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To-Do Tonight: ArtHop

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Gallery 25 opens its third annual “Centralism” show tonight, and it will be a chance to see a whole slew of artists that you don’t normally associate with the gallery. I wrote about the exhibition in my Sunday Spotlight column (second item):

Gallery vice president and Fresno State art professor Edward Gillum conceived “Centralism” both as a geographical comment, reflecting Fresno’s location in California, and as a take on the art world’s never-ending quest to find the next “ism,” or artistic movement. (Think of primitivism, expressionism, impressionism, surrealism, post-modernism, etc.) Why not go the other way, he thought, and seek to include rather than exclude?

The show includes 45 artists in a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, performance art, sculpture and video art. About 60% of the artists are local, while most of the rest are from different parts of the state. All but five are non-Gallery 25 members, so there will be lots of new names to discover.

More ArtHop options on the jump.

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K-JEWEL GALLERY
Karl Kallman, curator at the K-Jewel Gallery, writes:

On August 4th, K-Jewel Art Gallery will have the privilege of presenting new wall paintings and sculpture by Frank Arnold. His distinctive large-format abstract expressionist style have not been seen in a Fresno show for quite a while. He sent 6 new bronze sculptures from his studio in Mexico to Fresno to be displayed in this show. In addition to Frank’s paintings and sculpture, Debi Ruud, owner of “The Voice Shop” and recording artist, will be onstage with a jazz group made up of some of the top musicians in Jazz Fresno. Should be a hot night of great art and jazz on Fulton.

The gallery, at 1415 Fulton, has a great vibe. And a Frank Arnold show is a big deal.

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SPECTRUM ART GALLERY

This was one of our advance “7 Things to Do” picks last weekend. For the past few years, Gary Vann has been exploring night photography. In his new exhibition, “City at Night,” at Spectrum Art Gallery, Vann studies Fresno’s urban shadows. He writes:

I’ve been doing night photography for the past several years. After making some adjustments to my camera, this City at Night portfolio began in Fresno during 2007. These images were long exposures using a medium format camera on a tripod with a cable release. Some of these images are composites, a subject moving in another direction, which will be discussed during the artist’s talk.

Initially I was struck by the visual force of shadows cast at odd angles by different lighting effects, which are peculiar to the city. Under conditions of low light, shadows diminish our visual perception, while generating diversions of the mind. While urban forms assume simple shapes, many are complex when fully investigated and mystery hides in the background. The human element at night often blends naturally into man made structures.

Photography at night tends to isolate and simplify forms, while urban lighting casts divergent shadows, making ordinary structures all the more intriguing. The night is silent and profound, as the city presents itself, much like a stage set, appropriately recorded in black and white.

The artist’s reception is 4-6 p.m. Sunday.


FULTON’S FOLLY

A reception for artist Regina Raya will be held at Fulton’s Folly Antique Collective (920 E. Olive Ave.) for ArtHop. Raya writes:

I was born in Los Angeles, California but I grew up in the small town of Dinuba, California. I began with an early interest in art. I constantly drew as a child. I have a natural talent and strive for the highest quality in my work. I studied art at Reedley College as a young adult. There I was able to study abroad in the spring of 2004. My class and I went to all the poplar museums where we worked on studying the Greats. I received my Associates Degree in Two-Dimensional Art in the year of 2005.

During my studies in England I took many photos of different scenery which still today inspire me to create some of my unique pieces of art. I create paintings, sketches, and detailed drawings from my photographs but I add a little of my imagination to the work. If you look close enough to my pieces you can see a little of me in them, you get more than a replica of the photo, you get me.

In the summer of 2010 I made a move to live in one of the largest Art Colonies in downtown Los Angeles. There I had one of my first public showings in the fall of 2010. My last showing was in Selma at the Art and Antiques Festival in May 2010. Now I am excited to show my work in the Central Valley.

Raya’s work will be on display through Aug. 30.

Responses to "To-Do Tonight: ArtHop"

Looking forward to the Centralism 3 exhibit at Gallery 25. Happy to be a part of it. I plan to enjoy the other exhibits during the month.