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To-Do Tonight: ArtHop


In Thursday’s Life section, I offer some picks for tonight’s ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District.

One of those picks is Ric Ramirez, whose work is on display 5-8 p.m. at two ArtHop venues: the Gorgon Isle Gallery, 665 Fulton St., where he’ll be demonstrating live painting techniques if weather permits; and the Downtown Community Arts Collective, 754 P St.

Ramirez describes his artistic style as urban because it evolved from graffiti. “I took my art from the streets to inside of galleries now and someday museums,” he says.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Gorgon Isle Gallery at ArtHop, don’t miss it. Last month’s show included throbbing amplified music, eclectic works and a warehouse-style gallery vibe. (Wear your jacket.) Adding to the atmosphere: The gallery also serves as an entrance to Haunted Fresno, now closed for the season.

More picks on the jump. Where are you going for ArtHop? Tell us in the comments. Artists, this is a chance to pitch your shows.

Pictured: Ric Ramirez’s “We’re all meant to be free.”




At Corridor 2122, located at 2122 Mono St., the work of two Bakersfield College art instructors will be shown. Kristopher Stallworth has a new photo series titled “Proof.” David Koeth is showing a series of sculptures and a text piece based on comments he has overheard in a show titled “Overheard and Recycled.”




At Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave., Jim Campbell’s show “Footprint” addresses the issue of unsustainable dependence on the burning of fossil fuels. Donnalee Dunne’s exhibition “Ode to Joy” is inspired by dreamlike qualities of visual mutlidimensional space.



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At Spectrum Gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave., three photographers will be featured: Bobbie Smetherman, who uses a technique called Polaroid Transfer; Jack Christensen, who will display photographs from his recent trips to South America and Europe; and Bonnie Jensen, who will show a body of digital photography work.




At the K-Jewel Art Gallery, 1415 Fulton St., three artists will be featured: contemporary abstract artists Christina Motta and Jenny Jean and metal sculptor Simon DeGruchy.



Here’s a ripped-from-the-headlines themed treat: Zoombie Nation, a pop-illustrative-tattoo artist, has a special ArtHop show featuring artwork and paintings inspired by “Alice in Wonderland.” It will take place in his studio at Broadway Studios, 1416 Broadway St. The artist and others will be dressed as characters from the story. At midnight, the group plans to go to the screening of the new “Alice in Wonderland” movie, which opens Friday.

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Responses to "To-Do Tonight: ArtHop"

Jack Fortner says:

The COSMOS series of CHRISTINA MOTTA will be certainly the high point of this ARTHOP evening at K-Jewel ART GALLERY…

Huge sizes to show nebulosas will make that special space be transformed!

I look forward to see them at the walls.