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MARCH 3 – JUNE 30, 2019


Arte Américas returns with its first exhibit of 2019, CAMINOS (translated as roads or paths). The exhibit presents the history of the Central Valley’s Latino community, told as a journey. The exhibit is comprised of various forms based on interviews, photographs, posters, and maps—many from community participants. The story is pieced together against a historical framework developed by a team of researchers, community scholars and student interns, led by historian Dr. Alex Saragoza, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, and a native of Madera, California. CAMINOS follows the paths that brought people to the valley, primarily from Mexico, and their diverse experiences over time and generations. art

The narrative takes into consideration international, national, and local events and their impacts on the formation of the Latino community. For example, the exhibit underscores the ways in which anti-immigrant legislation against the Chinese, Japanese, and southern and eastern Europeans contributed greatly toward the recruitment of Mexican farm labor as agricultural production increased at the turn of the twentieth century, especially during WWI and the boom that followed through most of the 1920s. As a result, many Mexicans settled in the valley, establishing a network that would facilitate further migration from their former homeland.

The exhibit begins in 1772 with the first Spanish explorations through the valley and then turns toward the Mexican (1821-1848) and Early American (1848-1900) periods that witnessed the economic transformation of the valley and attracted so many groups from the eastern and southern parts of the U.S. as well as immigrants from Asia, Europe, and eventually from Mexico in particular. Subsequently, in a series of chronologically arranged intervals, the exhibit takes the story to the present.

The narrative highlights the development of a community bound by language and culture whose integration—however fitful and uneven—has enriched valley life. The story is one of change, resilience, and resistance, from the struggles of the Great Depression years and the civil rights era to the achievements of Latina entrepreneurs and the brave service of Latino soldiers.

Some information may be scarcely known facts, such as the “Fiesta” put on by the KKK in the 1920s at the Fresno Fairgrounds, while in the same year the Mexican community celebrated their own “Fiestas Patrias.” Or that in 1960, only about a dozen Mexican origin students graduated from Fresno State College, but by 2018 over a thousand received degrees at Chicano Commencement at CSUF.

This is Arte Américas’ first foray into historical representation, still utilizing the creativity of its artistic community to tell the story. The project began with an initial seed grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and then matched with a grant from the California Council for the Humanities. A team of scholars, college interns and volunteers took on the project throughout 2018 with the indispensable aid of librarians and museum curators from Madera, Fresno and Tulare counties. California State University, Fresno, and State Center Community College District came on board with sponsorships and student assistance. Additional organizations, businesses and individuals also are contributing to the realization of the project. The exhibit represents an initial phase of a larger collection documenting the community’s history, the culmination of the collective work to date.

Arte Américas opens its center again for the CAMINOS exhibit on Sunday, March 3 through June 30, 2019. Regular hours are 11-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free with the support of our sponsors, although donations are welcome to support programming related to the exhibit. Fee-supported guided tours are available. In addition to regular hours, Arte Américas will be presenting weekly Sunday programs of discussions and films beginning March 17 and continuing throughout the run of the exhibit.

Spring 2019 Exhibition Schedule

Threading the Lines :
Custom-made Costumes, Concept Sketches, and More from Picasso at the
Lapin Agile with James McDonnell and COS Theater Department
Tuesday, January 29 – Friday, February 22
Lecture Panel with COS Professors: Allyson Sullivan, Larry Owen, and James
McDonnell: Thursday, January 31 from 4:30 – 5:15pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31 from 5 – 7pm
Thinking of Place :
Recent works by Patrick Brien
Tuesday, March 5 – Wednesday, March 27
Artist Talk & Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7 from 5 – 7pm
2019 Juried Student
Tuesday, April 8 – Friday, May 10
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 11 from 5 – 7pm

Local professional artists are showcased over
a two day event, opening their private studios
to the public for exhibitions and demonstrations.
Visalia, CA November 6 – The annual South Valley Art Tour (SVAT) will be
held on March 30 – 31, 2019, featuring artist’s studios located South of
Highway 198. The event will include both nationally recognized and
emerging new Valley artists. This event provides the community the
opportunity to view local art, observe live demonstrations and meet the faces
and hands behind the best in the region.
Be a part of the art movement in the Valley and support area artists.
Celebrate the imagination and creativity their world has to offer in the widest
reaching arts event in the South Valley. The tour offers a broad range of art
work, from painters and woodcarvers to basket weavers and sculptors and
The South Valley Art Tour offers personal/unquie insight into the world of
each artist, their motivations, techniques, inspirations and tools used in the
creative process. The journey also offers a chance to see the beauty of the
South Valley while traveling to and from each venue.
In the words of writer, Thomas Merton, “Art enables us to find ourselves and
lose ourselves at the same time.” The Arts Consortium invites you to come to
find yourself and lose yourself on the South Valley Art Tour. A special event
bringing the community together to celebrate art and artists in your own
Pre-order tickets are on sell now for $20 and will admit two people into each
studio. The price will increase February 1st 2019 so order your tickets today. To
order tickets go to: bit.ly/ACSVAT2019 or visits Eventbrite.com.
If you are a teacher in Tulare County, please inquire about group discounts.

Fresno Art Museum
To open WINTER/SPRING 2019

Season of Exhibitions

The Fresno Art Museum has four new exhibitions opening to the public on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11 am. A preview of the new exhibitions will be held on Friday, February 1 starting at 4:30 pm with curator and artist talks in the Bonner Auditorium followed by a chance to talk to artists in their galleries and a reception from 6 to 8 pm. Free to members, $15 for non-members. (No passes accepted for this event.) A no-host bar will be available from 5 to 8 pm, with a reception serving hearty appetizers beginning at 6 pm. The Museum Store will be reopening with the new exhibition series.

