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January 2010 Blog Posts (21)


I am writing a research paper regarding art as therapy. If you have ever had an addiction that was harmful to your health, discovered art, and put the art forward in your therapy...please comment. I am writing this paper for my master's program in art at FPU. I will quote each comment submitted on the paper which will become permanently stored in the FPU files. Art students and other students will be able to benifit for years to come...only really interested need approach this, I am… Continue

Added by SIN on January 31, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Biggest 8 Hour Sale Ever!

Added by Fresno Philharmonic on January 29, 2010 at 7:58am — No Comments

The Grand Galleries in Tracy has accepted my art tribute to breast cancer survivors called "I'm Still Beautiful"

The Grand Galleries has accepted my art tribute to breast cancer survivors called "I'm Still Beautiful" to be exhibited in their next season. Exact dates will be set later once their new budget is accepted. We still have many details to iron out but the important thing is we get to do my show in our new home town. The plan, as it stands, is we will have a big opening night and the exhibit will continue for 4-6 weeks after. I also plan to invite a couple health professionals to give informal… Continue

Added by Michael P. Hays on January 27, 2010 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

"Duende" w/ Patrick Contreras

Saturday February 6th at 8pm Patrick Contreras takes the stage to perform a night of flamenco, mexican, cuban, tango, and brazilian music. Omar Nare will be on piano and guitar, and Jason Williams on drums and percussion, Desiree Castro will be playing her cello and Bronson Garza on Bass. Special guests for the evening include local mandolin virtuoso Eva Scow. Admission is Free, and seating is first come first serve. "Duende" is the spirit that makes you laugh or cry. You don't have to know the… Continue

Added by Patrick Contreras on January 27, 2010 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Invitation for Artists and Cultural Events

If you would like you or your event to be considered for an appearance or announcement on my television show Central Valley Arts and Culture, please contact me by email here or at

My show is on Friday afternoons at 3PM on digital TV channel 33.1 or can be watched online at

If you have event or reception coming up, please send me the press release as well. Thanks!

Added by Rebecca Caraveo on January 22, 2010 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Percussionist JM III and Friends at the Brick Wall Tonite

John Martin III and Friends

Steve Ono, Frank Giordano, and Brian Garcia, Chris Acree

In concert at the Brick Wall @ JA Photography

Tonight! Fri. Jan 22nd 7:30 pm (2 sets)

$10 FFS members $12 general

2003 N Van Ness Blvd

Fresno, CA

Just North of Fresno High

info 559-307-3610

This will be the premier solo concert of a person who has played professionally for more than 20 years. John Martin III brings to the stage for the first time… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on January 22, 2010 at 9:40am — No Comments

The Art of Innocence

Two Little Boys

Did you hear about the two little boys who found themselves in a modern Art gallery by mistake?

"Quick," said one, "Run ! Before they say we did it !"


"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

Pablo Picasso

Picasso, also said,

"It takes a long time to become young ... It took me… Continue

Added by Art Zocalo on January 21, 2010 at 5:27pm — No Comments

True Meaning of Carnival and Mardi Gras

Carnival Season is a happy time. It is when friends and family came together to share smiles, laughter, good food, dance, enjoy, and celebrate all they have to be thankful for. Carnival and Mardi Gras are not what you see on TV, Carnival Season is a time to enjoy. It is the period of time, every year, when everyone can to set aside their troubles, try to forget the harshness life may have handed them, and all will seem right with the world.

Mardi Gras always falls on the Tuesday that… Continue

Added by Melanie Fountain on January 21, 2010 at 10:55am — No Comments

Jan. 17 6:30 pm hear EndGame party on KPFA

An hour tape of Elfie's EndGame party November 22 — recorded & edited by Mike Rhodes — will be broadcast on KPFA Sun., Jan. 17 at 6:30 pm

Frank Moschella singing at Elfie's EndGame party November.

