ArtView – May the 4th Be With You

Art View
By Jim Christiansen
May the Fourth be with you.
Reminder George Lucas Star Wars started a whole trend in popular sci-fi art. Check out any cos-play event, comic con, and see where that fits in. May blooms with art events all over the area, and plenty of workshops and classes local and regional. Check the schedules at Mistlin Gallery, Tri-Chromatic Gallery, Chartreuse Muse, Dragonfly Art for Life close to home, but venture out and see what else offered in Turlock at Carnegie Art Center, the Bothwell Center for the Arts in Livermore, Lodi Art Association, Merced Multi-cultural center in downtown Merced. And something new, the Un-workshop Open studio time happens Fridays from 5 to 8 pm at Mistlin Gallery. Bring your art supplies and go free form in the studio in a social setting. Intended artists 18 and over, FREE.

May 9th, drop in 6 to 11 pm at Copper Rhino 2 featuring artists from the Central Valley Artist Facebook group, an interesting group of artists including the talented Linda Knoll. Worth a look and a chance to see local art branch out of downtown. A lot of crafter and artisan events start happening in May and continue through summer. I saw quite a few arts vendors at Earth Day in Graceada Park, and sure to see more at Graffiti Summer events and DoMo Market. Nice to see a booth from Harmony Enterprises, the Tie Dye iconic Modesto art business since 1979, May 12th Carnegie Art Center artisan market Sunday May 12, noon to 4 pm, showcasing local artists, artisans and crafters.

I mentioned the Shire Community Space started their 2019 fundraising push last month. Shire reports their private show a success starting their crowdfunding campaign for their next construction phase. Tri-Chromatic Gallery has a subscription push to their Patron page. Dana Koster has officially joined as a partner in the group. Writer’s Studio comes up May 10, featuring Eva Hagberg Fisher. Read Tri-Chromatic Patreon write up to on goals and plans for expansion.<>

Flowers and Still life featured show at Mistlin Gallery this month. Cyndy Davis is featured artist at Barkin Dog. Remember to come out Third Thursday for Art Walk. Still Smoking, Carolyn Huff Gallery, more on the map, and you will find 11th Street alive with Art and music on the corner at Preservation Coffee, and the singing bowls at Beads of Contentment.

Good Day Sacramento gave us good coverage of Modesto Art Scene in April, featuring Chella as lead in to Stanislaus Artist Open Studio, followed by a profile of new studio gallery Dragonfly Art for Life. Hope we see more coverage from the Sacramento broadcasters. New art collaborations with Modesto Opera, the Mistlin Gallery Cabaret Series, Red-Tie Arts, Modesto Unplugged sure to get us some more air time.

June 1 and 2, I’ll be down with Art and Music in Livingston for the annual Riverdance Farms Pick and Gather. Interested vendors, artisans, and artists, we have room on the ranch if you’d like to join us. Check in with Cindy at<> and the web site<> Always a great weekend by the Merced River, short drive from Modesto, and U-Pick organic blueberries and cherries, all ages event.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.