For its first ArtHop of the year, Gallery 25 tonight is bringing Seattle to Fresno.
The gallery is conducting an exchange with the Shift gallery of Seattle. The exhibition, "Here and There," features works from 13 participating Shift members. Like Gallery 25, Shift is an artist-run gallery featuring members working in a variety of media. The show includes printmaking, drawing, sculpture, painting and mixed-media.
The exhibition is one of the highlights of tonight's ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown Fresno and Tower District neighborhoods.
The exchange works both ways. At the same time the Shift show opens in Fresno, an exhibition featuring work from 15 participating Gallery 25 members will open for Seattle's "First Thursday" event.
For members of both galleries, it will be a chance to reach new audiences.
"I think it expands our art scene in Fresno," says Gallery 25 member Barbara Van Arnam. "It's very important for us to include as many artists as possible in our space. We wanted to share with an art group that comes from a completely different environment and audience."
The visiting Gallery 25 exhibition in Seattle is curated by Shift member Liz Patterson. Gallery 25 member Carol Hartman will represent the gallery at the Seattle opening. In Fresno, a curating committee decided how to present the Shift works.
The "Here and There" exhibitions in Fresno and Seattle build on past Gallery 25 exchanges, notes gallery publicity coordinator Rebecca Barnes.
In 2010, Gallery 25 held an exchange exhibit with Gallery 10 in Washington, D.C. In 2009, the gallery had an exchange with (5)art in Tampa, Fla.
Details: "Here and There" runs through Feb. 2 at Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave. www.gallery25.org, (559) 264-4092.
Other ArtHop picks
Yes, despite the holiday week, there is, indeed, an ArtHop tonight, though it can be hard to find official notice. (Unfortunately, the Fresno Arts Council's designated website, www.fresnoarthop.org, had not been updated for January events as of noon Tuesday.) Here are a few more picks:
At Studio 74, 1274 N. Van Ness Ave., a Rogue Festival tradition continues with the unveiling of the new Rogue muse, which will be used for the fringe festival's program cover and promotional materials. This year's Muse artist is Tiffany Hurtado.
Also at the gallery: Alvin Greathouse's "Star Drive," described as a "sci-fi experience in marker, pen and highlighter."
Details: www.studio-74.org, (559) 908-0658.
At 1821 Gallery & Studios, 1821 Calaveras St., Edwin Macaraeg's imagery explores Asian-American history in a series of large format oil paintings. In works such as "The War in Vietnam: High Price for Freedom," Macaraeg manipulates images of key moments from the perspective of a contemporary Asian-American.
Details: www.1821gallery.com, (559) 233-9992.
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