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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South Stockton Summit

The 1st Annual Reinvent South Stockton Summit takes place tomorrow at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The summit explores the following topics – youth activities and recreation, housing, the changing face of employment, safety, how education breaks the cycle of poverty and what is needed to make Stockton a healthier place to live. The summit is an opportunity for residents of South Stockton and those interested in improving the area to meet with officials and develop strategies for action.

Participants will be able to join the Draw It Out wish flag project which asks the community, “What do you wish for your neighborhood to make it a safer, better place?”  The answers shared on the wish flags created give insight into the needs of South Stockton and serve as a reminder for improvements to be made. Other arts activities at the summit include a jazz band and rap artist, several poets from With Our Words and face painting.

To RSVP go to

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Art Classes At The Goodwin

Stockton is fortunate to have an abundance of amazing artists.  Many are members of the Stockton Art League, Art Expressions of San Joaquin or the Mexican Heritage Center.  This week two Stockton Art League artists are offering classes at the Goodwin Gallery, 1902 Pacific.

Gay Lynn Saunders, an accomplished jewelry artist, teaches the basics of jewelry making tomorrow from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  There is a $35 class fee plus a kit fee (silver wire: $15. copper: $10). Kits include beads & wire. Please let Gay know in advance your wire preference.  Some pendants will also be available for purchase. Participants will learn how to make links with and without beads and a simple clasp.  Pieces can be formed completely from decorative links or be suitable to hang a pendant from. For more info and to register email Gay Lynn Saunders at or call 209-607-2669.

This Sunday, Tina Moore, one of the best pastel artists I have ever seen, teaches a pastel workshop from 10 am to 4pm. If you don’t do pastels and would like to join the group everyone is welcome. Any media you enjoy can be worked on. To register or ask questions please email Tina Moore at or call 423-9514.

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Earth Day Events This Week

Today is Earth Day, a day when people come together worldwide in support of protecting the environment.  What are you doing to show your support? Whirlow’s, 1926 Pacific Avenue, hosts the band “Greenhouse” tonight from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.  Master Gardener Julie Morehouse will be available to answer questions about making the Earth friendly garden and to give away live sunflower plants (while supplies last). See her living rooftop doghouse that will be raffled on May 2 at the 2nd Annual “In The Doghouse” Fundraiser taking place at Whirlow’s from 11am – 3pm.

Other earth related events – For eight years Disneynature has created films released for Earth Day.  Seeing these films has become a favorite tradition for my husband and I.  This year’s movie opened last Friday, April 17, and is called Monkey Kingdom.  Part of the proceeds from attending opening week goes to protecting monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.  Watching Monkey Kingdom this week is something simple and enjoyable you can do while helping our endangered friends.

The 27th Annual Stockton Earth Day Festival is this Sunday, April 26 at Victory Park from 10 am – 4 pm.  This year the theme is “Bee Aware” of the importance of bees in food and plant production.  There will be lots of environmental education booths, entertainment and food in one of Stockton’s most beautiful natural settings.  Take your family and friends and make a day of it.

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A World Of Dance

Souls Of The Rising Sun Performance At The Downtown Transit Center

Lavish costumes, swirling colors, acrobatics and the pageantry of dance are all part of Cirque du Soleil Varekai at the arena this weekend.  You will be mesmerized by the spectacle. For tickets link here.

World Wind is this year’s dance production at Delta College.  Combining talent from SF, Lodi, Tracy and Stockton this show addresses selected events or issues that have led to change.  The performances take place today and tomorrow at the Atherton at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adults.

The Asparagus Festival comes to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds this weekend. The festival is open today from 2 pm – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for teens and $5 for children.  Seniors, college students and military admission is $7.

A highlight of the festival is the community stage with local entertainment including CA Soul Line Dancers (3 pm today), Souls of the Rising Sun (4 pm today and 11 am on Sunday), Mercy Housing Gleason Park Electric Violin Ensemble (4:45 pm today), Unique Visions Dance Company (11 am Saturday), Ballet Folklorico Raices Mexicanas (1 pm Saturday and Sunday), Los Danzantes Del Puerto (3 pm Saturday), Cesar Chavez High School Choir (4:15 pm Saturday), Inspiring Hope Community Dancers (5pm Saturday), Gypsy Phoenix Belly Dancers (7 pm Saturday), West Coast Finest Soul Line Dancers (3 pm Sunday), Starlight Studios (4 pm Sunday) and more.

