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Gallery 25 gears up for Birthday no. 35

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In today’s Life section I put the spotlight on the 35th anniversary show celebrating women artists at Gallery 25, which brings together a number of original members of the co-op with nine emerging artists selected for their passion and technique. (At right, a painting by Meiru Huang called “Trouble the Chaos.”) Together with the recently opened show at Fresno State devoted to the students of Judy Chicago, this month is turning out to be a big deal for people interested in feminist art.

I received an annoyed call this morning from a member of Fig Tree Gallery, just down the street from Gallery 25, who was upset that I hadn’t given the same kind of coverage in the print edition to the Amy Kai show opening in that space. This tribute to Kasai, who passed away earlier this year, is a major show, the caller said, and I should be very sorry for having missed it.

I do wish that I’d been able to include the Kasai show in my roundup of ArtHop events, but the problem is that Fig Tree is so inconsistent with its publicity. When I was checking for September shows, I went to the Fig Tree site, saw that it hadn’t been updated from the August show, and gave up. Other galleries manage to get the word out and update their Web sites. Why can’t Fig Tree?

So, while you’re at Gallery 25, don’t forget to check out the Kasai show. She deserves the attention. In the meantime, check out a few other ArtHop highlights on the jump.

Other ArtHop highlights:

At Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave., Dick Haas presents a photographic exhibit titled “This and That.” Haas is a retired biology professor at Fresno State, and much of his macro photography focuses on insects and flowers. An artist’s reception will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Details: spectrumphotogallery.org, (559) 266-0691.

At Corridor 2122, 2122 Mono St., an exhibit features paintings and collage by Steve Dent with an emphasis on airplanes. Details: corridor2122.com, (559) 441-0012.

At the KYNO/KJWL Studio and Gallery, 1415 Fulton St., an exhibit titled the “First Light Exhibit” comes from the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. It features five master photographers — Karl Kroeber, Scot Miller, Charles Cramler, Mike Osborne and Keith S. Walket — offering varied interpretations of the Sierra wilderness. Details: (559) 259-2418.

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