September 2013 Art View – Jim Christiansen

Always nice to hear of a new gallery opening in Modesto. Uno Sergento opened its inaugural show August 15, with Ink, paint and clay: “A Life of their Own”, by Don Hall and Mary Scheinuck. Show runs through September 26. Uno Sergento is inside the One Stop Design Center at 5054 Pentecost, Modesto. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 pm and by appointment. 209 526-2464. Link is<>

Don Hall will also be doing a live demonstration, Friday Night, September 20 at Carnegie Arts Center. Don will be throwing pots as a lead in to the Picasso Ceramics Show. Also showing at Carnegie is Yosemite Renaissance XXVII through September 29. Center located at 250 Broadway, Turlock.

A new mural is up at Camp 4 Wine facing Needham Avenue, by Aaron Vickery (FASM) with a Yosemite and Career of Royal Robbins motif. This came about as result of fundraising through Murals in Motown Community effort. ModestoView came in and the end and provided the huge boom lift to help Aaron Vickery finish the project.

Local crafts, art and more featured at Gustine Rotary Flea Market, Sept 14 Noon to 8 pm, Sept 15, 6 am to 4 pm, Henry Miller Park, in Gustine. This annual event open to vendors at $30 a space, and supports Gustine Rotary. 209 202 2669

The Annual Memorial Hospital Complementary Therapy class show at is featured at Mistlin in September. The Show is the culmination of the program’s Tuesday night classes for the year for 2013. I will be at Tresetti’s September 28 with a sharpie to add to the bar mural.

The Third Annual “Art in the Garden” fundraiser for Central California Art Association comes up September 28. Six homes, plus the Mistlin Gallery, Queen Bean and Tresetti’s, will feature 35 local artists in garden settings. Tickets are $20. Stop in at Mistlin Gallery after Art in the Garden, for the Focus On concert with Slim Man, same night. Tickets are $7 advance, $8 door. For more on Slim Man and upcoming events with Focus On, see<>

The Chartreuse Muse and Mistlin Gallery both open a new season of adult and children’s Art Classes. Schedules available at both locations. The Chartreuse Muse offers life drawing on alternate Saturdays in the upstairs studio. Call for schedule.

Stanislaus Artist Open Studio, is seeking artists in all media for its 2014. Deadline to apply is December 1, with entry fee of $25. Open to artists who reside or work in Stanislaus County and nearby areas. Entry forms available at<> Valley Art Association has a Call for Artists for its annual Carriage Show in conjunction with the Riverbank Wine and Cheese Festival.

The Modesto Architectural festival put on by Modesto Art Museum opens in September. Modesto Modernism, the movie about Modesto’s remarkable 20th century architectural design heritage, will premiere as part of the movie program, Friday, September 20, at the State Theatre. The reception begins at 6 pm, program at 7. Noted architecture photographer Russell Abraham will give the keynote address at the festival this year on Saturday, September 21, 7 pm, at the State Theatre. He will also lead the Saturday morning Architecture Cafe, a discussion about architectural photography. All Festival events this year are FREE.<>

Capitol Public Radio has an online design contest call to artists, Sept 15.<> Some suggested gallery spots to check out are Café Bliss and Hale Frame Shop. Café Bliss is a favorite spot to eat in downtown Oakdale, and rotates shows of art and photography. Hale Frame Shop has been around a long time in the McHenry Village known for custom framing and art. Downtown, check to see if David Bienkowski’s art is hanging at Tokyo Express. Photographer Kimberly Zamora “Those Who Will be Afraid” and Merced Camera Club’s “Take Your Best Shot” show featured through September 13 at Merced Multi Cultural Arts Centr mezzanine, skylight and White Box galleries.

Art Walk in Modesto is always Third Thursday. In Sonora and Sacramento it is Second Saturday, Lodi is First Friday, and Livermore “Art Happens” is Second Thursday. Merced Art Hop comes up again in October, when this column resumes.

Havana Focus Collective Portrait by Eva Haas Bicycle by Mark Wilburn Chicks by Eva Haas and streetscape by Jim Christiansen Ventriloquist by Eva Haas



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.