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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 11:01 am

There is no shortage of artists and their work to be found in Lodi. Every month places like the Lodi Community Art Center, the Knowlton Gallery and Hutchins Street Square feature absorbing new works from what I consider to be modern day masters.

Even a walk through local businesses will yield discoveries of hidden artistic gems (First Friday Art Hop is a perfect opportunity for this). But there is artwork on the outside that some forget.

A couple years back the Wall Dogs, a group of guerrilla artists, descended on Lodi led by local sign designer Tony Segale. They took otherwise bland walls and created vivid, imaginative paintings that will hopefully be an enduring testament to our town's creative side.

However, art is much more than painting.

Dotted throughout the local landscape are various sculptures by artist Rowland Cheney. There's a statue recognizing the Sandhill cranes that are celebrated annually upon their return to the area, a tribute to the local wine industry in the form of a farmer and his wife raising a glass and a memorial to William Micke and his wife.

However, art is much more than paintings and sculptures.

Structures themselves are sometimes works of art. Just about every corner of town has some form of creative architectural design.

Hutchins Street Square, meant to be a home for the arts, is a work of art itself. There's the Lodi Arch. Carnegie Forum and other buildings of historical significance are examples of architectural artistry from our past.

Even bus shelters such as the one on Lodi Avenue in front of Smart & Final created by Jerrod Mays are works of amazing imaginations.

And it shouldn't stop there.

Funding from Art in Public Places should be continually sought, as the arts can only benefit a community. Lodi should be a city in which, no matter where one looks, something can be appreciated for its artistic endeavor.