You made it through Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. You must be exhausted. But there’s one more “Day” to consider: ArtHop Thursday. Not only is this monthly open house of galleries and studios a good time to take a break from the mass-produced world by communing with original works of art, you just might find a unique holiday gift.
Here’s a rundown of five picks.
Robert Weibel has been working for three years on material for his stellar exhibition at 1821 Gallery & Studios. Known for the images he creates by igniting gunpowder on paper, Weibel has turned to new materials and media for “Personal Totems.” He offers viewers an array of wooden figures and drawings representing his “mythopoetic exploration of people and animals, real and imagined.”
Weibel moved from two-dimensional works to three-dimensional after a trip to the Southwest, where he was inspired, he says, by the artistry and simplicity of early Spanish Catholic icons and Hopi Kachinas dolls.
The wooden figures range in size from a few inches to several feet. Look for a 3-foot wooden piece collaboration with artist/welder Amy Kohl, artist/woodworker Jim Campbell and costume designer Ginger K. Lewis-Reed.
Details: 1821 Calaveras St. The show runs through Dec. 30. An artist “show and tell” is 2-6 p.m. Dec. 10. www.1821gallery.com, 559-999-1158.
Forget ArtHop: Corridor 2122 members are calling this month Art(S)hop. As a fundraiser – and in a nod to “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” the cheeky documentary film by Banksy – the cooperative gallery will sell swag-type prints and gifts of members’ artwork and gallery “brand” collectibles (cards, mugs, T-shirts, etc.)
You can also pick up a Corridor 2122 T-shirt for $20, which is part of a citywide performance art piece. Supporters are asked to wear the shirt to local cultural events through January ArtHop and take a selfie while engaging in local art. There will be prizes for creativity.
Details: 2122 Mono St., Corridor 2122 Facebook page.
Fresno City College
Kevin Stewart-Magee, a Fresno City College faculty member, presents “Driving on the Edge,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings with imagery drawn from realism and personal experiences. Raised in rural Ohio, now considered the Rust Belt of the United States, Stewart-Magee often uses “present imagery of this once-thriving industrial heartland of America” to contrast with childhood memories.
Details: The exhibition runs through Dec. 8 at the college’s Art Space Gallery. www.fresnocitycollege.edu.
In the spirit of the season, Gallery 25 members offer the group exhibition “Spiritual Symbols.” Guest artist is mixed-media artist Joy Johnson, whose creative process in constructing crosses has “enabled her to abide with peace and tranquility.”
Details: The exhibition runs through Jan. 28. The gallery is located in the M Street Arts Complex, 1419 M St. www.gallery25.org, 559-264-4092.
A Sense of Place
Ginny Burdick’s gallery A Sense of Place, which represents a fine roster of central San Joaquin Valley artists, is celebrating its fourth anniversary. The past year has seen the gallery double in size and add new artists, including the recent additions of Alan Pierrot and Linda Erickson. This should be a hot spot for distinctive holiday gifts.
Details: 2003 N. Van Ness Blvd. www.asenseofplacefineart.com.