Considering how many Madera County artists are showing their work during Fresno Art Hop, it is a wonder how few have ever used the trolley to get a preview of all the venues. Fresno is in our own backyard and that city works as hard as Madera County Arts Council to provide value and opportunity to the artists showing and work to reach semi-aware public.
The art trolley is “only” available the first Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It intentionally overlaps the Fresno Art Hop which begins 5 p.m. For the cost of $1, the trolley takes visitors to a variety of venues. To catch it, go to the Historic Water Tower in downtown Fresno at 2444 Fresno St. on Feb. 7 no later than 5:45 p.m. and park your car. There is a lot of parking that is free after 6 p.m.
While there, see the architecture of the tower, listen to live music and drink complimentary hot chocolate or coffee and see the galley work inside of it. A trolley driver will arrive, come inside the building and announce the 6 p.m. departure.
Riders can choose to take the north or south route trolley. Each route goes to different nearby art venues. Maps are available at the tower to provide additional information. The service, incidentally, is way underused. In fact, if people do not use this wonderful service, the contract with the city will end next fall. Docents and security accompany the guests. Docents are educated in art and history of the city.
If people arrive early to the Water Tower, they will have time to travel both routes. Those who have done it will attest it is a lot of fun. Please get the word out. For additional questions, call the Historic Water Tower (open 6 days a week during business hours) at 621-2489. Enjoy.