Reedley College Instructor Spotlight: David Hicks, Ceramic Artist

by Jim Mulligan

While his full-time job may be passing along the basics of his artistic and practical craft to students of all ages at Reedley College, David Hicks relishes in taking the bits and pieces of organic inspiration found in the Central Valley and creating both monolithic pieces and conglomerations of smaller parts with his medium of choice, inorganic clay.

A Mystery Wrapped in a Greater Mystery Wrapped in a Novel

by Lois Winston

For the eleventh book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Series, I created a story where I incorporate an actual crime that took place more than three decades ago. In 1990, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston was burglarized. To this day, it is still considered the largest art heist in history. None of the stolen artworks, including the miniature Rembrandt self-portrait that plays a role in Guilty as Framed, have ever been recovered, and most of the suspects and persons of interest have since died.

The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter By Timothy Miller: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Lorie Lewis Ham

The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter is the second book in Timothy Miller’s new Sherlock Holmes series. The books are presented as old cases that have never been published, but now that Holmes is dead, they now can be. The latest book is from a case that Watson was not a part of—he discovers the unpublished manuscript while going through Holmes’ papers.

Spring Awakening: Downtown Fresno’s Scarab Creative Arts

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho

As the weather warms and the spring arts season kicks into full bloom, Scarab Creative Arts in downtown Fresno welcomes the return of ArtHop after its yearlong hiatus, offering up a variety of art exhibitions, classes, and other events, in addition to the ArtHop’s first-Thursday receptions. Kings River Life reached out to Scarab’s founder Maggie Boyajian Courtis to get the scoop on what the one-of-a-kind creative space has in store for Fresno’s bustling arts community.

Local Young Reedley Artist: Tamsen Taves

by Jim Mulligan

While they say art is in the eye of the beholder, there are few classical artists whose work would not be appreciated by the masses. One would be hard pressed to harshly criticize Monet or Da Vinci, or speak ill of Michelangelo’s work. Even Pablo Picasso, while his style may be too abstract for some, created images that most would agree, draw the viewer into his world, evoking emotion and contemplative thought.



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