ArtHop has an international flavor this month, thanks to Leslie Batty and the LUNA Art Collective.
Batty, who has been a member of Corridor 2122 in Fresno for five years, formed LUNA with four other women artists she met while exhibiting in a Paris gallery. They decided to form a collective with “the shared idea of transcending place and exploring creative possibilities from diverse viewpoints.”
The collective’s new show, titled “Invisible Cities,” presents cultural and personal tales in response to Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel of the same name.
The exhibition is part of ArtHop, the monthly open house of studios and galleries in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods.
Calvino, a “postmodern fabulist,” wrote a series of conversations between Marco Polo and Emperor Kublai Khan in which he describes a series of imagined cities. Some are futuristic and some are physically impossibilities, the collective’s press release notes. Each is identified with a woman’s name.
Along with Batty, the collective consists of Nicole Brauch of Seattle; Ivana Minafra of Bar-le-Duc, France; Alexandra Rouard of Saint-Cloud, a suburb of Paris; Ananda Kesler of Fairfield, Iowa.
Four of the artists will be attending the reception.
The members’ works come to different conclusions on the themes and representations in Calvino’s novel, including the feminine symbolism of the city.
Details: 2122 Mono St., www.corridor2122.com.
Other ArtHop picks
• At the Chris Sorensen Studio, 2223 S. Van Ness Ave., a two-person show titled “Ebony & Ivory” features work by Joseph “JJ” Johnson and Gerard “Jerry” Jessurun. Both are professional sign painters as well as artists. Details:www.cmsartstudio.com
• At Fig Tree Gallery, sculptor and digital artist Manuel Vasaure exhibits several new works. Vasaure is a Mexican American artist whose family was moved to this country by his great-grandmother Carmelita. He describes her as the matriarch in a family of strong, decisive women. His new series of sculptures, “The Emerging Figure,” pays homage to these women. Details:www.figtreegallery
• At Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave., Valerie Runningwolf’s “Inner and Outer Worlds,” a mixed media show, “reflects and is inspired by cultures and individuals who have created pathways between the inner and outer self.” Details:www.gallery25.org
• At 1821 Gallery & Studios, 1821 Calaveras St., San Francisco artists Peggy Gyulai and Jeremy Sutton will be exhibiting their works in a joint show, “Visible Music.” Gyulai creates paintings inspired by music, drawing from rhythms, emotions, and sound. Sutton is an internationally recognized digital painting pioneer. He will be doing a live demonstration at 7 p.m. during ArtHop. Details:www.1821gallery.com
• At The Fresno Bee, 1626 E. St., the “100 Strangers” show features photography work by students in Fresno State’s mass communication and journalism department.