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Stockton Arts Commission Grant Recipient

Flipping Open the Pages of Imagination

Artwork is underway by artist, Ilena Finocchi, who is creating a mural at the Fair Oaks Library, 2370 E. Main St, Stockton, CA 95205. The vibrant artwork spans the entire 30ft x 20ft curved wall near the library’s entrance. The mural highlights an octopus which has 3 hearts and nine brains and symbolically represents diversity, intelligence, complexity and insight. Out the the octopus’s hat emerges the creativity and imagination machine that is fueled by reading books.

Student artwork will be added to parts of the mechanics of the imagination and creativity machine. Submissions for student artwork is open to Stockton areas students, Grades K-12. Students can pick up artist submission forms at the Fair Oaks Library and Stribley Center, 1760 E. Sonora St, Stockton, CA 95205 or download the forms online on the facebook or instagram webpages. August 16th is the deadline for Student Art submissions and can be dropped off at the Fair Oaks Library or Stribley Center.

In addition to the mural the artist will also be doing workshops with Fair Oaks Community students making their drawing come to life by creating flip book animations. More details and dates on the workshops can be found on Facebook and Instagram pages @flipinmagic. This project is made possible by a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission.

Ilena Finocchi is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and is currently working on her first independent stop motion animation film. The artist originally from Ohio, lives in Stockton, CA and has had her artwork broadly shown on a national scale. This is her 5th public art project. More information about the artist can be found on her website:

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