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Large Art in Small Places by Kevin Bruce

Large Art in Small Places

Large Art in Small Places by Kevin Bruce
May 19, 2009 | 192 Pages
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    May 19, 2009 | 192 Pages

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“It’s a delightful pictoral tour of ‘California Mural Towns,’ highlighting public art from the 1930s to the present. Great stuff.”
—Sacramento Bee
“Historical, commemorative, beautiful, imaginative, quirky, and surprising are just a few of the adjectives that describe the contemporary mural art included in this art book and travel guide.  . . . If you enjoy art or travel from your armchair, or if you want a new road trip on the West Coast, pick up this nifty book.”
—Maine Antique Digest
“This handsome guide…will appeal to anyone who loves and appreciates murals, no matter where they live.”
—Chicago Tribune
“The book is an intriguing look into an incredible art form in which the real deals are only a car ride away.”
—Contra Costa Times
“This photo-rich art book is great for armchair travelers, art lovers and those wishing to travel the California back roads in search of small towns whose civic pride created murals featuring local history or scenic wonders. …If you cannot make the trip to see these large impressive artworks, buy the book and enjoy it in the comfort of your favorite chair.”
“the perfect guide for an art trip in the Gold Rush state.”
—True West

“In all my years traveling around California, I have always loved seeing local communities celebrate themselves with murals. And now you can keep this book in your car and wherever you go, you will always know where to see a great mural.”
—Huell Howser, producer and host of  public television’s California’s Gold

“Large Art in Small Places unveils a pictorial travelogue of the pride and cultural heritage that fostered the development of quaint small towns in California. This book is a must-have for those who would embark on the adventure of discovering the ‘Other California.'”
—Bill Drennen, cofounder of the California Public Art and Mural Society

Table Of Contents

Introduction: The Miracle of the California Mural Towns     1
Chapter 1: North Coast Mural Route     5
Crescent City     6
Arcata     13
Eureka     20
Ferndale     28
Chapter 2: North Central Mural Route     31
Chico     32
Susanville     39
Chapter 3: Eastern Sierra Mural Route     46
Bishop     47
Chapter 4: Central Valley Mural Route     56
Manteca     57
Kingsburg     63
Lemoore     67
Tulare     72
Exeter     83
Lindsay     99
Porterville     112
Chapter 5: South Central Coast Mural Route     115
Lompoc     116
Santa Paula     132
Santa Maria     138
Chapter 6: Southern Mural Route     140
Tehachapi     141
Barstow     146
Twentynine Palms     155
Banning     165
Indio     170
Big Bear Lake     176
Blythe     178
Further Mural Town Explorations     180
Credits     181
About the Author     184

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