River Center Art Gallery in River View Ranch House
You won't want to miss the fantastic art exhibits on display at the 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.
*The views and opinions expressed by the featured artists do not necessarily reflect those of the River Parkway Trust
Current Art Exhibit
March 7 through April 26, 2020
The Art Reception scheduled for March 14 has been canceled. The exhibit will remain on display through April 26.
*All art will be on display in the River Center Art Gallery on weekends only from March 7 through April 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the River Center and River Center Art Gallery is free
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. Over the next two decades, Hudson explored the limits of clay, constructing large animals and abstract “growth forms” from sculpted clay segments. In the winter of 1990, while Hudson was working on a series of large sculptures, a sudden freeze caused the wet clay to crumble. Hudson dealt with this frustration by trying something new, she put down her clay, picked up a brush, and began to let out the urge to play with color that had been building over two decades of working in brown clay.
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 camellia flowers. 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. After she was diagnosed with breast cancer and as she aged, Hudson drew and painted flowers that were wilted, damaged or worm-eaten, showing both the fragility and the beauty of these imperfect blooms.
Past Art Exhibits
"A Retrospective Look" An Exhibit of Artwork by Ginny Burdick
February 1 through February 29, 2020
Join Ginny Burdick for an opening reception at the River Center Art Gallery on Sunday, February 9 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
*All art will be on display in the River Center Art Gallery on weekends only from February 1 thorough February 29 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the River Center and River Center Art Gallery is free
Ginny Burdick is a local artist as well as the owner of A Sense of Place fine art gallery. Ginny paints in both pastel and oils. Her paintings are meant to evoke a place each of us has inside: a memory, real or imagined. Her work is strong in both use of color and composition.
"Member's Traveling Exhibition" An Exhibit of Photography by Various Spectrum Art Gallery Members
October 1 through December 29, 2019
Join photographers with Spectrum Art Gallery for an opening reception at the River Center Art Gallery on Saturday, October 26 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
*All art will be on display in the River Center Art Gallery on weekends only from October 1 thorough December 29 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the River Center and River Center Art Gallery is free
Spectrum Art Gallery is proud to present this collection of fine works from their membership. Comprised of a diverse group of fine art photographers, this collection represents the unique perspectives of individual, local artists. Their members span a wide variety of style, subject matter, and experience level and thus, a spectrum of fine art photographers.
We would like to invite you to their reception on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11am. Join photographers to discuss many of the artworks, share some stories, and have great conversation. Light refreshments will be privided as you enjoy the amazing photographic talent of Spectrums' members on display within the beautiful Ranch House. There will also be several photographic activities on site, so be sure to bring your camera and join the fun! And yes, cell phone cameras are just fine.
Since 1980, Spectrum Art Gallery has served the community through many projects such as traveling exhibits, photographic workshops, and special presentations for youth and public libraries. Their members have also donated many photographs and services to community organizations. All of these events, projects, and their ability to respond to requests from our community have been made possible through the dedicated efforts of a hardworking volunteer membership and friends of the gallery.
"Trees, Rocks, Water, Light, Nature's Gifts" An Exhibit of Paintings by Carolyn Hartling
June 15 through September 1, 2019
Join the artist Carolyn Hartling for an opening reception at the River Center Art Gallery on Sunday, June 23 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
*All art will be on display in the River Center Art Gallery on weekends only from June 15 through September 1 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the River Center and River Center Art Gallery is free.
One of Carolyn’s favorite pastimes as a child was exploring the wooded areas and beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest. That environment strongly influenced her direction in art. The beautiful forms, textures, and colors found in the natural world still continue to intrigue her today and often provide the subject matter for her artwork.
Following graduation from an interior design school, Carolyn formed her own design firm in southern California which she ran for eighteen years. In 2000 she and her husband retired to the Sierra foothills and she began to pursue her art full-time.
Her work has received a variety of local and regional awards and can be seen at Timberline Art Gallery in Oakhurst, Oakhurst Frameworks, The Circle Gallery in Madera, Sierra Art Trails Annual Open Studio Tour and on her website carolynhartling.com.
