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Paying homage to Turlock’s Chicano culture through art

in Arts/Community/News

It’s no secret that the city of Turlock has a strong Latino community, and one local artist is on a mission to share the rich history through art.

On Wednesday, work officially began on a mural that will adorn the exterior north side wall of a building at 132 S. First St., the former home of Pablo’s Restaurant and the Mexican Kitchen. It just so happens that the man behind the project is Richard Gomez, the grandson of Pablo and family of the former Mexican Kitchen owners.

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Carnegie Art Showcase To Open In July

in Arts/Events/Upcoming event

From more than 200 entries, jurors have selected 88 works — including art from 10 Merced County artists — that will be on display in the annual Carnegie Art Showcase exhibition taking place this summer at the Carnegie Arts Center in Downtown Turlock.

The juried exhibition is a celebration of artistic excellence, awarding a total of $2,350 in prize money.

The show will be on view in the CAC’s Ferrari Gallery from July 5 through Sept. 3, and a free public reception will take place on Friday, July 8, from 6-8 p.m.

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Droids, cosplayers, comic creators among highlights at Graffiti Con in Modesto

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A Graffiti Con brings cosplayers, vendors, actors and more to Modesto as this year’s Graffiti Summer events wind down. The Carnegie Arts Center holds a block party to celebrate its 10th anniversary. They are just two of the entertainment options planned in the Modesto region June 25-July 1.

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New downtown shop makes edible art accessible

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When Turlock resident Amy Navarra hosted a backyard charcuterie party in 2018, it was to simply gauge the community’s interest in the artistically-arranged appetizer. She couldn’t have imagined that just three years later, her business endeavor would grow from the confines of a small, commercial kitchen to a one-stop grazing shop in the heart of her home’s downtown. 

Navarra celebrated the soft opening of Savor’s brand-new brick-and-mortar storefront on Tuesday, and with its doors opened a world of opportunity for Turlockers to either assemble their own grazing boards or order one from the experts behind the counter.

“I had set the intention early on in life to have something that was mine...but I didn’t know what that would manifest into,” Navarra said. “We’ve had plenty of highs and lows, so seeing it today finally come to fruition is unreal for me.”

Navarra quit her corporate job in 2019 to operate Savor full time, catering weddings, parties and business events, curating custom, individual boards and even teaching workshops on how to create gorgeous arrangements which taste as good as they look.

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Turlock native realizes artistic dreams

in Local Roundup/People

Morgan Andre has always had a knack for art, but she never dreamed it would blossom into the career she’s built for herself today. The Turlock native has turned her artistic ability into a successful business with a substantial following, and she shares her talent with the community through not only her artwork, but as an educator as well.

“I love that I get to express myself. It’s so fun that a passion of mine has become something I get to make into a career,” Andre said. “I never really thought that could be a possibility and it’s been fantastic to have support from people in the community and from my family and friends.”

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Manteca Murals: Downtown Is One Giant Canvas Of Art, History & Culture

in Around California

Tracy has the Grand Theatre for the Arts. Stockton has the Haggin Museum. Turlock has the Carnegie Arts Center. Modesto has the Mistlin Gallery. And Manteca has its downtown.

When it comes to art displays nobody in the 209 has a bigger venue or larger canvases than Manteca.

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