Monday, December 13, 2010

News from Sally Delap-John, January 8th Oil Painting Class teacher

Sally is one of our founding members, now spending time in Sanger and Trucas, New Mexico.
She writes:

We are wintering over in California before the big move next spring. Meanwhile, my imagination runs the gamut of the beauties and perils of Truchas living.

Watercolor class continues at the Door Gallery in Fresno, CA. We continue to explore the depths of warm/cool, dark/light like a mantra.

January 8, I’m offering an oil workshop during the winter recess at the Art Stand. We’ll be indoors for a still-life study conveying warm/cool, dark/light through creamy application of oil paint. It is open to all levels.

Wishing you the best NewYear,

Monday, November 29, 2010

Winter Workshop Flyer and Schedule of Classes 2011

Here is the workshop schedule.
There are new classes and new
teachers this winter. Double
click on either of the 2 pages
for a full size copy that you 
can read and/or print.

If you need a hard copy,
please email me at
and I will send you one or
call one of the 2 phone
numbers in the left sidebar
and we will mail you one.

The Holidays are Approaching!

And Art makes wonderful gifts for your loved ones this holiday season! Whether it's a large painting or sculpture to grace someone's home or a small set of greeting cards to brighten their correspondence, the Art Stand Gallery has lots of unique items for the holidays--for gifts and for your home.

Thanks to those of you who came out to the holiday event on November 20-21. We saw some old friends and made some new ones.

The Art Stand Gallery will be open 5 days a week (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) through December 12th. Then the gallery closes until February 5th, 2011. During the time that we're closed, we have our Winter Workshops which we hope you will be able to attend. Scheduling is somewhat different this year, with not all the classes on Saturday or Sunday.

A registration flyer will be in the next post. Watch for it and send in your registrations to Elaine Towne Lane to hold your places in one or more of our excellent classes. Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night. . . . .

Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday Celebration this Weekend!

Hope you have saved time on this busy weekend to visit the Art Stand Gallery for our holiday event.

Meet the artists, have refreshments, and shop for holiday items this Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21 and continue until December 12th when we close for a few weeks during which time Winter Workshops will be happening.

This Saturday and Sunday, our hours are from 11 AM till 5 PM both days. You will find ornaments, seasonal items, and gift items in addition to our usual artistic offerings.

Come out and visit and buy ART for the holidays!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tent Event on October 16th

On Saturday, October 16th, The Art Stand Gallery will be holding our annual "Tent Event" from 11 AM  till 5 PM. The reason it's called a "Tent Event" is that artists set up tents around the perimeter of the parking lot, set up tables and displays, and bring a lot of new and different work from what is inside the gallery.

It's a great opportunity to meet and talk with the artists, see a wider variety of work, and see the countryside at a different time of year. Artists are usually painting and demonstrating their work during the day. Refreshments are served and fun is had by all!

Guest artists are welcome to bring their painting supplies, easels etc. and make a "plein air" event of the day. Encourage your friends to paint with us and/or come to visit and get a head start on shopping for art for holiday gifts.

Hope to see you at the Tent Event on October 16th!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Madera Ag Show "Winners" from the Art Stand Gallery

Last Thursday evening was the Opening Reception and Awards for the Madera Ag Show.
The Art Stand Gallery was well-represented!

Kathleen Mattox     Second Place in the Poultry Category with "Fowl Weather Friends" (Mixed Media)

Chieko Delgado      Second Place in the Vines Category with "Blessing From the Sun" (Watercolor)

Suzie Stach (Former Member)  First Place in the Farm Machinery and Structure Category with "As the Fog Rolls In" (Pastel) and Third Place in the Fruits and Nuts Category with "Still Life in Red and Green" (Pastel)

Deanna Bristow       Best in Show with "Lemon Cove III" (Watercolor)


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Welcome! And Art Hop!

We would like to welcome 2 new artists to the Art Stand Gallery--they are Martin Nunez from Clovis and Kim Elia from Woodlake.

Martin is a photographer and he does stunning photographs of local "vistas" in a unique way. He has his photographs on display, some framed and some matted and shrink-wrapped. He also has gorgeous greeting cards and a professional book of his photographs. You will enjoy his work and you can meet him at Art Hop at the Art Stand Gallery this Thursday evening, September 16th, from 5 PM till 8 PM.

Kim, the second new artist, is from Woodlake and she has a unique display of very beautiful handmade books, cards, and journals in a variety of sizes. She also is sharing some mini-windchimes and large windchimes made from different metals. They are very much "one of a kind" and would make wonderful additions to a porch or yard. Come by and see them in our front window at the gallery!

