You won't want to miss the fantastic art exhibits on display at River Center's restored 1890s Ranch House. We work with local artists and rotate exhibits throughout the year. You can view the art exhibits during normal operating hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also view the exhibits during the special receptions held by the artists currently on display. We will post information about artist receptions on our Events Calendar

Current Art Exhibit  

September through October 2017

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Artist: Julia Tinker 
Exhbition: Japanese Gyotaku Fish Paintings

Join the current exhibitor in the River Center Art Gallery for her opening reception at the River Center on September 23rd from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Julia Tanigoshi Tinker is an artist who works with mixed media, combining the traditional Japanese art form of gyotaku, 魚拓, with watercolor to create paintings of fish. These fish were caught both locally, in the San Joaquin Valley lakes and rivers, as well as in the bays of southern Alaska. 

This art form, in which a print is made of a fish using non‐toxic sumi ink on rice paper, originated in Japan in the early 1800s. It was a way for fishermen to remember their prized catches. 

Julia has exhibited her paintings in numerous solo shows in central California and in Ketchikan, Alaska, and has received various awards for them. She loves to use some of the techniques she studied at the Instituto de Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She uses these techniques, along with her passion for fishing, to create unique paintings celebrating the diversity of central California’s aquatic ecosystems, as well as southern Alaska’s marine life. 

She is proud to represent her maternal Japanese family’s heritage in her paintings. She caught each of these fish while captaining her own boat and can tell a story about each fish she has painted! An avid outdoorswoman, she enjoys sharing this ancient art form with people who attend her demonstrations and shows.

June to August 2017

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Mother and Daughter, The Creative Lives of Linda Foster and Audry Foster

Join the artist for an opening reception in the Ranch House Exhibit at the River Center on Saturday, June 17th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM 

 

Linda Foster is a Fresno artist who has studied and worked in many mediums over the years, including weaving, silkscreen, oils, drawing, and acrylics. After college, she finally tried watercolors and found her passion. Living in Yosemite National Park for three years in the late 1970s heightened her sense of color, drawing skills, and love of nature. Surrounded by beautiful scenery every day, Linda spent many hours painting and photographing iconic vistas and intimate details of Yosemite.

 

 
Linda and her mother, Audrey Foster, enjoyed afternoons painting at Audrey's kitchen table. They took painting workshops together in Yosemite and at Bass Lake. In addition, they had fun participating in art shows in Mariposa, where Audrey had lived for twenty-eight years, before her death in 2007. Audrey loved the mountains, the birds, and the deer that came up to her back door. And she loved Yosemite almost as much as Linda does.
 
Audrey created some of the pieces in this show seventy-five years ago. You will enjoy experiencing work that covers many years in the creative lives of two women who loved to paint together, sing together, and enjoy the beauty and wonder of Yosemite.

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February to April 2017

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Walking in Muir's Light, selected pieces from the John Muir Trail 100 Paintings Project  by Faith Rumm

Join the aritst for a reception and painting demo on Saturday, March 11th from 1-3 pm at the Ranch House Art Exhibit. 

Past Exhibits

 October 2016

The Sierras

The Sierras, a compilation of photographs taken around the Sierra Nevadas by Anthony, Vincent and Brandon Bonafede, will be in the Ranch House Art Exhibit throughout October. This exhibit promises to fascinate its viewers with scenes of soaring peaks, breathtaking forests, and picturesque lakes, in the setting of the historic Ranch House at the River Center. 

Join the artists and celebrate one of California's many natural treasures during their opening reception on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 12-2 p.m.

June to July 2016

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Farm Life by Anne Tunnell will be in the Ranch House Art Exhibit throughout the harvest season. This exhibit will bring you back to the land in the setting of the historic 1890's restored ranch house at the River Center. 

Come and celebrate the land and join the artist for an opening reception on Sunday, June 5th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the River Center

 

March to April 2016

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An exhibition by Daniel Van Gerpen on the subject of "Resplendent Remnants" featuring paintings, photography, and mixed media art will be on display at the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust historic Ranch House Art Exhibit

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 5th from noon to 2pm with a chance to meet the artist and tour the grounds.

Marked by myriad of media such as painting, photography and assemblage the integrated vision of this collection combines the idea of remnants and relics with a passionate interest in light and time. My process involves layers of memories conveyed through layers of paint and photography enhanced by found objects reminiscent of the portrayed places. These excavated artifacts share in the storytelling. I intend to not just recall a place, but also provoke a feeling. I seek to add texture to help draw forth the atmosphere of an experience and incorporate found objects to connect the tactile with the visual.

 

November to February 2015/2016 

"The Great San Joaquin" by Richard Freitas 

Rick focuses on the subject of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. The diverse range of subjects is his passion. Industry, Landscapes, Still life, Portraits are all painted in the same technique of multi-layered, multi glazed oil painting with depth and texture, composition, dominance of shape and color in an academic approach.

In 2000, Rick discovered the exquisite art of 16th century reproduction. Studied under Master painter Sr. Franco Covino to reproduce master works in oil, using the same techniques as the 16th and 17th century.

Rick was recently awarded Best in Show and Best Landscape for the Arts Alive in Agriculture competition hosted by the Fresno Arts Council and Fresno City Hall.

 

 

 

 

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