By Jim Christiansen
FOTO Modesto first time event was spectacular in scope with its 28 venues, numerous openings, 28 days up, and over 90 artists on display. I hope to see more ambitious visual art initiatives like this in Modesto. March has a busy schedule and is National Youth Art Month. March 5 to 25, Mistlin Gallery hosts the annual Young at Art student show. Show features students from 0 to 18 years of age.
The State Theatre is screening of Revolution: New Art for a New Age, March 8. A history lesson on the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution, celebrating the art and artists impact helping the creation of the Revolution. Art displays and local art group information tables in the lobby, this is a good event to get a discussion going on arts in our community. Modesto Art Museum, Modesto Art Salon, Modesto Peace Life Center, and more participating. thestate.org/calendar/event/828
New Downtown Modesto Third Thursday Art Walk maps come out this month. New venues, music and public art are added for the next six months. Art Walk is every month, 5 to 9 pm. One of the featured artists this month is Art Quilter Joyce Compton at the Carolyn Huff Photography Studio and Gallery at 13th and K. This past Art Walk I dropped in on new Tri-Chromatic Gallery on J Street near 14th and checked out a new set of installation pieces, watercolors in their show “Blush.” Another new spot is Art Time and Sip Wine Sips at 920 16th Street, Suite A, on the corner at J. I don’t know if they’re on Art Walk as the map not out yet at column deadline, but you can check their format and events calendar. Call 209 777-0129 or web at www.arttimeandsipwinestudios.com
The annual Stanislaus Family Justice Center fundraiser, “Art of Justice” Celebration and Fundraiser is held at the Center and nearby March 23. Event includes a Silent Auction, food, wine and an art show. Local artists featured paired with Art done by children in our Art Restores Kids Program. The artists donate pieces they create that interpret this child-inspired art work. Art prices generally range from $15 to $2,100. Event starts at 5:30 and tickets can be found through Eventbrite or at the door.
March is also the month the 2017 Stanislaus Artist Open Studio maps go on sale. Map booklets should available March 6, and can be purchased at Mistlin Gallery, Chartreuse Muse, Carnegie Arts Center, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and other locations, or from participating artists. A good time to get your map, plan your tour, talk to one or more of the 55 participating artists is the March 27, 28 and 29th Open Studio Preview Show at Mistlin Gallery. Gallery hours will be posted, as Mistlin is otherwise closed for Spring Showcase Receiving and hanging, but the lights will be on all three days until 8 pm for after work convenience. Open Studio weekend is April 21 and 22. This year’s cover design by artist Suzanne Staud.