Sorensen studio plays host to mural contest for ArtHop

The Fresno BeeJuly 29, 2013 

Chris Sorensen's latest art contest took place on the largest canvas in town.

The west wall of the Chris Sorensen Studio is now covered by 14 murals created by 16 artists. Winners will be announced at Thursday's ArtHop, the monthly open house of studios and galleries in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods.

Sorensen, whose studio at 2223 S. Van Ness Ave. is a hot ArtHop stop, put up $1,000 for prizes in the mural contest. Sponsorship also came from Allard's Art and the Electric Motor Shop, which boosted the pot to more than $2,000, says Kerby C. Smith, a spokesman for the studio.

Renowned Fresno artist A.F. "Corky" Normart judged the competition. Prizes will be awarded at ArtHop. Details:

ArtHop runs from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at most venues. For a list of venues, go to

More ArtHop picks

The annual William Raines "Splash" invitational at Corridor 2122 has become a tradition. This year's theme is "Salt of the Earth." For the collaborative and conceptual exhibit, Raines asked seven artists to participate in ways that go beyond the traditional meaning of the phrase (a good or worthy person). Details: 2122 Mono St., corridor2122.comcq.

At Fig Tree Gallery, a summer show features work from the gallery's 22 members, including new member Marilyn McGrady, who will show four large-format oil paintings in a series titled "The Sacred Fool." Details: 644 Van Ness Ave., (559) 485-0460.

A group show fundraiser titled "Small Works 2," curated by Barbara Van Arnam, will feature various two-dimensional and three-dimensional works within a 12-inch framed measurement. Details: 660 Van Ness Ave., (559) 264-4092.


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