ArtView – July Art

Art View
By Jim Christiansen

July is a working vacation month for me. Here are some vacation and staycation ideas for Art View readers. This month Jennifer and I roll out of Modesto, into the heat of the night, and day to enjoy some fireworks, and the Grand Opening of Gallery Red in Las Vegas, where we are both showing art with local artists Pinky Patch, Eric Hawkinson, Rita Barbano, Darlene Day, and Crystal Moreno. Gallery Red is the brainchild of artist Yvette LaForce, and the opening show will also include artists Alexandra Zane, Michael Spezialy, Daniel Gron, Linda Adelstein Watson and Richard Kanter. Photographer Zachary Samm will also have his latest series “Tokyo, Three a.m.” which showed recently in Modesto, in the Opening show. Gallery Red is in the Las Vegas Art District, and the opening is July 4. Modesto View writer Monica Barber tells me Las Vegas’ art district rocks. Artists listed in the opening invitation will be featured artists to show, and sell art for the next year. If you can’t make the heat of July 4 for the opening, but happen to be in Vegas in the next twelve months, drop in on 1237 S. Main Street, Las Vegas, and check it out.

For those sticking closer to home, Mistlin Gallery features The Festival of Garden Art Show, mostly florals, as the current show. The change of shows midmonth is the Central California Art Association “Summer Splash” members show. Preservation Coffee, across the street from Mistlin, featured skateboard classics during Art Walk in June. Look them up on the Art Walk map if you don’t already get a great cup of coffee there. Chartreuse Muse has a new art up. Get a map and check out the art walk venues in July.

Going a little further afield, check out Second Saturday in Sacramento or Sonora. In Sonora, art and music separate and come together downtown this July 11, on the Y at 670 Fulton. Nadine Barret, an artist who regularly shows her best out of town in Sacramento, All of Them Witches, art by Caldron 13, (billed as 13 artists), 3 musical acts and 1 wicked DJ are to be in attendance. Merced Art Hop is July 18. A lot of art, not far away.

The Boardroom has dipped its valise into art and music. Monica Gunderson has done some art as House Vibes with the music there recently, Sundays 2 to 6. It would be great to see some guerilla pop-up shows take place in Motown. Meanwhile, Turlock is trying to take the lead with Arts Around Town on the Second Thursday of the Month. The Photo Collective is showing at the Carnegie Arts Center.

Carnegie announced its Annual Gala will be Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 6-11 p.m. and will serve as the special preview for the exhibition “Alphonse Mucha: The Golden Age of Art Nouveau, selections from the Dhawan Collection.” In honor of Mucha’s art, the gala will be entirely Parisian themed and will feature cocktails and Parisian dinner, live music provided by Hot Club Faux Gitane, can-can girls, with live & silent auctions. Early bird tickets are on sale for $125. The early bird price will be available through August 1st. To purchase tickets please visit
Artists and photographers plan ahead and look for early registration announcement for the Sixth Annual Stanislaus Artist Open Studio, April 23 and 24, 2016.



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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.