Art by the Barrel

Sometimes memories are made by more than a moment behind the selfie stick. Every now and then, they’re etched into a signature stem glass, or prepared through a nostalgic dish you’ve enjoyed as far back as you can remember. And now, they’re carved as a […]

Carving Memories

An inescapable aroma drifts throughout the workshop. Claro walnut and maple, the soft scent of cherry wood dancing along the skylights overhead. Freshly shaven—or settling into its second, maybe third coat of varnish—the pieces produced by J. Rusten Furniture Studio speak volumes about the man […]

For the Love of Metal

  Jerrod Mays first discovered his enchantment with metal over 20 years ago, as he built and modified choppers. Today, his passion is showcased through an art form unique to him and San Joaquin. Metal being a family trade, the third generation general contractor attributes […]

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Artist by Night

Alexandra Matthews found herself taking a leap many wish they could—one that led her to quit her day job in 2014 and purchase a one-way ticket around the world. The Stockton native and recent TCU (Texas Christian University) graduate was working in marketing in Dallas, […]


There’s no question that San Joaquin has a rich history, but do you know what that history is? Lose yourself and all sense of time as you take a tour of the many museums, galleries and so much more spread out across our fair valley. […]