As part of the 2007 Biannual Public Art and Mural Symposium held in Manteca, we had an invitational mural competition. Eight North American artists were asked to paint 5ft X 8ft murals that depicted the bounty of the Central Valley. These eight murals are now hanging in the Manteca Senior Center at 295 Cherry Lane.

Third place winner was Ella Yates. She is truly a child of the world, although she lists her address as Colorado, she can be found painting on any continent! “Peaches” is a wonderful mural showing a bird’s eye view of a family picking peaches in their own yard. It shows the bounty of our valley on a “homey” level instead of a commercial endeavor. Ella does an exceptional job of painting people and refers to herself as “a people person.”

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