The Paintings of Margaret Hudson 

Opening Reception for this exhibit has been canceled. The exhibit will remain on display through April 26. 

River Parkway Trust to host an exhibition of Hudson's paintings at the River Center Art Gallery  

Margaret Hudson supported the River Parkway Trust's River Camp program as an art instructor.  

March 6, 2020 

FRESNO, CA – The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust is pleased to announce that it will exhibit a collection of paintings by the late Margaret Hudson at the River Center Art Gallery. The community is invited to join the family and friends of Margaret Hudson for an opening reception on Saturday, March 14, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Fresno born sculptor, painter, and poet Margaret Hudson (1927-2020) became widely known for her clay sculptures of playful animals and joyful children in the 1970s. Hudson grew up in the Old Fig Garden of Fresno, California. She saw the Sequoia groves, Sierra Nevada Mountains, and rich agriculture of the Central Valley. As a young adult, she served as a missionary in Japan and then later in South Korea with her husband, Gilbert Hudson. Coming back to the US, she honed her passion for creating sculptures in Maryland and New York before returning to California. In 1972 Hudson began the 'Earth Arts Studio' drawing on her experience with course clay figures. The business grew with success and hard work, as well as the support of family, through the '70s and '80s.

Hudson discovered her signature subject as a painter, flowers, after a trip to Europe. While working in her garden, she was struck by a similarity between the interior of cathedrals and the inside of a tulip flower. Hudson portrayed the sacred spaces she found inside flowers in her large, vibrant paintings of tulips, roses, and camellias. For Hudson, the flower became a personal symbol and a form of self-reflection, her works ranging from representative depictions to abstract bursts of color and energy that seek to capture her emotional state during painting. As she aged and after her breast cancer diagnosis, Hudson drew and painted flowers that were wilted, damaged, or worm-eaten, showing both the fragility and the beauty of these imperfect blooms.

For years, Margaret Hudson supported the River Parkway Trust's summer camp program as an art instructor. She taught River Campers techniques for working with clay, encouraging these young artists to find inspiration in the natural wonders of the San Joaquin River.

"We are honored to host this incredible exhibition of Margaret Hudson's work," said the Trust's Executive Director, Sharon Weaver. "She was an inspiration to artists of all ages, and she generously supported the River Parkway Trust's mission."

Margaret Hudson will always be remembered as a kind, loving member of the community in Fresno. Her art has inspired and captured the hearts of many, showing the connection to nature and life in the Central Valley. Hudson's family continues her legacy through the 'Earth Art's Studio.'

Hudson's iconic flower paintings will be on display at the River Center Art Gallery, and available to view on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm, from March 7 through April 26. These original paintings will be available for purchase.

The River Center Art Gallery is located in the restored Riverview Ranch House at 11605, Old Friant Road, Fresno, CA, 93730.

The River Center is owned and operated by the River Parkway Trust, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization working to create and protect a 22-mile Parkway along the San Joaquin River. More information about this exhibit and the River Parkway Trust is available at


Sarah Parkes 
Development Director 
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