- Mendocino Open Paint Out, September 2014 – Honorable mention
- Fresno Arts Council, Arts Alive in Agriculture, June 2014- 3rd place
- Tri-County Show ( Madera, Fresno and Mariposa) 2015, People’s Choice awar
- Alliance of California Artists Membership Show 2016, 2nd Place
- Tri-County Show 2016, pastel1st Place
- Tri-County Show 2017, pastel 2nd Place
- Alliance of California Artists Landscape Show 2017, Honorable Mention
- Yosemite Renaissance 33 1st place
- Sierra Art Trails cover artist 2018
- Gallery Representation
- Timberline Art Gallery, Oakhurst, California
- Oakhurst Frameworks, Oakhurst, California
- The Circle Gallery, Madera, California
- Sierra Art Trails board member
- Pastel Society of the West Coast- associate member
- Yosemite Western Artists
- Sierra Wonders- Arts Alliance of Three Rivers, 2013
- Acrylic Breakthroughs II- North Light Press, 2015
"Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora"
March through April 2019
Join the artist Joel Pickford for an opening reception at the River Center Art Gallery on Sunday, March 3 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join the artists Joel Pickford for a slideshow presentation at the River Center Barn on Friday, April 5, from 4:30-7:00 pm. Click Here for more information.
*All art will be on display in the River Center Art Gallery on weekends only from March 2 through April 28 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the River Center and River Center Art Gallery is free.
Join photographer, filmmaker, and author Joel Pickford for a reception at the River Center Art Gallery, on Sunday, March 3, from 1-3 PM, celebrating his photography exhibit "Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora." This exhibit and reception are hosted by the River Parkway Trust and the Fresno Art Museum.
This exhibit has been curated in partnership with the Fresno Art Museum and Michele Ellis Pracy, Executive Director & Chief Curator.
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About the Exhibit - "Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora"
Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora was published by Heyday in 2012. A companion exhibition opened in three galleries at the Fresno Art Museum and traveled to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2013. Soul Calling was a finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Award in creative nonfiction. Joel holds a master’s degree in Documentary Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at California State University, Fresno. His scholarly research also includes ethnographic fieldwork on the Laotian language and culture.
About the Artist
Joel Pickford is a photographer, filmmaker, and author born and raised in California’s Central Valley. His photographs have been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Fresno Art Museum, the Jordan Schnitzler Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, The Octagon Museum of Southern Art and the Weston Gallery, among other venues and collections. His documentary films have been seen on PBS stations throughout the country. Joel is the author of California Light (1998), the first art book ever to combine digital reproduction with Hexachrome printing. Joel’s decade-long documentary project, Le Monde Creole: Photographs of Southern Louisiana, culminated in an exhibition that premiered at the Fresno Art Museum in 2007 and traveled to Centro Fotografico Manual Alvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2008.
Anne Whitehurst: The Lindemann Series
Join the artist Anne Whitehurst for an opening reception at the River Center Art Gallery on Saturday, December 8 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
*All art will be on display in the River Center Art Gallery on weekends only from December 8th through December 30th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
About the Artist:
Anne Whitehurst was born and raised in Los Banos, California. Anne started telling people she was an artist when she was in kindergarten. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and did her graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her peers and professors, clueless as to where their food came from, joked about the boring wasteland along Interstate 5, between The City and Los Angeles. Their perception of the San Joaquin Valley was derogatory. Farmers were viewed as wasteful hicks in a dusty flatland. She knew otherwise. She realized that the agricultural landscape she found so beautiful was an acquired taste that she wanted to share.
When she left San Francisco Art Institute, she moved home to the Central Valley, and told dynamic farmer George Lindemann that she’d like to paint his operations. He agreed. She painted twenty-five pictures for him of cutting-edge farm technology. He provided her with a studio, Rooney Ranch, where she lived while she painted the series. He launched her career. George moved his base of operations from Los Banos to Reno, where the paintings hung in his office. So many people from all walks of life were devastated when George passed away in his mid-fifties.
George’s brother, Tom Lindemann approached Anne recently to talk about those paintings. They discovered that of the original twenty-five pieces, only six originals are accounted for. They don’t know what happened to the rest of them. All they had were photos. They decided to resurrect the series, and Tom generously sponsored the project. The Lindemann Series has led to the Biodico/Zero Net Energy Farm Series, and other involvements with groundbreaking agricultural entities. Anne presents this body of work to honor the legacy of her friend, George Lindemann and his family, through whom she found great purpose as an artist: To celebrate farming.