At grand opening of Vernissage, celebrate a new Fresno gallery
The venue: Vernissage Gallery & Studios, which its new owner, Ma Ly, calls “Fresno’s Art Rendezvous.”
The location: 2024 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno. (It’s a couple of doors down from Ampersand in the Fresno High neighborhood.)
The ambiance: This pleasant space has a quiet, competent, invigorating feel. Ly — an import to Fresno from Paris (yes, that Paris), where he decided to give up a dead-end job in retail, move to California and become an artist — is excited to represent local artists. In one of two large and airy rooms, he exhibits a variety of work. In the corner is his classroom, where a multitude of classes in various techniques are taught by a stable of instructors.
The featured artist: For Thursday’s ArtHop, you can enjoy the work of Stephanie J. Ryan, a Fresno State art professor who has put together a thoughtful and bracing show titled “Hysteria.” (In Victorian times, women were often diagnosed with hysteria and were dealt with in a number of unappealing ways.) Her work will be featured in the gallery’s other big room, another gentle and relaxing space with lots of natural light. You can watch my interview with Ryan about the exhibition here:
The grand opening: The gallery had a soft opening a couple of months ago, but Vernissage will make it official with a big event 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 14. It’ll be an artistic highlight of the month.