April 29--You can enjoy ArtHop at a new venue this month: The Fresno Bee.
The Bee will open its doors to visitors 5-8 p.m. Thursday as part of the monthly event, which features studios and galleries in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods.
On display will be "100 Strangers," a photography exhibition featuring work by students in Fresno State's mass communication and journalism department.
After ArtHop, the "100 Strangers" exhibition will be open to the public by appointment (call Kathy Mahan at 441-6351) for at least a week during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday).
The Bee plans to host more ArtHop exhibitions periodically in the future.
ArtHop in May includes a number of promising events. Among the highlights:
-- Renowned Yosemite photographer Charles Cramer, whose work is included in the 2005 book "Landscape: The World's Top Photographers," is the annual guest artist at Spectrum Art Gallery and will offer an exhibition of his original photographs.
Cramer, recognized as a master printmaker in both darkroom-based dye transfer printing and now in digital processes, was selected in 1987 and 2009 to be artist-in-residence at Yosemite.
He will be honored at an artist's reception 6-8 p.m. Saturday.
Details: Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave.spectrumphotogallery.org, (559) 266-0691.
-- The fifth annual Black and White Show is hosted by the Chris Sorensen Gallery. The show features artists working in a variety of media.
A highlight is work by John Rupe, whose miniature buildings made out of cardboard depict downtown Fresno between 1880 and 1910.
Entertainer Sabrina Pratt will be on hand to offer an improv comedy performance.
Details: Chris Sorensen Studio, 2223 S. Van Ness Ave.cmsartstudio.com, (559) 237-2394.
-- In a show at Fresno City Hall sponsored by the Fresno Arts Council, Micha Langer captures the faces of 21 artists from the Fresno area, including Stan Bitters, Joyce Aiken, Mary Maughelli and Corky Normart.
Langer has been featured in five one-person shows at the Fresno Art Museum.
The exhibition will be held on the second floor of City Hall, 2600 Fresno St.
-- "Toggle," a solo exhibition by Jim Campbell, is featured at Gallery 25. In acrylic/mixed media works, the artist explores toggling between two different styles of painting. Some pieces deal with the abstraction of color, form and texture. Other pieces focus on social commentary.
Details: Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave.gallery25.org, (559) 264-4092.
At Corridor 2122, "It's About You" features a video/performance conversation between Christopher A. Lopez and his "cyber alter ego." (Language advisory.)
Details: Corridor 2122, at 2122 Mono St.www.corridor2122.com, (559) 441-0012.
5-8 p.m. Thursday. For a list of participating venues, go to fresnoartscouncil.org.
The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6373, firstname.lastname@example.org and @donaldbeearts on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.
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