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Local Artists During Shelter-In-Place

IN THE May 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andReedley News
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by Lorie Lewis Ham

Recently KRL checked in with several local theatre companies to see how shelter-in-place was affecting them and what people could do to help. This week we checked in with several local artists that KRL has featured in the past to see how they are doing. While this is only a small handful of the many artists in the area, I am sure if your favorite artist isn’t listed they would be happy to have you reach out to them on social media.

Lynn Hock-Napoli and/or Napoli Fine Art & Design In Fresno

KRL: What type of art do you do?

Lynn: I am a Fine Artist who works in Pastel and oil and specializes in Family and pet portraits.

KRL: How has the current crisis affected your art?

Lynn Hock-Napoli

Lynn: I have been very fortunate that I own my own studio and already have several commissions to work on here in Fresno.

KRL: Are you doing any type of online or streaming art events?

Lynn: I had no shows planned till May 2021 at Studio 74 Gallery in Fresno to celebrate my 60Th birthday. I plan to have all new work. I am not doing any online streaming events until we open up a little more and am concentrating on new paintings.

KRL: How can people support you as a local artist during this time?

Lynn: You can support me by commissioning a beautiful work of art of your loved one, pet or Human. I also do Florals, landscapes, and Vineyard paintings. Please call for pricing. Pricing depends on size and number of individuals. I would love to create something beautiful for you..
There is a waiting list at this time though. I am also selling greeting cards at several locations-Top Drawer in Fresno, Ca, Sun Maid Grower’s Market in Kingsburg and ACE gift shop in Fowler, Ca.

KRL: Website, social media?

Lynn: I spent this time having a brand new website designed by a very talented designer. Please check it out napoliportraits.com and you also can connect with me on Facebook– LYNN HOCK-NAPOLI and/or https://www.facebook.com/Napoli-fine-Art-Design-145380175492103/.

Brian Broughton in Fresno

KRL: What type of art do you do?

Brian: Mainly murals and faux finishing, but also portraits, sign work, and book illustrations.

KRL: How has the current crisis affected your art?

Brian: I was very fortunate going into the crisis, booked at least through the rest of the year. My current project started last July, and will continue at least through the summer. Thankfully my clients have allowed me to continue work, although my work requires very little direct contact with clients, and distancing is sort of built in anyway. Obtaining supplies and materials is a bit more challenging, but an insignificant inconvenience considering I’m able to keep working.

Brian Boughton at work

KRL: Are you doing any type of online or streaming art events?

Brian: I have not tried this yet! My projects lately have been physically demanding and I’ve been too busy in general to set up streaming.

KRL: How can people support you as a local artist during this time?

Brian: I’m always interested in taking on new projects, even if it’s down the road. I also build custom canvases in any size, so art can be ordered and delivered to the client. Also, sharing social media posts, and recommendations are a huge help to all artists in these times!

KRL: Website, social media?

Brian: fresnomurals.com and Brian Broughton on Facebook.

Carrie Taves in Reedley

KRL: What type of art do you do?

Carrie: Oil painter, representational style

KRL: How has the current crisis affected your art?

Carrie: I’ve been very grateful for the opportunity to have art to focus on during this unprecedented time. Creativity is good for the soul and painting gives me motivation to find beauty, humor and appreciate God’s goodness. Whether it’s painting outdoors looking at the beautiful wildflowers, painting a portrait of a child, or finding some humor in the new challenges created by the effects of the pandemic, it can all be expressed through art.

Quarentine Problems by Carrie Taves

KRL: Are you doing any type of online or streaming art events?

Carrie: Since artwork cannot be viewed in person at this time, I invite people to visit my social media pages to view themed “virtual galleries.”

KRL: How can people support you as a local artist during this time?

Carrie: Feel free to visit my website and contact me. Original artwork and prints are available for every budget.

KRL: Website, social media?

Carrie: Website: www.carrietavesart.com FB: @carrietaves.art IG: carrietaves.art SHOP: fineartamerica.com/profiles/carrie-taves/shop

Glen Delpit in Fresno–Glen is a bit different from the rest as he is also a singer and musician

KRL: What type of art do you do?

