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Set designer infuses plays with inspiration from life

 

Brian Johnson works on a design sketch in his workshop at Stockton Civic Theatre.

By NORA HESTON TARTE
Business Journal Writer
nhestontarte@cvbizjournal.com

STOCKTON — Brian Johnson is in the business of selling a fantasy, creating stage sets for local theatre companies that tell a story and transport both characters and audience into a new world.
“The best part of what I do is to help tell the stories with the things I create. We go to all kinds of different places throughout the seasons,” he said. “One show I may be building forests, the next it’s castles.”

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Haggin Museum undergoes historic refurbishment

 

The south entrance of the Haggin Museum.

By Nora Heston Tarte
Business Journal Writer
nhestontarte@cvbizjournal.com

STOCKTON — The Haggin Museum is enhancing its visitor experience with a $2.5 million refurbishment — the largest, single investment the Haggin has made to its building and art collection in its 86 years of operation.

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Modesto artist creates success for self, others with Craft Grab

 

Stephanie Burtch in front of the Tri-Chromatic Gallery in Modesto, where First Friday Craft Grab is held.

By Nora Heston Tarte
Business Journal Writer
nhestontarte@cvbizjournal.com

MODESTO — Stephanie Foster Burtch started out as a jewelry maker, an artist selling her wares through an Etsy shop online called Wow Era Jewel. But her online presence left her longing for customer interaction; watching buyers experience the artistry firsthand, and engaging with them in a more intimate environment.

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Open call to artists to submit work inspired by Asian culture

The Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock is seeking artwork inspired by Asian culture for a juried show to be held in October.

Artists working in all media are asked to submit their work to be on display in the Lobby Galleries at the Carnegie Arts Center for the length of the show.

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Celtic and Renaissance Festival

Celtic and Renaissance Festival

And now for something completely different.  Travel back in time and experience Modesto’s Celtic and Renaissance Festival happening in Graceada Park July 8th. It will be a day filled with family fun the likes Modesto is rarely treated to.

Music in the Plaza

Music in the Plaza

Enjoy live downtown musical entertainment every Friday evening from July 7th through September 22nd! We invite you to join us for an outdoor concert in the 10th Street Plaza. Enjoy a broad range of musical entertainment. Music starts at 7. Come early for a good seat on the patio at Ralston's Goat or Fuzio Universal Bistro! 

Joining in on July 7th, August 8th and September 1st is the 1st Friday Street Faire 5-9pm in conjunction with the Modesto Downtown Partnership. Artists, crafters, vendors of all sorts will line the street. 

Wizard World Sacramento

Wizard World Sacramento

Kate Beckinsale, Val Kilmer Added To Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento Celebrity Roster, June 17-18