The Fresno Bee‘s Donald Munro, the leading authority on theater, performing and fine arts in the central San Joaquin Valley, lists our April show, Repetitions & Variations, as one of his “Five Picks for April Art Hop“!
Repetitions & Variations
Dawn Hart and Heather Hubbard
Clay Hand Studios
660 Van Ness Ave
Fresno, CA 93721
April 6th, 2017
April 23rd, 2017
In November 2016 I happily became the newest member of Clay Hand Studios in downtown Fresno (660 Van Ness Avenue). This group of talented and generous ceramic artists have made me feel so welcome and have inspired a flurry of creativity this spring. To celebrate, my friend Dawn Hart (fellow member of Clay Hand) and I are having a show this April in the Clay Hand gallery. Opening night is April 6, 5:00 to 8:00.
We will also be hosting a closing reception on Sunday April 23, from noon to 4:00. So come out and help us celebrate our new clay home with food, drink, and fine art!
Three of my algae critters have been accepted for the 5th annual Art Scientifique show! Opening night is Thursday, March 5th at the Chris Sorensen Studio. The show will run through the end of the month. This event showcases a variety of artwork that celebrates the space where art and science meet. I’m sure this show will have something for everyone. And what a great venue! The Chris Sorensen Studio is an amazing labyrinth of wonderment featuring the works of artists in sculpture, metal work, and glass blowing. Truly a Fresno treasure! So I hope you’ll come out to celebrate art, science, and the spirit of exploration.
And in related news . . .
Aquatic Explorations: The Algae Collection
For this show, I choose to focus my attentions on algae. They are a diverse group of mostly microscopic organisms that hold a particular fascination for me. I did not really become familiar with the algae world until I began working on my Master’s degree in Biology. This was, as I’m sure graduate school is for many, an extremely stressful time in my life. Along with managing the pressures of a graduate program, it was also a time of learning some of life’s more difficult lessons. To say these were challenging years would be a tremendous understatement. But it was not all darkness and doom.
It was also during this time that I had my first opportunity to explore nature’s more obscure realms. Looking through the microscope lens, I was introduced to a world that seemed both mysterious and magical. I found algae cells particularly charming and whimsical, and their diversity and abundance overwhelmed me. I looked forward to searching through water samples and learning about their lives. I even dreamt about them! During a time of great turmoil, plankton brought joy into my world and kept my curiosity for nature alive. For that, I will always be grateful and I have had an affection for them ever since.
Here’s a time-lapse video shot during the opening. It’s almost 3 hours compressed into 52 seconds! It’s almost like you were there. Or maybe you were—see if you can spot yourself!
Great article about Corridor 2122 by Donald Munro at the Fresno Bee!
Aquatic Explorations: The Algae Collection opens at Corridor 2122 on October 2nd, 5-8p