Prepare for a big, boisterous ArtHop tonight. Though temperatures are still high, September marks the start of the “fall season” — see Beehiver Traci’s seasonal pumpkin latte explanation (she’s already had 22 of them at Starbucks this week) — and lots of big art shows are planned.
– Dixie Salazar, pictured above, gets the big-story treatment in today’s Life section. Bee writer Angel Moreno takes a look at Salazar’s “Interconnections” exhibition, which continues through Sunday at Arte Americas. (Bee photo by Craig Kohlruss.)
– A show by local powerhouse artist Barbara Van Arnam is always a big deal. Her solo Gallery 25 exhibition “Yggdrasil: The Norse Tree of Life” uses Old Norse mythology as an inspiration. Earthen materials transform strange and legendary characters into new forms that embody all cultures’ essence and spirit. These figures speak to the essential power of Nature, the common thread that weaves our story through time. Hours update: The gallery is usually open noon-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Van Arnam is adding Thursday hours, same times, during the show’s run through Sept. 29.
– Any new show by Elaine Lynn is also on my must-see list. “Valley Images” at Fig Tree Gallery includes large paintings of peripheral images that are caught in a glance as one travels through the San Joaquin Valley. She writes: “The viewer becomes more aware of the essence of this area, its agricultural base. The images float in front of the fields, deliberately exaggerated. The irrigation and reflection of puddles of water, the rounded rocks of the former watershed before dams held the seasonal flow, and the patterns of orchards and fields, are the embodiment of landscape in the San Joaquin Valley. These paintings are about that disappearing era.”
– At the Art House, the name of the game is Skateboard Art. The show includes 35+ hand painted skateboard decks by local artists, a Central Valley skateboard history wall that includes photos dating back to 1978, a skateboard demonstration by the Boardroom, food trucks, and four bands ( It’ll Grow Back, Basura, Wallflower, and Hello8s). Goes from 5-10 pm.
– Spectrum Art Gallery’s annual print auction fundraiser is a chance to buy wonderful photography and support a worthwhile cause.
– In Friday’s 7 section, we give the cover treatment to the show “Double Vision: Images in Fabric,” featuring work by Kerby C. Smith and Lura Schwarz Smith, at 1821 Gallery & Studios. I’ll be posting my Beehive Interview with them later today.
Where are you Hopping tonight?