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Spaces still available for museums first art show
This jardinière by Mrs. Joshua Cowell is just one of several painted porcelain pieces done by local residents in Manteca in the early days that are on display at the Manteca Historical Museum. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO
Artists who want to be a part of history-in-the-making are invited to show samples of their work at the Manteca Historical Museum on Saturday, May 22, from 1 to 5 p.m.

“An Afternoon of Art” is an event whose purpose is to showcase and highlight the wealth of artistic talents in the area. The show and sale will be held in the museum parking lot.

Space is limited to only 32 stalls or booths. As of Monday, nearly 20 of those were already reserved, according to museum director Evelyn Prouty. Among the early birds who have already signed up is Tom Olson, Manteca’s painter of barns and rustic scenes.

Deadline for space reservations or sign-ups is Monday, May 10. Booth spaces are free because this is a first-time event, Prouty said.

Artists of every discipline, from oils and acrylics, watercolors to pastels, and photography to three-dimensional are invited to participate in what could become an annual tradition at the museum, depending on the success of this initial effort.

The show will not be juried; however, visitors will have an opportunity to select their favorite artist, Prouty said.

In conjunction with the art show and sale, an exhibit of art work by local artists from the 1870s to the 1920s will be displayed on the museum stage for visitors to view. The exhibit includes oil paintings, china painting and photographs.

Prouty said she hopes this art event will be something that the museum will be able to hold every year.

To reserve a space or booth for the art show and sale, call Prouty at (209) 982-0339.