Recently reacclimated as a resident of Modesto after a decade of globe-trotting, I'm amazed at how metropolitan we've become.
With the opening of the Gallo Center for the Arts, along with European-style niche restaurants and cafes, I thought how wonderful to serve the community a healthy dose of artistic diversity.
It wasn't until my violin was stolen after being by my side for 20-plus years that Gottschalk Music Center popped into my mind.
I concluded that long before our city's face-lift, these artistic resources have always existed in the corners of the city.
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The lack of their notable existence is certainly on the mend as the promising relationship between the new and the tried-and-true have already begun to develop.
Proof can be seen in the release of "Cellobration," a wonderfully artistic collaborative achievement between Gallo Center for the Arts and Gottschalk Music Center, which donated 100 percent of the instruments used.
Indeed, a renaissance is taking place in Modesto, though in my opinion it is just the continuation of greatness that started in our community some time ago.
ANDREA V. BLEAU