Landscapes and Landmarks of the Great Central Valley
Illustrations by Pat Hunter
Text by Janice Stevens
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
“Landscapes and Landmarks of the Great Central Valley” is a gorgeously illustrated tour of California’s heartland, lovingly depicted in 175 original watercolor paintings by acclaimed California artist Pat Hunter.
From Tejon Pass in the south to Mount Shasta in the north stretches one of California’s hidden gems, the heartland of the Great Central Valley. The most productive agricultural region anywhere in the world, the Central Valley is an entirely different California most tourists never see — a rural land of farms and industry, stunning natural beauty, the greatest cultural and ethnic diversity of anywhere in the United States, and historic cities populated by friendly, hard-working people.
“Landscapes and Landmarks of the Great Central Valley” is a loving tribute to the Valley created by two native daughters, the Fresno-based team of award-winning artist Pat Hunter and noted writer Janice Stevens.
Hunter and Stevens take the reader on a personal tour of their home region, showcasing the charms of the Valley’s agricultural heritage, natural scenery, history, and architecture. Hunter’s magnificent watercolors, reproduced in full color in a beautifully designed coffee table edition, depict the natural and human-made beauty of the Valley’s great landmarks: the General Grant tree, the Reedley Opera House, the Fresno Water Tower, Yosemite’s Half Dome, the American River, Sutter’s Fort and more.
“Landscapes and Landmarks of the Great Central Valley” also lovingly portrays the rural and farm life that powers the Great Central Valley with a charm and freshness reminiscent of the French countryside. A joyous journey through some of the most picturesque landscapes and small towns anywhere in the world, “Landscapes and Landmarks of the Great Central Valley” is an exquisite art book for all lovers of California’s heartland.
Audience: Art book collectors, regional and history readers, and all who love the Great Central Valley.
About the Authors: Pat Hunter, one of California’s most recognized artists, is best known for her watercolor depictions of natural landscapes and historical landmarks. Her work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections. Janice Stevens is an author and instructor of English literature, composition, and creative writing. Hunter and Stevens have collaborated on seven previous books on California locales.
Format: Hardback, 11″ by 8.5″, 144 pages
Published by Craven Street Books, an imprint of Linden Publishing, Inc., 2006 S. Mary St., Fresno CA 93721, (559) 233-6633, (800) 345-4447, cravenstreetbooks.com.
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