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ArtView – Happy Art Year

Art View
By Jim Christiansen

Happy New Year! Time to get back to resolutions taking art classes, cleaning up the studio, trying new things. If you need to get your studio in order, or finally got it set up, art to show, maybe have people in, a good way to accomplish that is register for the 2016 Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour by January 15. Registration open to all artists residing or working in Stanislaus County willing to be open April 23 and 24, with a studio, or sharing a space with other artists, and paying the registration fee of $75.00 Email<> for more information on how to get on the map. Sponsors and advertisers should use the same email address. Maps will go on sale March 1.

New Year is time to get your entry up to the Tasting Room at Delicato Vineyards for their annual Fine Art Show. Entries in progress until January 7. The juried show runs January 13 to February 6, at the Tasting Rooms in Manteca, ending with the awards and artist reception. Tracy Art League Entries due online January 22, for the Expressions show. This juried show in its 25th year, has more information at

Dr. Richard Serros starts his New Year with Into the Void: Art of Richard David Serros Studio. Presented as a Double Venue retrospective show of his works produced over 40 years. Display features of a selection of his major works at the Mistlin Gallery and Modesto Junior College Art Gallery simultaneously. Show opens January 5, and runs to January 29 at Mistlin Gallery and February 4 at MJC. Modesto Junior College students Leo Bratenus and Katinka van Dyk will also be featured. Both student artists have work with Dr. Serros in his studio the past two years. An Artist Opening and reception will take place at MJC Art Gallery January 14, and at Mistlin Gallery during January 21 Third Thursday Art Walk.

Mistlin Gallery resumes its new figure drawing group on Wednesdays, beginning January 6, at 7 to 9 pm. Group features a live model, drop in with $10 fee. Need to try something more Unconventional? Try this class: Unconventional Painting Techniques: Join Chella and Gloria Wooley for this new workshop on painting with unconventional tools. January 29 and 30. For more information call or visit Mistlin Gallery. To register, call or visit Mistlin Gallery or online at
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unconventionalpainting.eventbrite.coming the elements and principles of composition and design, the students will experience painting success through unconventional painting techniques
Haven’t made it to the Alphonse Mucha show, time is running out. Show Ends January 10, and the Organics Design Exhibit ends January 29. Valley Focus – Betty Salletta Sculpture opens January 27 at Carnegie. Modesto View Readers may note her sculptures at the Court House, Five Points, and actually many around the valley. Betty has been creating sculptures out of her Oakdale studio more than 25 years.

Artists seeking spots on ArtWalk? Check in with Still Smoking and Mod Spot on availability to display work. These were locations I saw new artists setting up displays. And check out the new fun place where technology and creativity meet at Downtown Tinkertank on J. They’ll be fully open in 2016, just go, too much for me to explain the experience.

Recommend a road trip to the Fresno Art Museum, opening January 22, of 50 photograph exhibition, “Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray,” Frida and Muray had an off and on affair for ten years starting in 1931, when Frida became a regular subject of Muray’s photographs. Exhibition supported by the McClatchy Fresno Arts Endowment.

Buy, See, Support Art and Artists, and better yet, create art yourself in the New Year.

Photo Caption: Gerardo Alatorre artist body painting and art walk crew at Still Smoking
Photo Caption: Richard Sorros by Bill Harris




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About the Author:

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.