Friday Receptions

Image-Nation is a group exhibition with over thirty artists at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter (corner of Market and Sutter) through February 28. “From the novice to the master, from the traditional to the digital, this exhibit runs the gamut.  Inspired by contemporary influences, cultural perspectives, and deep traditions, these artists have one thing in common, a yearning to create and be seen.” Come meet the artists and view their work at the opening reception this Friday, February 13, from 5:30 pm – 7 pm. The Image-Nation exhibition is sponsored by Danny Correa of Hunter & Loan Jewelry Co.

Spotlight Artist

Crystal Rosales, age 16, is a self-taught artist who began drawing in kindergarten. By age 9, she was creating characters and story boards practicing every step over and over to reach higher levels.

After drawing, she took up painting with acrylics using reference items to paint. At 14, Crystal started using watercolors.  By this time she had gained more experience and was able to apply anything she could imagine to canvas.

Her main themes are scenes with people and backgrounds such as wind, space or fantasy.  She often looks in the mirror and poses incorporating her features into her art.

Crystal is always striving to improve, making art every day even if it is just a small sketch. When she finishes a piece she finds so much more that she could have done with it. Her goal is to become a comic artist and sell her work.  Image-Nation is Crystal’s first art exhibit.


While downtown, visit the “Hearts” reception with art by members of Art Expressions of San Joaquin and live music by Carlos Lopez at the County Administration Building, 44 N. San Joaquin St. (corner of San Joaquin and Weber), from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

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Bus Jam

Khemya Dances To Music With "Souls of the Rising Sun" At The Summer ArtSplash

What does Stockton have in common with San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Paris?  More than you might think.  Terry Williams, who works in Marketing for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District, was inspired by artists he encountered at public transit stations and on board public transit so much so that he brought the idea to Stockton.

Since last October there have been eight music events (or bus jams as I like to call them) on Stockton’s express buses in conjunction with RTD’s 50th anniversary.  A variety of musicians have played including jazz musicians Brian Clark (Bass), Chad Deacon (Sax), and Sean Britt (Guitar) from the University of the Pacific; Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players with Shane Kalbach on guitar and Lexie Kalbach on vocals and Brian Clark; Benjamin Vogel, Jimmy Kraft, Quentin Purviance; a string duo with Robin Roulet and Shane Kalbach; and a string trio with Shane Kalbach on violin, Robin Roulet on violin, and Eric Urbina on cello.

Why schedule these events? Terry says, “Here was a way RTD could enhance the ride for our existing passengers, perhaps entice a few new ones to get on board, and promote the work of local artists from our community.” Even the Stockton Arts Commission is getting involved by helping RTD discover new local talent.

If you would like to join the fun, the next bus jam is scheduled for this Tuesday, February 10th with the “Souls of the Rising Sun” (Khemya MitRahina, Dontell Ramirez and Jairo Ambriz) drumming, dancing and singing traditional folk songs of the African Diaspora on board the #44 bus loading at 2:33pm at the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) arriving back at the DTC at 3:10 pm.

Want to learn African dance and drumming?  Khemya is offering classes during the month of April at Delta College. Sign up at Delta Community Education.

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Art Club Meets Today

Do you want to improve your figure drawing skills or experiment with watercolor painting? The Jagged Lines of the Imagination art school offers a monthly free Art Club (1st Saturday at 2 pm) open to all at its studio, 2232 N. El Dorado, to explore the basics of art while learning from each other. Beginners are welcome.  Dress comfortably.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

At each session the Club’s Lead Artist will demonstrate techniques for the group to practice and be available to answer any questions you may have.  Sketching pencils, watercolor paints, brushes, and paper are provided. Feel free to bring additional supplies.

Meetings include review of artworks – bring something you are starting, need help with or have recently finished for critique.  There will be an art show and open house on June 26 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm to display art pieces created to the public.

Come for one session or every month (February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, and June 6). Please, sign up for sessions in advance to facilitate Lead Artist preparations. Art Club Members will receive meeting reminders, discounts on Art Battle registration, and other benefits.

