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ArtView – Art, Jazz and Classics

Art View
By Jim Christiansen

March opens with Stanislaus Artist Open Studio maps going on sale from the 53 participating artists, or available at Mistlin Gallery, the Chartreuse Muse, or Carnegie Art Center. Maps are $10, students 18 and under get in free with map holder. The self-guided tour has 29 stops, many artist home studios, featuring what the artists do, where they do it. It helps to plan your Open Studio trek by getting your map early, plan your route. I will be at Moon and Sixpence Music and Art House, 500 9th Street this year for Open Studio weekend, with a variety of framed and unframed paintings, sketches, printmaking for sale. Maps also include a raffle entry form with possibility to win one of four Purchase Award winner original art creations.

Do you like champagne and chocolate? Plan to come to the first of the Grace Lieberman Cabaret concerts at Mistlin Gallery March 7. ”Clara The Woman in the Middle” features Karolina Syrovatkova as Clara Schumann, pianist, composer and wife of composer Robert Schumann and muse to Johannes Brahms. Performance is set in the 19th Century, and performed in the Mistlin Gallery. This intimate concert being presented by Central California Art Association-Mistlin Gallery Includes champagne and dessert for 21+. Tickets at Proceeds benefit the Mistlin Gallery and they are looking for sponsors.

During the off months, there is still a 3rd Thursday Art Walk on March 21 focused on J and 11th St, lead by Betty Kenny including Tresetti’s, Barkin’ Dog, Mistlin and other galleries open late and ModestoView sponsoring the music.

The Chartreuse Muse will host an artists reception for its current show, Flights of Fancy, featuring the work of local artists: Pam Ackles, Anna Barber, Don Hall, Nicole Slater, Suzanne Staud and Corey Watson. The reception held during Art Walk, 6 to 8 pm, open to the public, Thursday March 21. Elsewhere on Art Walk, Kate Pethoud works hang at Barkin Dog Grill this month. Ed Cesena sold a painting at Barkin Dog last month, so remember, much of the art you see downtown is available to purchase. Carolyn Huff Photography gallery is booking Spring Portraits. Get a map and check out more of Third Thursday venues like Still Smokin’ and Tri-Chromatic Gallery.

Dragon Fly – Art For Life opened up in January, the new spot on J Street. Part gallery, some time concert spot with Modesto Unplugged series, it’s an eclectic working studio space. Membership is $50 month, and the studio space set up for printmaking, class space of all kinds, and their Saturdays been well attended for their pour art painting sessions. Its an eclectic space, and now on Art Walk. To find 1210 J Street, its right next door to Crow Trading. It’s a big space, drop in to take a tour, check out their all ages class schedule and workshops.

The Black HeArts Market returns to the Queen Bean March 8. This is a market for struggling artists and musicians of the Central Valley. This market allows artists to show and sell their work to the public!
Artist Chella Gonsalves passed on this “best kept secret in Modesto! Chef Terence Braxtion, of Crave Cafe,” 2020 Coffee near Memorial Hospital. announced the continuation of Chella’s ‘en plein aire’ art show which is frequently changed-out with newer works. Chef Terence is a prize winning chef serving home-made soups and sandwiches. Have lunch with art and smooth jazz music and we hope to see you at our local art events.

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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.