Art View By Jim Christiansen

Art Notes for April 2012 – Modesto View – Jim Christiansen

Aprilshowers us with an abundance of visual arts events and displays of all types. The month opens with the Modesto Art Museum sponsored World Mini-Art Show opening April 3 at McHenry Museum. Images in this international mail in show, limited to 6 inches square two-dimension art.

If you like your art stitched, the Fiber Arts show at Mistlin Gallery features works infabrics, with more than 20 depictions of front doorways of Modesto’s older neighborhoods. The show runs through April 25 and is a collaboration of Central California Art Association with Country Crossroads Quilters. The end of the month hiatus involves receiving, final judging and hanging for the 59th annual Spring Show, with the Opening Gala, May 5. Tickets are already on sale at $20.

The Chartreuse Muse can give you a lesson in persistence with “365 cups. “ Tammy Schoppet took up the challenge of throwing one cup every day in 2011. She documented the throwing, glazing and firing of each piece; that went up on You Tube via her blog and put a condensed video together, continuously playing at the Muse. Tammy is showing ALL the cups, accidents and all. Not all pieces can be a masterpiece.

The Muse is also home to a Tuesday night life-drawing group, in the rarely seen by the public, upstairs studio. That studio will be open to those attending the Stanislaus Artists Open Studio Tour, April 14 and 15, with three regular artists on display. You can get your maps at the Muse, Mistlin Gallery, the Turlock and Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Modesto and Oakdale Chambers of Commerce, and at the April 12 Preview show at Gallo Center, in the lobby 10 am to 7 pm.

73 artists invite the public to visit them at over 38 studios around the county, over the April 14 and 15 weekend. Map booklets cost $10 and serve as admission to the studios, and entry into a drawing for five original art works purchased from a juried pool of participating artists. This event is an initiative of the Stanislaus County Travel and Tourism Regional Round Table, and proceeds go back into the production of the event for 2012, and the future. For online purchase of maps call 209 222 TOUR, or

That weekend also includes the annual Western Art show at Bonsack Gallery Oakdale, with 30 featured artists. The 8th Annual Patterson Art and Wine Gala, benefits Patterson Repertory Theatre, at $25 a ticket, held 6 to 10 pm at the Hammon’s Senior Center.

April 19 is this month’s Third Thursday Art Walk. New Art Walk venues not previously noted are Paper Planes Tattoo and Gallery, Fleur de Lis, Mocha Magic, Stanislaus County Library, C’est Joli and Salon Vanity. Get the new map.

JamesPrigoff, co-author of the 1987 book, “Spray Can Art” will lecture on aerosol art at the State Theatre, 6 to 9 pm, Wednesday April 4. Prigoff has documented urban art forms since the 1960s. Lecture is $5.

Final Sale sad note, April 30 is the last scheduled day of business for local art supplies and class fixture Artel Art Center.



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About the Author:

Jim Christiansen, award winning watercolor artist, cartoonist and member of many art groups moved to Modesto in 1977. Born in Riverside, California, and attended University of California, Riverside. Jim often shows around Modesto, does a poster or two, and has been host of the art walk events at State Theatre and Jax on H. Jim has been writing the art notes column several years for Modesto View.