Art View By Jim Christiansen
There is quite a bit of new spring art in our community. For the Love of Art, and art events in Stanislaus County, the map booklets for April 14 and 15 Stanislaus Artists Open Studio Tour go on saleValentine’s Day. Available in print at galleries and stops around town, the $10 maps also available to order online via Paypal on the website. http://stanislausaos.wordpress.com phone: 209 222 TOUR.
Also new this month, Yvonne Porcuna Fiber Arts exhibition is now open at Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center.
For the love of Kid’s art, check the 37th Annual Young Masters Show at Mistlin Gallery. Lower Division Best of Show award winner is Kenna Blue Smith for an oil painting, “Glory of Blues.” Upper Division Best of Show award winner is Elizabeth Knoll for a charcoal drawing, “James M.” There are ten categories with place and honorable mention awards. This show has over 325 entries from students in Stanislaus County. The Reception and awards ceremony will be Sat. Feb. 11 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Central California Art Association also has the Educationally Interpretive Exhibition running as acompanion to the Young Masters Show, in the windows of the main gallery, andnext door to 1015 J Street. The model for exhibit developed by Eliot Eisner, Professor Emeritus of Education and Art Education at Stanford, and emphasizes forms of thinking and the connection in creating works of art for intended purposes.
Love a glass of wine with your Art Show, stop in February 4th at Delicato Vineyards Tasting Room for the Artists Reception and awards given out in their Annual Fine Arts Show. Modesto Artists you can toast as winners were David Bienkowski first in landscape, honorablemention in “other”, Mary Scheinuck also in “other”, Linda Knoll first in “whimsical”, Jennifer K. Machado honorable mention, Eliseo Contreras Vasquez also honorable mention in “whimsical” Emily Rhyslinge honorable mention in Animals category. I’ve got one painting in this show, and I recommend a glass of their Gnarly Head.
Love Bird Watching? The booklet “The Birding Sites of Stanislaus and Merced Counties” includes drawings by artist Fumiko Amano-Caine, now available at the Chartreuse Muse, Look for it during next Art Walk and stop in across the street at the CSU Stanislaus student run Gallery 909. Love coffee? See Adrian Luna’s interesting display at Serrano Social Club, and David Schroeder’s photography show at DEVA. One to see February 16 at Art Walk, Ed Cesena’s love of music and color scheduled at Crow Trading and costume model drawing at Mistlin. Don’t miss Tresetti’s Fat Tuesday festival, February 21, as we’ll have art there too.
Other show coming for artists submissions: Tracy Art League “Expressions 2012″ show will come up for receiving and entry, Feb 10 and 11. For application, limit 4 entries per artist, $12 non- members, $10 Tracy Art League members, $450 for best of show, cash awards for placing www.tracyartleague.org/Expressionswebpage.html
Mistlin will have the Central California Art Association members “Almond Blossom” and invitational ceramics show opening February 17, entries due immediately. Modesto Art Museum World Mini Art Expo opening April 3 at McHenry Museum, has entries due March 10. http://modestoartmuseum.org
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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.