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Spectrum Art Gallery-
Fine Art Photography Exhibitions

By Mikko Kangas, Dave Youngs and John Moses

August 2 – September 2, 2018. 608 East Olive Avenue, Fresno, CA
Artist Reception: ArtHop Thursday, August 2nd, 2018, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Friday Photography Live: Friday, August 17th


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Arts Visalia is excited to present our annual Young at Art Exhibition, showcasing our Young at Art Summer Program, with an opening reception on First Friday, August 3rd, 6-8pm. We invite you to attend our opening reception, especially family and friends and our young artists!

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bueno Beverage Company, Valley PBS, United Way of Tulare County, Visalia Breakfast Lions Club, City of Visalia, Carolyn Kruse Foundation, Southern California Edison, Arts Consortium, Step Up, and the Sence Foundation.

Juried iPhonography Exhibition and Opening Reception at Arts Visalia

In July 2018, Arts Visalia presents the first ever juried iPhonography
exhibition. The iPhonography exhibition will display a variety of
photographers who shoot and edit their own photography on a mobile or
iOS device. Amateur and Advanced skill levels will be presented in
both edited and unedited formats. Awards will be given for Best of
Show and People’s Choice which will be presented at the opening
reception. This exhibition celebrates the unique position that mobile
devices play in the production of creative images and in the
spontaneity they provide.

This exhibition runs from July 5th through July 27th. The opening
reception will be held on First Friday, July 6th from 6:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. and is sponsored in part by Bueno Beverage, Jack &
Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurante, and the Southern Pacific
Depot Restaurant.

For August, Arts Visalia will be exhibiting the annual Young at Art
exhibition. Young at Art is an exhibition of the work of the
children’s art classes taking place this summer. Each artist will
have at least one piece in the exhibit representing each of the
summer’s theme of line, color, shape, space, form, value, and
texture. Each class focuses on the seven elements of art with a strong
emphasis of connecting artists and histories to each subject. Young at
Art is always a popular time at Arts Visalia.

Art classes for children and adults are ongoing at Arts Visalia. Our
seven weeks of summer Young at Art children’s classes have started
and focus on the basic elements of art – line, color, shape, space,
form, value, and texture. Please download registration forms for
classes and workshops from our website artsvisalia.org, or stop in and
pick up the summer schedule at the gallery!

Arts Visalia Visual Art Gallery and gift shop is open from noon to
5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and is located at 214 East Oak
Avenue, Visalia, California 93291. For more information on all these
events and available classes visit our website at artsvisalia.org or
call the gallery at (559) 739-0905.

Spectrum Art Gallery
Guest Artists:
Richard (Dick) Haas: A Retrospective
July 5 – July 15
Bobbie Smetherman: A Retrospective
July 19 – July 29
July will feature two retrospective exhibits, first by Richard
(Dick) Hass, followed up by Bobbie Smetherman’s.
Mikko Kangas, Joh
n Moses & Dave Youngs
August 2 – September 2
August will feature a three-person exhibit by Mikko Kangas,
John Moses & Dave Youngs.

Upcoming Exhibitions
Spectrum Art Gallery
608 E. Olive Avenue, Fresno
In the Tower District
Thursday: 12:30 – 5:00 PM
Arthop Thursday
(1st Thursday of the month)
12:30 – 8:00 PM
Friday 12:30 – 8:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 PM

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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