July Art

Need new skills to stimulate your brain? The Art of Memory Enhancement at Mistlin Gallery
may be the Art Class in July for you. Visual and artistic exercises improve cognition

Choose between a quick workout or

more leisurely pace. Class at Mistlin
Gallery via the Central California Art
Association (CCAA), at $20 per session
July 6, 7 and 8. Register by phone
at 529-3396. Same class offered in six
sessions at the Senior Citizens Center
at 211 Bodem Street, 6 sessions at $50
July 27 through August 8.
The CCAA 58th Spring Show continues
at Mistlin Gallery through July
14. All the prize winners were noted
in special edition of the Modesto Bee,
and on fliers in the gallery, but one.
Phonsie Bates won the People’s choice
award via Spring Show Gala and first
week of gallery visitors votes for her
multimedia fish image creation. Jim
Christiansen has a solo show up at
Prospect Theater Project, that can be
viewed during PTP production “Lee
Marvin be Thine Name” running July
8-30, and during August Slam on Rye,
at 520 Scenic. The Cowboy World of Jo
Mora continues on through the month
at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, 355
E. F in Oakdale. And the mini canvas
show at Artel is continues this month
with quite a few sales in the 110 entries.
The Show is visible in the front window.
Regrettably, we note the passing
of Artel founder and owner Nora Faria
last month. She will be missed.
This past art walk, Chartreuse Muse
changed its quarterly exhibition to “Out
of Focus” by Geoff Wynne, with additional
work by Corey West and other
the Muse artist regulars. This exhibition
will be up through August. Modesto Art
Co-Op artists Sandy Lynn, Linda Knoll
and Jim Christiansen have paintings on
the front wall of the Stanislaus County
Library, near the tutoring center and
“The Little Shop” and were featured
at Art Walk. Sometimes overlooked,
the Library and McHenry Mansion gift
shop on 15th Street are Art Walk map
spots. At Jax on H, Art Walk coincided
with nonprofit Thursday benefitting and
making friends for the Mistlin Gallery.
For the rest of art walk, Gallery 909
the CSUS Student Gallery was open.
Mark Holden paintings shown at Serrano’s,
and Anne Heacox at Crow Trading,
and great photography show at
DEVA. Off the map spot Copper Rhino
had Vincent Sandoval III Art lamps,
and Rhythm Deluxe blues jam. The
Farmers Market at Gallo Center was
open with Rachel Renae. Azucar had
artists from Modesto Art Meet. For the
July Artwalk, Ale McGrew and Nate
Adams at Crow Trading, and the Valley
Sun Catchers Show opening at Mistlin.
Valley Sun Catchers will be up through
August 13, followed by the Mistlin Gallery
CCAA Members Show III. This
month’s Third Thursday Art Walk is
July 21.
Modesto Art Museum, still a miniprintmaking
show to enter in August,
but if you should start seeing large black
and white photo images popping up in
vacant downtown storefronts, blame
a public art project titled, “Meet your
Neighbors” sponsored by the MAM. I
had my photo taken with Cherub at Deva
during art walk, by photographer Jessica
Gomula and her able printmaking artist
assistant Andrew Cain. If you think the
Mistlin Gallery may have grown, the art
in the next door unit window is from the
Memorial Complementary Therapy Art
Class using the same “fill the window
with art” concept. Good marketing and
less dreary for downtown patrons to see
some activity, and what could be done
with these spaces.
Delicato Winery is now exhibiting
its 2011 Photography show at the tasting
room in Manteca. It runs through
July 23. Next regional show in our area
for Photographers will be at Mistlin
Gallery, with its photographer’s show
September 13 through October 13.
Finally a couple of adult art class
notes. The Tuesday life drawing sessions
continue each Tuesday night at
the ChartreuseMuse, 7 to 10 pm, $10/
session. No instructor. Bring your own
choice of media, and join in by using
the back door to the gallery, and up
the stairs to the upstairs studio. Chella
Gonsalves is offering a Critique class
at Mistlin Gallery, “Improve Your
Own Work” 4 to 6 pm, 4th Weds of the
month, or 1st Sat. through November.
$12 per walk ins, no more than 3 paintings
each per class. Chella will also be
offering a plein-aire class in August.
Register at the Mistlin Gallery at 1015 J
Street, Modesto.

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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.