ArtView – November


By Jim Christiansen

November enters the season of holiday generosity, but good surprises often start with the shopping season prior to Halloween. Local Arts philanthropist and Car Dealer Tony Mistlin announced to the Central California Art Association at the Mistlin Gallery during the October members’ meeting that he will donate $30,000 in 2012 and 2013 towards paying rent at the current location in Tenth Street Place, 1015 J Street, Modesto. He credited Doris Scanlon for her two terms as CCAA president for keeping the Mistlin Gallery operating through the recession. The CCAA has a goal of building its bank account so that it can apply for matching grants to extend educational programs, promote the visual arts and provide cultural experiences to the community


The Current Mistlin show is “Of Spirals, Twists and Turns” the Memorial Medical Center Cancer Services Art Exhibit by Memorial Medical Center’s Art The classes are open to cancer survivors and their caregivers. The exhibit runs to November 10 at Mistlin Gallery. For more information, call the gallery at 529-3369. Next Show up at Mistlin is the Members Holiday Show, November 13 through January 11, with special all day Holiday sales days November 26 and December 3.

In Ripon, just over the county border, hosts the 12th Annual Ripon Soroptimist Evening of Vines and Easels Show Friday, November 11, 2011. $6 per entry with a limit of six. Receiving is hand deliver to the Ripon Community Center, Thursday November 10, or Friday morning.


Artists, your Stanislaus County Regional Travel and Tourism Round Table need you to get on the map. The Second Round Table sponsored Stanislaus County Artist Open Studio Tour is scheduled for Tax Day weekend, April 14 and 15, 2012. Open Studio Tour maps should be available by Valentine’s Day at $10 each. The Artists Open Studio sponsors want many artists to sign up, as well as submit a piece of original work for a purchase award. If your work is judged a winner, (last year AOS bought 5 works of Art for the first tour) Artist Open Studio Tour will purchase it by the end of November and use it in publicity on event posters to entice visitors to purchase a $10 tour map, and be in the free drawing in April for these works of Art. Entry to be on the Tour map is $20 per artist, no commissions. Entries made after the map after November 20, will be included on the map, but not be eligible for purchase prize items. Final Deadline to be included on the map is January 6, 2012.


Stanislaus CountyArtists Open Studio Tour is open to painters, printmakers, art jewelers, potters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, digital artists, multimedia, mixed media, glass arts, mosaics, graphics, and if you have a question regarding qualification, use our contact information. Email is: for more information. Early Bird Registration opens now to November 20, 2011. January 6 is final cutoff date. Mailing address is AOS, 18091 Hart Ln, Manteca, CA 95336. 209-222-TOUR


A new event comes upNovember 10 that will include the start of permanent art display and art sale and art auction fundraiser, planned to become an annual event. “ Art of Justice” Show November 10 at Family Justice Center, 16th and I Street, Modesto. Open House and Art Show Fundraiser commemorates the Family Justice Center first year anniversary. Proceeds to benefit victims of child abuse and domestic violence. 4 to 7 pm.


I’m adding a note here to encourage one and all to visit the Merced Art Hop next time it comes up. I attended the October 15 Art Hop, and found it pretty alive, and “hopping” in the five blocks of West Main and one of Canal Street, to make it worth the trip South


Third Thursday Art Walk in Modesto is November 17, and will include the usual suspects on map, as far as venues go, but the showing artists do change. I will have my work up at Crow Trading, which had a great showing byJack Morris in October. Pick up an Art Walk map downtown,


Close to home in Modesto, Annual Holiday Events at the End of the month, include Handborn Crafts and Bazaar. November 26. Handborn is back now on Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Annual local fashion and crafters bazaar reappears downtown on J Street, with over 50 vendors in five or more locations.


The annual Dickens Fair is December 3, on 15th Street with Modesto Certified Farmers Market and McHenry Mansion, followed up by the Celebration of Lights Parade at 5 pm The Celebration of Lights Parade 2011 Theme is “Tinsel”



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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.