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Tonight: North Fresno ArtHop


Artist Richard Silva is a fixture on the downtown ArtHop scene, but tonight he ventures north. He’s the featured artist at the Vintage Market at 601, located at 601 W. Shaw Ave. The venue is one of a handful in the area, along with the Brush and Easel Gallery and Gallery II Pat Hunter Studio, trying to increase interest in North Fresno ArtHop happenings. From the Fresno Arts Council website:

Silva paints in an abstract expressionist style that has made him one of the most venerated Fresno artists. He was trained at the S.F. Art Institute in the 1960s, but states that the 1950s is the era that inspires him. He describes himself as essentially an action painter creating abstract expressionist images that stress spontaneity, gesture and movement. Silva will be showing a new collection of paintings and his unique wood sculptures that arouse one’s curiosity. Traditional bluegrass music will be performed by Jack Kinney and Eric Antrem.

Check out the ArtHop page on the arts council’s website for more North Fresno ArtHop happenings.

ArtHop picks

I’ve already told you about the Jerry “Zits” Scott exhibition at 1821 Gallery & Studios — the “celebrity” show of the evening. Here are a few more picks on a busy ArtHop evening:


FIRST LADY FRENZY: A set of portraits of the first ladies of the United States is featured at Fresno City Hall. All but one of the paintings are by famed portrait artist Lawrence Williams, known for his depictions of U.S. presidents and other world leaders.


The collection was donated to the Fresno County Office of Education by the late Joe Levy, chairman of Gottschalks, the former Fresno-based department store chain. Levy purchased the set from Williams, who died in 2003 before the election of President Obama. To round out the collection, the education office commissioned a painting of Michelle Obama by local artist Ma Ly.

The exhibition, which continues through April, is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Fresno. Tonight’s ArtHop reception includes a 6 p.m. program featuring league member and Fresno State professor Diane Blair, right, an authority on first ladies.

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Tonight: ‘Zits’ and ‘Baby Blues’ cartoonist branches out with ArtHop


You wouldn’t blame Jerry Scott — whose comics “Zits” and “Baby Blues” reach a potential 100 million readers daily — for resting on his laurels. The 58-year-old San Luis Obispo resident is at the top of his game.

But seven years ago, Scott decided that as a comic-strip writer he was feeling a little unfulfilled as an artist. He enthusiastically took up painting. And for his subject matter, he turned to one of his great loves: Western themes and the rodeo.


You’ll get to see the results at ArtHop tonight. Scott opens the second exhibition of his career, “Roughstock,” a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Clovis Rodeo, at 1821 Gallery & Studios. He’ll be there to greet fans. I got the chance to talk with the amiable Scott for a story in today’s Life section:

Scott’s oil paintings are filled with images of cows, bulls and rodeo riders rendered in a mostly realistic style that often veers toward the impressionistic in terms of color and form. The fine-art approach is certainly a departure from the world of comics.

“I’ve spent the last 25 years being the guy behind the scenes,” Scott muses about how his comics career evolved. “That wasn’t my first choice, because I’m a visual person. So all this was sort of in response to being the writer and not the artist on my comic strips.”

I admire Scott’s drive when it comes to branching out creatively. He loves comics and is no way apologetic about what he does for a living. If anything, he’s cheerfully willing to use his celebrity in service of fine art.

After the jump: view photos by The Bee’s Eric Paul Zamora of the exhibition.

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Tonight: ArtHop


He’s too shy to boast, but tonight’s North Fresno ArtHop features none other than Beehiver S.W. Parra, who will be showing a framed selection of editorial cartoons he’s done over the years for The Bee at the P*de*Q Bakery in Clovis (435 N. Clovis Ave., Suite 106, at Herndon and Clovis avenues next to Jimmy John’s).

The 14 cartoons cover state, local and national issues, poking fun at politics, society and more. Besides one prior show of his editorial cartoons at the California History Museum in Sacramento, this is the only time Steven’s editorial cartoons have been displayed. As he puts it: “a very rare showing.”

A couple of other North Fresno ArtHop options for you:

  • At the Vintage Market at 601, featured artist is Janet Ontko. Her inspiration comes from her love of nature and nostalgia for vintage ceramic styles based in the Art and Crafts movement.  Each of her clay forms are handmade using century-old techniques that vary slightly in design and appearance making each one unique.
  • Visual artist Corrine Bell’s solo exhibit “Cut” will be celebrated at the Brush and Easel Gallery.
  • At Margaret Hudson’s Earth Arts Studio, “The Beauty of Animals” features the pastel drawings and acrylic paintings of Christina JG Connelly.

