By Jim Christiansen
Trick or Treat.
The Trick is writing the column with the usual Art in Modesto event and show information, and getting in some plugs for my birthday month and shows I’ve got going. Café DEVA has a new art hanging system, and my art is first to hang from it, through this month. Other artists are being added as I write the column, and they have new local music cd area on the wall between music icons. My art in the Mistlin Gallery Autumn Art Festival members show, on the same wall as the People’s Choice Award, last to be announced, won by Chelsea America for her water color, “Your Wife Sucks” satiric view of domestic chores like vacuuming. The CCAA Members Show at Mistlin will continue to October 24. A couple of classes to note at Mistlin, are four-week session “Inspiring Women in Art” with Susan Rossman on Saturdays, starting October 8, and Patrick Barr’s “Cartooning for Kids” meeting Wednesday afternoons starting October 26. Patrick has been hosting Art Classes over at Queen Bean recently, and very good with students.
Queen Bean was the Site of the Modesto Artist Salon Group Show September 17, pretty well attended by group artists and visitors. They’ll be back again, but their October gig is Harvest Festival in downtown Modesto October 15. It is an all-day event, and while I am a group member, my contribution is one of the canopies. I’m tied up doing my Birthday Open Studio over October 14, 15 and 16, before I’m retirement age on Monday. My hours will be 1 pm to 5 pm, with the garage studio open, dining room gallery, and most of the art up for sale. I have a lot, and this will help me get ready for the April county wide Open Studio. This Open Studio a new version of my annual October adventure, so feel free to come by, talk, view, even possibly pose for art. Merced Art Hop takes place Saturday October 15, about the time I close, so might see you there. Come by Ralston’s Goat for Comedy Show after Art Walk to find the funny and party to cap the week.
Art Walk map did add some new stops, and I got to open in September for Doubletree Hotel, with featured music guest Mattea Overstreet. Downtown Tinkertank, Never Boring Designs, and Tresetti’s also new to the map. www.modestoartwalk.com Chartreuse Muse opened its new Clay Studio September 15. Check out their new show with Don Hall and class schedule. Carnegie Art Center Ends its run October 9 of the Yosemite Renaissance XXX1 show celebrating the Carnegie and National Park Service 100-year anniversary. Show to watch for, the annual Memorial Complementary Therapy Show at Misting Gallery opens October 25. After that, the Home for the Holidays Show November 20, with the emphasis of the scary idea of Buy Art from Local Artists. Which is another reason I’m doing an Open Studio at my house, as I’ve had good luck in that department. So if you like my art, come see me October 14 to 16, at 537 Bodem Street, where I write the monthly Art View Column.