Lodi's Downtown Renaissance and J. Seward Johnson Exhibit

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If you are a fan of sculptures by J. Seward Johnson, and you are in the Greater Sacramento region, you may wish to drive south along highway 99 to the City of Lodi. 

Lodi’s downtown area has truly embraced the city’s wine history and heritage in recent years.  A small renaissance has occurred.  Along tree lined School Street, there is a delightful array of restaurants, cafes, a theater, and shops, reminiscent of Napa Wine Country. 

Currently, however, it is the exhibit of J. Seward Johnson’s sculptures which are populating downtown area sidewalks that garner attention of locals and visitors alike.

J. Seward Johnson’s work is sometimes seen in cities across the country.  In Sarasota, Florida, I had observed his monumentally sized work, “Embracing Peace” representative of the celebratory kiss between a sailor and a nurse in Times Square at the end of World War II.  But, it Lodi, it was delightful to see the work in more realistic life-size scale, where I could focus my lens head-on to the sailor and nurse’s face. 

The exhibit will remain until July 15th.


The photo animation below provides just a few sculptures of the total exhibit.  For more information about this exhibit, you can access the story provided by Lodi News Sentinel via: “J. Seward Johnson Exhibit in Lodi.”

Lodi Downtown Renaissance


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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I must confess my ignorance I have never heard of Seward, I have heard of Lodi though! Great area for wines LOL! I hope you are having a good weekend!

Apr 18, 2015 08:56 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your photographs and information on this wonderful exhibit.

Apr 18, 2015 10:38 PM #12
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Myrl, These sculptures are just lovely. They all look so real. Have a Blessed Sunday!

Apr 18, 2015 11:17 PM #13
Jeffrey Ditri
JAD Realty Group, LLC. - Manhattan, NY
New York City Residential Rental Specialist

Good morning Myrl!

Thank you for sharing, I live in NYC and am originally from Lodi...small world right! I will be visiting family over the summer and hope to catch the exhibit. Looks great and I have not been back in almost 20 years too.

Enjoy your weekend.

Apr 18, 2015 11:47 PM #14
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I have seen some of J Seward Johnson sculpture at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Very realistic. The Marilyn Monroe sculpture has been on tour and was in Palm Springs last year. Enjoyed your photos, and thanks for sharing. 

Apr 19, 2015 02:17 AM #15
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Myrl, i read some of above comments and folks are correct these scuptures are very realistic. Have a great Sunday.. 

Apr 19, 2015 02:53 AM #16
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I haven't seen any of those in person but would love to. Maybe when we visit CA in the next couple of years that will be on the agenda.

Apr 19, 2015 03:35 AM #17
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Just stopped by to say hello and hope you are having a great Sunday dinner, it is almost go home time for me yeah! One more comment and I am out of here!

Apr 19, 2015 09:55 AM #18
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Myrl. Have not seen any of these works in person, they must be amazing. Thank you for sharing the photo.

Make it a great week!

Apr 19, 2015 07:13 PM #19
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Myrl, 

Lots of good comments on this post. Have a wonderful productive week.. 

Apr 20, 2015 05:48 AM #20
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I hope you are busy with another do it yourself project! I hope all is well with you!

Apr 20, 2015 07:41 AM #21
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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This is definitely worth a drive to Lodi. I was thinking about going there anyway because I just finished off a 2008 bottle of Petite Sirah from the Ripken Winery in Lodi, but they have only 2013 left, so that's worth going, don't you think?

Apr 20, 2015 12:06 PM #22
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

What great sculptures...love the sailor and girl and Marilyn Monroe. I am sure the area is swamped with tourists taking photos of these magnficient, life-like  sculptures.

Apr 20, 2015 12:13 PM #23
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

What a GREAT exhibit. I've only seen the Sailor and the Nurse in Florida several years ago. I would love to see them all! 

Also, I love the presentation of this great exhibit too! How on earth did you do that??? You're so talented and amazing!

Apr 21, 2015 08:27 AM #25
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Thanks everybody for you kind comments!

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof - I use the animation wizard in a program called Paint Shop Pro to create the slide show.  The unfortunate thing is that animations can only be created in .gif format.  You lose quality and clarity that way, but sometimes it is still worth it.

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - If you haven't been to Lodi recently, you and Adam should go.  There are delightful cafes on the main drag.  A delightfully sculpted arch, and you can walk along and visit these sculptures.  The exhibit will be there until July 15th. 

Apr 21, 2015 09:20 AM #26
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I have noticed that many of us 'old time ActiveRainers' have been spending less time in here.................

Apr 23, 2015 06:21 AM #27
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 

These are great statues and thanks for sharing. I was in Sacramento this weekend and meant to call you but was so busy. One of these days we will have to meet in person. 

Apr 23, 2015 02:27 PM #28
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


J. Seward Johnson sculptures are amazing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 24, 2015 05:13 AM #29
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Myrl-how fun! Someone in that town is paying attention! I've seen the "embrace" in Sarasota and it really garners your attention, these life sized sculptures sure do as well.


Apr 26, 2015 08:31 PM #30
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Myrl, love your trips out of town, and thanks for showing us reasons we need to visit Lodi! 

May 05, 2015 11:03 PM #31
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