Art View By Jim Christiansen

We love local art…. ….but if you were out for Art Walk, attendance was a bit down in most venues due to the chill. There was a crowd for the Young Masters Show, which continues on until the February 9th reception and awards ceremony at Mistlin Gallery. I did beat the chill with a stop at The Serrano Social Club, where Tony blessed me with a cup of Joe for my stop for the show there. After Art in a Coffee House, I dropped in on the opening of the Art of Tea at the Chartreuse Muse, which will continue this month and March, complete with a Tea Ceremony. If you get your Modesto View at publication time, drop in on the Artists at the Muse, February 2.

The Building Imagination Center will be hosting the Runnells Brothers Tenacious Dreams film festival February 2, with the first series showing at noon, and second at 6pm. That same day, I drive to Delicato Vineyards in Manteca to pick up a Third place award for a watercolor. The following week is entry and receiving for the Tracy Art League annual “Expressions” show. February 12, the Central California Art Association new “Almond Blossoms” members show will open at Mistlin Gallery. This show will be paired with a trio of featured pastel artists.

Music will be paired up with the visual arts, in a dramatic arts setting, when Acoustic Rock Society presents three dates of Art and Music Expo, featuring local musicians and visual artists at the Center Stage Conservatory lower level studio at 11th and J Streets. Dates are February 16 and 23, and March 2, with visual artists Jen Coffey, Mark Holden, Jim Christiansen and henna artist Kristy Tribuzio with other guests.

The Stanislaus Artists Open Studio maps will be available at the March 2 event. Jen Coffey and Jim Christiansen are among the 59 artists who will have studios open during the April 6 and 7 weekend, and preview show at Gallo Center, April 4. Artist Open Studio maps are $10. Tickets for the Acoustic Rock Society event is $5.

Modesto Sound’s Brenda Francis is now marketing her new “Scarf gems” line. See her link at There will be the awards showcase February 10 for the “Home of American Grafitti” kids poster contest at American Tire Depot on McHenry Avenue, 10 am to 3 pm. Modesto Junior College’s Art Gallery is features Jerry Reilly: A Retrospective – Evolution of an Impressionist Figure Painter thru Valentine’s Day. Check in at the East Campus gallery for hours.

For some interesting student works, check out the photography exhibits in various buildings on East and West Campus. This was brought to my attention by a current student. When I’m out at Art Walk, I usually stop in at the CSU Stanislaus student run Gallery 909, but I am reminded they have a gallery on campus in Turlock that puts on some outstanding shows. An interesting Downtown business note, Artist/Picasso’s owner Jordi Camps art featured over at Barkin Dog Grill. Catch a show a Prospect Theater Project on Scenic Drive, and see my art up in the lobby.

Feb 9th is Shades of Pink show and Go Red for Women’s Heart month at Peer Recovery Gallery at 13th and J.



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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.