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  


February to April 2017


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


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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