Theater & Arts

August 5, 2014

Get abstract at ArtHop on Aug. 7

You'll be reminded of the Abstract Expressionists of the 1960s and 1970s when you view ChoLin Park's "To Move a Mountain," her new show at Fig Tree Gallery. The exhibition is one of dozens that are part of ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods.

Park draws inspiration from the natural world, as well as her religious convictions, as she "transforms impressions of mountain, sea and valley into bold strokes of oil paint on canvas," according to the gallery.

She has earned two master of fine arts degrees from Hong-lk University in Seoul, Korea, and is a candidate for a doctorate. Park teaches art at Reedley College.

Other picks for ArtHop:

At the Jewel fm Gallery, 1415 Fulton St., a trio of artists is featured, including well-known local chef Roy Harland, who has taken up painting. He's joined by mixed-media artist Brenda Allison and painter David Howard Martin.

Music will be provided by Acoustic Highway.


At the Chris Sorensen Studio, 2223 S. Van Ness Ave., John Sorensen's "The Art of Speed" details the artist's love of race cars. There are about 30 new works in the show.


Photographer Emily Redondo's "Memories of Africa," at Pinot Wine Bar and Bistro, 805 E. Olive Ave., includes bustling markets, intimate portraits and wild animals. The series includes cyanotypes (one of the earliest forms of photography) and digital emulsion transfers (a new process).


On the second floor of Fresno City Hall, Mimi Mott-Smith will present "Views of Fresno," consisting of 22 new oil paintings. The show speaks of the "weird and the beautiful and other things along that spectrum," the artist says.


Bill Wolfmann's show "Burlesque" is inspired by his reverence for Paul Gauguin and influenced by Walter Sickert's theatrical paintings. It's the featured exhibition at the M Street Arts Complex, 1419 M St.

Also showcased: photography by Donovan Conway, wood carvings by Elmer Kauk and art from Jason Esquivel and Irina Kuchkovskaya.

Details:, (559) 438-8200.


ArtHop, 5-8 p.m. today at most venues. For participating studios and galleries, go to


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