ArtView- Chill with Art

Art View By Jim Christiansen

It is the midst of summer, and the downtown galleries and art places remind you theirspace is air conditioned. Good places to “chill”, enjoy the art and even find a hot buy. New shows at Gallery 909, Paper Planes, and the Valley Sun Catchers at Mistlin Gallery with companion show featuring 3D found objects.

Over at Tresetti’s, Mistlin Gallery has a celebrity bartender fundraiser, August 2, 5 to 9 pm. If dining, or drinking mention your support for Mistlin Gallery, and add tips to jar to add to the CentralCalifornia Art Association operating funds and its support for Art education and local artists. .

Check out the hot new Aaron Vickery mural at Serrano Social Club, and the new club layout and décor. Tony has made the Club ever more interactive. Other art still rotates downstairs and the upstairs loft, so grab a cup of Joe at the least and check it out.

The “Emergence” show at Chartreuse Muse has been a success commercially as well as fine new group show. Several pieces apparently sold at the July Art Walk. August is the last month to see this one, as the Muse celebrates its Tenth anniversary in September, with duo show by partners Sandra Veneman, and Ellen Roehne.

A couple new spots started showing art in July. Center Stage Conservatory in lower level of the once City Mall at J and 11th, has some of my art up in the concessions area for their production of Two Gentleman of Verona, and the theater group plans to feature more artists in the future. Mark Holden hosted the Beatnik Artist Guild show at his home studio, and Aaron Rowan featured visual artists in his July 14th music show at Deva.

The Hot August Third Thursday Art Walk is August 16, and we’ll note Vanity Salon on 11th across from 1010 Tenth is on Art Walk in case you’ve yet to drop in. Mocha Magic, Fleur De Lis, also on the map. Find the whole list at www.modestoartwalk.com<http://www.modestoartwalk.com>

Due date for the Garden Party at Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop in Turlock event is August 8, cost $20 a piece for artist entry. The September 8 event is pricey at $50 in downtown Turlock. This one is co-sponsored by the Carnegie Center for the Arts, but open to all regional area artists.

Tickets for the “Art in the Garden” fundraiser for Mistlin gallery/ Central California Art Association, should be available in August. Check at the gallery, Green’s Market, Westurf and other nurseries, orcall the toll free information number at 888-736-8003. Tickets are $20, but children under 12 get in free. In addition to the gallery, Galletto and Deva will be on the tour this year, with several private gardens in the College and Graceada Park neighborhood. Art in the Garden is Saturday, September 29.

OtherSeptember events to look forward to include Ballet in the Park at Graceada Park September 16. Presented by the Central West ballet company as part of their community outreach programs, it will be partnered with Carnegie Arts Center, Stanislaus Arts Alliance and info tables from Mistlin Gallery. September is also start up for the Stanislaus Artists Open Studio planning effort for 2013 and if you need a trip out of town, Sonora Second Saturday Art Night goes on in August 11, and September 8.

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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.