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ArtView – September 2015


Art View
By Jim Christiansen

Oktoberfest is around the corner and there are vintage events to enliven the Season. Carnegie Arts Center pops the cork with its annual Gala and opening of the Alphonse Mucha- The Golden Age of Art Nouveau.. The Gala is September 12, show opens September 13. Organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, 70 original works featured by the major Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha,, 1890-1910. .

Yosemite Renaissance XXX is currently showing at Carnegie through October 4. This Annual competition opened at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in February before traveling to the Kings Art Center in Hanford, then on to Carnegie Arts Center. Its purpose is to cultivate diverse contemporary expressions of Yosemite and the Sierra by today’s artists.

Jordi Camps will open his show this month at Wente Family Vineyards in Livermore. Large format art, you can sample Jordi’s art at the winery, or downtown at Picasso’s Gourmet Deli and Gallery. Sue Siefkin will be showing her Art Quilts with six other art quilters at Shenandoah Vineyards starting September 1. Opening will be September 12, 1 to 3 pm, at the winery, 12300 Steiner Rd in Plymouth. I have a trio of watercolors in the tasting room, with artist Joe Lee at Watts/Upstream Wines in Lodi.

Collision IV, photography and poetry at Mistlin Gallery was the big event during August Art Walk with plenty of wine, photographers and poets on hand for readings. This unique show, a fusion of photography and poetry collaboration continues this month, and if you miss it, there is a book for sale. A packed house for Art Walk. A Celebration of the Figure at Mistlin, opens September 15 to October 9 – 30 artists. Lori DiMuro is the hosting artist with a show limited to 30 artists.

Over at the Chartreuse Muse, Abstract paintings and jewelry by Corey Watson will be carried over until next month, when the artist talk during Art Walk includes Hard Cider tasting. Coming soon, the Muse upstairs studio will become a full service Mud Room for clay and ceramics, with wheels, tables, clay, glazes, and available studio time. This should start October 1st. Later this fall Nicole Slater and Tammy Jo Schoppet will combine for a show at the Muse. Nicole’s studio is close by at the Artists Loft, above Slater’s Home Furnishings. Preservation Coffee and Tea will have concluded its voting for best of show for its August Art Show August 31. Look for results this month.

The Art Gallery at Modesto Junior College, located on the East Campus will feature 8 Artists in a show billed as Post Rural Artists. Opening August 31, the show features the works of Trey Hill, Brad Allen, Noah Wilson, Kevin Bell, Nicole Petrantoni, Edgar Smith, Matt Harmon and James Bailey. Artist Reception will be held September 10 at the MJC gallery, 5:30 to 7:30.
Coming up in October is the Carriage Show by Valley Art Association. Entries delivered October 15 for the show run October 17 and 18. That same weekend, I will be in the Wood Colony Community Event, October 17 with artists Andrew Walther and Alice Kinser, at the Walther Ranch, way out Blue Gum. September is also a good month for Harvest festivals, including Bloomingcamp in Oakdale, and the Modesto International Architectural Festival. Meanwhile I’m headed to San Francisco Comedy Day, September 20 in Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park. The Event is free, and a lot of fun.

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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.