December 29, 2003

First Friday Art Hop Features Lodi Lake


On Friday, January 2, 2004, at the Lodi Public Library, as part of the First Friday Art Hop, sponsored by the City of Lodiís Division of Art and Culture, the Lodi Lake Nature Area Docent Council will sponsor a collection of artwork inspired by the Lodi Lake Nature Area.


The collection will include photographs by Stocktonís Robert Stahmer, a colored pencil drawing by Kathleen Bell, sculpture by Dale Prohaska, and several 12í X 5í ft. mural panels depicting the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed.  The Lodi Historical Society will also be on hand with copies for sale  of their latest fall 2003 issue of the Lodi Historian, which is devoted to the early history of Lodi Lake, written by Nancy Lea Schmer.


Lodi Lake Nature Area is a 58- acre wooded natural area along the Mokelumne River, home to a riparian forest filled with wonderful plant and animal life.  The featured art collection attempts to capture this ephemeral beauty, often missed by the visitor to the area. 


The Mokelumne River is also the point of Lodiís stormwater discharge from the streets of most of northern, central and industrial Lodi.  Sixteen stormwater outfall pipes discharge the untreated stormwater, along with any pollutants and trash present, directly into the river.  The Liberty High student mural will feature this pictorial story of the urban impact upon the Mokelumne River and its last bits of wild natural areas.


The Docents hope to inspire, educate and recruit new Docents to their educational program through this First Friday at Hop outreach.  Free food and beverages will be served.