Free Movie Screening Today

In conjunction with Women’s History month, highlighting women’s contributions to society, and Women In Art – Herstories currently on exhibit at the Horton Gallery through March 27, a free movie screening is being presented today at Delta College’s Tillie Lewis Theatre at 12:30 pm.

The film, !Women Art Revolution, by Writer/Director Lynn Hershman Leeson shares interviews with artists, historians, curators and critics that shaped the Feminist Art Movement revealing strategies that integrated women artists into the modern day world of art.  The event includes a spoken word performance by UOP student, Jazmarie LaTour.

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Drawing Workshop With Robert Kelley

Tonight, at 6 pm, is the start of a two part drawing workshop with Robert Kelley, a master portrait artist who studied at the Academy of Art in SF.  The workshop takes place at the Art Expressions of San Joaquin Gallery, 304 Lincoln Center (behind Domo’s next to Bliss Bridal Salon) and costs $25 in advance or $30 at the door for both classes. Live models provided.

If you have been wanting to learn how to draw or perfect your drawing techniques don’t miss this opportunity. Class size is limited to 15 people. The workshop concludes next Tuesday, March 31.

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Church Art Exhibits

I am always looking for new places to experience art beyond the usual galleries and museums.  When I heard about this weekend’s art exhibits at area churches I felt inspired. Churches, with their soaring architecture often incorporating stained glass and religious art objects, already have a connection with the arts.  Their spaces offer the perfect backdrop for the display of art.

This weekend local photographer, Arturo Vera, and the group he founded, Art Expressions of San Joaquin, fulfills his longtime goal of a religious exhibit. Members of the group present art with the theme of “Reflecting” coinciding with the Lent season. Today’s exhibit will be at the Cathedral of Annunciation, 400 W Rose St., in the choir room from 5 pm – 8pm. Tomorrow, art will be on display at the Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave. (across from UOP) from 9am to 1pm.  Both exhibits are free and open to the public with complimentary snacks and beverages.

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The Year Of The Ram

 

If you have been wondering where I have been my husband and I just returned from Vancouver, British Columbia to see their Chinese New Year Parade.  The days before the parade featured the Lunar Fest outside the Vancouver Art Gallery near where we were staying with food, performances, hands-on art, painted rams and an opportunity to adopt lighted rams that were laid out on the grounds.

The Chinatown parade included an entire day of festivities.  It was exhilarating seeing people packed along the route for ten blocks.  I most enjoyed the dragons and lion dancers, fan dancers and ribbon twirlers and the bagpipe bands. Afterwards lion dancers blessed the businesses accompanied by drums and firecrackers.  The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offered a  free day of activities – art, music, games and displays and Chinatown’s International Village Mall had stage performances and vendors with ram themed items.

Back home the Chinese Cultural Society of Stockton presented another successful Chinese New Year event.  A year of planning, preparation and lots of volunteer hours lead up to this special day every year.

The grand marshal and Citizen of the Year was Blanche Ah-Tye born in the Year of the Ram (1919).  Stockton Art League artist Denny Ah-Tye noted of his aunt, “I see her as that person always behind the scenes for most of the Chinese events…a worker bee who coordinates and sees to it that the job is done and done right.”

The auditorium was filled with new banners signifying, “Orioles sing farewell to the previous year, swallows dance to welcome the new year” made by Dr. Jun Wang, last year’s Citizen of the Year, and her husband Yu Ren Ma.  Generous support made it possible to bring in professional performers while Blanche Ah-Tye was on hand to sign her memoir, “Full of Gold.”

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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.

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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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