ArtView – New Beginnings

Art View
By Jim Christiansen
January starts at that nexus of out with the old, and new beginnings. Auld Lang Syne to favorite all woman cooperative Tri-Chromatic Gallery, closing early 2020. This hot spot will be missed, but indelible impression on Modesto Art Scene, with it’s on the edge and mystical art presentations, performance art, poetry, artist talks and workshops. The Writer’s Workshop was held there, craft nights, parties, Broadsides, concerts and music, hosted by a vibrant group of partners. Chelsea America, Brook Heathcoat, Zoe Toscano, founders, with Dana Koster and Summer Kraft added in, ran an all-female managed gallery, with massage therapy studio up on J Street. If you believe in reincarnation, there may be a future ahead, but the lease at current location will not be renewed.

New artists and old can still participate as exhibiting artists in Stanislaus Artists Open Studio Tour. Final registration deadline is January 15. The event is April 25 and 26, and maps this year will be FREE. Look for the new Instagram page for this Ninth Annual event at #stanislausaos. 30 artists had signed up by the October 31 early bird entry deadline, and is open to Stanislaus County artists in any media, with studio, or by arrangement to share a space. Originally developed from the Stanislaus Travel and Tourism Roundtable, the studio tour focuses on how and where art is created locally, and art is for sale during the event. The Purchase Prize Awards will continue this year, so fill out your forms to enter the drawing to win an original participating artist creation.

Leonardo: The Works, remembers Leonardo Da Vinci’s career in an 85 minute documentary January 8 at 7 pm. On the Big Screen at the State Theatre, the film features some biography and history of Leonardo, and images of his attributed paintings and drawings of the Renaissance Genius.

I have art at Barkin Dog Grill this month, until a new artist opens the new year for the January 16 Art Walk opening of the 2020 season. The art is for sale, with a mix of watercolors, ink wash and acrylic paintings. If interested in purchase, call me at 209-241-7130. Across the street during Art Walk is the 11th and J Street, Tresetti’s – Preservation Coffee Artists Corner. Nearby the Mistlin Gallery, and Chartreuse Muse. In the morning and lunch time, Picasso’s Gourmet Deli and Gallery. Over on K Street is Carolyn Huff’s Photography gallery. Up J Street is Still Smoking and the Dragonfly Art for Life studio. While downtown check out the art in the downtown restaurants and shops for works by local artists. Crow Trading, Intrinsic Elements, and Beads of Contentment are stops of interest, each loaded with creativity.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to support Local Artists. Take a class, buy a painting, make some pottery. Check out First Friday Downtown Market, Third Thursday Art Walk and the galleries. Walk by the Art Alley with the Classic State Theatre Mural and the DoMo Walls murals, and start looking for new murals to pop up in new locations during the Modesto 150 celebration to join the many murals already in downtown. If you have new art exhibits and events, please send your information to<> To reach me, email<>

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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.