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ArtView: Graffiti Summer

Art View
By Jim Christiansen

May the Fourth be with you. Reminder George Lucas Star Wars started a  trend in sci-fi Art. Check out any cos-play event, comic con, see where that fits in. May blooms with art events all over the area, and plenty of workshops and classes local and regional. Check the schedules at Mistlin
Gallery, Tri-Chromatic Gallery, Chartreuse Muse, Dragonfly Art for Life close to home, but venture out and see what else is offered in Turlock at Carnegie Art Center, the Bothwell Center for the Arts in Livermore, Lodi Art Association, Merced Multi-Cultural Center. And something new, the Un-workshop Open studio time started Fridays 5 to 8 pm at Mistlin Gallery. Bring your art supplies and go free form in the studio in a social setting. Intended artists 18 and over, FREE.

May 9th drop in 6 to 11 pm at CR2 featuring artists from the Central Valley Artist Facebook group. A new group of artists. Worth a look and a chance to see local art branch out of downtown. A lot of crafter and artisan events start happening in May and continue through summer. I saw quite a few art vendors at Earth Day in Graceada Park, and sure to see more at Graffiti Summer events and DoMo Market. Nice to see a booth from Harmony Enterprises, the Tie Dye iconic art business since 1979, May 12th Carnegie Art Center artisan market Sunday, May 12, noon to 4 pm, showcasing local artists, artisans and crafters.

I mentioned the Shire Community Space started their 2019 fundraising push last month. The Shire reports that their private show was a success and started their crowdfunding campaign for the next phase of construction. Tri-Chromatic Gallery has a subscription push to their Patreon page. Dana Koster has officially joined as a partner in the group. Writer’s Studio is May 10, featuring Eva Hagberg Fisher. Read Tri-
Chromatic Patreon writes up to on goals and plans for expansion.

Flowers and Still life featured show at Mistlin Gallery this month. Cyndy Davis is featured artist at Barkin Dog. Remember to come out Third Thursday for Art Walk. Tresetti’s, Carolyn Huff Gallery, more on the map, and you will find 11th Street alive with Art and music on the corner at Preservation Coffee, and the singing bowls at Beads of Contentment.

Good Day, Sacramento gave us excellent coverage of Modesto Art Scene in April, featuring Chella as lead into Stanislaus Artist Open Studio, followed by a profile of new studio gallery Dragonfly Art for Life. Hope we see more coverage from the Sacramento broadcasters. New art collaborations with Modesto Opera, the Mistlin Gallery Cabaret Series, Red-Tie Arts, Modesto Unplugged sure to get us some more air time.

June 1 and 2, I’ll be down with Art and Music in Livingston for the annual Riverdance Farms Pick and Gather. Interested vendors, artisans, and artists, we have room on the ranch if you’d like to join us. Check in with Cindy at and the website Always a great weekend by the Merced River, a short drive from Modesto, and U-Pick organic blueberries and
cherries, all ages event.



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.