Tulare County Weekly Calendar

NOTE: Most events have been cancelled, postponed or gone viral.

Below are listings for the month of May, 2021:

The Arts Consortium

  • May is Mental Health Month at the the Arts Consortium! Our F1rst Friday event on May 7th at 5:00 p.m. will be a virtual and live (by appointment only) show titled “In It Together” – Expressions of Lived Experience. We will have appointments available for private viewings from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 7th for groups of up to 5 people. There will be a time limit of 20 minutes per group. Masks will be required. For more information or to schedule a viewing time, please call Hope at 559 -802-3266.

The Arts Consortium’s My Voice Media Center, in collaboration with the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, offers a connection to our community for adults who have what is known as “lived-experienced” with mental illness.  This can mean through personal struggle or through experience providing support for someone else.

First Friday in May at the Arts Consortium will feature artwork made by our MVMC Participants in a show titled “In it Together”.  The main attraction of our show is our collaborative installation/photobooth project, entitled, “Our World, Our Perspective”.  Self-guided, 20 minute photo sessions are available by appointment during the hours of 10am and 12pm on Thursdays beginning May 13th. 

Our participants worked together as a committee to determine the design elements, the colors, and title.  “Our World, Our Perspective” is made up of umbrellas, tent poles, paper flowers and raindrops created during our 2d/3d sessions.  This installation is the first ever for MVMC, and will continue throughout May for Mental Health Awareness Month.

The goal of the My Voice Media Center is to reduce the stigma of mental illness. We provide a safe space where participants may learn to express themselves through the arts; we provide exhibition and art sale opportunities for our participants; and we help educate the general public about mental wellness and recovery.  

For more information or photo session appointments please call 559-802-3266 or email mvmc@artsconsortium.org

Please join us for our F1rst Friday show on May 7th at 5:00 p.m. by scheduling a viewing, going online via YouTube, on our Arts Consortium Facebook page, or Instagram and enjoy the show! We are located at 300 E. Oak Ave., Visalia. Here’s the direct link to the Arts Consortium’s YouTube channel: tinyurl.com/ACarts2020

Arts Visalia

  • In May, Arts Visalia showcases the works of two out-of-state artists. The exhibit is: Inner Life – Andrew Leventis and Periphery – Kirk Maynard. Andrew Leventis is from North Carolina and Kirk Maynard is from New Jersey. The alluring hyper-realistic paintings of Andrew Leventis examine the correlation between our food supply and our sense of well-being. Kirk Maynard’s oil pastel self-portraits are compelling introspections on how black bodies are perceived in America and Maynard’s personal experiences as a black man. The exhibition will be on display from May 5 through May 28 , 2021.

Arts Visalia is open Wed. through Sat. from Noon-5:30.* We have a limited capacity and recommend that you schedule an appointment by calling 559-739-0905 or email artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net. If you are unable to come to the gallery in person we have created Virtual Gallery Tours that are available at www.artsvisalia.org/virtual-tours.

For questions or to schedule a visit, please call us at 559-739-0905 or email artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net. You can also follow us on facebook and instagram or visit our website at www.artsvisalia.org for more information, and updates.

Brandon-Mitchell Gallery

  • The Brandon-Mitchell Gallery’s exhibition for May – June is Art from the Heart: Family Expressions. It opens May 7th and runs May – June, 2021.

It’s an all-family show featuring the art of Eva Mae Nicholson, her sister Louise Shields and Eva’s grandson, Mason Devine. Eva and Louise grew up in foster care in Tulare, sometimes experiencing the pain of racism. Now they put their feelings and hearts into their art. Eva’s art journey began after she hosted a series of art workshops for underprivileged children. Louise hosts a Black History Month show at the Gilroy Center for the Arts each year. Mason is following in his grandmother’s and great aunt’s footsteps.

The virtual show is on the Brandon-Mitchell website at www.brandonmitchellgallery.org. Now that the county is in the Orange Tier and opening up more venues, visitors can see the show live after Sunday services at 11:30 a.m. or call the Center/Gallery for an appointment. Masks and social distancing required. The address is 117 S. Locust, Visalia. Phone: 559-625-2441.

Artist’s story told in “Crone Chronicles”

Eva is one of 57 “crones” (female elders) who tell their stories in the book “Crone Chronicles 20-20.” She tells of overcoming early loss, prejudice, teen pregnancy and illness to become a strong woman. 

On sale at the Brandon-Mitchell Gallery.

For more information, go to:  https://www.brandonmitchellgallery.com/

The Creative Center

  • This May, the Creative Center is having an online art exhibit titled, Spring Flowers. The featured artists are Kim Beatty, Diana Chism, and Tamara Skinner as well as other artists.

For more information, go to: https://www.thecreativecenter-visalia.org/

Kelly Ventura and Moriarty Theatre Works

  • Kelley Ventura and Moriarty Theatre Works presents the audio play “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” beginning April 26, 2021. Everyone has two natures: good and evil. Which is yours?

You can find the trailer at:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-strange-case-of-dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde/id1545211395?i=1000514553051

For episode one, go to:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-strange-case-of-dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde/id1545211395?i=1000518887299

You can also go to the website thekellyventura.com or Spotify.