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  1. 1. About Town Taste has successfully lead walking adventures into four local neighborhoods engaging visitors, and residents alike, with their city in a FRESH way. About Town Taste materials and tours ©2009You are about to embark on a self-guided adventure ofdiscovery using our new children’s booklet, Seen Around Town©.Best described as a scavenger hunt for the eyes, you can take as long(or as little) as you like to complete one or all, of the discovery walks.Seen Around Town© is intended to be used by children 5-12 yrswhile with their parent/guardian.Once you complete one of these adventures you may want to stepout sometime on one of the regular walking adventures noted at theend of this booklet. So, what will YOU discover?The walks are intended to be done in daylight to maximize the art viewing and for safety. Please obey all traffic laws and use sidewalksand crosswalks. While the neighborhoods described here are very safe Always the Best! LLC dba as About Town Taste (ABT) is notliable for your voluntary use of this self-guided booklet. Discretion for your personal safety should always be used.Answers follow each tour
  2. 2. A) Start location of the Tower Taste adventureB) Start of the Urban Art adventureC) Start of the Art of Graffiti adventureD) Start of the Art & Antiques adventure
  3. 3. Tower Taste ©2009Starting point: NE corner of Olive & Wishon streets, (Roger Rockas parking lot)Historical Background: This neighborhood gets its name from the theater across the street.Item 1: Tower Theater Question: what is title of the current show on the marquee (sign)? Questions: what is the open area called (where the doors are)? Observation: does this theater look like movie theaters you know today? What are the differences/similarities?Using the sidewalk begin walking north on Wishon toward the houses.Historical Background: You will see many different architectural styles in the neighborhood.Architecture is the name of the science of buildings.Items 2: Architecture See if you can find some of these styles of buildings as you walk- Streamline Modern or Art Deco-based on math shapes (geometry) Traits-curving forms, long horizontal lines often with nautical themes Hint: Look at the buildings you just walked in front of or back to the corner. CA Mission-Inspired by the missions in California Traits-walls with little or no decoration, long deep covered walkways. Usually built with adobe (mud) bricks covered with white plaster. Roofs often made of red tiles. Hint: Look to the left just after passing the shops. Craftsman or bungalow- A casual style popular throughout America in the 30-40’s Traits- deep porches, a lot of wood like shingles on the sides, natural use of materials hand crafted often looks like a cabin. Hint: Watch for some after crossing the next street before you get to the church.Continue walking north on Wishon toward the church. Before you cross to the church, pause toobserve it. Historical Background: Churches are important in any community. They often serve as acommunity center for activities. Churches are a place people go into to pray and think about God.Item 3: St Therese Catholic Church Question: What style does this look like? Question: What type windows does the church have? Observation: It is usually OK to go inside churches, just be quietly respectful in case someone is praying. The door into the church on the south side as you cross the street is often open. Quietly look into the church and enjoy its special beauty.Using the sidewalk begin walking around the church. Observe the windows. These are stained glassbut they are very different than usually found in churches.Historical Background: These windows were made in France and the glass is over an inch thick. Theglass is cut like a jewel.Using the sidewalk begin walking south on Wishon back to the Tower Theater. At Me & Edsturn right into the parking lot.Historical background: The back of the theater is sometimes used to show old movies during thesummer. People bring their lawn chairs and sit here to watch the movie.Continue around the back of the theater, turn left walking toward Olive.Historical background: Graffiti goes back to ancient times. Today some think it is ugly and causesproblems. Some believe differently.Art is about causing the viewer to think. In this neighborhood graffiti is part of its coming alive again.Today the art born of graffiti is called murals.Item 4: Murals Question: looking at the mural on the side of the building on your left, what is the lady doing? Question: looking at the building across the street called Karen’s Keepsakes, what style is it?
