August ArtHop

For its 14th arthop next week on Thursday, August 1st, Vernissage will feature over a decade of paintings by Fresno artist Marianne Trotter.

“Although I have always been involved in art in one way or another, it is only since 2006 that I’ve gotten serious about painting and mixed media. In college I studied art, but was intimidated by the thought of making a living in the art world. I became a teacher.

Throughout my 37-year career, I used art as a vehicle for the students’ learning. My career choice was a great fit and I found satisfaction in the creativity that teaching allowed.

We moved to Europe in 1998, first to Kiev, Ukraine, and 4 years later to Germany. 15 years of living abroad! It was in a little village in Bavaria, in 2006, that I began to feel that passion for all forms of art again. A few workshops under my belt and I was ready to get started. My pieces are as varied as my life has been. They reflect my view of all the experiences of living in foreign countries.

After my husband and I retired, we decided to leave Europe and move to Fresno. The art scene in Fresno has offered me some new challenges. Fortunate for me, we bought a house with a little hut in back that I converted into my art studio. Now I paint everyday, exploring different methods and techniques. Right now I’m collaborating with another artist in Carson City, Nevada via Skype. Once a week we meet and discuss our projects, critique each other’s work, and plan our next assignments.

My inspiration for this exhibit is the world around me in the four seasons, my experiences living overseas, and other artists with whom I have formed a connection.”

As always our resident artists and workshop instructors will be waiting for you:
Diane Abbott: encaustic paintings
Myrna Axt: assemblage art
Haley Coleman: acrylic paintings
Joy Collier: acrylic paintingsKirk Cruz: permanent ink Terry Ellsworth: acrylic paintings Elmer Kauk: wood sculpturesRen Lee: ceramics
Marina Popov:  ceramics Marcia Price: 3D/mixed media paintingsNonnie Rhoades: acrylic and watercolor paintingsValerie Runningwolf: mixed media paintings
Dixie Salazar: oil paintings
Robert Weibel: gunpowder drawings

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