No fooling, it feels like it’s going to be a big, exciting ArtHop tonight — there are lots of interesting shows planned. Lots of enthusiasm in the air! I offer my picks in Thursday’s Life section. I kick off with the festivities at the KJWL studios, where a giant, three-story mural of Frank Sinatra is just one of the paintings on display by Karen Kallmann. I write:
Kallman, who describes her work as “Ethereal Expressionism,” will not only be showing what is likely the largest ArtHop work – the mural is 36 by 12 feet – but the smallest as well, a 1-inch by 2-inch oil painting, one of several paintings featured inside the gallery. Kallmann, of San Jose, recently had two of her paintings displayed in the Women Artists of the West 38th Annual National Exhibition, a juried competition, at The Hilligoss Gallery in Chicago.
More of my picks on the jump. Artists and gallery owners: Feel free to make your own pitches in the comments section.
At the Downtown Community Arts Collective, 754 P St., three artists make up an exhibition titled “A Window of Thought”: digital manipulation by Stephanie “Crax” Blocker, metal works by Michael T. Murphy (pictured below) and ceramics and mixed-media sculpture by Mary Ollila (pictured above). An artists’ reception will be held 5-9 p.m. April 17. The exhibition continues through April 30. Details: dcacfresno.org, (559) 908-1108.
At Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave., Fresno State art professor Ed Gillum will be joined by 12 of his current and former students in a show titled “Whether-Weather: Under a Yellow Sun.” A focal point is Gillum’s video project installation piece made of a membrane of luminous stretchable fabric. The show is concerned with human relationship to the environment. Pictured above: Diran Lyons prepares his work for exhibition. (Bee photo by John Walker). The show continues through May 2. Details: gallery25.org, (559) 264-4092.
At Fig Tree Gallery, 644 Van Ness Ave., an exhibition by Evany Zirul includes bronze sculptures and ink drawings. An open house will be held 4-6 p.m. April 17. Details: figtreeartgallery.com, (559) 485-0460.
At the DeRouchey Creative Design Studio, 1803 S. Van Ness Ave., the fourth annual “ART vs. ART” show features works by Phil DeRouchey, Justin Yando, Samuel J. Tekunoff, Tommy Cardoza, Edgar Vargas, Michael Soldani, Carmelo Rossette, Jerry Butles and Matt Hopson-Walker. Show runs 5-10 p.m., one night only. Details: (559) 907-4124.
At Fulton’s Folly Antique Collective, 920 E. Olive Ave., the work of Clovis artist Ma Ly will be displayed through April 30. Details: (559) 268-3856.
Art students at McLane High School and Fresno Pacific University have collaborated to produce “Whispers From the Streets,” which depicts a variety of perspectives on homelessness in Fresno. The exhibit continues through April 21 at the university’s McDonald Hall Atrium, AIMS Hall and Steinert Campus Center. Details: (559) 801-9854.
At HandsOn Central California, 732 N. Van Ness Ave., a month-long exhibition will feature pieces crafted from recycled or found materials. Details: (559) 237-3101.
At Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave., photographer E.Z Smith presents “Summer Trip of ’09,” a pictorial account of a cross-country vacation. A reception will be held 7 p.m. April 15. The exhibition runs through May 2. Details: (559) 266-0691, spectrumphotogallery.org.
At the Chris Sorensen Studio Gallery, 2223 S. Van Ness Ave., Todd Runberg and John Sorensen are the “Left-Handed Artists,” an exhibition that continues through April 29. Details: (559) 237-4934.