ArtView – New Art New Year

Art View
By Jim Christiansen

The New Year has arrived, and time to remind artists if you haven’t signed up for the Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour, the deadline is January 15. Applications email is<> Maps for the April 7 and 8 Open Studio weekend go on sale in March, which will have all the participating artists, and list this year’s purchase prize give away original art. Purchase award finalists works purchased for 2018 include Don Hall, Linda Knoll, Lorraine Nilson, Lori Sala and Henrietta Sparkman. I’ll be on the map again this year, fun event to come visit, meet local artists in the work space.

FotoModesto will come up all next month in various spots downtown. Photographer Rebecca Harvey will get a head start at Barkin’ Dog, as featured artist for the January and February Art Walk. Ed Cesena art will be up at Barkin Dog through January 17. Valetino Alexander will be the featured artist at Ralston’s Goat during Art Walk January 18. Visit all the Art Walk venues to check out what’s going on with local artists, find some original art values to go on your walls.

“Abstracts, Figures and Impressions” show opens in January at the Mistlin Gallery. Title tells the tale of what’s on display. I get to be a featured CCAA member artist in the front window area for the month of January, but will also have some paintings in this members show, with all art on display for sale.
Want to go to Cartoon Camp? Patrick Barr hosts one at Mistlin Gallery, January January 3,4, and 5 at 4 pm for ages 10 and up. Adults welcome. The 3 three hour sessions cover character design, comics, marker techniques and more. Contact Mistlin Gallery for details.

Merced Art Hop comes up January 20. This quarter’s theme is “Humanity” and will be exhibited at many venues along Main Street and Canal Streets. Other art events to enter, or visit coming up include the Tracy Expressions show, Delicato Winery Fine Arts show in the Manteca Tasting Room, and ongoing exhibits, classes at Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock. The Carnegie will feature Valley Focus Photography show this month.

Coming to downtown soon is the Shire Community Space, expected to be located on H Street. Check your Facebook news feed, or the reposts we do on Artist of Modesto Facebook page to find their fundraising events, and help support a new addition to the downtown art and music scene. (See Interview Page 14)

Out of town note. I’m following in the footsteps of Rita Barbano and Clay Bedford and joining the Delta Gallery in Brentwood, California. Nice spot, and noticed other friends from our area in the crowd at show I attended in November. Many of our local artists show out of the county, in Bay Area, Monterey, and regionally like Sue Siefkin fabric art in Portland, Oregon. Buy Original Art from local artists as part of your New Year’s resolutions.



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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.