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ArtHop preview: Making the ‘Grid’ come to colorful life

Jeff Hill’s ‘3 Bolts’ is part of his exhibition ‘65 M.P.H.,’ opening June 4, 2015, at Spectrum Art Gallery.
Jeff Hill’s ‘3 Bolts’ is part of his exhibition ‘65 M.P.H.,’ opening June 4, 2015, at Spectrum Art Gallery. Special to The Bee

Like many photographers of a certain age, Jeff Hill was a devotee of 35mm film. But like most of his colleagues, he eventually switched to digital. In his case, he passed the transition test with flying colors.

That’s one of the first things you notice about his work: the bright, vivid, saturated colors.

Hill describes his technique as a ‘colorful, symbolic juxtaposition of metallic, industrial textures and shapes combined with a soft partnering of natural specimens and earth elements.’ Composition is his focus.

His new exhibition, “65 M.P.H.,” features a signature photographic style that Hill calls the “Grid” technique. The show opens at Spectrum Art Gallery Thursday, June 4, as part of ArtHop, the monthly open house of studios and galleries in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods.

Hill describes the technique as a “colorful, symbolic juxtaposition of metallic, industrial textures and shapes combined with a soft partnering of natural specimens and earth elements.” Composition is his focus. He says in his artist’s statement that it is creatively fulfilling to focus on choosing the subject matter, conceptualizing the composition and then taking a photo.

The artist attended Fresno State in the 1970s and spent his career working at the university’s Henry Madden Library. He also worked at the Tower District’s Wild Blue Yonder, where he first began presenting the slideshows that became the basis for Grid.

The show runs at Spectrum, 608 E. Olive Ave., through June 28. Details: www.spectrumphotogallery.com, (559) 266-0691.

Children’s books

Another promising ArtHop show is Gallery 25’s “The Children’s Book Exhibit.” Gallery members Shannon Bickford, Carol Tikijian, Valerie Runningwolf and guest artist Karen LeCocq are sharing original illustrations and stories.

The cover of LeCocq’s book, for example, titled “Neko in New York,” features a cat — so chubby it looks like a basketball with eyes — posing at the edge of the city’s waterfront. Who knows what feline adventures (and calories) await?

Children, animals, giants and alphabet letters come to life in the work of the four artists.

In addition to ArtHop opening festivities, there will be a Second Saturday Reception noon-4 p.m. June 13 that will include readings by the artists.

The show runs at Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave., through June 28. Details: www.gallery25.org, (559) 264-4092.

Other ArtHop picks:

▪ At Fig Tree Gallery, 644 Van Ness Ave., a new members show features Iris Duarte, Eliana Saucedo and Stephanie Pearl.

Duarte is a multimedia painter and printmaker inspired by the natural beauty of the San Joaquin Valley. Saucedo’s recent artwork illuminates the untold, unrecognized, and forgotten stories of hardship and struggle experienced by participants of the Bracero Program. Pearl creates depth and movement in her abstract works using wood as a surface.

Details: Fig Tree Gallery on Facebook, (559) 485-0460.

▪ Lemoore artist Jeannette L. Herrera’s collaborative show “Here Comes the Sun” includes works from three of her East Coast-based friends (hence the title referring to the sun rising in the east): Lenny Campello, Judith Peck and Yar Koporulin. The artists started and finished each other’s work. The exhibition is one of three opening at Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness Ave.

Details: www.arteamericas.org, (559) 266-2623.

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