You’ve likely been reading a lot about Bitwise Industries lately, from its innovative new campus to visionary plans for pumping up downtown Fresno’s high-tech prospects. What better way to get a feel for this important player than to drop by during ArtHop?
Enrique Meza’s new show is one of my five picks for Fresno’s monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods.
Because of drones, the previously cost-prohibitive undertaking of aerial photography has now been made relatively affordable to the professional photographer, says Meza, whose local Meza Films offers video and photography services.
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“Downtown” showcases aerial photography of Fresno’s architecture and beauty. The standout piece is a 16-foot gallery wrap that gives the audience a bird’s-eye view of the Fulton Mall prior to it being closed down in preparation for the reopening to traffic.
Bitwise is at 700 Van Ness Ave. and is becoming a must-see destination at ArtHop.
Five photographers are hoping to ignite a new collaborative for women in digital media named “Spark.” The mission: to empower, inspire and unite women through mentoring.
The new group, which offers its introductory show at the M Street Arts Complex, 1419 M St., features familiar local names: Diana Baldrica, Rebecca Caraveo, Carolyn De Anda, Michelle Ricci-Koch and Dan Wong. Members hope to combine their backgrounds in art, education, business, technology and journalism to focus on the present generation of storytellers in the digital media industry.
Focus on strangers
For the third year, Fresno State photojournalism students embarked on “The 100 Strangers Project.” Over the course of a semester, 20 students in Jes Therkelsen’s class were each asked to take 100 photographs of complete strangers. The idea is to meant to improve both the social and technical skills of the photographers.
From that body of work, images were selected for an ArtHop show at The Fresno Bee, 1626 E St. It’s a chance to connect with portraits of people from all walks of life. (It’s amazing what insights you can glean from a well-taken portrait.) The exhibition will remain through the month of May during The Bee’s business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
Corridor 2122, at 2122 Mono St., presents its first solo exhibition by printmaker Aaron S. Coleman, assistant professor of printmaking at Fresno State. His “Dark Heart News” is described as putting the spotlight on “sociopolitical issues of discrimination, civil rights and the misuse of mainstream religion,” with each piece a charged combination of comic book pages, religious iconography and advertising that illustrates a world in ruin. Sounds, um, pretty intense.
Student art show
The art clubs at Clovis Community College and Fresno City College combine for a joint exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, sculpture, mixed and digital media at the Fresno Fairgrounds.
The show will be held in the newly expanded Fresno County Historical Museum on the second-floor balcony. (The show is not connected to the Fresno Spring Fair taking place at the same time.) Parking is available in the Chance Avenue lot for $5. Admission to the show is free by walking in the Chance Avenue green gate entrance.
- 5-8 p.m. at most venues Thursday, May 5
- Details: www.fresnoartscouncil.org