Martin will be at Art Hop this Thursday. He will also be part of Sierra Art Trails in the mountain region north of Fresno the weekend of October 2-3. He is not the only Art Stand Gallery artist who will be taking part in this very large Open Studio event which is very popular. Kathleen Mattox and Sandy Kowallis will be participating as well. Their locations will be posted here soon but if you'd like to attend this very exciting weekend, purchase a catalog for $18 from one of these locations, gather a carload of art-loving friends, and "hit the trail" the first weekend in October. You can purchase them at many locations around Fresno and in Oakhurst and all pertinent information can be found on the Sierra Art Trails website.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Reopened on Saturday, August 21st

We cleaned, reorganized, and reopened at the Art Stand Gallery on Saturday, August 21st. The first local airing of Huell Howser's "California Gold/Sanger" was on Thursday evening, August 19th. It appears to have had a huge viewing audience because the Art Stand was VERY busy on opening day and on the days to follow. In addition to the excellent show about Sanger which featured the Art Stand Gallery as one of Huell's "stops", we also now have the ability to take credit card transactions which we did not have in the past. So, it seems that the TV show and the credit card machine have helped our opening days to be excellent!

For local viewers who missed the first showing of "California Gold, Sanger", KVPT (Fresno/Central Valley) will re-air the episode tonight, Sunday, August 29th at 7 PM. So, turn to Channel 18 tonight at 7 PM and you'll see why you need to drive out to the Sanger area to visit the Art Stand Gallery, the local fruit stands, the Sanger Museum, and other local sights. The artists at the Art Stand Gallery look forward to having you visit very soon! We are currently open from Thursday through Monday each week, from 11 AM till 5 PM.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

3 Reminders on August 19th

1. Art Hop tonight, August 19th, at the Art Stand Gallery from 5-8 PM. Chieko Delgado and Kathleen Mattox will be painting/demonstrating and refreshments will be served.

2. At 8 PM on Channel 18, KVPT TV/Fresno: "Road Trip with Huell Howser/Sanger". See the Fruit Trail, the Art Stand, a Bed and Breakfast, the Sanger Depot Museum etc. on Huell's show tonight.

3. On Saturday, August 21st, the Art Stand Gallery re-opens for "Autumn Colors".

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer 2010/Sally Delap-John/Newsletter from New Mexico

For the past three years, I've returned to Truchas, New Mexico to live, breathe, and create art.  My work there is in oils, on location.  The intriguing hill towns between Santa Fe and Taos offer haunting images for the intrepid painter.  Accompanied by my faithful dog, Freckles, we roam the hills scouting for the perfect painting scene.  Come and stay in the "land of enchantment", check out my gallery in Truchas, and feel the indescribable mystique.

If you paint, bring your stuff and join me or sign up for my annual August Workshop.  The workshop is August 14 & 15.  Contact me for information on where to stay, eat, etc.

June  ended without the "usual" monsoonal daily showers.  July began with several nights of fireworks over the high llanos and clear night skies.  Now the rain is coming in strong.  Truchas received so much snow in winter, that the irrigation acequias are flowing full and fast.  One of the older churches that served as a gallery was flooded and the artists had to relocate.

Most of my painting in June has been of Truchas.  During two sessions in Taos we went to original Taos Artist Colony painters dwellings: Blumenshein and Couse.  Both locations are open to the public and have lovely gardens adjacent to them. Last week we went to Dixon.  Apricots were ripening and small irrigation ditches were flowing everywhere.

Happy painting!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Summer Workshops

The Summer Workshops continue and this weekend we will have Sandy Kowallis teaching an oil/acrylic class from 9 to 1. Even if you haven't signed up yet, it's definitely not too late. Call Elaine Towne Lane at 787-3921 to register and get details. Comment after this post and I'll send you a copy of the workshop flyer which is posted here on the blog a few posts back.

Here are a couple of inspiring photos from Deanna Bristow's watercolor class a couple of weekends ago.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Huell Howser and "California Gold" show

The emails were flying back and forth on
several days last month when we heard that 
Huell Howser wanted to visit the Art Stand 
Gallery as part of his trip to Minkler, and
other nearby famous spots--such as the 
Chuckwagon Drive In, in Sanger!

The visit did take place and Suzie Stach was "sitting"on the big day. Here are some shots
of his visit and his interview with Suzie.

The first airing of the show will be in LA on KCET TV, Sunday, July 25th at 7 PM. This station's market goes from San Luis Obispo south through the greater Los Angeles area.

