ArtView – August Autumn Art


Art View
By Jim Christiansen

August is near back to school shopping and end of summer time. Third Thursday Art Walk comes up middle of the month August 15, and a good time to take a saunter downtown to the various art walk venues, and make a deal with local artists on a piece of original art. Have met some new artists on the scene, including some in their teens who have taken the suggestion to check out the art walk map, talk to other artists, find out who you talk to in order to show, and get out there with their art. Besides art walk, you can also get in to events like DoMo Market, the Black Arts Market at Queen Bean, and give it a go. Peer Recovery Art Project is back in the mix, with recent concert with art downtown at 1010 Tenth, and part of the Blues Extravaganza show August 24 at State Theatre. Follow them on Facebook or check out my “Artists of Modesto” page to keep up with calls for artists and regional events. July Art Walk featured Christmas in July at Dragonfly Art for Life where workshop in Story Stones happens August 3 and 10. Tri-Chromatic Gallery’s show The Fool’s Journey by Scott Woodman, and the unusual assemblage of artists at Still Smoking. Carolyn Huff Gallery is often overlooked over at 13th and K, so drop in.

Every so often, I get to help an artist hang their first solo show. Got to do that at Barkin Dog with current featured Artist Vann Thompson, who has some very nice work up on the five display boards, such you might be surprised meeting him, as a 15-year-old student in his first show. His work will be up until August 15, when the interesting drawings of Mike Haack go up as the featured artist in August. Chartreuse Muse will open a new show “Tiny Anomalies” with artist print exchange during Art Walk. Fall class sign ups in painting and ceramics open in August. Check in with the Muse for more details.

Mistlin Gallery features its Autumn Art Festival juried show this month, with the big fundraiser gala August 24. The Gala is $30 for tickets, and includes food, music with Mattea Overstreet, silent auction and awards ceremony. This should be a quality show, and generally a fun event to attend. End of the month, Central West Ballet dance in the gallery in production of Rat Pack in Revue, August 31. For both events, check with the gallery, and Central California Art Association/Mistlin Gallery event pages for ticket information. Mistlin will also be offering classes for kids and adults for Fall, space sometimes limited.

Carnegie Arts Center will present Yosemite Renaissance 34 from August 8 through October 6, 2019. The show will display will be 60 works by 59 artists, interpreting the majesty of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra region. Opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 8 from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with Art Around Town, the quarterly Downtown Turlock art walk.

Modesto Junior College Faculty member Deborah Barr is the juror for the 6th annual Stockton Art League juried Exhibition. Show runs September 5 to October 3, but the Call for Artist deadline is August 9, and is submitted online. For information and prospectus on the show stocktonartleague.org/juriedshow

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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.