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ArtView – End of Summer


Art View
By Jim Christiansen

The end of summer finds many of us still on vacation, while others working on the start of school activities, or just working through the heat. It’s not a complete hot bed of activity, and I have to admit, hard to work in my garage/studio without air conditioning. One thing I’ll miss are the air conditioned sessions for life drawing in the Upstairs Studio at the Chartreuse Muse. Jack Morris announced last month, the July 25 session to end the several run at the Muse, and the life drawing group will be looking for a new site.

My last run of coffee for the Life Drawing group, took me to Preservation Coffee and Tea, where Martin Baker let me know of their art contest limited to 3 entries by end of July. All reviewed by public for a people’s choice result displayed in August. During July Art Walk, Dana Koster and Chelsea America presented Hypervelocity Star, an Art/Poetry show collaborative, with art, a reading of Dana’s poetry and artist questions and answers.

Debra Barr works were on display at Barkin’ Dog Grill for July Art Walk with the Thursday jazz jam. Get your maps for August. I keep reading about all sorts of fun going on at Nicole Slater’s Artist Loft above Slater’s Furniture. Nicole has her studio up on the second floor, with various events, classes, and fun.

Artist-Quilter Sue Siefkin, will be among artists on display with a piece in the Annual South Waterfront Art Exhibition in Portland, Oregon. Show opens August 7 and runs through August 22. This is juried show of living artists, and those in the South Waterfront Neighborhood. If in Portland, drop in.

In Turlock, Carnegie Arts Center featuring a show by the Photo Collective, which will continue through August 9. Arts around Town, features all the Turlock Art galleries, and stops downtown the Second Saturday of the Month. Tickets still available for the Carnegie Gala opening the Alphonse Mucha show.

Photography also on the agenda in August for Mistlin Gallery. The Invitational Photography Show will open August 18, and run to September 11. The current show the members Summer Splash show in various media, including a number of Randy Crimmels ceramics students. I noted an addition of shelves to Mistlin’s back gift box boutique area, for 3 dimensional and other small works. After the photo show, Mistlin will exhibit a Figures, Abstract and Non-Objective show in September.

My own work still on display at Hinkley Optometric on 16th, Papachino’s on J, and a couple paintings up in Lodi at Watts Winery, which has opened up art classes under Artist Joe Lee on weekends. And of course, in Las Vegas where I spent Fourth of July, for the opening of Gallery Red. My art, and that of Rita Borbano, Eric Hawkinson, Jennifer Machado, Pinky Patch, Darlene Day, Crystal Moreno, will be on display in the Las Vegas Art District, with artist Yvette LaForce for the coming year. The opening was fun, featured guest Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, and fireworks. If you’re in the area, I’ve got a lot of work there, at Gallery Red, 1237 S. Main Street, Las Vegas.

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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.