The episode will air on KVPT (Fresno) and KVIE (Sacramento) and KVCR (San Bernadino) on Thursday, August 19th at 8 PM. For locals who miss the first showings, KVPT (Fresno/Central Valley) will re-air the episode on Sunday, August 29th at 7 PM.

Maybe the Art Stand's popularity and audience will continue to grow with this experience. Sally Delap John was interviewed by another southern California writer a few months ago and we have had a lot of visitors from the Los Angeles area after that article. We are becoming more visible each year!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Art Hop on Thursday Evening

Please join us for Third Thursday Art Hop at the Art Stand Gallery on Thursday evening, July 15th!

It's an opportunity to meet and visit with Kathleen Mattox and Elaine Towne Lane, to watch them work, to get a preview of Elaine's ceramics class taking place on Saturday, and to share some refreshments. We'll have fun and we know YOU will, too! We hope to have some of the other artists drop by as well as new guests and repeat customers between 5 and 8 PM this Thursday!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Art Hops in July and August

Though we had originally planned to NOT have Art Hops at the Art Stand Gallery during the summer months of July and August, we have changed our plans and will be open the third Thursday evenings of both months.

July 15th: Elaine Towne Lane and Kathleen Mattox will be at the gallery from 5-8 PM

August 19th: Chieko Delgado and Kathleen Mattox will be at the gallery from 5-8 PM

With workshops each following Saturday, the artists will be available to answer questions about the gallery and the workshops and may also be doing demonstrations of their own work as well. Stop by to visit and enjoy refreshments with the artists!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Summer Workshop flyer

Here is the Summer Workshop flyer, front and back. You should be able to double click on it, zoom in,  and get a larger, printable version of both sides. Contact information is on side 2 (the back) and details about all our summer workshops are on side 1 (the front).

If you are unable to view and/or print or need more information, please do not hesitate to comment here or email me at and I will respond personally to you as soon as I read your message.

We are looking forward to a great summer session of new learning and new Art Stand friends and fellow artists!

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Art Stand Gallery Summer Workshps

It is time again for our summer workshops which will be held on weekends in July and August. The workshop flyer is done and in the mail (hard copies) and via email to those of you we have email addresses for. It will be posted here on the blogsite within the next few days.

If you would like a copy mailed to you (snail mail or, preferably email!) please respond in a comment here or email me at and I will see that you get one right away.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Open Studio Event

The Open Studio Event last weekend was a resounding success! The weather was absolutely perfect, the overall sales topped last year's by a lot, the guest artists were great, and the visitors were appreciative of the opportunity to visit local artist studios in addition to the Art Stand Gallery itself. And the ART was wonderful--perhaps the best kept artistic secret in the San Joaquin valley!?

We are considering the possibility of making the event a two day event next year. We'd appreciate your thoughts on the matter. Would you like it to be a Saturday/Sunday event in the future? Or do you think we should keep it at Saturday only? Please comment. . . . .

Friday, April 30, 2010

TOMORROW is our Open Studio Event!

Where has the time gone? Tomorrow is our annual Open Studio Event for the Fruit Trail season at the Art Stand Gallery. Hours are from 11 to 5, Saturday only and there are 3 home studios to visit in addition to The Art Stand Gallery itself. Weather should be beautiful and you can visit with artists at each location and see where 3 of our artists work on a daily basis.

The flyer (pictured) gives details for the event but if you cannot read it or view it, please call (559) 905-3517 or email for more information. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April 17, 2010

Today was our "change out" day, as we move from the Blossom Trail season to the Fruit Trail Season. We "interviewed" some prospective new members and will be announcing some additions very soon. We hate to see our members move on to something else, but it is always exciting to be bolstered by the enthusiastic attitudes of new "Artstanders"!

On Saturday, May lst, we will be having our annual "Open Studio" event. We hope you will save the date so that you can attend. Flyers and email notifications have gone out and if you didn't receive one and want one, please comment here and we'll make sure to send you one. You can also pick up a flyer with a map at the Art Stand Gallery or get one from any of the gallery members.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The 2010 Blossom Trail Event and Reception

Nature’s Artwork: The Blossom Trail

The annual Blossom Trail comes alive every February, when motorists and bikers begin to see nature’s palette change dramatically.  The trail comes alive with brilliant colors from blossoming peach, nectarine, plum, orange, and almond trees in full bloom. The almond, orange, and plum trees display white petals, apricot trees delight us with pink petals, and peach and nectarine trees are aglow with pink to red petals.   I recommend stopping many times if you are driving so that you don’t miss the show ….

