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5 picks for March ArtHop include Hofman show at Fig Tree Gallery

Hazel Antaramian Hofman’s ‘Window on to Kond’ is part of her new show at Fig Tree Gallery.
Hazel Antaramian Hofman’s ‘Window on to Kond’ is part of her new show at Fig Tree Gallery. Special to The Bee

Last summer Hazel Antaramian Hofman traveled to Yerevan, Armenian, to open a show at the Armenian Center For Contemporary Experimental Art titled “Stream of Light.” That exhibition helped set the stage for a new show by Hofman, titled “Embroidered Mise-en-Scène,” which opens Thursday at Fresno’s Fig Tree Gallery.

The new show is one of my picks for March ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods. Most venues are open 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

Hofman says her new show plays with the notion of one art form shaping another, describing it as “when an idea becomes the film, the film becomes the photograph, and the photograph becomes the painting.” She started with random digital footage in Armenia – a country she says is both strange and familiar to her – and then turned that footage first into a digital photograph and then a series of acrylic and mixed media paintings.

In effect, she summarizes the flipped effect of moviemaking. The results are big: The montage scenes in the show are high resolution digital prints on three horizontal back-lit panels measuring 24 inches wide by 104 inches long.

Adding to the mix of media is a special ArtHop performance at 7 p.m. Thursday organized by artist and dance choreographer Debra Parola.

This is Hofman’s farewell show at Fig Tree (at least for a while) as she prepares to embark on doctoral studies in the visual arts.

Details: Fig Tree Gallery, 644 Van Ness Blvd. The show runs through April 2. www.figtreegallery.us.

More ArtHop picks:

▪ March is Women’s History Month, and Spectrum Art Gallery (608 E. Olive Ave., www.spectrumphotogallery.org) opens “Women’s Work,” a photographic exhibition that includes the works of 16 members of the gallery. The exhibit includes “ethereal landscapes, portraits of women weary from a lifetime of hard labor, and embellished silk screen images on fabric based on portraits of Frida Kahlo.” It runs through April 2.

▪ Another prominent show featuring women gets an ArtHop preview at Arte Américas (1630 Van Ness Ave., www.arteamericas.org). “Three Degrees of Separation: An International Sisterhood of Women Artists” features artwork by more than 40 women from California and Mexico. A wide variety of media is represented, including sculpture, photography, handcrafted paper collage, Native American folk art, experimental media, and works on canvas, wood, other surfaces. This is the third installment in Arte’s “Degrees of Separation” annual series. After the ArtHop preview, the show runs March 8-May 21.

▪ At Studio 74 (1274 N. Van Ness Ave., www.studio-74.org), featured artist is Mihiri Kayal of Calcutta, India. He’s presenting his artwork, which is “modern with a reminiscence of traditional Indian painting,” for the first time in the U.S. The show runs through March 31.

▪ Are you a train fan? Jeffrey Scott Gallery (1544 Fulton St.) and Amtrak feature prize-winning photos and videos from the “Connecting California” contest. There are moments captured from 365 miles of track. Sweetening the deal on ArtHop night: ice cream from Hanford’s Superior Dairy, Grizzlies giveaways with popcorn, Tioga Sequoia beer and wine.

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