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ArtView – Art Everywhere!


Art View
By Jim Christiansen

July is that month many of us go on summer holiday. I have a road trip in mind. July 1, I’m at the San Francisco Oyster Festival. July 2, I take family off to the airport. Before I hit the road, plenty of art events around town. Modesto Artist Salon handling some of the red, white and blue art displays and activities for our annual celebration of Independence Day. Modesto’s Celtic and Renaissance Faire takes over Graceada Park July 8, with crafts, vendors, costumes, and artists, Free to the public starting at 10 am.

July 7, its First Friday Craft Grab up at Tri-Chromatic Gallery 5 to 10 pm, and the First Friday Market set up around Music on the Plaza 5 to 9 pm. That’s a lot of events in July’s first week. After that I get a break where I might visit Jennifer K Machado and my art at Fenix Restaurant in Lodi on Elm Street. Guaranteed a great dinner or lunch as I visit my painting Live Jazz Revisited over the Bar.

Urbano California Bistro hosts a Paint Nite to benefit the Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living, DRAIL. This is an agency deserving of you Support, Their offices on 920 12th Street. Paint Nite will be an artist led opportunity to let your inner artist out, and create your own masterpiece. Must be 21+ to attend.Tickets available www.paintnite.com

Last month I was Doubletree Hotel for Art Walk, and didn’t get out to take many photos. I tuned in to Facebook Live feeds from artists at Still Smoking and Tri-Chromatic Gallery, and followed posted photos by new photographer Rachel Beth Photography. Photographer Rachel Beth Jones of Turlock took some great shots of Art Walk at Work. For all the years Art Walk has been a once a month, year around event, it’s amazing how many downtown visitors on a Third Thursday still haven’t registered its Art Walk night. The current Art Walk committee working on that, but some sidewalk signs outside the usual venues might invite more people in to see what our local art scene about.

Art Walk this month is July 20. A couple highlights I know in advance, Jordi Camps will be featured artist at Carolyn Huff Photography and Gallery at 13th and K. The Summer Splash members show will be up at Mistlin Gallery. Rita Barbano art will be at Barking Dog. Anne Tinkle art and cards probably there too. Get a map www.modestoartwalk.com

I have to be back home July 30, as Jim’s Studio at 537 Bodem Street, also known as Mom’s house, I will have art out, but more important, Musicians playing on the porch for the First Modesto PorchFest. Porches all over will be doing the same fun thing. Check it out. www.modestoporchfest.com

This month, local artist Ed Cesena turns 89. The Art Sale Gala to celebrate now scheduled for August 12. More on that, and the other artists participating in next month’s ModestoView. Support Local Artists.

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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.