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In Thursday’s Life section I offer an ArtHop roundup, starting off with a new show at Gallery 25:

Artists Joan Sharma and Carol Tikijian are concerned about climate change. In a new show at Gallery 25 titled “Draw the Line,” they collaborate on an exhibition that employs light, sound and text to offer viewers “an opportunity to reflect upon global issues around climate change that threatens the health of our planet.”

Sharma tells me that the one concept-driven installation – incorporating sound, light, color and text — “activates the entire gallery space.”

After the jump, some more ArtHop picks:

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Tonight: North Fresno ArtHop

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The newly opened Brush and Easel Gallery hosts the work of Cynthia (Scin Chapman) Manuszak. Her show “inside, outside” will be marked by an artist’s reception 5-8 p.m. tonight as part of the North Fresno ArtHop.

Gallery owner Valerie Green describes the new venue:

Fresno’s newest place to buy art.  Home to over 20 artists each with their own unique style.  Oil and acrylic paintings, wire work lamps and vases, metal / glass / fabric sculpture, natural stone and dichroic glass  jewelry, ceramics and pottery.

Go to the Fresno Arts Council’s website for exhibit updates.

At ArtHop, how many words is a video worth?

There’s something about wet, cold (well, coldish, compared to the rest of the country) weather that gives ArtHop an extra burst of energy. Inside it’s warm and comfy, and people seem to linger over the art. Bee photographer Eric Paul Zamora and I took the opportunity at last night’s event to experiment with a different way of covering ArtHop — on video.

Our first stop: the Chris Sorensen Studio and an intriguing show titled “WORD.” Nearly 70 works are included in this exhibition, which focuses on text and the written word. It’s a strong, eclectic and provocative show. We talk with curator Edward Gillum about a couple of his own works — including a jab at the Tea Party’s role in the recent federal government shutdown.

Next we stop by Fig Tree Gallery, where Heather Anderson’s “Wilderness” highlights her passion for the Sierra Nevada. We talk with Anderson and get a chance to see some of the bold, vivid color choices that Anderson makes in depicting the mountains she loves.

Finally, a stop at K-Jewel Art Gallery, always a lively ArtHop stop. A big invitational exhibition raising money for heart research was accompanied by the group FresMorim, a Klezmer band. We talk with curator Karl Kallmann, who loves creating a party atmosphere. And you even get to see Fresno artist Evany Zirul dance.

The three videos are part of a YouTube playlist, so you can watch them in a row.

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Lots to do at tonight’s ArtHop. I’ve already told you about Heather Anderson’s show at Fig Tree Gallery. Some more picks:

The Downtown Community Arts Collective is now known as P Street Studios. It features the renovated gallery space of artists Stephanie Pearl and Andrew Watrous, and for its first show features the mixed media art of Jason Plemons. Below: Plemons’ “Abstract Bridge.”

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A new art gallery for Fresno


Fresno welcomes a new art venue: the Brush and Easel Gallery, owned and operated by Valerie Green. The gallery, at 1476 W. Shaw Ave., will hold its grand opening 5-8 p.m. today in conjunction with the North Fresno ArtHop.

The gallery includes a working studio, teaching space for adult and youth art classes/workshops, and gallery space exhibiting the work of Green and more than 20 local artists.

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The word of the night for ArtHop: Seattle.

That’s where Gallery 25 is taking viewers in “Here and There,” an exchange exhibition with the Shift gallery of Seattle. The Fresno show features works from 13 participating Shift members. Like Gallery 25, Shift is an artist-run gallery featuring members working in a variety of media. The show includes printmaking, drawing, sculpture, painting and mixed-media. I write about the exchange show in today’s Life section.

Fresno artists will get some outside exposure, too: Fifteen of them are represented at Shift, where the exhibition opens tonight as part of Seattle’s “First Thursday” event.

At Gallery 25, a curating committee decided how the Seattle artists’ work should be shown. Above: Pam Galvani’s “Green on Blue.” After the jump: some photos of members hanging the exhibition earlier this week. (Also after the jump: a couple more ArtHop picks as well.)

