Summer Art Splash

When she moved to Stockton some 20 years ago, Joy Neas was in awe of its treasures: the natural waterfront, its rich history and interesting architecture.

"The first moment I saw Stockton, I never knew anything like that could exist. I never grew up with anything like that," said Neas, who was raised in Richmond. "I was in awe. I go downtown all the time. I never run out of things to do there. I celebrate downtown, go to restaurants, take photos, walk around and look at the architecture. At the Fox Theatre, you can go see old movies in a palatial, beautiful place that would have been torn down if not for the effort of a few people. I think the arts bring life, vitality to areas. I didn't want to see it die."

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