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Manteca Museum art show draws crowd
Manteca artist Mitchell Heinze and photographer daughter Melanie Toutai shared a booth at the Manteca Historical Museum’s first ever art show Saturday. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO
Even the weather conspired to make the first ever art show hosted by the Manteca Historical Museum a success in more ways than one.

First, there were fathers and daughters showing their art together representing several disciplines. Tom Olson, one of the founders of the Manteca Artist Guild and whose paintings are part of the collections of many art aficionados throughout California and beyond, brought several of his oil paintings of rustic scenes. Hanging side by side with his original oils were the paintings of his daughter Doreen Heath, an award-winning artist as well as art teacher with her own loyal following of fans that collect her work which includes three-dimensional sculptures and mural-size abstracts. His other multi-talented daughter, recently retired teacher Glenda Burns, brought her own unique collection to the show – utilitarian art pieces such as glazed tile refrigerator magnets, mirrors framed by colorful tiles, cups, bowls, and even a decorative trivet that could do double duty as a hot plate in the kitchen or simply as a wall hanging. She sold several of those, and donated 10 percent of her sales to the museum.

Another father-daughter partnership at the art show was that of painter Mitchell Heinze of Manteca, and his photographer daughter Melanie Toutai. Heinze, whose brother Michael is also an award-winning Manteca artist, was particularly thrilled because this is the first time he has ever shared the spotlight with her daughter at an art event, he said.

Heinze uses various mediums – watercolors, oils and acrylics. Toutai, a wife and young mother of two children, is a self-described self-taught photographic portraitist. Some of the photographs she had on display at the museum show are reminiscent of the photographic style of world-famous prolific baby photographer Ann Geddes. In her “Capturing the Wonder of Life” sample portfolio shown in the flyer she had on display in the booth she shared with her father are a black and white photograph of a baby’s head gently cradled by the mother’s hands, a mother with her two young children, and two young lovers seemingly caught in an unguarded loving moment. Toutai specializes in newborns, children, graduates, couples, weddings, and families. She works out of her home.