In Thursday’s Life section I feature the three-dimensional work of Evany Zirul, who uses recycled coat hangers to craft sculptures of the human figure in motion. Her exhibition at Fig Tree Gallery is a highlight of ArtHop.
Three other picks:
This body of work represents a method of painting which attempts to elevate seemingly inconsequential objects to the realm of fine art. The subjects depicted in the paintings are small, plastic twist ties. At first glance these small, plastic twist ties appear to be inconsequential, but whose utility and ubiquitousness belie this description.
♦ At the Chris Sorensen Studio, Jackie Ryle offers an exhibition of paintings. She wants to celebrate two things: The Blue Tech Valley idea envisioned and the concept developed by the entrepreneurs at the Claude Laval Water, Energy and Technology Center at Fresno State; and to celebrate Benjamin Boone, Philip Levine and the Youth Orchestras of Fresno for its recent “Water” concert.
Surrounding us are objects that have been shaped by human experience and or altered by the natural environment. Photography for me is about awareness and observation, keeping the mind and eyesopen to the subtleties of the scene. To create images that portray the essence of the subject or to transform elements of the subject into metaphors that have the potential to convey a specific thought or emotion.
♦ Here’s one more very different ArtHop pick, this one at the M Street Arts Complex. Ross Geller writes:
My husband, Larry Parker, and I were together for 35 years and got married July 12, 2014. Over the years we collected a lot of original art, mostly local artists. Larry passed away Aug. 5. I have moved into a smaller space and don’t have room for all the pieces. Jesse Merrell and Travis Rockett have a space at the M Street Galleries and are letting me use the space to sell some of my pieces. We will be exhibiting at Art Hop this Thursday.
One of the nicer treasures in the collection is an original black ink painting of St John’s Cathedral in downtown Fresno by Dong Kingman. He was here in 1996 to do a watercolor painting demonstration and while he was here our friend, Lauren Barnes, asked us to join she and Dong on an excursion to paint and sketch around town. This piece was done at that time and given to Larry by Mr Kingman. We also have pieces by several local artists including John Sierra, Robin Gay McCline, Steve Norton, Joy Johnson, Enrique Lopez and others.
Sounds like a great opportunity.
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