Sierra Art Trails, held in the foothills of eastern Madera and Mariposa counties, is one of the premier art events of the year. Now people on the Valley floor can get a preview without having to drive to the mountains. “The Call of the Sierra” at Jewel fm Gallery is one of my top picks this month for ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown Fresno and Tower District neighborhoods. ArtHop is Thursday, Aug. 4, with most venues open from 5-8 p.m.
Examples of many of the works of the 101 artists participating in the upcoming 2016 Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour will be on display at Jewel fm Gallery. The event, to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2, is the 14th annual incarnation of the tour.
Mark your calendars now for Sierra Art Trails. The weather is often gorgeous, and it’s a great time to meander through the foothills and discover some of the multitude of professional and amateur artists who reside in 14 different communities.
Along with food and drink at Jewel fm Gallery, the band Boxcar Figaro will perform.
Details: 1415 Fulton St. www.kjwl.com, 559-497-5118.
Gallery 25 moves
A bit of news to slip in with my picks: Gallery 25 is on the move again. The gallery took up temporary quarters in the Chris Sorensen Studio and Galleries a few months ago after being forced to move from its longtime quarters at Van Ness Avenue and Mono Street, and now it is establishing a new residence at the M Street Arts Complex.
The gallery’s new exhibition, “Gemini II,” features work by Donnalee Dunne, Tiffany Hurtado, Rebecca Barnes, Barbara Van Arnam, Ann Leedy, Jerrie Peters and Michelle Sani.
Details: 1419 M St. www.gallery25.org, 559-264-4092.
Home at Corridor 2122
O’Connor’s “VISITOR’s GUIDE” explores and questions a small tourist town’s visual identity through his use of light, color and composition creating iconic as well as ironic photographs “in his desire to provide answers and a better understanding of this town he calls home.”
Reimer’s “ohio country” features black and white photographs from his native state. He says he searched for “an unvarnished authenticity to the people and places he encounters with his medium format camera and black and white film.”
Details: 2122 Mono St. www.corridor2122.com.
Dynamic duos at Fig Tree
Fig Tree Gallery’s August show, “Tandem,” pairs artists who have compatible messages or styles that interact with one another in novel ways.
Seventeen pairings are presented, from Heather Anderson and Nanete Maki-Dearson to Evany Zirul and Bill Heineken.
Details: 644 Van Ness Ave. www.figtreegallery.us.
Get thee to Sorensen
The Chris Sorensen Studio and Galleries is known for its dynamic and eclectic group exhibitions. This month’s theme is getting from here to there. In “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” curator Bruce Shuey (with “apologies to Steve Martin and John Candy”) has put together an all-media show devoted to the industrial age of transportation. But Shuey told artists to leave the Camaro at home. “This ain’t no car show,” he says.
You’ll have to drive, bike or walk to Sorensen. No flights are scheduled.
Details: 2233 S. Van Ness Ave. Website: Chris Sorensen Studio on Facebook.
- 5-8 p.m. at most venues in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods
- For an updated listing of venues, go to www.fresnoartscouncil.org.