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SAL Art Demonstrations Continue

I am delighted to announce that the Stockton Art League (SAL) has decided to continue their monthly art demonstrations (speaker series) by noted artists in a variety of mediums at the Goodwin Gallery, 1902 Pacific Avenue.  These art demonstrations are valuable because they provide an opportunity for members of the Stockton Art League and the public to learn new skills and meet artists in person.

February’s art demonstration is today from 3 pm – 5 pm with Gayle Rappaport-Weiland who creates impressionistic pieces using watercolor, acrylic and mixed media.  Gayle hosts/co produces “Art Revealed” and is known as a teacher, curator, speaker, demonstrator, juror and consultant. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. and can be seen on coffee sleeves distributed internationally.

Gayle has received a lot of press attention in newspapers and art publications as well as been featured on radio and TV.  She was voted Best Visual Artist by the Sacramento News and Review and Favorite Visual Artist by the Sierra Style Magazine.  Gayle’s outdoor art wall was filmed by HGTV for the show “Look What I Did.”

If you know of a topic that you would like to have demonstrated, please contact Signe Hickey (art demonstrations – gallery) at the Goodwin Gallery. To stay up to date on what is happening with the Stockton Art League refer to their monthly newsletter “The Collagraph” which is available online.

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The Littlest Ant

The Stockton Youth Theater Project Presents, “The Littlest Ant”, a Hispanic folk tale about the struggles of a little ant who hates to work. Performances take place today and tomorrow at the Franklin High School Small Auditorium, 300 N. Gertrude Avenue at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $2 per person or $5 per family.

More about the Stockton Youth Theater Project –

The Stockton Youth Theater Project is a collaboration between Franklin High School and the Mexican Heritage Center funded in part by a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission.

The project has been offering free workshops (including snacks) two Saturdays a month from 9 am – noon since September at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter.  Children are learning how to make puppets, masks, sets, props, and costumes and have studied improv, pantomime, acting, makeup and dance all leading to this performance.

Franklin high theater students assist the Franklin high performing arts teacher in instruction.  Currently there are 10 students ranging from 5 – 11 years with room for expansion.  The program is open to children kindergarten through 8th grade.

The next series of classes starts on February 7 with culminating performances in June. Exploring new ideas and different cultural traditions and learning new skills helps build confidence for future endeavors.  Do you know a child who would enjoy a new experience?

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Art And Violence Prevention – A Panel Discussion

De Stocktone By El Jerome

Tomorrow, as part of the “Art Against Violence” exhibit, there will be a panel discussion about Art And Violence Prevention at the  Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter (corner of Market and Sutter) at 6 pm.

Four of the “Art Against Violence” exhibit artists – Denny Ah-Tye, David Vallejo, El Jerome and Joy Neas will be joined by Noriko Leedy, the mother of Allison Leedy, a domestic violence victim and Jessica Glynn from the Office of Violence Prevention in sharing their experiences and work focused on preventing violence.  Questions and discussion are encouraged.

  • Denny Ah-Tye will be speaking about his 35 years with Child Protective Services and working in themes of non violence.
  • David Vallejo addresses racism reminding us that words have substantial meaning and that we should always think before speaking.
  • El Jerome relies on art to remember his loved ones lost to violence.
  • Joy Neas looks to art for relief from verbal abuse and as a positive outlet for healing expression.
  • Noriko Leedy speaks from a mother’s perspective on the effects of domestic violence.
  • Jessica Glynn will share what her work with the Office of Violence Prevention includes and suggest how the community can partner with her efforts.

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Silicon Valley To San Joaquin

Carlos Perez, illustrator of the Apple computer logo, talks about his artistic influences and career spanning his years at Delta College (1970 – 1972) until the present.  The presentation takes place tomorrow at noon in the Tillie Lewis Theatre at Delta College and is free to the public.

Carlos Perez is among six alumni exhibiting in the Delta College Alumni Show at the Horton Gallery through February 12.  Bill Abright, went on to teach ceramics at the College of Marin. John Yoyogi Fortes has received grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and a Visual Artist Fellowship from the California Arts Council. Michael Lucero’s work can be seen in the collections of the American Craft Museum, The Carnegie Museum, The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the LA County Museum of Art. David Phelps has been commissioned to create large-scale sculpture across the country including “Desert Wildlife” at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Tracey Snelling has had solo exhibitions throughout the US, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and London, and has been awarded residencies in Beijing and Shanghai.

