Symbolic Meaning

Symbols and pictures have meaning. Influenced by culture and even by intuitive non-verbal communication exchanged in a mere instant of meeting, these symbols, pictures and language are an important part of communication.

Language whether written, verbal or pictographic in form carries the expression of thought and an expression of heart influenced by local culture. To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense only interfere. Once these barriers are broken, you enter the realm of childhood visions and dreams.

It is such visions, and some realism too, that we explore on the Art of Graffiti walking adventure this Saturday morning 10/13 @ 10am! Discount tickets close at 9pm tonight….
Book a spot on the tour at our web site or even get a nice discount on Brown Paper Tickets.

I am essentially a painter of the kind of still life composition that communicates a sense of tranquility and privacy, moods which I have always valued above all else.
::: Giorgio Morandi :::

Spring has sprung!

Not that you’d be able to tell it from the weather, which seems reluctant to decide between parboiling and deep-freezing various chunks of the country, but I’m clinging on to a few telltale signs at the farmers market and in produce aisles.

While summer’s flavor packed heirloom tomatoes and sugary sweet corn are undeniably wonderful, spring’s unique bounty feeds my senses and my soul. After a season of hearty and nourishing root vegetables, the earth is coming to life again in a riot of color and flavor. Might as well celebrate with a taste of delicious food.
you can do that this Saturday on our Taste the Tower walking tour. Advance discount tickets are available on

Daniel DeSiga

As a young child, Daniel DeSiga knew that drawing and painting would play an important role in his life. Daniel DeSiga is living proof that dreams can come true, especially if the dreamer has the drive and talent needed—and takes the advice of his father.

“My father once told me, ‘If you want to work for somebody, go there and ask. Sweep the floor if you have to.’ I walked into the Met and met John Brewer. He put me to work changing light bulbs.” DeSiga worked his way up to graphic artist and exhibition designer for the Fresno Metropolitan Museum. While living here in Fresno Daniel was approached to do murals in several locations around Fresno. He created murals on the Chihuahua Tortilla factory, in the main reception room of the Adult school and for the Holiday Inn hotel on the Fulton Mall.

After several years with the Met DeSiga moved on to Santa Fe. “My dream had always been to go to Santa Fe and work with a great artist, ” DeSiga said. “I knew that’s where it was happening in Southwestern art.”

His work now reflects a colorful heritage, influenced by many years study with other renown artists. DeSiga enriches his works with his Latino and Native American roots using colors and images of the American west capturing the plight and contributions of the Mexican-American migrant worker. His work is also published in textbooks and featured at the National Museum of American Art/Smithsonian Institute in DC.
Although DeSigna has moved on from Fresno our city is the better for his mark left behind in his works. Sadly, the mural beside the Holiday Inn pool is long gone, but the current owners are considering a new work for the wall. Meanwhile, you can step out with About Town Taste on an Urban Taste of the Fulton Mall and experience other world-renowned art works, and the historic mall itself, before it’s gone. Why not join us this Saturday morning for an adventure of art, history & food tastes?
Advance reservations are required and you can save $5!
Check it out on Brown Paper Tickets today.

Resource: Daniel DeSiga, The Artist, Latino Northwest Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 5, August-September 2001, p.16

Rob Carey is an American school teacher living in Kandern, Germany; He’s also an artist and even has ties back to Fresno. Frequently sketching the area around where he lives Rob also chronicles his travels to other locations around Europe or the US while on furlough.

“Until recently, my sketching consisted of chalkboard doodles for my students, but this year I began working in a sketchbook with pencils, fine point pens and watercolor” shares Rob.

The Rhine River, just minutes from the borders of Switzerland and France is his home now. This makes an ideal location for sketching a variety of images, from the crowded streetcars of Basel, to the half-timbered houses of the Alsace region. With an eye for the minutest detail Rob sketches the old farmhouses just down the road. You know, the one with the gaping cracks and
the crooked shutters or houses that hold hundreds of memories and stories from years gone by.

Rob’s sketches vary between a loose, informal feeling and more controlled architectural renderings. They often explore a fascination with light and shadow affecting architectural forms.
Rob’s work came to my attention via a friends post of a recent drawing. The subjectwas the Warnors Theater. I was amazed by the detail given to the piece but did not pay much attention to who the artist was. As happens sometimes, I had just participated in a conversation culminating with a request to find some local art that could be used for All Things Fresno gallery. They were looking for a work to represent the store. Remembering the sketch I pulled it up. I was quite surprised to see who the artist was. I never knew Rob as an artist… I knew him and his lovely family as missionaries teaching in Kandern.

And the rest of the story? You’ll have to stop by All Things Fresno soon and find out! They’re open T-Sat 12-4 located in hte historic Warnors building on Fulton.