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Flipping Open the Pages of Imagination: Workshops Free to Kids 7-18

Mural artwork has recently been completed by artist, Ilena Finocchi. The mural is located 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 has been added to parts of the mechanics of the imagination and creativity machine. The student artwork was chosen from students art submissions.

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. The workshops for kids ages 7-18 at the Fair Oaks library, are scheduled for September 19 and 26 from 4-5:30 pm call 209-937-8221 to sign up. The workshop at Stribley Center for teens ages 13-18 is scheduled for October 2, 3-4:00pm call 209-937-7351 to sign up. Seating is limited for the workshops so please call to sign up. More information 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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