June 18, 2024


Super Art is Almost

First Friday art hop walk returns to downtown Visalia

Arts Visalia is one of the four venues opening its doors for First Friday in downtown Visalia. The art hop walk returns after more than a year's hiatus because of the pandemic.

Downtown Visalia’s First Friday Art Walk returns live this Friday, and the art world couldn’t be more excited. After a year of shuttering their doors, coming up with new ways to show their art, and creating virtual shows, downtown art stops invite you to get out and view the art, talk to the artists and greet old friends again.

Four venues will be open from 5-8 p.m. on Friday to show a wide selection of art — from collages, photography, metalwork, plus mud art and skin art! Ampelio Mejia, Arts Consortium executive director, is especially delighted with the show that will be at the Arts Consortium.

“I think it’s some of the coolest art we have in the county,” he said. “I’m really excited that we’re back live with what might be the best show we’ve done. The level of craftsmanship and expertise is really exceptional.”

Patricia Rangel and her father pulling the plywood frames away from her "mud" art. Patricia builds frames, packs them with mud and whatever else is in the installation, lets it dry, then pulls away the frame. If the dirt eventually falls away, that's just part of the process

Arts Consortium

When Mejia got the go-ahead to open up again, he asked Amie Rangel, art instructor at College of the Sequoias, if she could do a show. With not much time to put something together, Rangel suggested a show of four women, all mothers who also do art.

“Lateral Roots: Mothers Nurturing their Artistic Practice” will feature Rangel along with sister-in-law Patricia Rangel, Laura Melancon, and Saegen Moran Brien, all using their own mediums.