Man­teca part of mu­rals book

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Some of Man­teca’s mu­rals grace the pages of “Large Art in Small Paces: Dis­cov­er­ing the Cal­i­for­nia Mu­ral Towns” au­thored by Kevin Bruce.

It was pub­lished in 2009 and is avail­able from Ama­zon for $24.95.

Man­teca is in­cluded on the Cen­tral Val­ley Mu­ral Route that also en­com­passes Kings­burg, Le­moore, Tu­lare, Ex­eter, Lind­say and Porter­ville. A de­scrip­tion of the book fol­lows: “In the 1930s, film star (and part Chero­kee) Will Rogers would come to Bishop, Cal­i­for­nia, and buy the Na­tive Amer­i­can chil­dren ice cream at the lo­cal phar­macy soda foun­tain, at a time when they weren’t al­lowed in­side. To­day, a mu­ral on the town’s mod­ern-day phar­macy com­mem­o­rates that mo­ment — huge pink ice cream cones and all. The small towns of Cal­i­for­nia are filled with such mu­rals, cap­tur­ing mo­ments of lo­cal color, cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance, nat­u­ral beauty, and imag­i­na­tive whimsy. This book is your key to go­ing off the beaten path and dis­cov­er­ing these hid­den gems of pub­lic art for your­self.

“’Large Art in Small Places’ SMALL PLACES fea­tures more than 250 con­tem­po­rary mu­rals by noted mu­ral­ists and lo­cal artis­tic col­lec­tives alike, in­clud­ing the trompe l’oeil nar­ra­tive il­lu­sions of John Pugh, the larger-than-life epic mas­ter­pieces of Wei Luan, the ex­pres­sive por­traits of Don Gray, and the dra­matic his­toric tableaus of Art Mor­timer. Part art book and part travel guide, “Large Art in Small Places” takes mu­ral afi­ciona­dos, lo­cal his­tory lovers, arm­chair trav­el­ers, and week­end road­trip­pers on an un­for­get­table tour of quaint, quirky, and col­or­ful small-town Cal­i­for­nia.”

HIME ROMERO/209 file photo

TOP PHOTO: Man­teca Mu­ral So­ci­ety vol­un­teers along with mu­ral­ist Dave Gor­don, left, pose for a photo af­ter the World War II mu­ral was put in place in 2015. BOT­TOM PHOTO: Vol­un­teers who helped paint the “Man­teca Snow” mu­ral.

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