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ArtView: Love For The Arts

ArtView: Love For The Arts
Jim Christiansen

February, the month of Valentine’s and Love, and love for the arts. What I love about Modesto and 209 we do have a diversity in the fine arts, music scene, dance, theatre, poetry, photography and more. So let’s dig into the candy box and see what is up in visual art this month.

The Photo Collective has a featured show at McHenry Museum, with a special tribute to R. Bearden. Hour noon to 4 Tuesday through Sundays all month. The display includes Vintage Cameras. Photographers participating Anthony Bearden, Lorraine Nilson, Jerry Wilson, Bill Calvin, Barbara Barbour, David Silva, Virginia White, Philip Johnson, Peter Lee, Bambi Schmidt, Kate Halloran, Jim Scott and Nguyen Li. Lorraine Nilson is also on display at the Kruse-Lucas gallery on Tully across from MJC.

Mistlin Gallery has an International Special solo show of world-class artist Saadi Al Kaabi. The Iraqi born artist presents “Discourse of Silence” through the 26th Opening Reception on February 4. This is truly a unique show! Sponsored by: Haider Al Kaabi, Rick and Wendy Allen, Mike and Katherine Newton, Vicki Reid, Gary L. Ermoian, and Marianne Ward.

Carnegie Arts Center down in Turlock has a new exhibition, “Valley Focus: Works by Deborah Barr and David Olivant. On view in the Ferrari Gallery, will be showing through March 19th. These two mixed media artists bring a vibrant energy to Carnegie. Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

The Chartreuse Muse has new featured artists Sarah Smith Aaronson and James Horning on display on Tenth Street. Great description in a scrolling form on the Chartreuse Muse Facebook page for a fuller description, or visit during Art Walk, February 17 for an Artist Talk to meet artists in person. That is Third Thursday, so the Muse, Mistlin Gallery, State Theatre, Dragonfly Art for Life, The Farmacy, Reform Pilates and E and E Studios all be on the map and open 5 to 8 PM.

If you love country road trips, I have a new opportunity to display some art at West Side Theatre out in Newman. Get your google map, take Crowslanding Road out that way, and meet this iconic landmark in the West part of our county. Noted for music, it is also the hub for the arts out that way, and in future columns, I will pass on the projects the board is working on. I am the inaugural artist for the theatre display but there will be ample opportunities to take my place in future.

The Shire Arts Collective, well known for local music does a featured visual artist each month on their Facebook page. For January that was Zoe Toscano. See who Is noted this month. Peer Recovery Art Project has art, but during Third Thursday have been doing music with the Vibes.

Come make family valentines at Mistlin Gallery, Saturday, February 12, as a drop-in Family Open Studio event from noon to 4 PM. $5 fee Looking ahead to March, expect the maps available for the Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour April 23 and 24.


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.