It’s fitting that the memorial exhibition for artist Mary Maughelli, who died in October at 79, will be held in two of Fresno’s most prominent cooperative galleries.
Maughelli, who was a prominent name in the Fresno art scene for more than 50 years, was a founding member of Gallery 25, which will co-host the exhibition. And she was a longtime member and enthusiastic supporter of Fig Tree Gallery, just two doors down the street, which also co-hosts.
“Retrospective: Mary Louise Maughelli” is one of the highlights of January’s ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods.
It joins another memorial exhibition: a group show by members of Corridor 2122, just around the corner from Fig Tree and Gallery 25, with works representing and honoring Edward Lund, who died in an October bicycle accident. Lund was a co-founder of Corridor 2122 and was known as a curator, art installer and gallery technician.
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Both shows demonstrate the power of community and the important networks that local artists rely upon.
Maughelli, who described herself as a mixed-media painter, often used collage on paper and wood panels that deal with the human female figure and identity. She was a prominent feminist artist and contemporary of Judy Chicago, with whom she taught at Fresno State. Maughelli taught at the university for 35 years.
Curators for Fig Tree are Robert Ogata and Manuel Vasaure, and for Gallery 25 are Carol Tikijian and Nanette Maki-Dearson. Most of these works are from the artist’s private collection, belonging now to the family. The exhibition is also sponsored by Fresno State and the Fresno Art Museum Council of 100.
Along with ArtHop opening festivities, both galleries will host a joint memorial including Maughelli’s family from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.
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Senior’s sculptures include such themes as frozen moments in time and the wild or domesticated grasses and grains that have become part of our staple diet. Wood’s abstract works in the exhibition are on paper and obsessively layered, with the hidden layers relating to the history of the work and to notions of time and sequence.
Both artists are British and have lived in the central San Joaquin Valley since 2002. Senior is a professor of art at California State University, Stanislaus. His recent shows include the Studio Door’s Crow Show in San Diego. Wood recently was a prizewinner in the London Group’s Open Exhibition.
Details: The show runs through Jan. 29. www.gallery1821.com, (559) 999-1158.
▪ Durinda Montoya-Cearley is an artist, musician and published author and poet. Her textured, acrylic works are featured at Studio 74. Among them is “The Progeny Series.” It consists of a large textured piece that when viewed seems to open up with images of various facial and other revelations.
She also will be signing copies of her children’s book “What In This Big World Can You Be.” You can also hear her recorded music, which she sings under the name Rustik Spirit.
Details: The show runs through Jan. 31. www.studio-74.org.
Details: Both shows run through Jan. 31. www.spectrumphotogallery.org, (559) 266-0691.
- 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at most locations.
- For a list of participating venues and hours, go to www.fresnoartscouncil.org/arthop.