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

If you are interested in being considered to display your artwork at the River Center Art Gallery, contact Finn Telles, Director of Business Development by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 559-248-8480 x216. 

*The views and opinions expressed by the featured artists do not necessarily reflect those of the River Parkway Trust 

Current Art Exhibit  

June 15 through September 1, 2019

"Trees, Rocks, Water, Light, Nature's Gifts" An Exhibit of Paintings by Carolyn Hartling

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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

Recent Awards

  • 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


March through April 2019

"Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora" 

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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.



December 2018


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.


June through August 2018

*August includes Central Valley scenes by watercolor local artist, Pat Hunter, and San Joaquin River corridor birds by local photographer, Gary Woods.



Pat Hunter: The Central Valley 

Join Pat Hunter and the River Parkway Trust for an opening reception at the River Center on Sunday, June 3, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join artist Pat Hunter for a special reception for her exhibition, "The Central Valley", hosted at the River Center Art Gallery in the historic 1890s Riverview Ranch House. The exhibit will feature Pat's watercolor paintings with scenes of the Central Valley. 

The exhibit will be available for viewing from June 3 to August 26, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

About the Artist:
Pat Hunter, one of the San Joaquin Valley’s most recognized artists, is best known for her watercolor depictions of historical landmarks. Pat and her business partner, Janice Stevens, co-own Gallery II in Fresno, California, where her work is exhibited. Pat’s commissioned art can be found in numerous corporate and private collections, including more than 25 McDonald's restaurants throughout the United States. Pat has also been an invited artist-in-residence at Yosemite National Park on a continual basis since the early 1990s. In 2010, Clovis Unified School District commissioned her to paint watercolor depictions of the district's schools for inclusion in the book 50 Unified Years.

Pat and Janice have collaborated on several books featuring Pat’s watercolors: Fresno’s Architectural Past, Volume I and Volume II; William Saroyan: Places in Time; Breaking Bread with William Saroyan; Remembering the California Missions (of which the authors were awarded the Native Daughters of the Golden West Image Award in 2010); and An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 North, An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 Central and An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 South. 

Since April 2012, Pat has illustrated the Pastimes feature column by Janice Stevens in Central Valley Magazine, a publication of the Fresno Bee.
Pat holds a Bachelor of Arts’ and a Master of Arts’ degrees and was an instructor for State Center Community College District. 
This exhibit of Pat Hunter’s flawless watercolors features the beauty of the San Joaquin River and the bounty of the Central Valley.

Birds of the San Joaquin River Corridor, Photography by Gary Woods - August 2018 

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Gary Woods has been pursuing birds from the age of 7 and for the last 14 years he's been doing that with a digital camera. He works as an agricultural advisor to grape and almond farmers and in his spare time he leads birding trips for Fresno Audubon and the Sierra Foothill Conservancy and works on his photography. The bulk of his 12,000 photo library is from Fresno and Madera counties and he will be presenting a selection of birds that can be found at various times in the San Joaquin River corridor in our area. Gary's objective with his pictures is to present fine plumage details on his subjects with clean backgrounds that don't distract the viewer's eye. His ideal bird photos look like they were taken in a studio and a lot of factors have to come together to make that happen in an outdoor setting, not the least of which is a little luck and the best equipment.

March through April 2018


Rollin Pickford: California Light

* Join the Fresno Art Museum and River Parkway Trust for an opening reception at the River Center Art Gallery in the Riverview Ranch House on Sunday, March 4, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The exhibition will include some never-before-exhibited-or-published Pickford watercolors.
Curator, Michele Ellis Pracy, Executive Director & Chief Curator, Fresno Art Museum
Original watercolors by Rollin Pickford from the Collection of Joel Pickford
Framing by Rex Williams, Sycamore Framing
Co-sponsored by the Fresno Art Museum and the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust

November through December 2017


Spectrum Gallery Traveling Exhibit

*Join the artist for an opening reception for the Ranch House Exhibit at the River Center on Saturday, November 18th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Spectrum Art Gallery is proud to present this collection of works from our membership. Comprised of a diverse group of fine art photographers, this collection represents the unique perspectives of individual, local artists. 

The Spectrum Gallery mission is to advance photography as an art form, foster understanding, and support for those who create, enjoy and collect photography and offer an accessible community space for activities and programs to meet the community’s needs. Spectrum also offers supplemental educational programs and workshops. It provides a forum for the discussion of photography-related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight and serves as a vital contributor to the culture of the region. Through our programs, we provide resources for working artists and students, while further developing public awareness of fine art photography.

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. Our members have also donated many photographs and services to community organizations. All of these events, projects, and our 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.

The collaborating artists from Spectrum Gallery hope you enjoy this traveling exhibition and encourage you to explore more at their gallery located in the heart of the Tower District. For more information on individual members, our current programs or to become a member, visit

September through October 2017


Artist: Julia Tinker 
Exhibition: 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 for 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.


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.