  4. 4. Using the sidewalk begin walking around the building. Go along Olive to your left. Cross thestreet at Wishon going south then back along Olive the store called Karen’s Keepsakes. Question: Name the artists/famous people shown here.Discuss with your parents: what is graffiti? Is it bad; is it OK?Today some graffiti is called tagging. This is done without permission and can be found mostanywhere.If you were the artist of one of today’s murals, how would feel if someone ‘tagged’ your mural?Although this is the end of the Seen Around Fresno spy adventure today…. You might enjoy a treatfrom one of the many restaurants too.Keep an eye open for more art… there’s a lot to find!Answers:1) Box office and portico 3a) Mission 3b) stained glass 4a) she isplaying a keyboard 4b) Streamline Modern 5) Superman, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra
  5. 5. Urban Art & Architecture ©2009Note: One piece shows a nude woman washing her clothes (Renoir). If you feel it is not appropriate for your child please omit. May bereplaced with The Big A to the west of the green bush marker. Starting Point: The Clock Tower on the Fulton Mall near 1060 Fulton MallHistorical Background: Fresno was founded by the railroad looking for a rest spot on their routethrough California. This site was ideal due to its wide open flat geography, good for trains.At that time Fresno was very dry and arid. This exact site was good because the green bush showedthere was water here.Walk from the clock west about 30yds to the flowerbed on your right. Look for a small squaremarker under a tree.Item 1: Green Bush Spring Question: What year was Fresno founded? Question: What is the name (type) of tree over the marker?Walk back to the clock and then over to the tall building at 1060 Fulton (Security Bank).Historical Background: The Security Bank chose this site for their bank; right in the center of Fresno,1925This style of building is called Classic Revival for its Greek elementsItem 2: Security Bank Bldg. Question: how many floors does the building have?Historical Background: The Fulton Mall was constructed from an idea of our city’s founders. Theyhired professionals to make their idea come to life.The mall has over 20 famous pieces of sculpture on display. The art is owned by the people of the cityfor their pleasure and enjoyment.Item 3: Look mom, a Renoir!Go to The Washer Woman just N of the bank building (outside Payless Shoes)Mr. Renoir was a famous impressionist artist most known for his paintings but he did sculpture too. Question: what is the woman doing?Historical Background: The ground we walk on was designed very carefully. Some places havedifferent ribbons of stones or different colors of cement. These ribbons are to remind us of the rivers &streams and are made with materials from them. The ribbons also work to move the rainwater awayfrom the buildings!Walk along the mall south toward Mariposa street.Item 4: The floor of the mall Question: As you walk along the mall how many different shapes of ribbons can you see? Question: What material is used in the ribbons? Question: Why is some of the cement different colors?Continue walking along the mall south toward Tulare street. Stop in front of the stack of rocks onyour right, in front of the Dept. of Heath building.Historical Background: Art can be very different from these simple rocks to the sculpture you sawearlier. Art is about causing the viewer to think.Item 5: Public Art, too Question: How many rocks are there in this sculpture? Activity: carefully look at the ground around the art. Find the small brass plaque set in the ground. Use your pencil and the back of this paper to make a rubbing. Question: compare/contrast this piece of art to the one earlier.Although this is the end of the Seen Around Fresno spy adventure today….Feel free to walk along themall to enjoy the art. You might enjoy a treat from one of the many food vendors too.