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Tonight: north Fresno ArtHop

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As part of tonight’s north Fresno ArtHop, this artists’ reception is sure to be busy tonight. When it comes to “Pat Hunter and Friends,” an exhibition continuing through Dec. 31 at Gallery II art gallery, the “friends” part includes:

Angel Arajian
Lindea Alexander
Carole Anderson
Mindy Chakov
Bernie Cook
Alice Condit
Barbara Cox
Ingrid Fielding
LaVerne Gudgel
Don Hodges
Carol Hoover

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Tonight: ArtHop


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

Among the intriguing options: a show by Michael McKee titled “Conceptual Christmas Concept at Gallery 25. (A mild and unrelated rebuke, by the way, to the redesigned Gallery 25 website: Having an audio clip start playing when you land on the site is so 2007.) McKee’s exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper and mixed media artwork influenced by the themes of creation, purity and rebirth — with a “nod and a wink’ to the celebration of Christmas. Pictured: the artist’s “Scream Santa.”

December ArtHop is a great time to Christmas shop for stuff you can’t find at Target, of course, so that’ll be a prime opportunity tonight.

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My ArtHop picks

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I’ve already told you (lots) about the new M Street Arts Complex and its first ArtHop. Here are two other ArtHop picks from my story in Thursday’s Life section that deserve a special shout-out:

— Each year Spectrum Art Gallery invites a notable figure in photography to show his or her work. This year’s honored artist is master photographer Alan Ross, who worked side by side with Ansel Adams as his photographic assistant. An exhibit at Spectrum through Dec. 1 features more than 30 of Ross’ original photographs. He is best known for his tonally exquisite black-and-white photographs of the American West. This weekend, Ross will participate in two events at the gallery: an artist’s reception 4-8 p.m. Saturday; and on Sunday a photographic workshop.

— San Francisco artist and printmaker Beth Van Hoesen’s career spanned more than five decades. (She died in 2010.) Her work will be displayed in a special exhibition at 1821 Gallery & Studios at 1821 Calaveras St. through Nov. 27. The show includes examples of her pristine and elegant botanical art, along with a number of prints drawn from a series titled “Punks” focusing on young punk street people from San Francisco’s Castro District.

Plus: There’s the annual “Nudes in November” show at the Chris Sorensen Studio, an exhibition titled “Clay Paper Sticks” by Kathy Wosika at Fig Tree Gallery, and a big “Art and Music” show featuring bands Bad Suns, Fatty Cakes and Evelyn at ARTHOUSE. Happy Hopping!

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My featured ArtHop artist for the month is Chris Janzen, a Fresno Pacific University art professor who combines his love of painting and jazz in his new show “More Again Now” at Fig Tree Gallery. I have an extended interview with Janzen in Thursday’s Life section.

Janzen tells me:

I apply oil to canvas during time periods of “performance,” like a musician in a recording studio, painting forms according to interests that arise in the moment. Often the painting starts off with a sketch or collage, but when I step back to examine it, I feel that the composition would be more meaningful if flipped upside down. Sometimes incidental “mistake” marks are more interesting than what I originally intended. Instead of planning what the composition will look like when it is finished, I rely on intuition and chance to help guide my paintings to completion.

Janzen describes his work as Menno Pop Surrealism — a clever term. Pictured above: his “The Dilemma.”

Some more ArtHop picks:

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My ArtHop picks


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.

Some picks:

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.

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Where are you ArtHopping tonight?

In Wednesday’s Life section I told you about the mural contest at the Chris Sorensen Studio. The winners will be announced tonight. Renowned Fresno artist A.F. “Corky” Normart judged the competition.

More ArtHop picks:

– The annual William Raines “Splash” invitational at Corridor 2122 has become a tradition. This year’s theme is “Salt of the Earth.” For the collaborative and conceptual exhibit, Raines asked seven artists to participate in ways that go beyond the traditional meaning of the phrase (a good or worthy person). Details: 2122 Mono St., corridor2122.comcq.

– At Fig Tree Gallery, a summer show features work from the gallery’s 22 members, including new member Marilyn McGrady, who will show four large-format oil paintings in a series titled “The Sacred Fool.” Details: 644 Van Ness Ave., (559) 485-0460.

