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ALL ABOARD: AUGUST ART HOP
Fresno is going to be on one heck of a party train tonight and Famous recommends you all come out and ride it.
First stop: Fulton Plaza Thursday! Billed as the biggest street party in downtown Fresno, the event lives up to the promise. This Thursday you can enjoy a Heineken in the shade, take in the sounds of Armen Nalbandian’s jazz band, and watch a performance by Fresno’s Tango Society.
From there we recommend you choo-choo your way down to Gallery 25 to check out the gallery’s new members show. New members will present drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, installations, video, and all kinds of other artsy stuff.
The next art depot on our little tour is Fresno City Hall. Brad Polzin will be unveiling a series of digital paintings and composites titled “Beyond The Obvious” at the city center. New works by former H Street artist Laura Goldstone will make you wish you lived in a pink skyscraper. If you haven’t gone down to ye old city hall in awhile, it is about time you made the trip!
If you’re still on board the Art Hop train, we recommend you check out the slightly funky 3 Brush gallery. It has played host to numerous since it opened its doors earlier this year, and this time round, the Brush will be featuring exciting new works by Fresno artist Jessica Hanna and Visalia artist Patricia Crose.
Things only start going faster from here! Going Threw Life (GTL) graffiti crew will be hosting an event in Arte Americas’ beautiful outdoor plaza. A program full of live art demos and b-boys accompanies the work of GTL artists on display in the Ruiz Gallery. Also opening will be an exhibition of portraits by Manuel Martinez, and an exhibition of masks by the workshop students of Kike Mayer.
Next check out culture of a different sort at the African American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley (one of only three in the state). The current exhibit features carvings and sculpture from Tanzania and Mozambique. These unique pieces are part of a private collection and have never been shown publicly before.
If you’re still on your feet and coping with the heat, be sure to steer your way towards the Rainbow Ballroom where the Grammy award-winning Los Angeles Afro-Latin-and-beyond style-mashing band, Ozomatli, will be performing. It is an all ages show, so you can even bring the kids.