ArtView – May 2011

ArtView – May 2011

 May starts small with the Artel Art Center Mini Canvas Show, with receiving May 2 to May 7.  Rules apply, including purchase of the mini canvas at our local art store in McHenry Village.  Sizes can be picked out with the friendly staff. No entry fee to enter the finished art and the show runs May 9 through June 30.  There are prizes, decided by People’s choice voting.  Sales are artist direct with no commission.  No nudes in this one. Each artist may have six entries.  If you’re partial to supporting local businesses, Artel is your local alternative for art supplies to Michael’s and Aaron Brothers, and celebrated its 21 years in business in March.  Like Trewin Framery,  Anderson’s Gallery and Frame Shop, Camera Center, Carden’s and Hale Frame Shop, It is also an alternative for custom framing to the chain stores,, and has classes, and shows, like Chartreuse Muse, and Mistlin Gallery, Artel’s  mission statement is “Artists helping other Artists, and they’ve certainly helped me out over the years.

 Small is also the theme, for the next internationally large undertaking by Modesto Art Museum, with its World Mini Print Expo.  The Modesto Art Museum World Mini Print Expo is an annual celebration of the art of print in all its forms including relief, intaglio, planographic and stencil. All artists are invited to participate. Deadline for entries is August 1, 2011. Limitation in size is 15cm by 15cm.  Limit on entries is 2 per artist. For more information on exhibition entry fees, Download an entry form from the site. A Link is also posted on their facebook page. The show will run Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00am to October 2 at 1:00pm at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I Street, Modesto.

 Stanislaus Open Studio tour was a real success last month, and I think I was around the average for visitors with over 120 in the two day event, and I believe we may proceed with another one next year.  Thanks to the many people inside the county, and out of area visitors who dropped in. One of my visitors was not showing in Oakdale, but had a flyer for a show I missed in last month’s column, as the poster printed after deadline. Already in progress this month, will be the Spring Show at Mary Beth’s Grand Central Station restaurant in the old Sierra Railroad Station at 220 S Sierra Avenue.  Theme for this show is Trains and Transportation and open to visual artists and photographers.  With the jazz and other music events out there, this venue will likely have new shows in the future.  This show runs through May 25.

 In May, the Central California Art Association Members Show runs through the month and member artists will display work for sale, each one renting one or more of the display grids featuring their work. The Central California Art Association Spring Show will be in June and July. The Spring Show Gala will be June 11 and tickets are on sale at the gallery for $20.  

 Mistlin Gallery will be open for Art Walk with the other 15 Third Thursday Art Stops. Get a map and stop in on Jax on H, Chartreuse Muse, Anderson’s, C’est Joli, Helping Hands Spa, Paper Planes Tattoo and Gallery, Crow Trading, Intrinsic Elements, Gallery 909, Barkin’ Dog Grill, Stanislaus Library, McHenry Mansion Gift Store.  Some shows from April art walk that may be showing in May are Adrian Mendoza’s work at Serrano Social Club, and Mark Holden’s “Mark and Ella” show at DEVA.  Online map at

 Chances are you will see Art at the Amgen Tour return to Modesto, the Oakdale Chocolate Festival and a number of other events in the area. You can always check in with the Artists of Modesto on Facebook to see updates. Watch for regular postings of new shows at  Next month, I’ll be with artists at the Riverdance Farms Pick and Gather June 4 and 5 while Graffiti Fest goes on in town. Thanks to those who admired my original Chris Murphy Blue Monday sketch in my local artist gallery during Open Studio Tour.



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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.