Maia & Elfie with feather from Lance Canales See more info & pix… Continue

Added by George Elfie Ballis on January 15, 2010 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Create a Prayer Today for our Haitian Brothers & Sisters

In-spite of wacko televangelist Pat Roberson's statement that Haiti's poverty and devastating 7.0 earthquake are deserved because they made a pact with the devil - God is still on the throne and unlike Robertson, God is compassionate towards all his creatures (his rain and sunshine falls on both the good and the evil, even Robertson).

Such self-righteous religious wacko's give Christ, a bad name.

Remember Jesus' most critical language was reserved for the pompous,… Continue

Added by Art Zocalo on January 14, 2010 at 8:19am — 1 Comment

Sustainable Art Institutions

TOnight on 30 News at 5:00 pm they reported on the Art Museum closing part of their facilities to the public because of the leaky roof. They also mentioned the decreased attendance and that they only had two full time paid employees. Their problems are not to be confused or compared to those of the failed MET.

At the fcash meeting today those in attendance addressed the need to support the downtown Art scene and to encourage others to do so as well! Hopefully they will find… Continue

Added by Art Zocalo on January 12, 2010 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Jan 13 co-director Maia at Our Family Stories DVD showings

Our Family Stories - DVD of peace & justice with cast of 1,000s Talk with Maia & Elfie at both showings

Maia & Elfie at SunMt opening 1984 Wednesday, January 13 noon & 7 p.m. Join the Fresno Center for Nonviolence and George "Elfie" Ballis for a special event: “OUR FAMILY STORIES of peace & justice.” with a Cast of 1,000s See a powerful docupoem collage of Elfie & Maia’s productions on local… Continue

Added by George Elfie Ballis on January 12, 2010 at 11:53am — 1 Comment


Bio's for a project I am working on. I need as many as are interested. Contact me via inbox if you are interested.
After a short bio, and some jpegs of your art...I will contact you regarding a portrait.
Hope you will partake in this awesome opportunity.

Added by SIN on January 8, 2010 at 8:53am — 1 Comment

My painting is recognized by Donald Munro.

The show is up for the month. Check it out. Several artists showing.

Added by SIN on January 8, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Show at Chris Sorensen's TONIGHT

Come join us for tonight's show at the Chris Sorensen Gallery. Artists affiliated with the studio contributed work and it looks great! The art in this month's show is diverse in mediums and subjects... sculpture, photography, painting, quilting, abstract, figurative, landscape. If you get a chance to arthop tonight, please stop by and see us... you know it will be fun!

Added by Amy Kohl on January 7, 2010 at 9:40am — No Comments

Bye Bye Met ... Thanks for the Memories


Added by Art Zocalo on January 7, 2010 at 12:01am — No Comments

Goodbye from the Met

Dear Met Supporters and Friends,

A Museum is an exercise in hope. The impact that the arts play in the lives of the people that they touch and the experiences and memories that they create are life-long. Museums change people and communities over generations. While we may never know what caused the creative spark in a child during a museum visit we can see the fire of innovation, change and growth in our community that it ignited.

Your support has helped to keep this hope… Continue

Added by John English on January 6, 2010 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments


"Modigliani" This is is a hell of a cool artist. Talk about inspiration. I watched the dvd about his life, fiction to an extent, but incredible. I loved it. I cried a river though. Damn, it was good. I think I got the DVD from Bosque. His paintings are beautiful. I painted a copy of one, on my page and did not know who the artist was at the time, but found out just recently, last winter. I was amazed, I met him through his art, isn't that how we want everyone to meet us. Funny thing is, I met… Continue

Added by SIN on January 3, 2010 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Pablo Picasso "'What art has taught me"

We had an experience this morning. It brought me to tears and so I am compelled to share this with you. I love his work and his spirit. His words are so powerful and true to the artist.…


Added by SIN on January 3, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Homeless in 1932 and Now.

Homeless then and now.

Added by SIN on January 2, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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