Manteca Mural Portrays Gateway to Bay
A retired art professor from University of the Pacific is creating the latest in a series of public murals in downtown Manteca that portray the city’s history.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Ron Pecchenino has been an artist and an art teacher for forty years. (fade in nat sound of traffic-hold) He’s currently working on a 10 by 20 foot mural on aluminum panels in a parking lot located in the heart of Manteca. The painting, the third commissioned by the city’s Mural Society, depicts the legacy of Manteca as the gateway to the Bay Area. Once it’s finished it will be affixed to a building, a block from where it’s being painted. Pecchenino says he’s painted quite a number of murals in his career, but this is the first time he’s worked outside. PECCHENINO :12—My environment in my studio is birds singing and the wind going through the trees. Here it’s really interesting. The traffic. It’s just a different environment. It’s a challenge. One passerby, Toby Reid says the murals are an improvement to the downtown area. REID :06—Some of the buildings in the last few years haven’t been looking the greatest. So it’s nice to seen them adding some art to it. Pecchenino says he expects to have the project finished in about four or five weeks. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.