You might not have been able to storm your local art gallery at midnight for Black Friday deals, but think of the advantages such places can offer: one-of-a-kind gifts that can't be found at the nearest chain store. The discerning holiday shopper should keep that in mind with today's ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods. It will be held 5-8 p.m. at most locations.
One of the intriguing offerings this month is Michael McKee's "Conceptual Christmas Concept" show at Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave. McKee's exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper and mixed media artwork influenced by the themes of creation, purity and rebirth — with a "nod and a wink' to the celebration of Christmas.
Details: gallery25.org, (559) 264-4092.
At 1821 Gallery & Studios, 1821 Calaveras St., food will be celebrated in "Eat Art: Art in Food." Top Fresno chefs will fill the gallery with works of art that are totally edible. ArtHop patrons may view until 7:30 p.m., when the gallery will be closed to the public. Then 40 ticket holders will get the chance to eat the art. Tickets are $40, with proceeds benefiting the Bulldog Pantry, a local food bank.
Also part of the 1821 Gallery food focus: works by photographer James Collier, including a series of tomato portraits that highlight the diversity of an heirloom harvest along with the imperfections resulting from organic farming. The Collier show runs through Dec. 21.
Details: 1821gallery.com, (559) 233-9992.
Artist Arev Petrosyan has traveled to Fresno from Armenia for an exhibition of new artwork at the Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church Social Hall, 2226 Ventura St. Her art is "modern and fresh, yet at the same time it is traditional and highly cultural," according to her website.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Armenian Museum of Fresno.
Details: (559) 224-1001.
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