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BargainView By Monica Barber Enjoy Modesto! Getting out of the house and enjoying the beautiful weather is a great way to change your perspective. As Ms. M approaches change & life boldly she makes her way through the crowd at Farmers Market in Downtown Modesto this morning realizing the new month has great things to […]

By May 2, 2017 Read More →
5 Questions with Jim Christiansen

5 Questions with Jim Christiansen

5 Questions with Jim Christiansen by Monica Barber     For much of the last decade it has been the status quo to move forward, boldly plunging into the depths of contemporary art in the forefront of community. One of many local talented artists, Jim Christiansen has proven that art offers boundless opportunities for ingenuity, narrative, […]

By April 21, 2017 Read More →
BargainView: Lovely Spring

BargainView: Lovely Spring

Lovely Spring! by Monica Barber It’s a lovely spring day filled with sprinkles of rain, and rays of sunshine in Downtown Modesto. As Ms. M gets the final punch on her Preservation Coffee card and her free drink, she realizes it doesn’t matter if you’re a townie or a visiting out-of-towner: getting a deal when […]

By April 1, 2017 Read More →
5 Questions with Creative Refuge

5 Questions with Creative Refuge

5 Questions with Creative Refuge by Monica Barber     Haylee White is a humanitarian photographer that lives in the Modesto Area, balances her time between local humanitarian causes, crafting jewelry & clothing and makes her way in the area documenting the beautiful people she meets and sharing candid portraits of them on her Facebook […]

By March 31, 2017 Read More →
March is Marvelous! BargainView

March is Marvelous! BargainView

BargainView March is marvelous! March says goodbye to the cold winter and gives a warm welcome to spring. There’s something for everyone in the month of March; outdoor enthusiasts can say hello to warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, students and teachers anticipatespring break, garden lovers celebrate the beginning of the new growing season as flowers bloom and who doesn’t love St Patrick’s Day?  It’s time for the senses […]

By March 1, 2017 Read More →
Open Possibilities: Tri-Chromatic Gallery opens the possibility of play in art

Open Possibilities: Tri-Chromatic Gallery opens the possibility of play in art

Open Possibilities: Tri-Chromatic Gallery opens the possibility of play in art by Monica Barber It’s hard to walk through the streets of Modesto these days without seeing an image of art. The Art community in Modesto has grown extensively in the last few years. The newest offering is Tri-Chromatic Gallery created by local artists Brook […]

By February 16, 2017 Read More →
5 Questions with Matt Davis

5 Questions with Matt Davis

5 Questions with Matt Davis  by Monica Barber     When Matt Davis relocated from Alaska a couple years ago he planned to sing his heart out and well he was only half right about that. Quickly finding true love and a balance for music he still has a big heart but it’s hardly run […]

By February 1, 2017 Read More →
Bargain View Fabulous February

Bargain View Fabulous February

Bargain View Fabulous February Everything about February is fabulous! Ms. M feels like everything is coming up roses and hearts for everyone as she finds herself window shopping in Mchenry Village. The stores have begun their transformation for Valentine’s Day and it reminds this doll that this it may be shortest month of the year but that makes it the perfect time to make it […]

By February 1, 2017 Read More →
Welcoming WALLS at Tri Chromatic Gallery

Welcoming WALLS at Tri Chromatic Gallery

Welcoming WALLS at Tri Chromatic Gallery By Monica Barber Modesto area art aficionados have eagerly been counting down the days until the soft opening of Tri Chromatic Gallery on January 20Th. Breaking down barriers, the inaugural experience, WALLS invites guests to participate in a silent auction of artwork and massage work and enjoy cocktails with […]

By January 17, 2017 Read More →
5 Questions with Patty Castillo Davis

5 Questions with Patty Castillo Davis

5 Questions with Patty Castillo Davis by Monica Barber   In a business known for being predominately male and quite difficult to navigate, singer-songwriter Patty Castillo Davis has made it look easy by managing, for many years over, to maintain not only the adoration of her family and fans but the admiration of her peer musicians, both […]

By January 8, 2017 Read More →
BargainView: Jumpstart the New Year

BargainView: Jumpstart the New Year

BargainView:Jumpstart the New Year By Monica Barber Jumpstart the month of January and welcome in the New Year with joy and good cheer. As Ms. M sips a hot cocoa at Preservation Coffee she picks up on the spark of hope in the air that only comes around as the year begins. With hope brings […]

By January 1, 2017 Read More →
5 Questions with Jordan Waters

5 Questions with Jordan Waters

5 Questions with Jordan Waters by Monica Barber It’s a late afternoon and there’s a crowd in the living room at the Queen Bean Coffee House. Always positively engaging Jordan Waters greets everyone in the room with a smile and a warm hug before turning his attention to suggest we go outside for a sit down. With an ageless energy and passion, Jordan Waters has been playing music for more than […]

By December 6, 2016 Read More →
5 Questions with Modesto’s Salacious Wizard Cult

5 Questions with Modesto’s Salacious Wizard Cult

5 Questions with Modesto’s Salacious Wizard Cult by Monica Barber   Salacious Wizard Cult (SWC) is an anomaly among bands in the Modesto scene. While most young bands go for the loudest, the flashiest, and the hippest, this local duo opts for deliberate although quite-Technicolor-restraint over the typical bravado. The singer-songwriting duo is comprised of beat mastermind Stephen Cowdrey and vocalist Stephanie Aderholt. The idea for the SWC originated from a daydream […]

By November 1, 2016 Read More →
BargainView: Change of November

BargainView: Change of November

BargainView: Change of November by Monica Barber November brings the change of time, weather, and it definitely brings some serious cause for Ms. M to stay in and enjoy an intimate evening with a cup of hot chocolate and good company. While she prefers to stay in this time of year, there’s always a chance […]

By November 1, 2016 Read More →
Catching up with Summer Krafft: Poet, Performer and Community Advocate

Catching up with Summer Krafft: Poet, Performer and Community Advocate

Catching up with Summer Krafft: Poet, Performer and Community Advocate By Monica Barber Summer Krafft emerges from the street entrance of The Queen Bean Coffeehouse, walking with normal-human steadiness in her comfortable flats, greeting myself and then the employees by name, the appearance of an intimidating confidence melts away with the warmth of an disarming hug, endearing large eyes and the prominence of a huge smile. Graciously she apologizes for being […]

By October 18, 2016 Read More →