Glen: I am a musician, singer/songwriter. I have performed solo for more than 40 years and with my band the Subterraneans for more than 30 years.
I am also a visual artist, a painter and maker of collage themed boxes. I had a studio in downtown Fresno for 10 years or more. I closed it a year or so ago.
I am also a poet and during this time of Isolation with no music jobs available I have concentrated on writing more poetry than any of the other artistic mediums that I work in. I post them every few days on my Facebook page.

Art by Glen Delpit

KRL: Are you doing any type of online or streaming art events?

Glen: At the moment I am not doing any streaming events online. Maybe I will in the future but not right now.

KRL: How can people support you as a local artist during this time?

Glen: As far as supporting my art financially my friends and fans can purchase CDs, and other merchandise from my website. There is a PayPal page on both the art website and the music website. They may purchase artwork as in large scale paintings, or boxes. On the music website they may purchase CDs, T-shirts, hats or hoodies.

KRL: Website, social media?

Glen: The websites for my music and for my art are as follows;
glendelpit.com
glendelpitart.com

Aileen Imperatrice in Fresno

KRL: What type of art do you do?

Aileen: I’m a visual artist, creating paintings primarily with oils, sometimes acrylics and using mixed media in completing my work.
I also occasionally write articles and other published works.

Aileen Imperatrice

KRL: How has the current crisis affected your art?

Aileen: With art venues closed (studios, galleries and museums) art shows have been cancelled, opportunities lost. The only interesting option to increase has been online shows, but it doesn’t appear that people are visiting those as much as they would a show in person.

KRL: Are you doing any type of online or streaming art events?

Aileen: I continue to promote my art online and continue to enter art shows through online communication. I share photos of my art, online exhibitions, my website updates and other online portfolios of my work, as well as videos. I’ve also participated in online shows interviewing me about my work. I have other ways of online promotion planned for the near future.

Paper Goddess

I was also selected to include my new art piece “Paper Goddess” into the Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 ONLINE Petite Art Show running from May 14th – through the 22nd, 2020. It’s another creative way that artists and galleries have adapted to this health crisis.

KRL: How can people support you as a local artist during this time?

Aileen: Buy my art; you can even do payment plans all through my PayPal account. Share my promotions online so more eyes see them. Help generate paying opportunities for artists.

KRL: Website, social media?

Aileen: Website: www.aileenimperatrice.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/aileenri Instagram: instagram.com/aileenrodriguezimperatrice
LAAA Member page: laaa.org/aileen-imperatrice
Arte Americas virtual gallery link (where I currently have 2 pieces “Into this house we’re born” and “I am curves of Earth”): my.matterport.com/show/?m=7YbMYJCe9in

*I am also currently battling Cancer and my husband set up a GoFundMe account where anyone can contribute to my mounting medical bills:
gofundme.com/f/aileen-battles-cancer
*And my PayPal (for sending donations to my Cancer fight directly to me without GoFundMe taking a fee – and if you want to buy art/make payments on art you want from me): paypal.me/AileenI

Kathleen Mattox in Sanger

KRL: What type of art do you do?

Kathleen: Watercolor, acrylic, collage, mixed media and fiber art.

KRL: How has the current crisis affected your art?

Kathleen: My gallery “Mixed Messages” Art in Sanger closed on March 20th.

Kathleen Mattox

KRL: Are you doing any type of online or streaming art events?

Kathleen: So far, promoting my work through my website (mixed messages art.com), Facebook, and Instagram. Trying to stay active on social media and show work frequently. Also asking people to visit my website and explore the shop.

KRL: How can people support you as a local artist during this time?

Kathleen: Take time to explore my FB business page and website. If they see something they are interested in, they should email or call me and I will meet them at the gallery for a curbside pickup. I can also drop off locally. They can buy greeting cards for correspondence or gift cards to use as gifts for later. Lastly, come shop once I reopen.

KRL: Website, social media?

