Donald Munro

Arts picks: Anne Scheid, Verdi quartet & Clovis band the big draws

Germany’s Verdi String Quartet performs at Fresno State on Sunday, Feb. 28.
Germany’s Verdi String Quartet performs at Fresno State on Sunday, Feb. 28. Special to The Bee

Top of the list of my picks for the week: After an illustrious career of drawing – and teaching others how to draw – it’s a big week for artist Anne Scheid, the former Fresno City College instructor whose work is being celebrated in three venues across the city.


▪ The event: Scheid, who oversaw drawing instruction at Fresno City College from 1991 to 2015, is the subject of a 25-year retrospective titled “Body/Land.” Curator Gordon Fuglie will give a lecture at the Fresno Art Museum (which kicked off the three-venue Scheid experience in January) titled “Drawn to Scale: Vast Visionings in the Art of Anne Scheid.” The Art Space Gallery at City College this week opened its phase of the retrospective, covering Scheid’s work from 2001 to 2005. The third phase opens Thursday, March 3, at Arte Americas.

▪ The draw: Many of Scheid’s works are monumental in scale, and she has a powerful way of combining images of trees and natural landscapes with the human body. Her palette of mostly grays and blacks offers a thoughtful repose in a world of blatant colors.

▪ Details: The curator’s lecture is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. First St. $5.


▪ The event: The Verdi String Quartet performs at a non-subscription concert in the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series. The program includes works by Mozart, Shostakovich and the premiere of a commissioned piece by Fresno State professor Benjamin Boone.

▪ The draw: Widely considered one of Germany’s leading chamber music ensembles, the quartet is a powerhouse that plays to acclaim throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. It will join in one piece with Fresno State staff accompanist Hatem Nadim, whose connections with the quartet brought it to Fresno.

▪ Details: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, Fresno State Concert Hall., 559-278-2337. $25, $18 seniors, $5 students.


▪ The event: The Clovis Community Band welcomes guest artist Michael Downing, a percussionist with the Fresno Philharmonic and Sacramento Symphony and founder of the Impetus percussion group. Downing graduated from Fresno State and is an adjunct instructor at Fresno Pacific University.

▪ The draw: Here’s your chance to hear Downing work his magic on the marimba, the deep-toned xylophone that can’t help but lift your spirits. The band, conducted by Dan Lindstrom, also offers movie music on the program. And it’s free!

▪ Details: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, Shaghoian Hall, 2770 E. International Ave. Free.