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Eclectic Vignettes
January 4 – January 28, 2018
ArtHop Reception, Thursday, January 4, 5 – 8 pm
Artist Reception, Sunday, January 28, 2 -5 pm

608 E. Olive Ave. Gallery Hours:
Fresno, Ca. 93728 Thursdays 12:30 – 5 pm
(559) 266-0691 Fridays 12:30 – 8 pm
spectrumart@sbcglobal.net Saturdays & Sundays 11 am – 5 pm

One of the greatest benefits of photography is that it allows us to journey to different locations, explore our environment, and express ourselves in imaginative and artistic ways. Rather than focus on a single subject, we have decided to explore images derived from a broad range of sources. This includes the subject matter, location, and genre of photography, as well as presentation styles and artistic development. These images were inspired from travels as well as everyday life. In “Eclectic Vignettes,” there is something for everyone to connect with, and we hope you enjoy the collection of works presented.

Jesse Merrell is a fine art photographer that interprets our visual reality using historical as well as innovative printing methods. He has exhibited in local venues such as Spectrum Art Gallery, M Street Arts Complex, Broadway Studios, Fresno City Hall, and Gallery 25. His work is also shown in private and public collections, most notably at the Fresno City College Photography Collection, in projects from the Fresno Housing Authority, and in promotions for the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. He is the first recipient of the Hanna S. Barsam Award for Excellence in Photography, and has received many awards at competitive venues, including two Best of Show awards. Lastly, Jesse been published in The Hand Magazine, as well as several local literary journals.

Travis Rockett is drawn to photograph details of, and relationships between, objects that convey an air of mystery; a story that has been lost in time. Since his youth, he has used photography to capture important moments and express his creativity. He loves to spend his free time traveling around California, enjoying the state’s natural beauty while making stops at parks, historical sites and zoos. When not traveling, he lives and works in Fresno, California. His work has been exhibited in local venues, including M Street Arts Complex, Fresno City Hall, Fresno City College, Sorensen Gallery and Gallery 25. He has been published in The Hand Magazine, The Fresno City College Review, The Ram’s Tale Literary Journal, and Talking Lives: A FCC Journal as well as the Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s Quarterly Newsletter.

Fresno Art Museum
Season of Exhibitions

The Fresno Art Museum has five exciting new exhibitions opening to the public on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11 am. A preview of the new exhibitions will be held on Friday, January 26 starting at 4 pm with curator and artist talks in the Bonner Auditorium followed by a reception from 6 to 8 pm. Free to members, $15 for non-members. (No passes accepted for this event.) A no-host bar and hearty appetizers will be available from 6 to 8 pm.

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 Thursday 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:

The work of Bay Area artist David Tomb reflects his lifelong interest in birds and also has a significant commitment to the conservation of species and habitats that are reflected in his work.

The images he creates are huge in scale. They are collage and mixed-media works on paper installations. Tomb says of his work, “Making artwork of birds is a way to connect and personalize my experience of seeing birds. The ultimate goal is to have people think: That animal is incredible… we need to save them!”

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

Exhibition support: Daniel R. Martin Family Foundation

Images: David Tomb, Aplomado Falcon Bat Hunting, 2011, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 29.5″ x 83″ and Great Philippine Eagles, 2012, mixed media and collage, 128″ x 210″

This exhibition features Fresno-based artist Marcos Dorado and will include 20 to 25 recent portraits of immigrants with short biographies for each. The artist’s objective: “My goal is to convey their struggle, which is my own. I want to put the spotlight on the positive contributions of immigrants that are here.”

Marcos studied drawing at The Art Students League of New York and The Grand Central Academy of Art, both in New York City. Now, Marcos is part of the movement that is bringing the figure back into the forefront of art. The realism and superb craftsmanship in his drawing express the beauty of the people around him. His work explores social issues that matter to him.

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

Images: Marcos Dorado, Extranjero (Portrait of Fabio Pertile), 2017, Charcoal, pastel, and ink on canvas, 36″ x 24″ and Angélica Diaz Livesay, 2017, Conté and graphite on paper on paper,
24″ x 24″

In recognition of the legacy of local photographer Hanna S. Barsam, the Fresno Art Museum is proud to host a biennial photography exhibition with the generous support of the Hanna S. Barsam Estate Funds of the Central Valley Community Foundation.

Guest curated by Jay Belloli, former director of the gallery programs at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, the theme of the 2018 Hanna S. Barsam Photography Invitational is California Nature. Each photographer selected by Mr. Belloli explores the natural California environment as captured through a lens. Just as Mr. Barsam was known for his innovative and often avant-garde approach to photography, this invitational showcases photographers that push the envelope with regards to technique and subject matter.

For more information, click here.

