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‘Splash’ into ArtHop

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If it’s August, it must be time for William Raines’ annual invitational “Splash” show at Corridor 2122. The theme this year is “Home.” Raines selected works from 13 artists across the country for the show, which kicks off Thursday night with an ArtHop reception. Raines writes about the show:

Home is represented by both its exterior and interior through a cross section of social layers within the ideal of neighborhood. How do we express community, urban blight, belonging, security and suburban flight while believing in the American Dream of home ownership? A home is typically a place where people and ideas gather and find shelter, a place where sociability is rehearsed and reproduced. How, then, do we house the social?

I highlight “Splash” in my roundup of ArtHop picks in Thursday’s Life section. Another show that gets some ink is Cynthia Cooper’s “The Tower Tribes — A Rat’s Eye View” at Spectrum Art Gallery. More on that show — and a shout-out for The Art House, a new ArtHop venue — after the jump, along with still more picks.

Cooper worked on her collaborative photo project for two years, and she’s joined by a number of other photographers in the show: Spectrum members Edward Gillum, Mary DeWitt and Terry Hayden; photojournalist Gene Weiser; and Karen
Summers and other Tower Tribe members. She writes:

“A Rat’s Eye View” is the first collaborative exhibit about Fresno’s Tower District, focusing on the people who exemplify what repels and attracts people to the Tower.

The term Tower Rats has been used as an insult and so has been replaced with the term tribes to better describes the group of teens and young adults, primarily homeless, who come together to socialize, for fellowship and safety. “A Rat’s Eye View” is the title coined by the tribe.

Inspired by the artist JR’s use of photography to connect people to people, and a concern
about a tenor of vigilantism on a Facebook page to keep the Tower District crime free,
Cooper began the project to understand her neighbors, the tribe. Quickly it turned into
a peace project, an engagement in nonviolence and an appreciation of the power of the
Golden Rule.

The exhibition continues through Aug. 26. [Details]

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This new venue opens its doors with an ArtHop kickoff featuring 12 local artists in a variety of media. The venue, at 1612 H St., is a 6,500-square-foot former warehouse behind Broadway Lofts. Live music and food for sale are planned for the opening.

The Art House was founded by local artists Adam Mena, Chris Geigle, Erik Beltran, and Creighton Geigle. The venue’s motto on its website is “By the Artists. For the Artists.” [Details]


New portraits by John Sorensen are featured in “Cup of Joe.” The exhibition, which continues through Aug. 24, is a benefit for the Central Valley American Red Cross. A silent auction will be held. [Details]

Bigger is not necessarily better this month at Gallery 25. “Small Works,” a group-show fundraiser, features two- and three-dimensional works within a 12-inch framed measurement. The show is curated by Barbara Van Arnam. [Details]

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Leonard Filgate’s new “Dragon Series” is the featured show for August’s ArtHop at the K-Jewel Art Gallery. Filgate is best known for his whimsical and magical Rip Squeak images and books, and he is included in an exhibition produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance titled “Every Picture Tells a Story.” Also in the lineup: works by sculptor Ben Short, pictured below. [Details]


Two artists are featured at this venue’s second ArtHop. Dallas artist Keith McGasky’s urban landscape photography utilizes reflections off glass and metal surfaces. His images will be on display through August during all performances. McGasky uses his lens to capture the underlying context of the Dallas skyline using details of color and light.


On ArtHop night only, Cruz De La Garza will show original spray-painted images. [Details]

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Works from the personal art collections of some gallery members will be featured. Member Mary Maughelli writes:

This exhibit will be a rare opportunity to see selected pieces from the personal art collections of gallery members. These pieces will be from artists in California as well as out of state and will include paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, and digital media.

Works on paper by two founding members, now deceased, Amy Kasai, and Eva Abou-Ghorra, from Maughelli’s collection will be among the work on display. [Details]

Responses to "‘Splash’ into ArtHop"

Kiel says:

I have a feeling this is going to be a great ArtHop. On the top of my list of places to go is Art House. I went to their soft opening in June and it was a great experience.