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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 29

By Noel Daniel Not only is the Center a cultural and entertainment hub for the entire San Joaquin Valley, but it’s also a powerful economic engine for downtown Modesto. More than 200,000 people a year visit the Gallo Center and research tells us that more than 60 percent of those

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 28

By Noel Daniel Dr. John Mayer carries himself with the sort of stature and surety that only a man who has spent his life following his passions can. Although he is now the chairman of California State University, Stanislaus’ (CSUS) theatre program, he came of age some two thousand miles

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 27

By Jacqui D. Sinarle If a dog is man’s best friend, then Barkin’ Dog Grill has got to be the local artist’s best friend. Not only does Barkin’ Dog exhibit the work of local artists, it also showcases performances by area musicians and poets. “We’ve been featuring local musicians and

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 26

By Noel Daniel Carrie Arnold’s paintings look like the sort of art that’s taken a lifetime of drawing and color study to perfect. In actuality, her story is an inspiring combination of fierce determination and a passion for art. “I got started with the desire to learn to draw and

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 25

By Jacqui D. Sinarle Our region’s seventh annual talent competition, The Valley Talent Project, gave local performers something to sing about in August—and much more! With a new name, a diverse variety of contestants, and more prizes than ever, the two-day event showcased 28 entries competing in seven categories with

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 24

By Contentment Health & Lifestyle Magazine Staff In the cold embers of the year, when joy and comfort disappear, the sharp notes of Richard Thompson’s expert guitar and the bite of his gallows humor might be just what you need. Thompson’s music has a uniqueness that breeds fervor in his

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 23

By Noel Daniel It’s a style that’s just perfect for summer, capitalizing on the bright and living colors of nature. Plein air painting, or “en plein air,” just means a painting process that’s done out in the open air. “If you want to paint out of doors, you should ‘love

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 22

By Jacqui D. Sinarle The homemade farm machinery of yesteryear may have been replaced by modern high-tech farm equipment, but the Patterson Township Historical Society Barnstormers are hard at work collecting, preserving and restoring the valuable evidence of our unique agricultural history, one piece at a time. “The West Side

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 21

“But you can’t start. Only a baby can start. You and me – why, we’re all that’s been. The anger of a moment, the thousand pictures, that’s us. This land, this red land, is us; and the flood years and the dust years and the drought years are us.” —John

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 18

  By Anne Marie Bergthold “Alphonse Mucha is one of those artists who, for a long time, flew under the radar,” says Lisa McDermott, Director of the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock.   While people might not recognize the name, many will recognize what McDermott describes as “elegant, beautiful, swirling compositions” as the

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