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Happy 88th birthday, Chris Sorensen


Chris Sorensen — approaching nonogenerian status and still working hard on fabulous metal sculptures as Fresno’s “Man of Steel” — is celebrating his 88th birthday with a big show at the studio bearing his name.

The exhibition, which continues through June, features new work from Sorensen along with older pieces loaned by collectors. You can stop by and wish him a happy birthday tonight as part of ArtHop.

Pictured: Chris Sorensen in 2012 with his daughter-in-law, India Ivans, and the metal sculpture “Dolly the Llama.” Photo by Craig Kohlruss, The Fresno Bee

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I’ve already told you about Terry Hayden’s big 40-year show at Spectrum Art Gallery. Here are a few more happenings that caught my eye for tonight’s ArtHop:

NEW MURAL: The newest piece of art in Downtown Fresno’s Mural District will be unveiled at 6 p.m. at 1612 Fulton St. The design, right, was created by Fresno resident Nary Tan and was selected out of 50 entries as part of Granville’s 1612 Mural Project. Tan’s piece, titled “Butterflies Lovers,” is being painted by a professional muralist on a 40 foot wall.

MAKING “CONNECTIONS”: In a solo show at Gallery 25, Valerie Runningwolf  explores her personal experiences through reaching out to others through artistic expression to evoke a sense of connectedness. Many views and images of connections are explored, with the main focus on aging. [Details]

TWO SHOWS: Karl Kallmann of the K-Jewel Art Gallery writes: “We have two well known Fresno artists presenting their works in May at the K-Jewel Art Gallery. Carol Tikijian is an excellent mixed media artist, who does very large-format pieces, which will be juxtaposed against the acrylic layered, colorful paintings of Valerie Greene (pictured below). Onstage will be Fresno music icon, Evo Bluestein.” [Details]

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The Beehive Interview: Terry Hayden


For ArtHop tonight, Terry Hayden wants you to come into the Spectrum Art Gallery and rest a while.

In a new show titled “Come Ye Yourself Apart and Rest a While,” Hayden presents four decades of photos. Long mesmerized by landscapes, the photographer has been dabbling recently with the human form. But whatever the subject, he always shoots in black and white. Texture and form are the key ingredients for him.

I interviewed Hayden for today’s Life section in The Bee. Here’s the extended version of that interview.

Question: Tell us about the title of the show.

Answer: In the early and mid 1970s I lived in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. I had moved to the town of Woodstock to immerse myself in its fabled artistic atmosphere. I spent a lot of time wandering the back roads and trails looking for scenes that caught my eye. These could be traditional landscapes, old buildings, or combinations thereof. On one of these trips I came across an old stone church. It was attractive in general, but what cinched it for me was the small hand carved sign on the door: “Come ye yourself apart and rest awhile.” It suggested a marvelous paradigm for what I felt the the tumultuous times needed.
That phrase, in its syntax and meaning, underlines what I would like my art to offer viewers — a time to “come apart” from day to day life and rest their spirits by sharing my work.

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The Beehive Interview: Nanete Maki-Dearsan

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As I write in my ArtHop picks in today’s Life section, Nanete Maki-Dearsan in 2011 opened a powerful show at Gallery 25 titled “Ophelia” that tackled the grim theme of teenage suicide. To the artist, that topic is too often presented in popular culture through the same sort of gauzy, picturesque and romanticized lens that gives the Ophelia tale in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” such staying power. In “Ophelia,” Maki-Dearsan pushed back against the enveloping reach of that fictional character.

Now she revisits the theme with Horatio/Ophelia,” which opens today at Gallery 25 as part of ArtHop. In the new exhibition, Maki-Dearsan continues her deromantification of adolescent girls in their self-loathing thoughts of suicide and self-injury. Some paintings reference a contemporary Central Valley “Ophelia” experiencing heroin addiction. The intent, she says, is to open dialogue and bring the issue “out of its secretive loneliness and into the light.”

Another aspect of the show: its big scale. It includes three works that are 36 feet in length.

I was so impressed with Maki-Dearsan’s original “Ophelia” show that I made it one of my Top 20 Cultural Events of 2011. I caught up with the artist via email to talk about her new exhibition.

Question: After that first show, did you immediately begin working on this second show? Or did you take a break from the material?

