ArtView – Art is Hot in August

Art View
By Jim Christiansen

It has been a Hot Summer and art events aren’t cooling off in August. First Friday has become populated with more events that coincide with Music in the Plaza and First Friday Market. At Tri-Chromatic Gallery it is First Friday Craft Grab. August 4 is the next Black Hearts Market at Queen Bean put together by artists Kristy Moore and Patrick Barr with 25 artists on display during their July event. Mistlin Gallery has extended Friday hours all month, 5 to 8 pm, exhibiting “We are Not the Last” and the CCAA members “Summer Splash” combined shows. The first is a special installation by artists Juan Rodriguez, Laura Stokes and Jimmy Abuan.

August 3rd is the Central California Art Association monthly meeting at Mistlin Gallery. Cyndy Davis will give the Artist Talk based on her travel sketch books. These Meetings are open to the public. The Gallery also fields a Life Drawing class every Wednesday night, for those artists wanting to explore drawing or painting the human form with a live model. $10 for the no instructor sessions. August 5, the Valley Suncatchers and Mistlin Gallery offer a FREE Introduction to Plein Air painting Workshop, led by Rick Ingraham. If you don’t know the term, it is about painting live in the great outdoors. Space is limited, call the gallery if interested 209

Downtown Turlock hosts “Art About Town” at various venues August 10. Most of the action on Main Street near Carnegie Arts Center and the CSUS Gallery on Main area. Tracy also has an art walk, August 11. Both start 6 pm.

Last month Modesto Art Icon Ed Cesena had his 89th birthday. To celebrate, and delve into the depths of his over 50 years of painting, there will be a celebration and Art Sale August 12 10 am to 7 pm called the Fine Arts Cabaret. Ed has invited artists Chella, Chloe Fonda, Judith Levi-Wood, Shari Kopecki, Monica Gunderson, Rita Barbano, Clay Bedford and guests to show with him. Special sale pricing on Ed’s colorful works. Come on out for this one at 1848 Albany Avenue, Modesto.

Mystified by new features during Art Walk? Last month Third Thursday allegedly had a statue missing, and all the usual suspects in a performance/audience participation scheme to up the suspense for Art Walk patrons. I usually get enough of that looking up art walk artists for this column. The August theme will be Pirates Booty Treasure Hunt, encouraging sleuths to visit all of the galleries and win prizes. Lots of new people at ArtWalk. Meanwhile, I will replace Rita Barbano at Barking Dog. She and Clay Bedford will move over to Doubletree to show with Patrick Barr and Kristy Moore. Barbara Grandon, Mixed Media Fiber Artist will be at Carolyn Huff Gallery. Modesto Art Salon at Still Smoking. You can do your own foot work on Art Walk venues, by noting Art is for Sale and On Display at most of the Gallery and Art Walk venues all month, year around. Drop in and pick up your new Art Walk map that comes out for Next month so you’re looking in all the right places. You will also find the off the map shops, art spots, music venues, pop up places that dot the Art Walk route. Places where you might spend more time than once a month. New map

Chartreuse Muse 15th Year Celebration
The Chartreuse Muse Gallery and Art School is celebrating it’s 15th year with its
“Cake Walk” artist invitational show August through September. This show will host an artist reception and 15th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, September 21.

2018 Stanislaus Artist Open Studio weekend scheduled April 7 and 8. Early registration for Artists opens in September.



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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.