Industrial park home of Manteca arts school

   The Creative Arts Zone has become a reality for students young and old wanting to grow their talents.
  Mantecans Lisa Rowe and her sister Debi Pollock have been busy creating a 7,200-square-foot art and music studio in the heart of the Manteca Industrial Park in the 1000 block of Melon Avenue just north of the Highway 120 Bypass and east of South Main Street.
  They offer music parties, art parties, clay and drama parties, paint parties, birthday parties and custom events.
   Eighty-three students are taking music lessons and another 47 are studying art at various levels and ages in four music studios and three art rooms along with one large multi-purpose room that measures about 70 feet square where recitals are being held on a regular basis for the community.  Art gallery shows and paint party nights geared for fund raisers fill the building – currently raising funds for a young artist wanting to enter competition in Washington, D.C.
   Work on the studio began in January, according to owner Lisa Rowe, who credits her husband Les Rowe for much of the carpentry work that put the smaller studios into the building.
   Rowe said that many home schoolers have signed up for her art and music offerings with some taking music lessons and others enjoying the art classes.  Students are excited about participating in the upcoming Great Valley Bookfest and Manteca Pumpkin festivals next month.