Unity in the Community

Have you ever wanted to learn more about what is happening in South Stockton?  Today Stand presents a free event called “Unity in the Community” which takes place at the Williams Brotherhood Park, 2010 S. Airport Way (just south of the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds between 6th and 7th Street) from noon to 3 pm.

The goal of this event is to help build relationships between the community and the police.  There will be a free throw competition and basketball challenge for police and girls, K-9 dogs, a low rider police car and fire truck, face painting, children’s activities and a BBQ.

To learn more about all STAND is doing to improve South Stockton, link here. Note: The Reinvent South Stockton Education Committee working to improve educational opportunities in South Stockton (that I have been attending) has been meeting at STAND headquarters located at 1209 E. 8th Street.

More about the area where today’s event is located – this part of South Stockton includes three community resources next to each other.  Williams Brotherhood Park is a beautiful green space for children and families to gather from the surrounding neighborhood. Just east of the park is the Dorothy L. Jones Family Resource Center offering a variety of services and events.  For more info, link here.  Further east is the Merlo Institute (high school) that shares its gym with the community after school hours.  The gym is managed by The Table Community Foundation.

Don’t forget Art Break Day, a day when venues worldwide offer free art activities.  This year is Art Break Day’s 5th anniversary and its 3rd in Stockton. The Stockton Art Break Day takes place on the patio behind the Dorothy L. Jones Family Resource Center next Friday, September 4 from 9 am – 5 pm.  There will be drawing and painting stations and a butterfly kite painting activity with Draw It Out for all ages. The first 100 people to attend will receive a free Art In Your Pocket drawing set.

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Pride Festival

Photo from Stockton Pride on FB

Are you looking for something fun to do?  The Pride Festival, in its 4th year, is the place to be today. The free festival ($6 parking fee) takes place from 11am – 6 pm at Oak Grove Regional Park and features a full schedule of entertainment, food, music, vendors, info booths and activities for the kids.

New this year – the Stockmarket pop-up, sampling some of Stockmarket’s best vintage and makers (Note: the next Stockmarket takes place on Saturday, September 12 at 630 E. Weber from 10 am – 4 pm) and a Kids Zone Rainbow Reading area (11:30 pm – 2:30 pm) with local authors Gayle Pitman, Margaret Baker and John Padilla reading from their books with themes of diversity, being bullied and finding acceptance. For more info link here.

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August ArtSplash Tonight

The Mexican Heritage Center (111 S. Sutter) proudly presents a one man show by Carlos Perez now through August 28.  Hours are Tuesday – Friday from noon to 5 pm.  Meet Carlos and hear him talk about his art during an Artist Reception today from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The reception is part of the August ArtSplash. Other venues include the Elk’s 5th floor group exhibit at Afinastar, the Transit Center student exhibit with interactive music, the Pride Center fab event, the County Administration Building display of Ron Leonardini mixed media and glass art, the Hotel Stockton lobby group exhibit with live music, furniture, henna, hair designs and lots of art mediums, Stockton Community Federal Credit Union (across from Misaki by the Regal Cineplex) with artwork by Riri Nakasone and St. John’s Episcopal Church with art and music by local artists.

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Obon Festival

Stockton Bukkyo Taiko At The Opening Ceremony

This weekend is my favorite Stockton festival, the Obon (a Japanese Buddhist custom honoring the ancestors) at the Buddhist Church of Stockton, 2820 Shimizu Dr. The festival opens today at 11 am with the Stockton Bukkyo Taiko drum performance in front of the chapel followed by a full day of events including a Japanese vocalized poem at noon; martial arts at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 4 pm, 4:45 pm and 6 pm; temple tour at 1 pm; Taiko drums at 2 pm; Japanese classical dance at 3:15 pm; Minyo dance at 4:30 pm; Polynesian dance at 5:15 pm culminating in the spectacular Bon Odori (parade of dancers in colorful kimonos to folk music in the courtyard) not to be missed!

The festival stays open tonight until 9 pm. Inside you will find exhibits of ikebana (flower arranging), bonsai, a sword display (Saturday only), and a Mataro Doll Display (Sunday only). Japanese crafts handmade by the Tomo-no Kai (women’s group at the temple) are for sale along with food items – tempura, teriyaki, udon, sushi, pastries, sno cones and more.  Outside there are games for the young and the young at heart.

On Sunday, the festival begins at 11 am.  A Taiko drum performance starts the day at noon followed by a bonsai demonstration at 1 pm; martial arts at 1:30 pm, 3:15 pm and 4:15 pm; Hawaiian ukulele at 2 pm; karaoke singers at 2:45 pm; temple tour at 3:45 pm; Hawaiian dance at 5 pm culminating in a raffle drawing, to close the day’s events, for lots of great prizes.

The Obon is a fun, community event that gives you a taste of Japan without leaving Stockton. There is something for everyone – food, games, crafts, folk art and customs, music, dance, poetry and the joy of being together in celebration in one special place. I hope you will decide to experience the Obon!

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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 ana.vera@att.net

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 quinonesjon@hotmail.com

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 menchieoliva@att.net

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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 dibsonart@yahoo.com

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 stocktonconartcontest@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on Monday, June 22. Link here for all the details and entry form.

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