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America's Least Livable City (detail)

A wry homage to the Wacky Packages once sold at Wilbur's convenience store. The stench of Del Monte's peach cannery was once a seasonal fixture in Yuba City. That cannery is gone and Pittsburgh is now home to the corporation's eastern HQ. Pittsburgh…

America's Least Livable City (detail)

About Marysville's Bomb Day tradition, with closeups of local and imported explosives (hand crafted and detonated with permission from the local fire department). Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Lit…

America's Least Livable City (detail)

A myth-busting quotation about race relations in California from the excellent "Marysville's Chinatown," by Lawrence Tom. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City (detail)

"Ishi" is the Yana word for "grown man," and is how the last of the Deer Creek Indians came to be called by whites, though it was not his given name. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City (detail)

Two convenience stores, a block apart, each retaining a unique character over many decades. And a fenced in slough: once a defacto greenspace for neighborhood children and illegal dumping. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exh…

America's Least Livable City (detail)

About the orchards, the early immigrants, and asking permission to photograph strangers. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year exhibition. (photo by Tom Little)

America's Least Livable City (detail)

About Marysville's Silver Dollar Saloon, Juan Corona, the Clampers, The Bok Kai Temple, civic participation, cultural pride, and boredom. Marysville and Yuba City are "twin cities" separated by a river. Culturally and economically very distinct, yet…

Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse drawing by (L to R) Ryan Griffis, Hyla Willis, and Christiane Leach for the "Surrealism and War" exhibition at the National Veterans Art Museum, 2014.

Equisite Corpse detail

Middle panel of Exquisite Corpse drawing honoring John Horse by Hyla Willis, for the "Surrealism and War" exhibition at the National Veterans Art Museum, 2014.

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