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The Woodworkers Exhibition with 2-D Artist Mikayla
Gutierrez and Opening Reception at Arts Visalia

In October 2018, Arts Visalia is pleased to present both the annual
3-Dimensional Form and Function Exhibition, entitled The Woodworkers,
and 2-Dimensional artist, Mikayla Gutierrez. This exhibition runs from
October 3rd through October 26th. The opening reception is free to the
public and will be held on First Friday, October 5th, from 6:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. and is sponsored in part by the Bueno Beverage Company,
Lagomarsino Group and Royal Pacific Transportation.
The woodworkers are compiled mostly of a group of woodturners based in
the Central San Joaquin Valley since 1997, called the Sequoia
Woodturners. The club meets on a bi-monthly basis and is a member of
the American Association of Woodturners. Demonstrations take place at
the meetings to promote the free exchange of ideas and designs and
improve woodturning skills. Other woodworkers featured in the show are
Bill Bishop and Ron Zanini.
Bill Bishop was introduced to wildlife carving in 1983 after attending
a fund-raising dinner sponsored by Duck’s Unlimited in which he saw
his first duck carving. He was so impressed with wildlife sculpture he
began studying books on the subject acquiring a great admiration for
this form of art and eventually took to wood carving professionally.
Using natural wood, Bill brings out the beauty and grain, creating
unique and stunning pieces of art.
Ron Zanini has been making decorative wood boxes since he retired from
teaching in 2002. He has worked on more than 400 boxes and has
collected various woods of walnut, pecan, buckeye, sycamore, peach,
orange, and mulberry that sit waiting for his next masterpieces. The
faces of these wooden boxes are inlaid with tiny little pieces of
different woods glued to one another to create diversity in color and
impact for the viewer in Ron’s own designs of birds, flowers,
feathers, trees, and bears.
Young artist, Mikayla Gutierrez, is from Visalia, California. Inspired
by her deepest emotions, she has always used art as an outlet for
expression. Many of her works contain feelings of bright colors and
deep beauty through the culmination of imagination and reality and the
expression of cultural ideals, reminiscent of Latino Folk Art. Her
works are done in oil and acrylic paints. Oil helps her create soft,
visual experiences for more fantasy-like ideas. Acrylic, creates fast
paced ideas that are less perfectly realistic and represent life’s
messy moments. Even though she follows a feeling and doesn’t yet
understand her work before she creates it, many of her works are
self-portraits which represent her own bewilderment of life, the
discovery of personal power, and love for deep and colorful feeling.
Mikayla is this year’s Taste the Arts featured artist and we are
honored to showcase her work at Arts Visalia.
In November, Arts Visalia will host Sequoia High School for its second
year, displaying the works of multiple arts classes that consist in
totality of approximately 140 students, instructed by Sarah Coker.
Sequoia High School offers a fresh start to students in an accepting
and non-threatening atmosphere, as well as success in earning a living
through vocational and career preparation. This exhibition will offer
collaboration with students who feel misrepresented and suppressed in
Arts Visalia’s adult and children’s art classes have resumed this
fall and continue through December. Adult participants can look
forward to oil painting, watercolor, figure drawing, cyanotype
printmaking, relief printing and pencil drawing. Participants in our
children’s classes will learn about different techniques utilizing
drawing, sculpture, and paper. For more information and class
descriptions, please go to artsvisalia.org, call us at (559) 739-0905,
or visit us at the gallery at 214 E. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291.

Location in the Valley:
Arts Visalia 214 E. Oak Ave. Visalia CA 93291

Spectrum Art Gallery
Photography on Alcatraz Island
Richard Harrison, Guide
Sponsored by the Spectrum Art Galley Education Committee

Mark your calendar for October 27th and plan to attend our Mid-State Photographers
meetup visit to Alcatraz Island. We will board the Best Tours Bus at 6:15 am at the
Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 3131 N. Cedar Avenue in Fresno. You can
leave your vehicle parked at the Walmart Neighborhood market on the Pharmacy side.

The cost of the day event will be $98. Your ticket includes bus, ferry and Alcatraz entry fee. You are responsible for your eats and refreshments.

The bus driver will let us off the bus at Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz Island and
we will have approximately four hours of photographic exploring before boarding for the return journey at 4:30 pm.

As this will be a walking event be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and
appropriate dress for the weather. Remember, San Francisco can be rather chilly this
time of the year, so bring warm clothing.

What to expect: The ride to Pier 33 will be aboard a comfortable bus. There will be a
half hour rest stop midway in the trip. Once we arrive at Pier 33 we board the ferry to
Alcatraz Island for a guided tour by the Park Service. After the tour which lasts
approximately an hour you are free to walk around the island at your leisure. We must
catch the ferry back to Pier 33 at 3:30pm for the return journey home.

Note: If you plan to go, purchase your bus ticket as soon as possible. Then register at
the Mid-State Photographers Meetup www.meetup.com/Mid-State-Photographers-Meet-Up/ if you are not already a member. When you purchase your ticket tell the agent you are with Spectrum Art Gallery.

