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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This past week this year’s Rogue Festival Muse was revealed. It was created by local artist Kristina Stork. The Muse is chosen by the Rogue Festival’s Executive director, who this year is Amber Strid.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Bethany Blake


Willow Bellamy is an artist. She’s also a witch with the ability to enter an artist’s soul via a painting or sculpture. With her friends, Astrid and Pepper, they form a small, informal coven. Willow hosts paint and sip parties—she sets up the still life, easels, and supplies the paints. There are snacks and drinks.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


The Central Valley, known for its agricultural riches, is also home to a thriving art community, thanks in no small part to the Alliance of California Artists, an organization that has been dedicated to fostering education in the arts in the Valley for almost two decades.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The entire issue of Kings River Life is over on KRL News and Reviews this week due to some more much needed maintenance over here on KRL. So please hop on over there and check out all the fun articles up this week. We have a review of the latest season of Grantchester, reviews and giveaways of several mysteries, local arts articles, a local restaurant article, and two animal rescue articles!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we are profiling local artist Carrie Taves, who was born and raised in Reedley. She is also involved in the local charity When I Grow Up.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


By definition, a mixtape is “a compilation of music, typically from multiple sources, recorded onto a medium,” and acts as a fitting metaphor for the work of Visalia artist Zachary Bland, both literally and figuratively. His work often involves a marriage of multiple mediums, much like a mixtape, and traces its origins from the object itself. Kings River Life spoke with Bland about mixed media, the vibrant Visalia art scene, and how art is a love letter.

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by Steven Sanchez



The local ValleyPBS held its first art showcase for ArtHop in its downtown studio with the spotlight on local artist and author, the legendary Larry Hill. Larry has been one of the most important artistic figures in the Central Valley and has helped put the art scene on the map. He displayed twenty-five abstract paintings of his that were aligned up and down the halls and office rooms of the building. People ranging from casual observers to associates, friends, and family attended this gallery which is one out of many for Larry but the first ever for ValleyPBS.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


KRL is still undergoing much over due maintenance but you will find the whole issue over on KRL News & Reviews! We have pets, art, books, giveaways, TV, gardens and more this week so don’t miss out!

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by Amie Rangel



Over the past several weeks, students and art department faculty have been buzzing over the COS Art Gallery’s last exhibition of the spring semester, our 2019 Juried Student Exhibition. This exhibition will feature art created by COS art students in a number of different categories in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. The exhibition is free and open to the public starting Tuesday, April 9 and runs through Friday, May 3. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 5-7 p.m., with the awards ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m.

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by Pam Pietroforte


The brilliant Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh, struggled to have his paintings shown during his lifetime. He lived in poverty for his art and was not commercially successful, but if he were alive and living in the Central Valley in 2019, he’d be happy to know local art is appreciated and valued here in Tulare County.

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by Amie Rangel



The first exhibition of the spring semester in the COS Art Gallery will be Threading the Lines, an exhibition of custom-made costumes, concept sketches, photographs and footage from the COS Theater Department’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a comedy by Steve Martin.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


It all began with a dream—Ginny Burdick had always wanted to open a fine art gallery, and even though she came from the corporate world, she had always been an artist. Seven years ago, she made that dream come true when she opened A Sense of Place in Fresno. Here the artist and gallery owner share the origin story of A Sense of Place.

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by Kathleen Costa



Beacham, Ltd, is a foundation founded by Laurel Beacham’s grandfather. It’s mission was to help link museums with artistic organizations and matching ones with funds to ones needing funds.

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by Mallory Moad



“Leave Elvis alone.”
It’s a Tuesday morning in the middle of July in Downtown Fresno, and Leon Alchian has voiced his opinion about The King.

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