Meet some of the artists at the reception happening tomorrow evening from 5 pm to 7 pm.  The Delta Alumni exhibit was created to inspire and mentor present day students and share success stories from the Visual Arts Department.


Cafe Coop is proud to bring leaders in the tech industry to San Joaquin County for a monthly Silicon Speaker Series this Saturday, January 31.  This series is perfect for the app developer, student, corporate engineer or casual coder.

Zachary Repasky, Render Pipeline Specialist at Pixar Animation Studios pulls back the curtain on what it takes to make movies like Brave and Monsters, Inc. at 4 pm at the Valley Brewing Company. A $10 donation is requested from Cafe Coop non-members.  Register here.

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Steppin’ Out

The symphony is not just for adults. This week hundreds of school children (from Pulliam, VanBuren and Kohl schools to name a few) heard much of the same program I enjoyed (only in kid-friendly lengths) with members of Draw It Out on January 17 – El Condor Pasa, Symphony No. 6 by Tchaikovsky and original compositions by Harmony Stockton and Vinewood Elementary (Lodi) composed during the Kid Pan Alley project.

Steppin’ Out, now in its 18th year, brings groups of local 4th and 5th grade students to 3 days of back to back concerts at the Atherton Auditorium at Delta College immersing them in a symphony experience.  These concerts are often the first live orchestra sounds San Joaquin county children hear.  At a time when students are deciding whether or not to take music in school, experiences like these can inspire them to include music as part of a more well rounded education.

In preparation for attending the concert, students learned about audience etiquette (when to clap – when the concert master appears to tune the orchestra; when the conductor enters; when the music stops and the conductor drops his arms and turns around; at the end of the concert to show you really liked the music and want the musicians to play more). Students also experimented with songwriting and practiced singing America The Beautiful and El Condor Pasa, two songs performed during the concert.

Residents of Stockton are very fortunate to have such a rich musical tradition with the Stockton Symphony; the Zion Chamber Orchestra Festival; the Brubeck Festival; Concerts In The Park; Zion Academy of Music and other private music instruction; music performances at clubs, restaurants and festivals; and all the music courses available throughout grade school and college.

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When I attended tonight’s MLK event I learned that tomorrow, Monday, January 19th, the MLK prayer breakfast starts at 7 am in the South Hall of the Civic Auditorium and costs $15 for adults, seniors and children under 12 are $7.50 with proceeds going towards a scholarship fund. After the breakfast, the MLK march begins at Center and Fremont.

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A National Treasure Speaks

Today is the start of two days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations at the Civic Auditorium that are free to the public.

At 6 pm tonight there will be reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including music directed by Art Coleman of Edison High followed by keynote speaker, Geraldine Edwards Hollis, original member of the Tougaloo Nine Youth Civil Rights Movement (this group staged the first sit-ins of public institutions in Mississippi) and author of the book “Back to Mississippi.”  I first met Geraldine at last year’s Art Break Day at Janet Leigh Plaza.  She was supportive of my efforts to offer artmaking to Stockton.  It was only afterwards that I realized I was in the presence of a national treasure now making Stockton her home.

Tonight’s event will conclude with award presentations – Young Adult Award to Christopher Cannon, Individual Award to Charles A. Johnson, Organization Award to Fathers and Families of San Joaquin and a special tribute for Stockton’s 1st Black Educator, Mrs. Wilhelmina Henry, who will celebrate her 95th birthday on January 20th.

Tomorrow, Monday, January 19th, MLK events continue with a morning prayer breakfast at 8 am in the South Hall of the Civic Auditorium followed by a MLK community march assembling at 9 am at the corner of Fremont and Center heading south on Center to Weber and north on El Dorado to the MLK statue in the park.

After the march there will be a day of programs in the Civic Auditorium with speakers on the importance of doing for others in the spirit of Dr. King’s Dream, a workshop for parents and students led by the Black Employees Association of the Stockton Unified School District, poetry/spoken word, singing, line dancing and more. In addition, there will be informational and vendor displays with a raffle and prize give-a-ways.

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