June ArtHop: 3 picks for you include Arte Americas, CMAC and Downtown Artist Gallery

June ArtHop will be a scorcher, as usual. The Fresno Arts Council has a roundup of all the participating venues. Remember that most are open 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 2, but some have varying hours.

ArtHop is the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods.

Let’s show some ArtHop love to three promising shows:


I’ve already given you a prime video tour of “Boom Oaxaca” at Arte Americas. I’ll repeat: If you haven’t yet seen this groundbreaking and influential exhibition, you need to make it a priority. Here’s my CMAC video in case you missed it:

(The “Boom Oaxaca” interview starts at the 12:42 mark.


But there’s much more at Arte Americas for June ArtHop:

• :Slagger Showcase” includes art, live painting, and handmade items.

•  Power California Action is hosting a cultural pop-up featuring art stations, screen printing, banner making, and giveaways.

• Members of The Central Valley Chicano Writers Collective Group will be on hand for a book signing.

• Two concerts (6:30 and 7:30 p.m.) feature Ariel Haber, a double bass player and composer from The Conservatorio Nacional de musica de Mexico y la Orquesta Escuela Carlos Chavez.


“Little About Home” is a photo exhibition at the Community Media Access Collaborative showcasing the day and night of Hong Kong. The exhibition features about 30 scenes of Hong Kong, including streets, hills and Victoria Harbor. The artist, who goes by the name gk, is a lifestyle photographer with “a particular love for capturing details of people’s interactions.”

By the way, CMAC is just a fun place to visit all-around. If you’ve never seen the excellent equipment available for you to use if you become a member, now’s your chance.


Things are looking especially colorful these days at Downtown Artist Gallery. Tim Padilla’s “Simple, Out of the Box” is on display for both June and July ArtHop. One of the images is at the top of this story. While many venues have opening hours throughout the month, this gallery is ArtHop-only, so you have to make it a priority. (The gallery is hard to find on social media, but the address is below.)

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