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Sierra Art Trails Catalog Debuts At Fresno Art Hop

FRESNO — Sierra Art Trails kicks off the show season on Thursday, Aug. 3 during Fresno Art Hop, with a sneak peek exhibit at the K-Jewel Art Gallery.

The exhibit showcases works by artists participating in the 2017 Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour, with live music from the Eva Scow Trio.

The show will be on display through Wednesday, Aug. 30. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. K-Jewel is located at 1415 Fulton Street, in the heart of the downtown mural district.

The reception on Thursday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. is the official release for the 2017 Art Trails Catalog. The catalog, priced at $20, is an annual publication that acts as a “ticket for two” to all Sierra Art Trails venues during the event weekend, Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

Sierra Art Trails’ catalog is a “ticket for two” — cover art by Monique Wales

The catalog is a collectible, full color publication that includes articles, special features, artist listings and detailed maps that guide visitors to the various Art Trails locations. This year’s 15th Anniversary catalog features cover art by printmaker Monique Wales.

“For us mountain folks, this is the beginning of our show season, leading up to the Sierra Art Trails weekend with the official release of the 2017 Art Trails Catalog,” says Jon Bock, President of the nonprofit Sierra Art Trails.

“For a few weeks, we put down our chain saws, stop hunting squirrels, and let our cattle roam free while we celebrate the artists and artisans that paint, sculpt, and whittle their way into our hearts,” he laughs.

The Sierra Art Trails Yosemite Foothills Open Studio Tour takes place in homes, studios, galleries, and businesses in more than a dozen communities in Eastern Madera and Mariposa Counties. The show is the largest and most anticipated arts event in the area, say organizers, featuring artists and artisans working in a wide range of media including painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, woodcarving, ceramics and glass.

Sierra Art Trails is dedicated to supporting working artists and artisans, fostering art education, and promoting cultural tourism in the area.

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