Exhibition sponsor: Hanna S. Barsam Estate Funds of the Central Valley Community Foundation

Images: Robert Weingarten, 6:30, #104, October 26, 2003 and Thom Halls, Kings River Series: Reedley-Still waters near the Reedley Narrows make for wonderful recreation areas, 2010, Archival digital print, 20″ x 24″

Bay Area artist, Holly Lane, is a painter and sculptor who creates works that the New York Times has labeled “inspirational parables.” The exhibition showcases 16 of the artist’s unique works. Lane is most well-known for her elaborately framed paintings, inspired by architecture and often tied to Greek mythology and philosophy. Rather than mere housings for her paintings, Lane’s frames are elaborate, hand-carved pieces of art themselves that provide allegorical context for the two-dimensional paintings they surround. Also included are some of her purely sculptural works, gilded creations that range in size from monumental to pocket-sized. The sculptures, with their intricate relationship between form and shape, are physical manifestations of philosophical musings. Lane’s work explores themes of nature, mysticism, interspecies compassion, and feminism. The exhibition’s title, Indwelling Nature, speaks to the idea that humanity and nature inhabit the same space, each providing the framework for how the other is perceived.

Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Special thanks to Chris Winfield, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA

Images by Holly Lane: Four Consolations, 2015, Acrylic paint, carved wood, and paper quilling, 27¼” x 22½” x 6″, and Unfoldment, 2015, Acrylic on panel, graphite on Mylar, carved wood, 28″ x 33 1/8″ x 6″, both Courtesy of the Artist and Winfield Gallery

What is in a name? One of the first things that museum visitors do is look for the title of an artwork they like in order to provide context. What happens when the artist deliberately chooses not to give their art a title?

Untitled presents a selection of works from the permanent collection that ask the viewer to create their own story. From the figural to the abstract, each untitled work is open to interpretation. What does the image mean? That is for you to decide.

Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Associate Curator

Images: Robert Natkin, and Untitled, 1974, Lithograph, 36″ x 26″, Collection of the Fresno Art Museum, Gift of Adam Mekler, FAM85.3.2 and Johnny Friedlaender, Untitled, n.d., Lithograph, 10″ x 8″, Collection of the Fresno Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Lippert, FAM92.20

Arts Visalia Exhibition: Born to Paint: No Plan B, Recent Paintings
and Working Drawings by Jane Ziegler

In February 2018, Arts Visalia is pleased to exhibit the works of Jane
Ziegler in an exhibition entitled, Born to Paint: No Plan B, Recent
Paintings and Working Drawings. Jane Ziegler is from Miramonte,
California. She explores with drawing, pastels, and painting and is
inspired by the works of Henri Matisse. Jane explores what visual
impact means through finding it in nature. The light, the color, and
the composition connect with her senses before she identifies what is
happening in nature. In looking for this impact, she is always hoping
to stumble upon something of the everyday that may already have made
an impression on her by its very existence. Things in our personal
space, the innocuous objects, also speak to her; the unappealing that
transcends to beauty. She looks for the impact in things that might
not offer impact initially, through its presentation. Jane is seeking
to articulate the “aha” moment in her work.

The exhibition runs from January 31st to February 23rd. The opening
reception will be held on First Friday, February 2nd, from 6:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. and is sponsored in part by Bueno Beverage, Renewable
Solar, Pita Kabob, and Valley PBS’s Articulate with Jim Cotter. Arts
Visalia will host an Artist Talk on Saturday, February 10th at 2:00
p.m.. There will be another Art Talk and Lunch on Monday, February
19th at 11:30 a.m., at the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant, with an
opportunity to view Jane Ziegler’s exhibition at Arts Visalia during
that time. This particular Art Talk and Lunch is sponsored by Jack &
Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurante, and the Southern Pacific
Depot Restaurant.

For March, Arts Visalia will be exhibiting Randy Ranger. Randy Ranger
is a black and white film photographer. In this exhibition, entitled
Silver Light: Fifty Photographs, Randy focuses on photography as the
search for exciting light revealing form, texture, and shape. Randy
states, “When I’m photographing, the last thing I need is a
camera. I wander about with my eyes and mind, free of preconceived
ideas. My best photographs summon me, demanding their creation.”
Randy’s interest in photography began in high school with a couple
of basic photography classes. He became more involved in photography
in the 1980s. After finding 35mm and medium format lacking, in 1993,
Randy began to use a large format view camera which proved to be the
best tool for his work. “View cameras require quiet deliberation
which, for me, results in superior photographs.”

Art classes for children and adults have resumed. There is something
for everyone this spring. Date to Create is a new Art and Conversation
workshop that happens quarterly. The next Date to Create will be
Tuesday, February 6th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Each Date to Create
focuses on the elements of art and the histories of art techniques as
they pertain to these elements. 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 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

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