Being a child of the '60s and '70s I felt inspired to show my art at the Hair Raising Affair (Sept. 6), a fundraiser for KXVS, the Peace and Justice Network of San Joaquin and Connections newspaper held on the patio of the Stockton Civic Theatre before a performance of the play “Hair”.

My head danced with the possibilities of what I would make — tie dye, macramé, black light art etc. Christie Kelley, an event organizer, asked me to bring God’s Eyes (yarn wrapped around sticks). I agreed but wanted to do more than the basic diamond pattern. I consulted YouTube for direction and found more elaborate designs than I ever could have imagined. One video showed how to make a flower in the center of the God’s Eye and the other created a stunning pattern by placing two basic God’s Eyes together and adding embellishment.

Sometimes artists need direction and the freedom to make the work their own. I would like to thank Kelley for encouraging me to make God’s Eyes, an art form I am eager to continue exploring. If you missed the fundraiser you can still donate.

On Sept. 7, 50 community members created art during Art Break Day at the Chavez Library. They filled the entrance patio with chalk drawings and painted and drew works on paper inside the library. This was Stockton’s sixth year of participating in the global event that takes place on the first Friday of September.

The Chavez Library was one of 42 venues around the world where people were encouraged to take a break and make art with supplies provided free of charge. I would like to thank the library staff who went above and beyond to support Art Break Day — sending out announcements, providing a shade tent and chairs, preparing tables for painting, bringing out additional supplies but most of all giving their time to inspire the community to make art (every staff member who entered the library first stopped to add chalk designs to the patio).

There are eight new murals downtown. The owner of the Deliberation Room contacted Derek Hough, the president of the 1850 Collective, to arrange for the murals to be painted. The 1850 Collective organized an art show at the Deliberation Room charging $5 admission which was split between three prize winners of the mural contest voted on by the public. Derek Hough and Jeremy Johnson took first place, Ernie Tomasi second and Cesar Santos third.

The 150 foot wall has been steeped in controversy since the historic Custodio mural that graced it for decades was painted over. It is wonderful to see a variety of artists creating new works to cover the white wall. The wall has become a space for artists to show their work on a temporary basis. From time to time new murals will be painted here. This reminds me of Reno’s annual 24 hour mural marathon.

When I asked Hough what it meant to have a wall to paint on and if murals should be protected he said, “Having a wall to paint is honestly a privilege because growing up I only dreamed of opportunities to be invited to paint on some ones property and to be able to show the world what's inside my head. I think there should be protected murals to a certain extent. If the mural is completely deteriorated or dilapidated then I think it is an opportunity that something new and vibrant could inhibit.” Visit the murals at 19 N. California St.

Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol de Sacramento closes the free poetry series at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter, Tuesday from 6–8 p.m. Listen to their messages of peace, sustainability and justice.

On Friday, the University Park World Peace Rose Garden (Magnolia and California streets) hosts an event for the International Day of Peace from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Walk the peace labyrinth, listen to meditative music, make God’s Eyes and more.

 

Joy Neas is an arts advocate and coordinator for ArtSplash. Contact her at dibsonart@yahoo.com.