The trail runs through the towns of Sanger, Reedley, Orange Cove, Selma, Kingsburg and Fowler, some of the most productive agricultural land in the world.  The trail is 67 miles, with much to see and do, from Sanger’s “longest flume in the world, Reedley’s Mennonite quilting center, Old town Clovis’s old west architecture,  and Selma’s raisins.  Orange Cove is a fragrant city and Kingsburg is unique with its Swedish look and architecture.  Wineries, antique shops, and fruit stands may pique your interest, as may many of the unique downtown areas.  

February 5 was the official opening of the trail, and the blossoms have started to appear.   Saturday, March 6 the festivities begin with a car show, festival, and 10K Blossom Trail Run in Sanger.  The Art Stand Gallery, once an historic fruit stand and now an artist gallery, is in the heart of the Blossom Trail, and hosts its annual Blossom Trail show and Open House that day.    The Gallery is located on Highway 180 and Frankwood Avenue near Sanger, and features a variety of fine art and crafts from 14 local artists.

The local artists include Sally Delap-John from Sanger who works in watercolor, Kathleen Mattox, who specializes in watercolor and whimsical mixed media paintings, and Elaine Towne Lane, whose colorful ceramic pieces are most popular.  Deanna Bristow is an award winning watercolor artist who has twice won the Blossom Trail Poster Contest.  Chieko Delgado, Kay Owens, Sandy Kowalis, Doris Runyon, Suzie Stach, and Jody Tonai, are more of the wonderful painters who work with watercolor, oils, and pastels, and paint much of the local scenery you may recognize.  Kay Gaston creates unusual fiber-art dolls and fused dichroic jewelry; Toni Best does amazing work decorating gourds with feathers, beads, paint, and more.  Tiwi Wood works with clay and creates beautiful ceramic items, and I am the lone photographer who captures scenes from Tulare and Fresno counties, the National Parks, Central Coast, Southwest, and more.

Drive, hike, or bike the Blossom Trail to experience all it has to offer.   Browse the Art Stand Gallery which is open daily during the Blossom Trail from 11:00 AM to 5:00 pm.  Join the artists at the Art Stand Gallery Open House, Saturday, March 6.  Take home inspiration, a reminder of the beauty of the season, and perhaps a desire to create your own work of art as well…..

(Article written by Art Stand Gallery Artist, Jeri Burzin )

Art Hop, Thursday February 18, 2010

Stop by and meet two local artists at the reception at The Art Stand Gallery. Judy Lotspeich retired from teaching 11 years ago. Since then, she has pursued her love for painting, particularly in watercolor. Her favorite subjects are the local landscape and produce of the valley.

Tiwi Wood enjoys creating functional and
decorative ceramic pieces that uplift the spirit,
inspired by the suburban garden that she tends
and the creatures who live there and visit it.

Drop by for refreshments, to meet the artists, and to view the work of our 14 local artists in a unique cooperative gallery setting. Art Hop will be from 5-8 PM on Thursday, February 18th.

Friday, January 15, 2010

January 16th and 17th Classes

Saturday, January 16th, Sandy Kowallis will teach a much-anticipated and long-awaited ABSTRACT watercolor class! I can hardly wait to be a participant myself. Sandy's work is admired by many and she is sought-after as a teacher.

And what can I tell you about Sunday's teacher, Kathleen Mattox?

Anything you want to know. . . . . IF you come out and take the class! It's hard to write about myself, but I can guarantee we will have a fun day of Mixed Media Exploration on Sunday.

Come out to play, learn, have fun and try some things you haven't even considered before. :)

Art Stand Participants LOVED the Gourd Class Last Weekend!

Toni Best of Visalia taught a wonderful class on dying
and embellishing natural gourds with a hand-sewn band
of pine needles around the top opening last Sunday
at the Art Stand Gallery.

Participants loved it!

They each designed and completed or almost completed a beautiful, one of a kind project in the one day class.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Change in Instructor for the Pastel Class

The pastel class coming up this weekend and originally to be taught by Doris Runyon will now be taught by Kay Owens. As far as I know, there are still openings.

Remember to:

1. Dress in layers.

2. Bring what you have in the way of supplies to any of the classes, knowing that instructors bring supplies and participants are usually wonderful about sharing, too. Do NOT invest a fortune in supplies you may not use again after the class.

3. Bring a lunch for the 6 hour classes. Bring what you need in the way of snacks for any of the classes. Snack bars, water, and hot beverages will be provided for all classes.

4. Look forward to great classes, as always!