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ArtView – Art is a Great Gift

Art View
By Jim Christiansen

Holiday shopping time. Support your local artists and downtown businesses by considering original art for gift giving, even to yourself. Mistlin Gallery features the members Home for the Holidays Show, and I have my own affordable art there in a bin of unframed original watercolors and printmaking back in the gift shop area, from $40 to $80. In the show are four of my framed Coffee Cats at $125. Mistlin features art jewelry and other items besides paintings, so check that off as one stop. Gallery commissions contribute to keeping the nonprofit open. Chartreuse Muse continues showing the work of Don Hall and Suzanne Staud, and other artists, and a place I go Christmas shopping for jewelry items, ceramics, and assorted items. For older stuff, check out Crow Trading. Other stops downtown open beyond Art Walk are Nicole Slater’s Artist Loft, Beads of Contentment, Intrinsic Elements and Carolyn Huff Gallery. Art on the walls at several of our local restaurants including Deva, Preservation Coffee, Tokyo Express, Papachino’s and Barkin Dog feature art on the walls, available to purchase. Peer Recovery Art Project Gallery and Mod Stop also worth a look.

December 15 is also the early deadline to enter the 2017 Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour, and submit art work for the Purchase Prize competition, where top juried works will be purchased for give away to patrons by raffle during the April 22 and 23 event. Final Deadline to enter is January 15. Entry forms available at many of the local galleries and art stops in Stanislaus County, including Mistlin Gallery, Chartreuse Muse, Carnegie Arts Center. Information<>

Up in North Modesto, Norman Ham’s Trewin Framery will feature Chella Gonsalves this month, with opening of the show and annual reception December 8. This is Chella’s 18th annual holiday show, and will be on display until January 6. Trewin Framery is located on 5170 Pentecost Drive, off Kiernan in the Shelton Flooring building.

Art Walk this month is December 15th.
On Art Walk I’ve been the featured artist over at Doubletree Hotel, with the talented Mattea Overstreet doing the music. This overlaps the after Art Walk Third Thursday Comedy show I set up with Jen Eros at Ralston’s Goat, I finally got a chance to walk the Art Walk map up K Street, with great plein air paintings featured at Carolyn Huff Gallery. This month she features Vern Fergel. Went up to see Phil Murillo’s art at Never Boring Design on 14th paired with Carrie Arnold inside. David Boring on guitar with drummer Dave Rogers on sidewalk. I worked my way down to the ever expanding artist line up at Still Smoking, and watched the laser cut art by Linda Knoll and her dad at Tinkertank. At Tresetti’s I met the artist, and art of Traci Bradford-Simonson. Beautiful Watercolors, reasonably priced. Map

I’ve been remodeling my old garage into a full-time art studio. I do open studio days twice a month. December 10 and 17 noon to 6. Have some small works, to the big ones at home.



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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.