The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First Street, Fresno, CA 93703, at the corner of First and Yale, just south of Clinton. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Parking is free of charge. For further information, please contact the Museum at 559.441.4221 or visit our website at www.fresnoartmuseum.org.

The new exhibitions include:

February 2 to June 23, 2019

The Permanent Collection of the Fresno Art Museum was established during the early 1960s when the institution was known as the Fresno Art Center. In the ensuing fifty-eight years, the Permanent Collection has grown to house over 3,600 works of art in the primary collecting areas of modern and contemporary art in all mediums. In recent years, the Museum has included selections from the Permanent Collection each exhibition season in order to share with our visitors the art we hold in trust for the public.

With these particular choices from the Permanent Collection entitled BIG, the curator has culled from the storage vaults oversized works never before grouped together as an exhibition.

Michele Ellis Pracy, Chief Curator of the Fresno Art Museum and curator of this exhibition, combines large-format works by nationally and internationally renowned artists Charles Arnoldi, Claire Falkenstein, Charles Gaines, Victor Vasarely, Oliver Jackson, and Ann Weber, among others. Also included are oversized works by local artists now deceased: August Madrigal, Clement Renzi, and Patricia Kirkegaard, among others. BIG will be exhibited in the Lobby, Concourse, and Administration Lobby Galleries.

An Art in Bloom special event involving local florists inspired by the BIG artworks will be held mid-exhibition from May 8th through 11th celebrating the Mother’s Day weekend.

Exhibition Curator: Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator

Images above: Clement Renzi, Problem Solving, 1987, Terra Cotta, 77″ x 27″ x 24″, Gift of Judith and Donald Peracchi; and Varaz Samuelian, Circus, n.d., Acrylic on canvas, 72″ x 56 1/2 “, Gift of Roslyn Robbins and William Dienstein

February 2 to June 23, 2019

Wildfires are a part of life for those who live in the west. Every year huge portions of land go up in flames, threatening homes, businesses, and wildlife. In 2014, artist Bryan David Griffith’s home and studio in Arizona were threatened by the Slide Fire. That experience has led to his intense study of wildfires, resulting in the exhibition Rethinking Fire. Griffith uses fire as his primary medium, along with wood, beeswax, and other natural materials to create paintings, sculptures, and installations. His work explores the complex nature of catastrophic wildfires and the competing elements of the human and natural world.

Curated by Bryan David Griffith in cooperation with FAM Curatorial Staff

Images above: Bryan David Griffith, Box & Burn, 2015, Wood sculpted by burning, 38″ x 37″ x 10”, Photo by Tom Alexander and Artist, Courtesy of the Artist, and Artist at work burning sculpture.

February 2 to June 23, 2019

In 1982, along with two fellow graduates of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Gary Geiger traveled to Virginia City, Nevada for a photography workshop. While there, the three friends were nicknamed “The Brooks Brothers” by their fellow workshop attendees. For the last 36 years, these three friends have come together once a year for a trip that they document through photography. These trips have taken them to locations all across the world: Mexico, Cuba, Indonesia, China, Morocco, Cambodia, and Vietnam to name a few. During these trips, Geiger and his friends interact with locals who share with them the stories of their cultures, religions, families, and history. This exhibition provides a small look at the adventures of the Brooks Brothers and the inspiring people and places they discover along the way, captured through the lens of Gary Geiger.

Exhibition Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Images above: Gary Geiger, School’s Out, January 2017 (Myanmar), Archival pigment print, and Mezcal, 2014, Archival pigment print, both Courtesy of the Artist

February 2 to June 23, 2019

The Native American groups of California are renowned for their basketmaking. The Fresno Art Museum is fortunate to have within its Permanent Collection a selection of exquisite baskets from the Yokut, Mono (Monache), and Miwok tribes of Central California. Many of these baskets date from the early decades of the 20th century when baskets transitioned from necessary items to objects desired by tourists and art collectors.

Basketmaking is a tradition that extends back in this region for thousands of years and is a skill passed down through the generations that connects the past and the present. Initially created as utilitarian tools–burden baskets to transport things, cradleboards to carry young children, baskets for cooking, storage, or ceremonial purposes–baskets have evolved into a way of preserving cultural history and a means for cultivating community solidarity. Basketry is labor intensive work, requiring not only the skill of weaving but also the knowledge of the plants and materials necessary for the creation. It is a living art form, using natural materials and imbued with cultural significance beyond the aesthetic. The baskets in this exhibition are by noted local basketmakers including Minnie Hancock, Sally Edd, Burtha Goode, and Lucinda Hancock.

Exhibition Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

In March 2019, Arts Visalia presents Art is Healing, an exhibition
highlighting those who use art as therapy. Displaying an idea that art
can impact people in a positive way, regardless of past experiences.
Some exhibitors may have some sort of traumatic physical injury, some
may have a mental illness, while others may have emotional stresses
that cause them to turn to art as a source for healing. The public
will see artworks from multiple organizations: Kaweah Delta Healthcare
District, Family Services, and My Voice Media.
The Art is Healing exhibition will be displayed February 27th through
March 29th, with an opening reception on First Friday, March 1st, from
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Jack &
Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurante, the Southern Pacific Depot
Restaurant, and Kaweah Delta Health Care District.
Arts Visalia’s Young Imaginations Gallery will display the artworks
of the 5-17 year old participants of our children’s classes
year-round. Please stop in and take a look.
In April 2019, Arts Visalia will display Tattoo, an exhibition
offering the community a culmination of local talent. The artwork
consists of tattoo sketches, photography of tattoos, 3 dimensional
artworks, and other artworks made by the tattoo artists.
Arts Visalia’s adult and children’s art classes for spring are
underway at Arts Visalia. 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

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.
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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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