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Notes from the cultural arts beat

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WAY TO GO, MARCOS: Fresno artist Marcos Dorado can add another feather to his cap: He’s made the pages of American Artist magazine. Dorado is featured in the May 2010 issue. He writes:

This is one of the major art publications in the nation — kind of like Rolling Stone Magazine for a musician.

Dorado gets the national ink for a story on his Window Artworks Project, an endeavor that seeks to turn vacant storefronts into exhibition spaces for artists. The Sierra Vista Mall is the first venue to welcome Dorado’s plan, according to the article.

Dorado also reports that his latest work will exhibit Aug. 14-Sept. 24 at Mills Pond House Gallery in Long Island.

On the jump: More briefs, including updates on Robert Ogata, Lim Forgey and Michael Willett.



MORE NATIONAL EXPOSURE: The art of Fresno artist Robert Ogata is shown in the April 2010 issue of Architectural Digest in an article titled “Bay Area Embrace.” His paintings are on the walls of the featured home.

From the photo caption in the magazine, above: “It’s warm and serene,” [designer] McBride says of the living room, which features an oil by Robert Ogata. Sofa fabric, Cowtan & Tout. Corner pillow fabric, Clarence House. Green pillow silk, Donghia. Hokanson carpet. McGuire low table. Photo / Architectural Digest



EXHIBITION WINDING UP: Fresno State art professor Joan Sharma sends a reminder:

The exhibition, “Madhubani, Mithila Artists” continues through Friday, April 9th and includes original paintings by Madhubani artists and photographs of the artists and their communities taken by Joan Sharma. A study tour sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, Fresno State will include a workshop with these artists as well as visits to important historical sites in northern India. The study tour is scheduled for next winter break. Participation is open to students and members of the community.

The exhibition is located in the Balcony Ellipse Gallery on the third floor of the Madden Library at Fresno State through April 9.



BIG ROLE: Visalia singer Lim Forgey, who made an impression on me in 2005 when I heard him sing the role of Roger Chillingworth in Jon Rainbow’s original opera “The Scarlet Letter,” will sing the part of Sharpless in the Golden Gate Opera production of “Madama Butterfly” April 10 and 11 at the Marin Showcase Theatre in San Rafael. Tickets are available at or at 415-339-9546.

Forgey, who studies with Fresno’s Edna Garabedian, is the minister of music at Christ Lutheran Church in Visalia.



REDESIGNED WEB SITE: Looks as if Good Company Players has a spiffy new design for its Web site. One of the new features is a blog. That’s where I learned that Michael Willett can currently be seen on Showtime’s “United States of Tara” on Monday nights:

Michael says, “My character’s name is Lionel. He’s blond. You can’t miss him.” The show contains adult language and situations. AND if you are in southern CA, you might want to catch Michael onstage in Roger Bean’s… newest jukebox musical, “Life Could Be A Dream” at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood.

My last rave for Willett on the Beehive was when he appeared in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in 2008, pictured above right. Below, a screen shot from “The United States of Tara.” This site describes Willett’s gay character as “the flag bearer for the out and proud” at the high school featured in the show.


Responses to "Notes from the cultural arts beat"

blake says:

awesome. nothing can stop the creativity of the local artist.
Go, Mr. Dorado!

MsJoey says:

Way to go Fresno!!!

Jasmine says:

Whoa, I love US of Tara and I totally did not recognize Michael. I think we were in a show together at CMT a long long time ago. Hence the non-recognition. Way to go! Good to see Fresnans doing well.

Roger WYan says:

Hey, as Central Valley folk we have to stop believing we what outsiders say we are. We have a thriving arts community with many great artists who sell their work all over the country and beyond. Just because we don’t live in LA, Chicago or NY doesn’t make us less vital or successful.