Portrait series aims to spotlight some of Fresno’s best

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To give certain members of the community the proper fanfare, Bitwise Industries is hosting an art exhibit. In 24 portraits, 26 community members will be highlighted for their efforts to make Fresno a better place.

Whitney Bunker is co-founder and director of the organization City Without Orphans. It works to bridge the gaps in the foster care system through community advocacy and education.

For all the great work the organization has done, a friend of Bunker’s nominated her to be featured in the Unmasked portrait series. The series — which is the brainchild of Bitwise CEO and co-founder Jake Soberal and photographer Enrique Meza — will feature people from a wide-range of organizations and groups.

The portraits will be open for the public to see during the next ArtHop on Feb. 7.

All of them, though, share the mission of bettering Fresno.

“I was really humbled,” Bunker said. “This ia an opportunity to shed light on incredible things happening in our community, [which is] run by amazing people.”

Meza’s approach to the series was to showcase these leaders in the best light. That thought extended to the city as a whole.

“To just be like, ‘Hey, this is what we’re doing,'” he said. “All these different things are happening in Fresno that are positive.”

The portraits will be displayed in the second floor of the Bitwise South Stadium at 700 Van Ness Ave. Soberal said the showcase is a perfect fit for his company to host.

“The opportunity to celebrate people pursuing dreams in other industries here in Fresno is totally consistent [with Bitwise’s ethos]. If we can be a venue for that, all the more it amplifies the community here,” Soberal said.

If you miss the upcoming ArtHop, don’t worry, the portraits will be hanging up in the Bitwise South Stadium for the time being.

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