on July 10 from 5 pm – 8 pm.  Look for her at the Downtown Transit Center on Weber.

More about Victoria’s background – Victoria was born in Stockton.  She spent summers in Mexico visiting family and taking art classes at the Casa de Cultura (community center) learning a wide variety of artforms including beading flowers, bracelets, painting, candle making, metal embossing, sewing and piñata making. In high school she taught herself how to draw digital pictures graduating from Edison High in 2010.  Victoria attended Delta College where she found her love for sculpting when she took a class with Professor Carlos. During her time at Delta College she created comics for the Delta newspaper “The Collegian” and began teaching at Delta College’s Kids College on her spare Saturdays. She joined the Stockton Art League in 2011 to exhibit her work at the Goodwin Gallery and developed a unique style of making birds out of clay and covering them with paper feathers she cut herself. Victoria graduated from Delta College in 2014 with an AA degree in Graphic Design and an AA degree in Art.

Below are instructions for making Victoria’s paper and clay butterfly project. All steps are shown in the accompanying photos.  Try it for yourself or keep watching her facebook page (Christian Victoria Davila’s Visual Discord) for upcoming workshops.  Victoria is another extraordinary artist offering her time and her talent in Stockton.

Butterfly Project -

Trace butterfly wing shapes with interior markings on paper (pages from second hand books) and cut out, paint lightly over markings with orange acrylic paint or color of your choice, form a pea shaped head with sculpey (modeling clay available at craft stores that you bake in the oven) and attach to a two piece body, insert wire antennas into head, take the wings and insert into clay to form slits on either side of the body (wings will be inserted into these slits and glued once the body is baked), remove wings before baking, bake according to instructions, while body is baking paint a darker orange or color of your choice on tips of markings, paint around butterfly wing markings with black, after clay has baked paint body and antennas black, paint the back of the wings black so they can lie flat, add white paint dots on fronts of butterfly wings as desired, insert wings into slits in body and glue. Note: If you want the wings to be raised put a small amount of hot glue on the back of the wing at body. Enjoy!

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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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