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.
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!
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:
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.
– 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.
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. figtreegallery.us, (559) 485-0460.
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
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
BOLING FINE ARTS
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.
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.
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.
Today is ArtHop, Jazz Hop, the first day of November, the day after Halloween and Thursday — all of which give the people of the Valley a reason to throw a party.
Among the things on the docket tonight: the debut of our local Amy Winehouse tribute band at Audie’s, the return of EDM party Unity, a Movember kick-off party in Visalia and a Halloween Hangover party at Roe. See the fliers below for those and more.
BOLING FINE ARTS
Fresno artist Michael Reece recently returned from an extended stay in New York where he produced a series of multi-media acrylics and photo transfers (above). His new collection will be featured throughout October. The gallery will host an ArtHop reception 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
STARBUCKS (ASHLAN AND WEST)
Paintings by Regina Raya, who was inspired by photographs taken while studying abroad in Europe, will be featured 5-8 p.m. The work includes a series of Flamenco dancers (below). There will be live music and samples of Starbucks coffee and pastries. For more North Fresno ArtHop venues, go here.
In my list of ArtHop picks coming up in Thursday’s Life section, I start off with the first solo show since 2009 from Robert Weibel, who has had a lot of fun the past few years making his “gunpowder drawings.”
Weibel’s show is at 1821 Gallery & Studios, 1821 Calaveras St. If you’re intrigued by Weibel’s technique and want to experience it firsthand, you’ll want to mark this date on your calendar: Oct. 13 at the gallery, when the artist will offer a live sundown demonstration of gunpowder drawing.
ArtHop is the monthly open house of studios and galleries in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods. It’s held 5-8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (although some places stay open later.) For information on more venues, go to the ArtHop website.
We didn’t have room in the print edition to include all the images I would have liked to feature, so look for more on the jump.
Hello, first Thursday of the month. You all know that means Fresno is swarming with things to do tonight. There’s ArtHop, of course, Jazz Hop, the Fuse Fest kick-off at The Hashtag, Barcade at Fulton 55 and then all this:
I have a roundup of ArtHop picks in today’s Life section. Here’s a sampling:
Noted local authors Pat Hunter and Janice Stevens, who have collaborated on such art books as “Fresno’s Architectural Past” (two volumes) and “William Saroyan: Places in Time,” have turned to the coast for their newest offering: “An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 North.” The book will make its debut today with a 5-8 p.m. reception at Fresno City Hall.
If it’s August, it must be time for William Raines’ annual invitational “Splash” show at Corridor 2122. The theme this year is “Home.” Raines selected works from 13 artists across the country for the show, which kicks off Thursday night with an ArtHop reception. Raines writes about the show:
Home is represented by both its exterior and interior through a cross section of social layers within the ideal of neighborhood. How do we express community, urban blight, belonging, security and suburban flight while believing in the American Dream of home ownership? A home is typically a place where people and ideas gather and find shelter, a place where sociability is rehearsed and reproduced. How, then, do we house the social?
I highlight “Splash” in my roundup of ArtHop picks in Thursday’s Life section. Another show that gets some ink is Cynthia Cooper’s “The Tower Tribes — A Rat’s Eye View” at Spectrum Art Gallery. More on that show — and a shout-out for The Art House, a new ArtHop venue — after the jump, along with still more picks.
Hey guys. I’m on vacation starting today until next Monday. But I won’t leave you without a helping of shows and events to keep you entertained. Below are 15 things you might wanna do — starting with some comedy tonight at Fulton 55 and including Grouch & Eligh, Fear Factory, Elzhi and Tim Gardea’s Rockin’ Roots Festival.
For more, you can hit up my most recent Post No Bills. See ya in seven days.
I’ve already told you about the big Heinz Kusel retrospective at Fig Tree Gallery. That’s my lead ArtHop story in Thursday’s Life section.
I also offer my ArtHop picks in the print edition. Here they are with more images:
- The Chris Sorensen Studio, 2223 S. Van Ness Ave., is holding a benefit exhibition for the Mariposa County Arts Council, which saw its offices and exhibition space destroyed in a May fire. Brian Kincade, one of the artists who lost work in the fire, is among the participants in the show.
Above: Brian Kincade’s “China Dolls.”
Love cereal? No really love cereal? Have you mixed up different types of cereal at home looking for the perfect combination?
Then new local eatery Cereal Trip is for you. It’s a cereal bar that opens Tuesday in downtown Fresno and the concept is a lot like one of those create-your-own-crazy-combo frozen yogurt shops. You pick one (or more, if you like) base cereal, mix-in a topping or two (M & Ms, raisins, almonds, etc) and even choose your favorite kind of milk.
There are also seven favorite combinations from the Cereal Trip staff that customers can choose from. You can expect the menu (see below) to change — with additions of new cereals and/or toppings.
“I love cereal,” says co-owner Uriel Perez, 24. “It’s my favorite thing to eat. And I think a lot of other people agree with me”
He and co-owner Vanessa Silva, 25, have been putting the finishing touches on the eatery — which is at 907 Van Ness Ave, near Kern St., and right around the corner from the Fulton Mall. They’ll be open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and they’ll stay open later on ArtHop days.
“I grew up around this area, not too far from here,” Perez says of the downtown location. “I know it’s potential. I want to be part of re-introducing people to downtown.”
Meet the ArtHop Trolley, which makes its debut Thursday night as a new way to get from one location to another at ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods. Fresno Arts Council executive director
Lilia Chavez writes:
The Trolley will move in a continuous loop along Fulton and Van Ness Avenues, between downtown and the Tower District, from near Railroad Avenue on the south to Olive Avenue on the north. Its route is expected to include the Fulton Mall. For this inaugural evening Trolley rides are free; starting in June riders will pay a nominal fee of just $1.00.
The Trolley will make numerous stops along the way between downtown and the Tower District, at locations that will allow passengers to get off, wander through nearby art galleries, and hop on again for a return run. This will be a park and ride opportunity,
with one of many stops occurring at the Water Tower on Fresno Street downtown where
there is plenty of parking, and another convenient stop in the Tower District at Van Ness
and Olive Avenues.
Sounds like an interesting idea, although if the service doesn’t start until 6, I’m not sure how much time that gives for gallery hopping — especially if you miss the trolley and have to wait for the next circuit. And if there are “many stops” and just one Trolley, I wonder how long it will take to make that circuit. I’m curious to hear how this experiment works.
As we move into May, we want you to make the most of the month ahead. So take a look at our monthly “Don’t Miss It” guide, which lists local events and pop culture happenings throughout the month. Click below for the entire PDF.
PDF: The Bee’s “Don’t Miss It” entertainment guide for May