Bobby Von Martin

Thursday, November 1st, 2018 through Friday, November 30th, 2018

ArtHop: Thursday, November 1st, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Artist Talk: Friday, December 16th, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fresno California artist Bobby Von Martin is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He fell in love with art from a very young age, being born into a family of multiple professional artists. His passion is to inspire youth and adult native american communities with his cultural influences and historical subject matter in his paintings. He also concentrates in the current struggles and beauty of the indigenous people. Because of that subject matter, it allows non natives to learn more about indigenous people. He has donated his time to teach local native youth art classes and is currently doing native paint nights in the local native centers. He has also donated his art to many local native and non native activities for fundraisers and local events. Bobby is a resident artist at M Street Arts Complex in downtown Fresno, CA. People can view his art anytime in his private studio. He prides himself on giving back to the local community as much as he does painting.


Group Show

November 1 – November 30, 2018

An eclectic selection of works of art by our resident artists:

  • Diane Breuer: landscape paintings in pastel
  • Terry Ellsworth: mixed media
  • Amy Emrany: pottery
  • Lori Levine: abstract acrylic paintings
  • Agustin Melara: stained glasses
  • Julie Raymer: landscape in watercolour

Stephanie J. Ryan

September 6 – October 26, 2018

ArtHop: September 6 and October 4 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Artist Reception: September 14 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

stephanie ryan_on hysteria flyer

On Hysteria
By Stephanie J. Ryan
Artist’s Statement

I have been thinking about hysteria:

Of the word, hysteria, being derived from the Greek word for uterus, hystera (ὑστέρα’).

Of an affliction known as the nervous disease, long associated with the uterus and therefore, with women. Images of women swooning and being revived with smelling salts; of fainting spells and convulsions, of unexplained paralyses, selective amnesia, sleep disorders, numbness, fits, weak nerves, cases of the vapors and of uncontrollable emotional outbursts abound in the popular imagination of cultures past and the present.

My mind jumps to mass hysteria of the Salem Witch trials; where fear and ignorance serve asdry tinder for conspiracy theories, superstition, false accusation; where ideas seem virulent, catching like strange wild-fire, changing lives forever.

And of Charcot’s famous work with the female inmates at the Salpêtrière in Paris who were labeled as Hysterics and paraded before the public in weekly clinical lectures that ‘proved’ the validity of his theories. A spectacle of ‘power over,’ taken as medical fact until Freud, who proposed the startling theory that Hysteria might be caused by repressed trauma.

I can’t help but think of Hysteria as being linked to those without voices or agency.

To be seen and heard is to have agency; to have a voice so that the most vulnerable may be protected and not victimized further.

To be hysterical is to be a woman lost in a maze of trauma, further traumatized in her efforts to escape and in the efforts of others through defining her and diagnosing her and “treating” her to apply their “cure” to her.

This has happened for centuries and this happens still.

Group Show

September 6 – October 26, 2018

An eclectic selection of works of art by our resident artists:
Sandra Aminian, Diane Breuer, Terry Ellsworth, Lori Levine, Agustin Melara, Julie Raymer.

The works of Ma Ly Atelier students.

A preview of the 2019 shows.

Sandra “Zara” Aminian

July 3rd – September 1st, 2018

Sandra is a native Fresnan. She graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Registered Nursing and acquired a specialty in Case Management.


Sandra’s life-long passion for art and design started at a very early age. It was recently kindled by an inner connection and desire to further explore the art of painting. Much of this passion was derived from the long time admiration of her mother’s work as a local watercolor artist. Sandra’s connection to painting was undeniably palpable from the day she took brush to canvas, which left her immediately yearning for more. She describes her experience while painting as a transformation of self, body and soul. When in the throes of her work, self- expression is immeasurable and creative energy is exuberant.

Originally, Sandra began as a self-taught artist in abstract design. It wasn’t until after several months of painting on her own, that she would enlist professional instruction from an accomplished artist of distinction to further develop her skill and achieve her goals. Her work is natural and spontaneous in approach with an affinity for acrylics, colour and texture. Recently, she began experimenting with other mediums to add to her developing portfolio.

Sandra strives for nothing less than excellence and perfection. As her paintings come to fruition and are displayed for viewing, she takes great pride and excitement in her accomplishments. She aspires to invoke from her admirers a personal/intimate connection to her body of work. She stays positive and true to her gift as an artist, and embraces her creative energy, as well as the periodic times of lull and block, by living by her motto “Believe” and reflecting on a famous quote by Vincent Vang Gogh “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”