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Picks for tonight’s scorching ArtHop

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I’ve already told you about Marcos Dorado’s farewell exhibit at Peeve’s and editorial cartoonist SW Parra’s fun show at The Fresno Bee. Here are some more picks for ArtHop:

Los Angeles artist Oscar Magallanes will be in town for an exhibition of his work, which Arte Americas executive director Frank Delgado describes as “seriously powerful and large scale.” From Magallanes’ bio:

Magallanes was raised in the Azusa barrio. His artwork is influenced by the cultural and social elements of his upbringing. After a troubled youth at the age of fifteen, he was expelled from high school but was accepted into the Ryman Arts program which he credits with encouraging him to become a professional artist. Magallanes’ work which is primarily of wood panels is used as a vehicle to allow the viewer to gain insight of societal injustices and further understanding of diverse cultures and struggles on even the subtle level and in this way pay homage to the journey he has traveled.

Also at Arte: Jeannette Herrera, an acrylic/oil painter, has had work featured at the  San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the New Mexico Museum of Art and Chimmaya Gallery in Los Angeles. She writes:

After an attack in 2004 I recovered from a skull fracture and sending attacker to prison for 7 years. I started to paint again and have found it to be the only therapy that works for me.

Both shows continue through Aug. 17. Pictured above: a work by Oscar Magallanes.

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Tonight: an artistic salute to veterans

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Marcos Dorado has been busy recently on his latest ambitious project: a salute to veterans. He’s been drawing local ones in graphite, and you can see the results tonight at Boling Fine Arts Gallery with the opening of his Veterans Portrait Project. There also will be a special reception Saturday in honor of Armed Forces Day. After the show closes, the veterans will get to take their portraits home. What a treat!

My favorite Facebook end-of-the-world post

You can’t hop on Facebook today without having to crawl through countless posts about the end of the Mayan calendar. I’m already over it, but — this one from Fresno-area artist Marcos Dorado, known for his portraits in pencil, made me smile:

It seems a fitting way as an artist to spend one’s last day drawing like crazy.


Tonight: Artists Henrik Vardeniktsy and Marcos Dorado


If you’re looking for an art fix tonight, here are two options to consider at Thursday’s North Fresno ArtHop: Henrik Vardeniktsy in an exhibition from the Armenian Museum of Fresno; and Marcos Dorado at the Boling Fine Arts Gallery.

The Armenian contemporary painter will be on hand for an artist’s reception 5-8 p.m. today at the Armenian Museum of Fresno Exhibition Hall located at the University of California, Fresno Center at 550 E. Shaw Ave, across from Fashion Fair.

From the museum:

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, near the Sevan Lake basin, Henrik Vardeniktsy (Sargisyan) is a prolific artist, who has exhibited his work in solo shows in Armenia, Canada, Switzerland, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Vardeniktsy has most recently displayed his paintings as part of group exhibitions in Los Angeles. His debut in Fresno encompasses many of his abstract paintings in the series titled Eternity including his ethereal triptych entitled “Melody.”

There will be 40 artworks on display.

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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.

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Central Valley Talk gets cultured


You might know Rebecca Caraveo as Cattie Ness, the rockabilly queen of the San Joaquin. You might also know her as a woman about town interested in local arts and culture. And starting Friday, you’ll also know her as a talk show host.

Caraveo is the latest well-known local to score a talk show on Central Valley Talk. Her “Central Valley Arts and Culture” debuts on at 3 p.m. Friday.

Here’s what she had to say about the first show and her plans after that:

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Opening reception for ’100 Faces’

For those who aren’t in a theater mood this weekend, here’s an arts pick: Marcos Dorado’s long-awaited photo exhibit “100 Faces of Fresno,” which has its official opening 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Arte Americas. The show runs through Sept. 24. Here are two images in the show of local personalities:

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It’s not quite Guess the Celeb, because we should all know the gal on the right, but do y’all recognize the guy on the left?