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Mantecans original art work graces 2014 One Book, One San Joaquin
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Award-winning Manteca artist, Jean Ramey, is stating an encore number in Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library’s annual reading program, One Book, One San Joaquin.

Her original painting is once again the picture gracing the brochures and posters advertising the reading program that is held every year during the month of October. The attention grabbing illustration focusing on author Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” book follows Ramey’s original illustration that helped promote last year’s One Book, One San Joaquin month-long celebration.

This time, though, Ramey’s painting of Frankenstein does not limit its appearance to the flyers and brochures. Library Assistant Lisa Aschieris of the Manteca Branch Library said the prolific artist’s work also appears on all of the county’s library cards.

The reading program is just the latest in a string of programs and events in which Ramey’s artistic talents are featured. A former president and longtime member of the Manteca Artist Guild, the former graphic artist has had one-woman art shows at several venues including the Council Chambers at the Manteca Civic Center as well as the Manteca Public Library, and group shows at the council chambers and at Lathrop City Hall. Her paintings have won numerous awards at various art competitions including the annual Lathrop Mayor’s Art Purchase Award Show and Sale.

Last year, her original watercolor of a garden setting won first place in a contest sponsored by the Manteca Garden Club in connection with the annual garden tour. Ramey’s winning painting was used in posters, brochures and flyers advertising the garden tour. Not only did she receive a cash award; her painting was offered as one of the raffle prizes offered by the garden club during last year’s tour, the only fund-raiser held by the club during the year.