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Spring Art Shines

Modesto Art Walk

3rd Thursday Art Walk

For those who attend Downtown Modesto Third Thursday Art Walk, this month marks State Theatre’s return to film nights Thursdays, as it ended its art walk entry after a successful 3.5 year run. Many of the usual suspects, Mistlin Gallery, Anderson Gallery and Frame Shop, the Chartreuse Muse, Crow Trading, Barkin’ Dog Grill continue on. In addition Serrano’s Social Club, Helping Hands Massage and Aromatherapy, Intrinsic Elements, C;est Jolie, and the CSU Stanislaus student Gallery 909 on Tenth Street, are all open February 17. Off the map venues as Jax on H Street, Tuolumne River Trust offices, and sometimes DEVA, usually open Art Walk night. Next month the map changes again, so remember to look for the next six-month line up. Another new venue downtown featuring art and art jewelry is Rebel’s on J Street.

A special show offering by Modesto Art Museum organization, “Airmail 100 Celebrating 100 Years of Official Airmail.” The exhibit is open through March 6, at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I Street, Modesto. For more information on the exhibit and Modesto’s own municipal airport’s 100 year history in aviation and airmail, see web site at

Mistlin Gallery features the annual Young Masters show of student works from around the county. This juried and award bestowing show will be open thru February 6. Mistlin Gallery, neighboring Chartreuse Muse on Tenth, and Artel Art Center in McHenry Village, all have art classes scheduled. Check with them at the galleries, online or by phone for more details. CCAA Mistlin gallery calendar at

Artel Art Center at and posts an online newsletter. All are on facebook, along with event listing page “Artists of Modesto.”

Jack Morris is still holding onto the Chartreuse Muse Life Drawing group Tuesday nights, in the upstairs studio with a rotation of short poses, to one long pose in three hour sessions 7 to 10 p.m. Only $10, this supports local art models.

David Bienkowski will be teaching painting classes through Modesto Parks & Recreation, held at the Senior Center Bodem @ Scenic. His first section of six classes for $40 continue through February and a new offering begins March 21. Monday afternoons 1 to 4 p.m., this is a value.

Other events coming up nearby, include the Annual show at Delicato Family Vineyards Tasting Room runs through February 6. Tracy Art League 2011 20th annual Expressions show, receiving of entries in person Feb 11, 12. Show runs Feb 13 to Feb 26 Link for more information and entry form

In March, 51st Spring Art Annual Lodi Community Art Center call to artists! Show open to all artists in 9 categories with the theme of Renaissance in Lodi. Artwork accepted with entry form March 4th & 5th, 2011. Saturday and Sunday March 19th & 20th the exhibit is open 11am – 5pm and is free to the public! 1373 Lakewood Mall, Lodi.

Further ahead, CCAA Spring Show iscoming up, and vendors and artists sought for the Riverdance Farms Pick andGather June 4 and 5 in Livingston, and spring schedule Merced Art Hops in downtown Merced.

For my own shows since last writing this column, I have five paintings up at California institute of Mental Health in Sacramento as do Stanislaus County Artists Keena Wells, Mark Bixby, Michael Anderson and Tami Dejavoo. I also have a solo show at University of California, Riverside Alumni and Visitors Center, six watercolors at Tresetti’s, and in Stockton at Mezzo’s, new restaurant at 3499 Brookside 13 paintings on the walls. Check out the portfolio posted at and feel free to pop me a message at with information to help me write the column.

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by Jim Christiansen



Posted in: stage & art

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.