In closing, the Cambodian New Year Festival takes place this weekend (Friday – Sunday, 7:30 am – 10 pm) at 3732 Carpenter Rd.  Free admission and parking, donations appreciated.  See the beautifully decorated temple, enjoy delicious food, music and dance.

Dance, in its many forms, brings us together through storytelling, movement and celebration.  Let it take you to new places this year.

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National Library Week

Delta College hosts a series of events at the Stockton campus during National Library Week.  Today and tomorrow is the annual Book Sale in the Goleman Library from 8 am – 3 pm. Most items are $1 today with other deals tomorrow. Don’t miss picking up the new issue of Artifact Nouveau, Delta College’s literary publication by the Writer’s Guild.  Proceeds from the Book Sale support the Writer’s Guild and Friends of the Library, both groups on campus.

On Wednesday, April 15, the Book Swap is being held in Danner Hall from 8 am – 2 pm.  Take a break from tax day and get something for free.  On Thursday, April 16, the Writer’s Guild hosts a poetry reading in the Goleman Library from 1:30 – 3 pm.  Hear students, faculty and published poets share their work.

And finally on Friday, April 17, the campus comes alive with “Pathways to Books,” your favorite titles and lines from literature chalked everywhere.  See what you can find.

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Sustainability Month

April is sustainability month at the University of the Pacific.  Tonight UOP hosts the Wild and Scenic Film Festival known as one of the best environmental film festivals in the country. The free event will be held in the Biological Sciences Building, 3401 N. Kensington Way, Room 101.

A reception starts at 7 pm followed by a series of films from 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm (Spaceship Earth Passenger Briefing, A Line in the Sand, I Heard, Tahoe Time 1.5, Dream, World Beyond the World, I am Red, The Story of Place, Harvest of Shadows and California: Paradise Burning then a Q & A with its filmmaker, Matt Black and intermission. Two films (Elk Grass and Drawn) conclude the program from 9:15 pm – 10 pm.

Other sustainability events –

The 5th annual Green Fashion Show is looking for designers to make clothing items and accessories from sustainable materials – organic/local textiles, plants, upcycled thrift store finds, recyclables etc. Deadline to submit your application is April 15.  Note: The fashion show takes place on April 24 from 8 pm – 10 pm in the Long Theatre.

Carolyn Finney, assistant professor of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, and author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors will be speaking about how issues of difference impact environmental decision making on April 15 in the Grace Covell Hall, 6:30 pm reception, talk starts at  7 pm.

Celebrate John Muir’s birthday on April 21 at the DeRosa University Center from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.  Take a photo with a life size John Muir, eat Scottish Dundee cakes and discover what Muiring activities students, faculty and staff have taken part in.  Have a favorite photo of you enjoying the outdoors that you would like to share? Send your photos to

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First InstaWalk Tomorrow

Tomorrow, April 4 at 11:45 am, bring your smartphones, cameras and fun props (be creative) to InstaMeet 4 on the steps of the Haggin Museum, 1201 N. Pershing for a group photo.  At noon, take advantage of the free admission day at the museum and go inside for a brief photo tour (no flash allowed).

Then join the group (at about 12:20 pm) for the first Stockton instaWalk (a casual walking tour taking instagram photos, #StocktonCAinstaWALK) from the Haggin traveling north on Pershing, crossing the street and walking on Vernal Way, left on Yosemite to American Legion Park, east on Walnut to the Empresso Coffeehouse (1825 Pacific Ave) at the corner of Walnut and Pacific for a selection of beverages including coffee samples and a photo challenge (a creative selfie with your coffee).

Instagrammers are encouraged to explore the Miracle Mile and take photos.  There are several murals on the Mile (on the side of the Goodwin Gallery at Maple and Pacific, next to the Midtown Creperie and across from Baskin Robbins at Adams and Pacific).  What else can you discover?  Mile Wine (2113 Pacific Ave) will be choosing four Instagrammers to win $25 restaurant gift cards. Please register for the event here.


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