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Spectrum Art Gallery Exhibits-
Photographs by Frank M Gabler-
June 1-July 2, 2017

Art Hop Reception
Thursday, June 1, 5–8 pm.

Artist Reception
Saturday, June 24, 6-9 pm.

Spectrum Gallery Hours
Thursday; 12:30–5:00 pm.
Friday: 12:30–8:00 pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am.–5:00 pm.
608 East Olive Ave. Fresno, CA

While enjoying expansive views, Franka is most often drawn to intimate landscapes that reveal more of a personal vision. She looks for exciting light and atmospheric conditions, a balance of stillness and movement, and interesting patterns and color. The light and atmosphere she captures in her photographs often create sentimental impact and ethereal feeling.

Franka’s favorite time to photograph is sunrise – when she gets to experience unspoiled moments free of tourist crowds – to surround herself with a vivid, constantly changing ecosystem… walk into the woods… take in scents of fresh air… wander along a river bank… listen to whispering trees as the wind plays its tune… soak up the silent sounds of rising mist… listen to echoes of wildlife greeting the new day… This is her inspiration.

In those moments she feels in sync with nature and changing seasons, the complex interaction of the water, rocks, sky, plants and wildlife, the everlasting cycle of death and rebirth…

Her photographs enable viewers to sense the tranquility and calmness of dawn and to experience a moment in time.


Being a scientist and a landscape photographer, Franka M. Gabler developed a fascination, admiration, and respect for nature. Soon after moving to California in 1997, she experienced her first wilderness backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Ever since that time, Franka has been photographing the magnificence of the high country mountains and the California landscape.

Franka’s photographs are published in several books and publications. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and is represented in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

July 6 – July 31,, 2017

Art Hop Reception
Thursday, July 6, 5–8 pm.

Friday Photography Live,
Composition: Dynamics of the Photographic Image
Presentation by Steve Dzerigian
Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:00 pm.

Spectrum Gallery Hours
Thursday; 12:30–5:00 pm.
Friday: 12:30–8:00 pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am.–5:00 pm.
608 East Olive Ave. Fresno, CA

Update from artist Aileen Imperatrice:
TODAY! Thursday, June 15th 5-8pm!
Join me at the Betty Rodriguez Library 3040 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93703 for my ArtHop Reception from 5-8pm. This solo show of my art is called “3 of a kind + 1 = a mini-retrospective” and includes a selection of my smaller works from various years. This exhibition and sale began Saturday, June 10th and will continue through July 9th, 2017. You can visit this link on Facebook for more details.

You also have until Saturday, June 17th to see my art piece “Latina curves/(un)intentional disintegration” in the show “Out There” at the Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 in West Hollywood. Gallery 825 is open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. Thank you to the jurors for selecting my art for this amazing group show. The reception was last Friday, June 9th and the crowds were incredible. So many industry people, artists and art buyers in attendance made for a lively event. You still have time to purchase my art by either visiting during their regular hours, or by calling Gallery 825 at (310) 652-8272 or by contact through their website laaa.org
Here is the link to the Facebook invite for more information:

Thank you to Marc Blake and the people at JWL FM Gallery, Downtown Fresno for asking me to show my series “Incessant Wallpaper” for the month of May, 2017. The reception was attended by a huge crowd and I had a great time.

In my daily business, I continue to make new contacts, enter art submissions and am planning more art exhibits both in Fresno and LA. As the days progress, I expect to keep creating new art in my studio, and taking more trips to LA.

I invite you to visit my Artist Member Page with the LAAA/Gallery 825 here:
or you can see my art and find out what I’m doing through my website: www.aileenimperatrice.com
as well as through regular postings on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aileenri
Meanwhile, I continue my work to sell my art, (which helps me pay bills, purchase supplies and to be able to attend art events in LA).
ALL my art works are FOR SALE.
Please feel free to ask me about any of my work if you are interested.
And remember, I am always willing to work out payments with you.

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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