Kathleen: www.art.com

Chieko Delgado in Sanger

KRL: What type of art do you do?

Chieko: Watercolor, silk painting, oil painting, jewelry making, etc.

Painted during quarantine

KRL: How has the current crisis affected your art?

Chieko: All the galleries were closed and all the art events were cancelled. However I have more time to create art.

KRL: Are you doing any type of online or streaming art events?

Chieko: No. But I’m posting photos (trying to do once a day) from our gallery, Sanger Art Station, on our Facebook page.

KRL: How can people support you as a local artist during this time?

Chieko: I really appreciate it if people can check local artists’ websites, business Facebook pages, Instagrams and gallery Facebook pages. If people find something they like, please contact the artists. Some artists are doing delivery.

KRL: Website, social media?

Chieko: Website: bit.ly/chiekoart Facebook: Chieko Delgado ART Instagram: chiekodelgadoart

Laura Fraedrich in Fresno

KRL: What type of art do you do?

Laura: Ceramics and Mixed Media.

KRL: How has the current crisis affected your art?

Pet portrait by Laura Fraedrich

Laura: It has taken me in a different direction. I teach classes at Allards and other local venues, which have been put on hold indefinitely. I also sell my art at art events, which have also been cancelled. However, I have been using this down time to renovate my home and backyard into a bigger studio space where I can have small workshops and private lessons once we are in the clear. Also on my todo list for this time is to create a new website where people can easily find and purchase my artwork and to develop some online courses.

KRL: Are you doing any type of online or streaming art events?

Laura: Not currently, but will soon be offering classes through Allard’s on Zoom.

Pet portrait by Laura Fraedrich

KRL: How can people support you as a local artist during this time?

Laura: They can follow my social media accounts, where I post the artwork I have for sale. I am also available to do custom pet portraits like the one in this article. Spreading the word and sharing is also always appreciated!

KRL: Website, social media?

Laura: Faceboook: www.facebook.com/thepeculiarpalette
Instagram: @thepeculiarpalette
Email: thepeculiarpalette@yahoo[dot]com

Daniel Van Gerpen in Fresno

KRL: What type of art do you do?

Daniel: I am a painter working in acrylics and oils. The theme that I am currently exploring is agricultural landscapes from an aerial perspective. My work captures the landscape of the central valley in varying levels from abstract to more realistic to capture the colors, textures, and feeling of the valley.

KRL: How has the current crisis affected your art?

Daniel: I was part of an exhibition in April that no one was able to see as the gallery was closed due the shut down. I was also scheduled to have an exhibition in May that was cancelled as well. I am also working on a large commission for a local farmer so we have been corresponding electronically. I have also been using this time to update my website and work on developing my marketing plan for the rest of the year. I am hoping to schedule more commissions. In the meantime, artists are used to isolation so this has also allowed some time to continue to work in the studio.

Landscape by Daniel Van Gerpen

KRL: Are you doing any type of online or streaming art events?

Daniel: I have continued to share my work and progress via my website and social media. I share my studio work during Facebook live sessions so people can watch the work being created. I have also been filming myself painting and hope to release another video of that process as well. Here is a similar video that I created last year.

KRL: How can people support you as a local artist during this time?

Daniel: Following, commenting, and sharing on social media is a great way to share encouragement during these times. Work can still be purchased through online shops.

KRL: Website, social media?

Daniel: www.dvgcreative.com
www.instagram.com/dvgcreative @dvgcreative
www.facebook.com/dvgcreative

There are also an abundance of art galleries closed right now, and some may now be available for curbside service. Here are just a few local ones that weren’t already mentioned in the article:

Fresno Art Museum
Spectrum Art Gallery in the Tower District of Fresno
Arts Visalia

If you are a local artist or art gallery that we didn’t connect with please do include your info in a comment below. We need to support each other through this difficult time.

If you love local theatre, be sure to check out Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast, which features mysteries read by local actors–many of whom you will have seen on local stages. You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Play, and also on Podbean. A new episode goes up next week!

Check out more local entertainment articles in our Arts & Entertainment section.

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and a contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.

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