We request that all photographers attending this event purchase their ticket and then
sign-up through the Mid-State Photographer meetup portal. This will be the only method of communication before and after the event. This is a rain or shine event!

Purchase ticket from Best Tours / $98.00. Call: (559)237-9410 to purchase ticket.
Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather.
Travel light. I usually carry a D7000 with a 18-70 zoom lens and an extra battery.

Your baggage must not be over 16” X 20” in size. You may bring a small cooler which
can be left on the bus while we are on our tour. (Small enough to fit in overhead or on
the seat floor.)

Please note: Your ticket purchase is non-refundable.
Bus leaves: Walmart Neighborhood Market, 3131 N Cedar Ave. 6:30 am, October 27th. Boarding at 6:15. Bus arrives at Pier 33 approximately 11:00am. Board bus for return to Fresno at approximately 4:30pm / Instructions will be supplied by bus driver.

Additional Information:

Note: You must purchase your ticket in advance from Best Tours Fresno. (Call office at (559)237-9410 or visit office at: 2609 E McKinley Ave.) Purchase ticket as soon as
possible. Tickets are not available at the bus. No refund after ticket purchase.

Art Related Links:
1. Visalia Arts Consortium Calendar
2. Fresno Arts Council Event calendar
3. Tulare Historical Museum
4. Sanger Art Hop
5. Local Artist Aileen Imperatrice
6. Sanger Art Station
7. Arts Visalia
8. Fresno Art Museum
9. College of the Sequoias Art Gallery
10. Spectrum Art Gallery in Fresno
11. 1821 Gallery & Studio-Fresno
12. Echo Gallery Fresno
13. Fig Tree Gallery – Fresno
14. M Street Arts – Fresno
15. Art Space Gallery – Fresno City College
16. Phebe Conley Art Gallery – Fresno
17. Fresno Arts Council
18. Arte Americas – Fresno
19. K-Jewel Gallery – Fresno
20. Aileen Imperatrice – local artist


The ArtHop™ program is a monthly event featuring art exhibits in over 50 art venues in Fresno County. Art venues include galleries, work studios, retail outlets, and public spaces that art patrons can visit on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Please support our downtown and Tower venues; come by and meet local artists and enjoy their artwork, receptions, beverages, and music.

Current info on the latest Art Hop can be found on the Fresno Arts Council website.

Tulare Historical Museum-
Join us Thursday, May 25th at the Heritage Art Gallery at THM from 5:00-7:00pm for the opening reception of Visalia artist Richard Arenas’ “California History” Campesino Series art exhibition. Arenas’ stunning mixed media sculptures come to life through a wide variety of materials, to include rope and tin. His exhibition in Tulare highlights the California campesino, a subject that Richard is no stranger to, having grown up in a farm working family himself in Tulare, where he worked the land until 18 years of age.

After attending College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Richard went on to receive both a B.A. and M.A. in art from Fresno State University. He has taught sculpture and foundry classes at both Fresno City College and Fresno State, and continues to give art lectures throughout the valley. A member of the C.O.S. Hall of Fame, Arenas’ sculpture work has been commissioned by several organizations throughout Fresno, Visalia, and Dinuba.
“California History” will run from May 25-July 15. The reception is open to the public and free of charge. Admission to Heritage Art Gallery exhibitions is free.

COS Art Gallery Exhibition Schedule:
Visalia, CA

Fall 2017

“Derek Borges” – August 29th – September 22nd
Reception: Wednesday, August 30th 5-7PM

“Brain Kelly” – October 3rd – November 3rd
Reception: Wednesday, October 4th 5-7PM

“Monika Meler” – November 14th – December 8th
Reception: Wednesday, November 15th

Spring 2018

“Roxanne and Michael McGovern (Owlcat Ink)” – January 30th – February 23rd
Reception: Wednesday, January 31st 5-7PM

“Shelley Thortensen” – March 6th- April 6th
Reception: Wednesday, March 7th 5-7PM

“Student Show” – April 24th – May 11th
Reception: Wednesday, April 25th 5-7PM

Containers of Our Culture VII Baskets & Gourds Show & Workshop

In April 2018, Arts Visalia is pleased to exhibit the Biennial Baskets
and Gourds Show & Workshop. The exhibition is entitled Containers of
Our Culture and is a culmination of basket, gourd, and handweaving
artists. This is their 7th Biennial Conference, held at the Elks Lodge
Mill Creek Conference Center on April 28th-29th. There is a wide
variety of talent from across the country which include artists and
speakers such as Toni Best, Judy Burkett, JoAnn Kelly Catsos, Gloria
Crane, Kristy Dial, Cookie Hanson, Mary Hettmansperger, Bonnie
Kennedy, Sam McKinney, Margaret Mathewson, Marilyn Moore, Vicky
Nickelson, Polly Adams Sutton, and Jennifer Wool. There will be two
receptions held for the exhibition: an opening reception on First
Friday, April 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and a closing reception
on Friday, April 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to kick-start the
conference. To register for classes held at the conference visit

