The Brush and Easel Gallery

"Art cannot be separated from life. It is the expression of the greatest need of which life is capable, and we value art not because of the skilled product, but because of the revelation of a life's experience."

~Robert Henri

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The Brush and Easel Gallery in Fresno, is here to assist you find that one of a kind, unique, original piece of art. Whether it is a fine art painting, piece of jewelry, metal or glass sculpture, or a gift certificate for an art class, this eclectic grouping of over 20 local artists will become your place to shop for artisan made gifts and for the art collector.

Collage & Wax Workshops!  

Encaustic 101

Learn basic safety and application techniques using wax medium.

Collage & Wax

Love to create but don't want to paint or draw? COLLAGE! Creating art pieces by embedding papers, found objects, photos, art, etc in wax.

Encaustic 202

Build on your waxy knowledge by incorporating other elements such as joint compound, shellac burns, dry pigments, photo transfers and more.

Beginning Acrylics Classes

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The Brush and Easel Gallery

1476 W. Shaw, Fresno CA. 93711


T- F, 10am - 6pm. Sat, 10am - 4pm.

Valerie Greene, Artist/Owner

Third Thursday Arthop


Cathy Varvis-Griffin


January 9th-20th, 2015

 ArtHop Reception, Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5-8pm

Cathy Varvis-Griffin is an artist working in fiber. She earned her MFA from San Diego State University in 1995. My work is experimental, using techniques that include weaving, dying, stitching, collaging and drawing. For many years I have been exploring and using a variation of a Japanese textile form called Shifu. It is textile of woven paper cloth dating back to the mid 1600’s. It is made through a process of folding, cutting and spinning the paper into a thread. During the winter months, when there was little work; farmers used this material, making lightweight summer clothing. The process was also used by monks to recycle scrolls into a usable thread. In keeping with the recycling tradition I use uncut dress pattern paper for my thread. Shapes are woven flat and then stitch together into a variety of forms. I have continued with this exploration of recycling materials that would be otherwise thrown out by using pattern paper and plastic bags as materials for my collage work. By taking these humble materials and combine them with fine silks I continue the visual process of mixing the ordinary in with the extraordinary.