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Home of the Arts for Freedom program

“Building a Healthier Community through Personal and Professional Example”

Peer Recovery Art Project is our continuous campaign to end stigma, revitalize downtown areas, while implementing new strategies for an all-inclusive and, therefore, healthier community.

Volume 5

Issue 4


April 2013 vibe that lies inside all of us then things happen. Remember our tag line: “We are not a FINE arts organization; when we create art we feel FINE. “ ~ John Black, CEO

Love those April showers! Let’s not forget that April marks one year from 2012’s “History of Graffiti” at the State Theatre and the gala Grand Opening here at ABOVE: Jim Prigoff (l) with the 1222 J Street art consignment PRAP CEO John Black (r) gallery. I really do not think anyone would forget that day. Since then there are now three aerosol art projects on buildings in our downtown region. Our hats are off to the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and Modesto View magazine for joining in. Ideas are really cool but ideas are really ideal when put into action. That is just what this partnership has done. Peer Recovery is proud to be a part of the mural craze that is now a reality in Modesto.


Patterson Teen Center Gala anniversary event, 2-6 p.m.


3rd Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. in the gallery. Also, Barkin’ Dog Grill will display new art works.


Earth Day, Graceada Park, Modesto, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Dennis Dahl Memorial/Celebration of Life. Music and Good Friends (@ the gallery, 1-5 p.m.

Watch for our International Arts Exhibitions as we drive through town in our 1974 International Grumman Step Van community service vehicle. The first exhibit is titled, “An Inside Job…Spray Can Artists of the Central Valley.” This show will be up and running this week. Watch for us! We are coming to visit your park, your school yard, yes, we are coming to you! This past week your beloved Modesto Blues Festival rose from its resting place and now, Modesto music fans, get ready for a new era of dance parties like none other. Right on the 1200 block of J Street and no cost to attend. The line-up is the best we’ve ever assembled and the partnerships with local business and media are the strongest ever. Get ready for more news as you read this edition of Renaissance newsletter. Peer Recovery Art Project believes that art is simple, that people are mostly good and if you can harness the positive

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INVITATION TO 2013 ARTIST OPEN STUDIO Hello, I hope you can join me at my garden studio, 1422 Fordham Ave., on April 6th and 7th between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. I will have original works for sale, as well as prints, cards, and copies of my books. There will also be demonstrations, music and refreshments. Visit my website or Facebook page (below) for additional information and to view more of my work. Joining me will be friend and awesome pastel artist, Chris Obers. I'm part of this year's Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour, a county-wide event featuring 57 artists at 35 studios across the county. One of my paintings, The Oak Path, will be a prize in a drawing to be held after the tour. It won 1st place in the landscape category at last year's CCAA Spring Show. Entry forms are available with your tour ticket purchase. Tickets are available online or at several galleries in Modesto, Turlock and Oakdale. I will also have tickets available at my studio. For more information on the tour, visit www.stanislausaos.


Hope to see you then. And please feel free to pass along this invitation! Linda Knoll Web: Facebook: WHAT A TEAM!

ANTI-STIGMA PEER PROJECT CSUS John and Jonathan’s “chalk talk”


The Oak Path, watercolor by Linda Knoll

Peer Recovery Art Project is proud to be a member of Modesto Chamber of Commerce! 2

Malia suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and was in critical condition. Three weeks later she was transported to UCSF to undergo major brain surgery. The surgery was a success – Malia and her unborn child are doing great so far.

April 2013 CENTRAL VALLEY BREWFEST Saturday, June 1, 2013 The date has been set for the inaugural Central Valley Brewfest scheduled to take place June 1st, 2013 at the Stanislaus County Fair Grounds. The 2013 event will be an amazing experience in taste and art with the addition of hot music to compliment the cool brews. Get there early! Doors open promptly at 1:00 pm with the sampling ending at 5:00pm. Not only will you be able to sample some of the finest hops around, the CV Brew Fest will also feature amazing art work from a local charity in Modesto. The Peer Recovery Art Project will feature innovative, creative, and fresh art pieces for purchase. Proceeds will help fund the informally networked "street team" that promotes community-based awareness, mutual aid, and support to the Central Valley. For more information visit


SAVE THE DATE! BOOGIE WOOGIE ROCK’N ROLLING MUSIC & ART DANCE PARTY ON J Saturday, June 22, 2013 4 to 10 p.m. Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers Mofo Party Band 44s Tommy & The Edsels …and much more! FREE ADMISSION More details in the next edition

This art piece has been named “Dreamz.” It has been named “Dreamz” because it represents our dreams. Everything in this painting represents something special. The white flower represents pure hope, the angel represents faith, the mountains represent determination, and the sky descending into the horizon represents “the sky is the limit, always and forever.” The trees represent the building of strength and courage, the shadowing around the frame represents “keeping your eye on the prize,” and most of all, the painting itself is to encourage you to do whatever your heart desires. It has taken me two years to complete this piece of art, more or less, piece of myself. In two years, through my smiles, tears, troubles, and fears, I have learned a lot. Finally now I can share with you and everyone else, what I have learned.


Peer Recovery Art Project Renaissance Peer Recovery Art Project gallery, home of the ARTS FOR FREEDOM program is located at:

1222 J Street, Modesto CA

Email, call or text: (209) 581-1695 Open Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 3rd Thursday Art Walk nights, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Find us at the intersection of 13th and J Streets between the State Theatre and Crow Trading; right next door to the Camera Center. Arts for Freedom is sponsored by Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and Stanislaus Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

SOTO HEADED FOR ART SCHOOL Peer Recovery Art Project will miss Sergio helping youth during his drawing classes at the gallery. A heartfelt “Thank you” to Sergio for teaching our youth and involving them in mural painting! All Age Drawing Instructions from Sergio Soto: Draw a lot. Practice makes perfect, so draw whenever possible. Draw everything that inspires and even things that are boring. Be willing to start over and over again. Get drawing books and drawing guides. Many of these are basic and cartoonlike, but they are a good place to start. They will teach the ability to look at all things as basic shapes.

1209 McHenry Ave Modesto, CA (209) 522-1003

PEER RECOVERY ART PROJECT, INC. EXECUTIVE BOARD AND TEAM MEMBERS John Black, CEO, Arts for Freedom Administrator, Operations Manager Ken McCall, Chief Financial Officer Pacific Media Group Carol Jo Hargreaves, Corporate Secretary, Editor Jodi McClure, Bookkeeper Team Members: Michael Anderson, Art Director Betty Barnes, Arts for Freedom Program Coordinator, Fundraising, Special Projects Linda Hornsby-Black, Special Projects Manager

Renaissance now available on-line @ Send your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS to: Peer Recovery Art Project, Inc. PO Box 5354, Modesto, CA 95353 Drop us a line or send a request to be included on our list of supporters.


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