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by Mallory Moad



For the past seven months, we’ve been on a seemingly never-ending emotional roller coaster ride and for many, these feelings have become commonplace. We’ve been bombarded from all directions by social unrest, political upheaval, international health crises, natural disasters, and deep personal loss. Our schedules, diets and sleep cycles have been disrupted. In short, the world has been thrown for a loop.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


As the pandemic-induced shutdown closed businesses across the nation last March, the Fresno Art Museum (FAM) shuttered itself to the public for the first time in 72 years. But behind those closed doors, the museum is alive and well, preparing for a show-stopping reopening later in the fall. Kings River Life spoke with FAM’s Executive Director, Michele Ellis Pracy, to discover what’s been happening behind the scenes at the Fresno Art Museum.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In the current state of our world everyone is having to be creative, and the entertainment industry has done an amazing job of that. Some theatre companies are managing to put on shows using Zoom or YouTube, musicians are doing online concerts, there are virtual tours through museums, conventions are having streaming panels, and art galleries are also having virtual exhibits. Spectrum Art Gallery in Fresno is currently having an online exhibit called Stay @ Home and we chatted with their current curator Jesse Merrell recently to learn more about it. Jesse is also on the Board of Directors and heads the Exhibition Committee.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we are interviewing Fresno artist Carren McDaniel. She also writes and illustrates children’s books, and makes t-shirts and masks were a portion of the sales go to help support local animal rescues (100% of the mask sales go to local rescues). I got to know her through her masks, which are wonderful! If you are looking to purchase a mask that is not only cute, but helps make a difference, I highly recommend Carren’s which can be found on her Creative Design by Carren website, along with other items.

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by Mallory Moad



Sometimes it feels as though we have overdosed on digital imagery. Good or bad, it’s everywhere. Animated billboards. Movies. Selfies. TV commercials. Magazines. It’s fast, easy, and fairly inexpensive.

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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.

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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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