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Sarah Peterson-Camacho

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Debi Ruud thinks of it as a love story—a musical career encompassing nearly four decades of song, and from founding the Fresno Music Academy & Arts, community choir Hearts on Fire, and R&B soul band The Lost Souls, to releasing her second CD, All that Matters, her musical journey is only just beginning…

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


By definition, a mixtape is “a compilation of music, typically from multiple sources, recorded onto a medium,” and acts as a fitting metaphor for the work of Visalia artist Zachary Bland, both literally and figuratively. His work often involves a marriage of multiple mediums, much like a mixtape, and traces its origins from the object itself. Kings River Life spoke with Bland about mixed media, the vibrant Visalia art scene, and how art is a love letter.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho



As spring takes flight in a dazzling display of blossoms and greenery, the Fresno Audubon Society is gearing up with binoculars and cameras for spring birding season. And as Earth Day approaches, preparations are underway for the Society’s participation in this year’s Earth Day Fresno event.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Springtime descends upon the Valley in a storm of pink and white petals as March showers gives way to the legendary Blossom Trail. And Sanger’s Kings River Winery is gearing up for wine-tasting season as the weather warms and memories of winter are shaken off like dripping umbrellas.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


It all began with a dream—Ginny Burdick had always wanted to open a fine art gallery, and even though she came from the corporate world, she had always been an artist. Seven years ago, she made that dream come true when she opened A Sense of Place in Fresno. Here the artist and gallery owner share the origin story of A Sense of Place.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


A magic trick consists of three parts–the pledge (the set-up), the turn (the trick), and the prestige (the magic, where the unbelievable becomes believable)–but there’s also a certain nostalgia involved, for a time when anything seems possible. The same can be said of the Central Valley’s Prestige, a band that conjures the real magic that a stage magician’s trick can only imitate.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


As the month of October welcomes a colorful rush of falling leaves and shivery winds, the Halloween season springs to undead life in a slew of pumpkin patches, costume stores, and haunted attractions. And what better setting for an eerie adventure than the gothic beauty that is downtown Fresno’s Meux Home?

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


A trio of best friends have had the summer of their lives as Fresno’s Skate Punk band Boozer Boys (guitarist/vocalist Gabriel Ureno, bassist/vocalist Harrison Silva-Costa, and drummer Bryce Lowenthal) went on tour for the first time.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


When viewed from the air, the Central Valley spreads out like a jigsaw puzzle made up of grids of green and meandering blue stripes, but to Fresno artist Daniel Van Gerpen, the heart of the Valley can be seen from the sky.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho



For more than four decades, Allard’s Art has been a mainstay for Fresno’s vibrant arts scene, and General Manager Sheryl Johns has been onboard through it all. Here she discusses with Kings River Life the past, present, and future of Allard’s Art.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Edgar Allan Poe wrote of a portrait artist who could capture the soul of his subject inside the portrait itself, and Fresno portraitist Lynn Hock-Napoli is capable of the same—though not in the macabre sense.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


For more than a decade, Fresno photographer Sara Deasy has captured life’s myriad moments, celebrating her subjects’ journeys and milestones as the owner of DC Photography Studios.

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Local Musician Profile: Kat

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that music runs through Fresno native Katerina Aleksenko’s veins ? the artist known as Kat taught herself to play the guitar at the age of 13, and has since mastered a variety of musical styles, from pop to blues to rap.

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Local Band Profile: The Tokes

IN THE February 17 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


As Fresno band The Tokes approach their first full year of play, the trio (vocalist/guitarist Gabriel Ureno, bassist Christian “Dank Lord Trap God” Miller, and drummer Bryce Lowenthal) look back and look ahead.

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