Answer: There was a progression into the current show. I developed a lot of ideas, while I was finishing the original Ophelia, but those ideas changed before I arrived at the current Horatio exhibition.

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Tonight: Nick Potter at ArtHop


In the midst of one of the busiest performing arts weeks of the year, don’t forget about ArtHop. I offer my picks in today’s Life section. Top of the list is a chance to see work by the immensely talented Nick Potter of Fresno State. He rarely shows in this area. His “Dystopian Romance” opens at Corridor 2122. Check out the Fresno Arts Council’s ArtHop lineup here.

And, of course, there’s a whole lot of Rogue to keep you busy.

My top pick for ArtHop tonight: Michael Garcia

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As I write in my ArtHop picks in Thursday’s Life section, a new show by Michael Garcia is a big deal. His exhibition “Enso: Archetypes of Wholeness,” at 1821 Gallery & Studios, delves into one of Garcia’s favorite shapes, the circle, exploring the philosophical and psychological connections. I write:

Garcia, who lived in Japan for 10 years, was deeply influenced by his time there, and this new show is no exception. But, as the gallery notes, the artist’s work “also mirrors the strength and character of the Valley, echoing the worn and rust-soaked boards of Garcia’s grandmother’s home in Madera, a place that now only exists in memory.”

It’s going to be a busy ArtHop tonight. My other picks are shows at Gallery 25, K-Jewel Art Gallery, the Downtown Community Arts Collective, Corridor 2122, Central Valley Talk and the Caris School of Dance. I have a few examples of images you’ll see after the jump.

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Thursday: North Fresno ArtHop

ArtHop for the northern part of the Fresno area — held the third Thursday of the month — doesn’t get as much ink (or pixels) as its downtown/Tower District sibling. Which is why I want to highlight a couple of interesting events:

The Down Syndrome Association of Central California is presenting a special exhibition of artwork created by children and adults with Down Syndrome. The show, “The Colors of Down Syndrome,” highlights the artistic abilities of various individuals expressing their vision through painting. Proceeds from the purchase of the art will benefit Down Syndrome Association programs. ArtHop North Reception is 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Boling Fine Arts Gallery, 5100 N Sixth, Suite 120.

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Tonight: the first ArtHop of the year

I haven’t heard much buzz about tonight’s ArtHop, which awkwardly falls in a holiday week. But galleries and studios will be open. I have a short roundup about the event in Thursday’s Life section, leading with a new exhibition by Jim Campbell at 1821 Gallery & Studios.  From the press materials:

Lost @ Sea is composed of two separate bodies of work. The smaller pieces, mostly 2008-2010, are from a series of paintings that deal with the unsustainable use of fossil fuels as an energy source and its consequences to us and the other living organisms that inhabit our planet. The larger paintings have all been completed this year.

All of these works are concerned with color, (that is, contrasting both pure hues and light and dark values and the interactions between them) as well as form, perspective, and the illusion of three dimensional space.

Campbell attended Fresno State in the early 1970s and describes an affinity towards “hard edge painting as exemplified by Frank Stella, Al Held, Gene Davis, and Kenneth Noland” and draws inspiration from “those artists classified as color field painters such as Morris Louis, Paul Jenkins, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, and Barnett Newman.” Campbell explains, “I see their canvases as portals…one’s mind can travel to places where problems vanish and creativity and tranquility abound.”

After the jump, a few images from a couple of my other ArtHop picks.

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December’s ArtHop is always a festive affair. And it can be a great way to shop for Christmas gifts. Both Gallery 25 and Fig Tree Gallery use the occasion to exhibit all-members shows, in which you get a taste of what lots of different artists have to offer.

I offer some ArtHop picks in Thursday’s Life section, including the members shows at Gallery 25 and Fig Tree. (Pictured below is Lylia Carr’s mixed-media piece “Winter” at Gallery 25.)

I also highlight a show by Paul Mullins at K-Jewel Art Gallery. It sounds as if the gallery will be a festive place to be, with entertainment by the City Singers and Brass Ensemble from Fresno City College. I’m even told that each visitor who walks through the door will get a slice of sweet potato pie. (Though one of my editors was curious about that menu selection: Is that considered a holiday dessert? K-Jewel folks, can you fill us in?)

On the jump: a couple more pieces of art you can see tonight. Feel free to leave a comment on this post saying where you’re planning to “Hop” tonight.


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