Among the artists exhibited at Arts Visalia is JoAnn Kelly Catsos, who
will be the key note speaker at the conference held on April
28th-29th. JoAnn Kelly Catsos is an award-winning black ash splint
basketmaker and teacher from Western Massachusetts. JoAnn’s designs
are influenced by traditional Shaker and New England splint basketry,
and are woven on molds made with help from her woodworker husband,
Steve. Toni Best teaches in her studio in Visalia. She has been a
creator and advocate of basketry for over 50 years. Specializing in
pine needle baskets and pine needles coiled on gourds, Toni has been
creating pieces which stretch the imagination and are “outside”
the box. Judy Burkett is an award-winning gourd artist and Certified
Zentangle Teacher who currently resides in Tennessee. Gourds have
become her favorite medium for expressing her unique artistic visions.
She is known as “The Gourd Lady” and as “The Zentangle Lady”.
Gloria Crane is from Hesperia, California. She has enjoyed creating
and teaching gourd art for over eighty years, incorporating many
techniques and mediums into her work, including power carving,
pyrography, inks, acrylics, and natural fibers. Kristy Dial lives in
Minden, Nevada and is a professional gourd artist and teacher with 20
years of experience. Her award-winning gourds have been shown in
galleries throughout the western United States. She is also the first
vice president of the American Gourd Society. Cookie Hanson, coming
from Seal Beach, California is a well-known California fiber artist
who has been exploring basketry techniques since the 1970’s.
Primarily engaged in basket making, Cookie also explores the
intersection of gourds and fiber, as well as free form sculpture using
both traditional and natural materials. Mary Hettmansperger, from
Peru, Indiana, has taught internationally and across the U.S. Mary has
authored and illustrated four books and has had work exhibited in both
private galleries and invitational exhibits. Bonnie Kennedy, residing
in Reno Nevada, became a basket weaver in 2010 when a friend gave her
a membership to the Great Basin Basketmakers Guild. Her goal was to be
able to look at a basket and figure out how it was made. She
demonstrates pine needle and chase weaving. Margaret Mathewson is a
scholar, teacher, and basket maker, from Alsea, Oregon, weaving
traditional styles since 1980. She attends western native weavers’
gatherings every year and works for tribes in several states on issues
of land management, access to weaving materials and ancestral food
plants, and on cultural resources education. Margaret works with
tribal and other museums to identify basketry and to create exhibits
in collaboration with tribes, focusing on native plants and ancestral
technologies. Sam McKinney has been creating gourd art since 1998 and
lives in Lindsay, California. Not having formal art training, she has
studied with the best in the gourd world. She has taught a master
class on coiling at Fresno State, and has taught beading classes with
other teachers from across the United States. Marilyn Moore, who lives
in Iowa City, Iowa has taught for guilds, conferences, and conventions
around the county, written numerous articles, and featured in many
publications since 1979. Marilyn’s first loves are basketry, and
basketry-related jewelry. Her education is in Fiber Art. Vicky
Nickelson, coming from Kent, Washington, has a passion for pine needle
baskets. She has organized, participated, and taught in various basket
demonstrations and her baskets have won many awards. Polly Adams
Sutton, from Seattle, Washington, is a full time studio artist,
working with cedar bark to create sculptural baskets. Her educational
background is art with an emphasis on painting and printmaking, but
her preferred art form is basketry. Lastly, Jennifer Wool, coming from
Mt. Hamilton, California, has a love for creating three-dimensional
artwork for over 30 years. She started working in clay, and then moved
to making baskets and gourds and has taught basket and gourd workshops
in her home studio, community adult and elementary schools, and the
Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild conference.

The exhibition runs from April 4th to April 27th. The opening
reception will be held on First Friday, April 6th, from 6:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. and is sponsored in part by Bueno Beverage, the
Tulare-Sequoia Gourd Patch, the California Gourd Society, and
Handweavers of the Valley. Arts Visalia will host an Artist Talk on
Saturday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m. Come enjoy an art conversation with
two of the featured artists, Toni Best and Sam McKinney.

For May, Arts Visalia will be exhibiting the watercolor and mixed
media artists of Arts Visalia’s Wednesday Open Studio Workshops
which encompass Garnette Charlene Pryor, Mae Rueter, Donna Coleman,
Ernestine Nunes, Ann Riemersma, Ellen Miguel, and Diane Hyde. These
ladies have an exciting range of work to display. The exhibition will
run May 2nd –May 25th with an opening reception on First Friday, May
4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mark your calendars. This is a must

Arts Visalia has a beautifully revamped gift shop space. Don’t
forget to shop Arts Visalia for all your gift needs and AmazonSmile
for all your online needs. AmazonSmile proudly supports Arts Visalia.
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to
Arts Visalia. When placing online orders, don’t forget to use your

Art classes for children and adults are ongoing at Arts Visalia. There
is something for everyone this spring. There will be children’s
classes in drawing, printmaking and color theory in April and May. For
adults, April will offer screen printing and a pencil drawing workshop
and in May, ceramics. Please download registration forms for classes
and workshops from our website artsvisalia.org, or stop in and pick up
the spring schedule at the gallery! For more information and class
descriptions, please go to artsvisalia.org, call us at 559-739-0905 or
visit us at the gallery, 214 East Oak Avenue, Visalia, California

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