  6. 6. Answers:1a) 1872 1b) Fresno Ash 2)3) washing clothes or Big A… it just is! 4a) many 4b) stones from local streams 4c) some due to badrepairs; most to reflect the ground before the mall.5a) 5c) smooth/rough natural/man-made tall/short
  7. 7. Art of Graffiti ©2009Starting point: Outside IronBird café Divisdero & Fulton St.Historical background: Graffiti goes back to ancient times. Today some think it is ugly and causesproblems. Some believe differently. Art is about causing the viewer to think. In this neighborhoodgraffiti is part of its coming alive again. Question: There are at least three sculptures here. Can you find them? Hint: look up, way up. Question: why does the man look like he is throwing the baby? Activity: Take a picture of yourself in front of the lion sculptureMom & dad: these sculptures are a beautiful illustration of life and allude to famous mythology. In one the man is catching the babybefore it falls as it attempts to fly; the other he joyfully lets the baby go on its own. The middle sculpture of the 3 shows the phases oflife: youth, middle age & elderly in the lion.Using the sidewalk, go south along Fulton St to Amador St, turn right. On the south side youshould see some buildings being built. These will be homes and stores soon. Many artists live here andat the IronBird lofts. This neighborhood is called the cultural arts district for all of those artists.Mom & dad: This alley is between the buildings you just past on Fulton and the Econo Inn. It is safe to go through and enjoy themurals.Keep walking toward the alley way. Turn right into the alley. Walk along to the mural on theleft. Historical background: This mural was created by Josh Wigger & Merhan Heard famousgraffiti artists. The murals are not protected from the weather and disappear over time. What you seetoday may not be here when you grow up.Item 2: This mural is about the bounty of the valley; Its animals, trees, plants and water. Question: can you find an example of each item? Question: is all of this mural art or can you find some modern graffiti or tagging?Turn around to your right and look at another mural through the fence. Question: Compare/contrast these murals. Activity: You may want to take another picture in front of a mural.Continue walking north in the alley to Sacramento St. Look to your left at the blue mural,through the fence.Historical background: This mural is by Will Portis, a Fresno artist. It shows the musical contributionof African Americans to the community. Mr. Portis in known for his modern Picasso style and thejoyful people you see.Item 3: the african-american cultural experience Question: what are the people doing?Carefully cross the street to the north side. Go to the mural on the loft building straight acrossfrom the alley.Historical background: This mural tells us about creation and even the phases of life.Item 4: Life Question: Who is the lady with the lightning bolt? What is she doing? Question: Who is the lady on the right side? Question: can you see how the mural is dying already?Hint: look at the very bottom of the lady on the right. Do you see the drips and paint running down the wall?The running paint is from the weather and part of the temporary nature of murals. What you see todaymay not be here when you grow up.Discuss with your parents: what is graffiti? Is it bad; is it OK?Today some graffiti is called tagging. This is done without permission and can be found mostanywhere.If you were the artist of one of today’s murals, how would feel if someone ‘tagged’ your mural?
  8. 8. Although this is the end of the Seen Around Fresno spy adventure today…. You might enjoy a treatfrom one of the many restaurants too.Answers:1a) 1b) 2a) 2b) look near the north end of the mural forscribbles3) playing music & dancing 4a) mother earth or god. She is giving life 4b) the created earth
  9. 9. Art & Antiques: Old Town ©2010Starting point: At the NE corner of Clovis Ave & Third St, outside the Tarpey DepotHistorical background: The Depot is the last original building of the San Joaquin Railroad from1891.Marcus Pollasky came to town to build his railroad. Clovis Cole quickly sold him some of his land andasked for the Depot to be built. Sadly, the railroad was never finished as promised and many peoplewho also gave money to build it never got the money back.Item 1: Tarpey Depot Activity: Read the story on the big rock outside the depot. Activity: Find the old RR signUsing the sidewalk go through the parking lot behind the depot heading south with the Depot toyour back.Watch for a mural on your right about halfway to the next street.Historical Background: Art can be found in many places. Here is a fun way to turn something plaininto art!Item 2: Utility box mural Question: What does the mural show?Continue walking to Fourth St. Stop at the sculpture of the child and parent.Item 3:Walk west toward Clovis Ave and cross the street following the rules using the crosswalk. Go intoOsterberg’s Mercantile.Historical Background: Osterberg’s were a pioneer family who were important to Clovis. Theyowned a store here where today they now sell antiques.Item 4: Antique Store Activity: Look around at some of items. Many are very very old. Question: Ask the owner if they will tell you about the baloney man.As you leave the antique store, turn right and walk on the sidewalk west to Pollasky Street.Historical Background: Many towns name their streets after people in the community who wereimportant to remember.Item 5: Pollasky St Question: what was Mr. Pollack’s first name? Question: How many other antique stores can you count? Observation: Look at the buildings. Do they look like most others you know around town? why/why not?Walk along Pollasky St back toward Third St. On the corner of Pollasky & Third is the Dry CreekMuseum.Historical Background: Museums are an important part of any community. They collect many thingsfrom the past and share them with the town people and visitors.If they are open go inside for a visit and see all about the story of Clovis.Although this is the end of the Seen Around Town spy adventure today…. You might enjoy a treatfrom one of the many restaurants too.Keep an eye open for more art or visit the Foxtail Gallery on Pollasky for some fun and interestingrocks.
