Clovis News

Word on the Street: Fresno art gallery revived

A rejuvenated Peppertree Gallery in northwest Fresno has reopened with everything from abstract art to cat paintings.

The gallery, at the southeast corner of Shaw and Marks avenues, was open for a few months several years ago, but never fully got off the ground.

Curator Maria Contreras, the former owner of Park Avenue West Interiors, had displayed art in her shop at Champlain Drive and Perrin Avenue before it closed. She contacted the Peppertree Plaza landlord Vince Kovacevich, another art lover, and they hatched plans to reopen the gallery.

It opened in April with a wide range of artists and styles. The airy gallery features sculptures, photography, portraits and other types of paintings.

Contreras and Joseph D. Greenwood, who displays his art at the gallery, have been creative in promoting the gallery.

They're planning a "flash mob urban artists" event from 5 to 8 p.m. June 16, in which more than a dozen artists will set up easels and work publicly. The gallery also is hosting "art and poetry fusion" nights featuring poetry readings the fourth Thursday of the month.

"This art gallery is open to any type of creativity," Greenwood said. "We're really open minded to other types of ideas."

Blunt moves

The Michael Blunt Salon has moved after four years in the Palantine Building on North Fresno Street.

The salon, whose eight stylists offer haircuts, highlights, color and other hair services, is in a temporary space at Champlain Drive and Perrin Avenue. By July, the salon will be settled into its permanent spot in the same area, but just across the street.

Owner Michael Blunt and the other stylists are waiting for renovations to be completed on the new space. The salon will have a cafe that will offer refreshments to clients and booths for about 30 hairstylists.

Gary O. downsizes

The discount Gary O. Furniture location on Shaw Avenue in Clovis is getting ready to close.

The original Gary O. location at Clovis Avenue and Third Street will remain open.

The discount location opened in front of Walmart in December as a way to clear out excess furniture from a warehouse, said general manager Kristie Eddings.

The store signed a one-year lease, intending to see how business went before deciding how long to keep the store open, she said.

"There's just not enough traffic in today's economy to warrant keeping it open," she said, adding that a Halloween-themed store is interested in taking over the space.

The store will close when the marked-down furniture has sold, likely after July 4.

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