ArtView-July Arts

Art View By Jim Christiansen

Fourth of July starts our month in art with the parade, and Farmers Market with arts and crafts vendors set up out front of Gallo Center. Linda Knoll will be one of our fine art creators working a booth in what many think of when we think of Modesto, and as I write this column, Linda is up at the Sierra Eco Summit and Festival in Groveland which leads to my theme this month, artist working vacations, or shows out of town. I do them on occasion, and want Modestans to note, the local artists have the talent to show and work out of town.

Last month, I took a field trip up to Sacramento for Second Saturday, the monthly arts and crafts event held on the streets and galleries around the capital city. First stop was at the Shimo Arts Center, where friend Elizabeth Ingebretsen showing her watercolors by invitation, with Ed Bisese from Washington, D.C. and Jim Adams from Corvalis, Oregon. .Other artists stopping in from Modesto, included Jack Morris and Tricia Spenker, and Manteca artists Walt and Mary Scheinuck, who included the Crocker Art Museum on their itinerary to make Liz’s opening reception. This show runs through July 10 at 2117 28th Street.

Modesto’s mayor of 11th Street, photographer Adrian Mendoza, is showing an exhibit of his aerial photographs of the California Delta, printed on textile, at the 18 Reasons Gallery on 18th Street in San Francisco. A panel discussion is scheduled July 10th. Check gallery schedule for hours at http://www.18reasons.org for hours and address. Show runs through July 30th. On the Artist of Modesto Facebook page I got notice of a kickstarter project by CSUS and Turlock based artist Julie Hawk, for her project this summer in Philadelphia. By the time I added in my ten dollars, she had already surpassed her goal. I found a class flier for “Flowers with Brush and Ink” from Barbara Gill, at Mistlin Gallery that takes place in Pacific Grove. This sampling should give you notice, many local artist also work and show out of town.

Even the new multi Arts event, featuring music, dancing, and the photography of Jon Souza and David Schroeder has an out of town theme in all things Cuban. The focus on Art in July, is Focus on Havana, which combines Schroeder’s and Souza’s photos of Havana, with the musical production of Cuban Music by John Griswold, for a night of dancing, and fun in the Romance of Old Habana benefit fundraiser July 27. This Cuban themed party, complete with Rum, cigars, will benefit the C.L.A.S.S. program of Mistlin Gallery, and the Boys and Girls Club of Modesto. General Tickets start at $60, with $75 V.I.P. available, and group tables. Event is at 720 12th Street at the Martin G. Peterson Event Center. More info at http://havanafocus.org ModestoView is a sponsor of these event and will have a special Hemmingway-esgue Rum Cafe

Check out the interactive show by J. Shiloh Gastello, Building Blocks and Childhood Structures being shown with the Central California Art Association members “Summer Splash” Show. Shiloh is moving up to Oregon when this show complete. And there are a number of new members in the Summer Splash to expand our offerings locally. Next month we’ll note the upcoming Picasso Ceramics at Carnegie Arts Center, and Modesto Art Museum’s Architectural Festival and the Valley Art Association Carraige Show Call for Artists coming up. Support your local visual artists, and drop in this month as usual at Third Thursday Art Walk, July 18th.

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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.