  10. 10. Answers:2 western scene 3)xxxxxx 5a) Marcus. Old Town stores show an old west theme in theirarchitecture
  11. 11. Out of Town OptionsFor some art a bit farther afield, try The Rotary Club’s Freeway Murals.Local Freeways 41 and 168The Rotary Club of Fresno was honored by the state for their Highway Art projectalong the Freeway, depicting our region’s unique landmarks and diverse culturalcomposition. In addition to beautifying the areas highways, mosaics are intendedto attract business, recreational travelers and residents to the rapidly growingCentral Valley.The mosaics are considered to be the only ones of their type in the nation. Muralsmeasure a hefty 8 by 20 feet and consist of some 25,000 tiles chosen for theirvibrant colors. Community members young and old donated thousands of hours inplanning and construction of these works of art created through area high schoolart departments.Each work features uncommon colors and textures, showcasing a city landmark.Murals are placed at several key locations:‘Wilderness’Strategically placed on Hwy 168 at Shields Ave.‘Fields’Featured at Hwy 41 & Audubon Dr.‘The Tower Theater’This memorial welcomes visitors at the Hwy 99/180 interchange.‘Sunset at the Water Tower’Set Hwy 41 & Jensen Ave. See how many more you can find as you explore our city!
  12. 12. Childrens Tours and Programs Children are some of our best customers and they love our tours! Brownies and Girl Scouts: Need help with your Listening To the Past Try -It or your Local Lore badge? We offer programs that meet most of the requirements for these two achievements. Listening To the Past Try-It begins at the Free Speech area on Fulton Mall where we examine and draw the historic marker of our city’s founding. Then its down the mall to learn about old buildings, hear some fascinating stories, and play a bit of I Spy. Well be together for about an hour. Local Lore badge begins on the oldest residential street in Fresno where we learn about historic preservation and the uses for old buildings. Then we explore the cultural arts district and learn about the different architectural styles in some of the buildings in our city. This program takes about 90 minutes.Each Scout program costs $8 per participating scout, with no chargefor non-participating siblings or leaders. The tours are scheduled by thetroop leader at the troops convenience. To schedule a troop tour contact the office at 559.392.4471 or
  13. 13. We also offer Explore the City! guides for interesting tours on a theme.These self-guided adventures take you to the art and buildings, give youthe historical information and include a map by local artists. We try toinclude discounts to businesses along the route as well.Some current titles  Planes, Trains & Automobiles  Mural, Mural on These Walls  Sacred PlacesPublished quarterly, Explore the City! guides are available at All ThingsFresno, 1425 Fulton, Fresno, CA or by mail from our office, just $10 eaSend payment to 4666 N. Glenn Ste D, Fresno CA 93704. Please allow 3wks for processing.About Town Taste unique walking adventures……weave art, architecture, history and food into walks of discovery in diverselocal neighborhoods.Our vision is to be experts on our community and share our love of this city withlocals and visitors alike. Each weekend our walking adventures tread into localneighborhoods that explore the art and architecture of the area woven with tales ofour historic past.  We take you to the art, discussing various aspects of art and the community  We have exclusive interior access into historic buildingsWe examine neighborhoods as they are and face its current conditions as well aswhat is in development. We hope you enjoyed your introductory taste of the citywith your child.
  14. 14. About Town Taste offers the regular walking adventures everyweekend:  1st wkds Downtown Art & Architecture  2nd wkds Art Born of Graffiti  3rd wkds Art & Antiques  4th wkds Tower Art TasteEach of our regular adventures include more art, architecture and tales ofour historic past along with food tastes along the way.Be they artists, pioneers or restaurateurs; characters all, they make our cityunique!Walking adventures step out every Saturday morning @10a and May 1st toSept 1st we add Friday evenings about 6p too.All walks last about 2hrs. and include tour, tax and food. Advance reservations necessary via (discounted tickets) or 559.392.4471Scouts: Well give Scouts in uniform a discount off the regular price of thefull tour when accompanied by an adult.