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Arts Visalia Exhibition & Opening Reception

In May 2018, Arts Visalia proudly presents an exhibition entitled WAG
Artist Society. This is the first showing at Arts Visalia of the
watercolor and mixed media artists of Arts Visalia’s Wednesday Art
Group that’s part of the Open Studio Workshops which encompass Donna
Coleman, Diane Hyde, Ellen Miguel, Kathleen Mundy, Ernestine Nunes,
Garnette Charlene Pryor, Mae Reuter, and Ann Riemersma. These ladies
have an exciting range of work to display.

The WAG Artist Society assembled in 2008, originally from the Senior
Center in Visalia, and paint year-round as a group at Arts Visalia and
houses of group members. They meet every Wednesday at Arts Visalia
from January-May and then August-December to paint and dabble in other
mediums, feeding off of one another’s constructive comments. Due to
children’s classes in the summer-time at Arts Visalia, they take
their painting and rotate Wednesdays at one another’s houses so that
they never miss a beat. Each are excellent in watercolor, but have a
second medium that each use, whether pastels, oils, or acrylics.

Q and A from the WAG artists themselves:
Q: When did you start to paint?
A from Donna Coleman: “I began a watercolor class at the Visalia
Senior Citizens Building with teacher Mary Woney in 1996. We formed
the Wednesday Art Group in July 2008.”
Q: What are your favorite subjects?
A from Ann Riemersma: “Landscapes, florals, and the beauty God made
for us.”
Q: Are you a realistic, abstract or an impressionistic artist?
A from Ernestine Nunes: “Impressionistic – trying to paint
Q: Do you use photos, real life or plein air for your subjects?
A from Mae Reuter: “Photos.”
Q: What are your future goals as an accomplished artist?
A from Ellen Miguel: “To continue to improve and enjoy art.”

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. and is sponsored
in part by Bueno Beverage, Jack & Charlie’s, the Vintage Press
Restaurante, the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant, Bank of the
Sierra, and the UPS Foundation. Mark your calendars. This is a must

For June, Arts Visalia will be exhibiting the annual Visalia Art
League membership exhibition entitled Faces and Figures. On display
will be art pieces by a number of Art League artists, in a variety of
media, including oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, photography,
drawing, and sculpture. Awards will be distributed during the
reception, including Best of Show and People’s Choice awards.

Art classes for children and adults are ongoing at Arts Visalia. Our
seven weeks of summer Young at Art children’s classes will 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
spring and summer schedules 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.

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

spectrum gallery

Fine Art Photography Exhibitions

Long-time artists – wife and husband team up
in an exhibition of their recent works.

May 3 – June 3. 608 East Olive Avenue, Fresno, CA

Artist Reception: ArtHop Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Friday Photography Night Live: Artists discuss their work, May 18th, 7:00 PM.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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