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Spectrum Art Gallery:
Spectrum Art Gallery
608 E. Olive Ave
Fresno, CA 93728

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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.

Arts Visalia Exhibition & Opening Reception

In April 2019, Arts Visalia presents Tattoo, an exhibition featuring
works that are connected by ink. The exhibition will showcase a wide
variety of tattoo talent consisting of tattoo sketches, photography of
tattoos, 3-dimensional artworks and other artworks made by tattoo
artists and artists that showcase tattoos in their works.
The art of marking skin with ink has evolved over time. From ancient
to modern tattoo practices, tattoos generally feature decorative,
symbolic or pictorial meanings and are sometimes used for branding.
Tattoos have been referred to as uncivilized in the past, but have
become more accepted by culture.
Tattoo will take a look into the creative process of tattoos and the
different depictions represented. This exhibition may contain some
nudity in order to show the full range of tattoos on the body.
The Tattoo exhibition will be displayed April 3rd through 26th, with
an opening reception on First Friday, April 5th, 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 the City of Visalia Measure N Grant.
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 May 2019, Arts Visalia will display the works of Teresa Getty, a
mixed media abstract artist from Seattle, Washington. Each of her
paintings has a story that begins with an everyday experience, a
current event, an experience shared with her daughter, or simply a
looking and seeing moment. While she works, memories surface and the
work walks itself back into the past. Without censorship, she allows
them to flow into her mark, into her responses of lines and color.
Each piece slowly mimics life, then has aggressive cuts and
extraction, and lastly is buried underneath layers of material.
Arts Visalia’s adult and children’s spring art classes continue at
Arts Visalia through May. 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 Exhibition: Thinking of a Place: works by Patrick Brien
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, March 5 – Wednesday, March 27
Special exhibition Events: Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7 from 5 – 7pm
Artist Talk before opening reception at 4:15pm in gallery

If you thought our first exhibition of the spring semester was extraordinary, then you will surely enjoy our next one, Thinking of a Place: work by Patrick Brien. It will be showcasing Brien’s infatuation with technology and how it is used as an inspiration to make art. The exhibition will open Tuesday, March 5th and run through March 23rd. We will be holding an artist talk in the gallery at 4:15pm followed by the opening reception from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 7th.

Patrick Brien is interested in the mechanics of how we see as humans, and how the introduction of digital technology now available at our fingertips, such as smartphones, has an effect on our experiences and the way we look at the world around us. The compositional structures of his paintings and drawings rely upon the stacking of shape, line, pattern and texture. He calls the space in his work “an organized chaos” where “the viewer is invited to enter into the spatial field, to meander and duck under floating elements”. Historical references, smartphone screenshots, sketches, or technology glitches among other inspirational sources are layered using abstraction and spontaneity combined with deliberate calculation to provoke thoughts of time travel. This exhibit could have you revaluating your own interrelation with modern technology. Brien states “The paintings in this exhibition carve out new arenas and unmoored space of change and flux for the viewer to experience. They send out metaphorical signals across space and time to commune with like-minded artists and explorers of the past and to imagine the terrain of an unknown future.” To get a true sense of this exhibit, your physical presence will be required.

Patrick Brien, is an adjunct professor in the Art Department at College of the Sequoias. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, he received his BFA in painting and printmaking from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. He received his MFA in painting and drawing from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2015. His work has been shown nationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the US, such as Project Space at The University of Georgia and Plans, Threesquared in Nashville, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh. In 2018, Brien attended an artist residency at Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming and within in the same year he was publish in the International Painting Annual 8, Manifest Gallery. More information about his works can be seen on his website patrickbrien.com.

You are cordially invited to explore the past, present and future, in the show “Thinking of a Place: works by Patrick Brien”. This exhibition is at the COS Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Kaweah Building in Room 214, on Main Campus: 915 S Mooney Blvd. Visalia, CA 93277. Mark your calendars for the night of March 7th starting at 4:15PM where Brien will be giving an artist talk with the opening reception to follow from 5pm-7pm. Free 20-minute parking is located in the half-circle off of Mooney Blvd. During the talk and reception, free parking is extended to parking lot 7 for attendees. Gallery hours are from Tuesday – Friday 11am-4pm. There are extended hours on the night of the reception, the gallery is open from 11am – 7pm. The gallery is also open by appointment. For more information, call the COS Art Gallery at (559) 737-4861 and ‘like’ us on Facebook and Instagram: College of the Sequoias Art Gallery to receive our latest updates and event information.

Written by ART 111: Beginning Gallery Exhibition and ART 112: Intermediate Gallery Exhibition students: Erin Foucht, Shaylena Flores, Rosa Garcia, Brenda Gonzales, Katrina Gonzalez, Fabiola Hernandez, Mytiah Nevarez, and Andrew Turner

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

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.

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