The graduate gallery space features a show this month on the theme of identity. Curator Emily Schellenberg says the exhibition of 18 works explores how artists choose to address identity, selfhood and their inner psychological landscape, either changing over time or at a given moment. “The pieces in this show will reflect the artists’ sense of self, how artists look into themselves,” she says.
The works include paintings, sculptures and one installation piece.
Schellenberg adds: “I chose this theme because it is central to my own work, and is the basis of my graduate show that’s scheduled for spring. I think it’s important that we are aware of who we are now and how we have changed from where we came from.”
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The venue is part of ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods.
The graduate gallery has had three shows since it opened in May, but this is the first to have a theme and to feature works by faculty. About 10 students currently have studios in the building.
The exhibition includes an homage to Edward Lund, the Fresno State curator who died in an October bicycle accident.
In the main space at the M Street complex, featured artists are Brenda Allison, Roy Harland and Sandra Aminian.
Details: M Street Arts Center, 1419 M St. mstreetarts.com, 559-438-8200
Other ArtHop picks
▪ There’s a lot of creativity on display in The Fresno Bee’s fifth annual “News You Can Use” reader art contest. You can see the entries in an ArtHop reception at The Bee’s office at 1626 E St. All the works include some aspect of the newspaper itself along with other art materials.
▪ At Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave., the photography of Robert C. Cochran is featured in a show titled “Hourglass.” He describes the show as “two distinct bodies of work exhibited together to allow viewers to draw their own conclusions as to the meaning and relationship between the figurative nude female, the fugitive nature of sand formations in the landscape and the inexorable passage of time.”
Details: spectrumphotogallery.org, 559-266-0691
▪ Marc Blake, curator of the Jewel FM Gallery, has been working for a year on his “Artist Discovery Project.” It includes nearly 100 photographs of Fresno-area visual artists, musicians, dancers, writers and others.
As photographer for the project, Blake adopts a persona he calls Merzan, “Artiste de la Photographie,” who is a “much better photographer than me.” He strives for a glamorized Hollywood-poster style. Artists depicted include Francisco Vargas, Frank Arnold, Aileen Imperatrice and Roy Harland
Many of the artists depicted have brought work for the show to be displayed next to their photographs. From 5 to 8 p.m., some of the participating artists will perform, including Vince Warner, Steve Ono, Aideed Medina and Abigail Nolte.
The evening continues at 8:15 p.m. with a performance by the Roosevelt School of the Arts Choir and at 8:45 the Deja Blues Band and Ted Nunes.
▪ Here’s some advice: Never miss a chance to see new works by Elaine Lynn, one of the Fresno area’s strongest landscape painters. She has a series of watercolor studies at Fig Tree Gallery, 644 Van Ness Ave. Also featured: sculptures by Garrett Masterson.
Details: figtreegallery.us, 559-485-0460
▪ Finally, November wouldn’t be the same without the annual “Nudes in November” show at the Chris Sorensen Studio, 2223 S. Van Ness Ave. We can’t really show most of the works for obvious reasons, but let’s say there are a lot more variations on the theme than you might expect. Amy Kohl is this year’s curator.
Details: chrissorensenartstudio.com, 559- 237-4934
- 5-8 p.m. at most venues on Thursday, Nov. 5
- For a list of shows and venues, go to fresnoartscouncil.org.