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ArtView: Red Letter Day

Art View
By Jim Christiansen

It’s a red-letter day, we’ve reached the red tier, there is hope for the holidays. Thanksgiving this month, but this year you will have to wait for ModShop 2021. Red tier status does mean more opening of museums and galleries, so you will find Mistlin Gallery open limited hours, mask required Thursday and Friday 11 to 5 and Saturday noon to 4 pm. Mistlin has been open since October, and expect more activities in the gallery to resume as Covid-19 allows. The new Virtual Program, “Expose Yourself to Art” is seen on Facebook Live and posted on YouTube, featuring local artists, poets, writers, theater members, dance and more of the Modesto Arts Community. Most programs to date have been Sundays at 2 PM. Check with the Central California Art Association/Mistlin Gallery Facebook page for schedules.
This time of year, Mistlin would be hosting the Memorial Hospital Complementary Therapy Art group exhibition. With the pandemic, the group under director Galen Martin went Virtual and has posted 3 videos of showcasing their 2020 works. Theme and title of the show is Resilience in this link to video
The Mistlin Gallery life drawing group meets Wednesdays, masks on the artists 7 to 9 pm. Openings for models to pose available, and if interested contact the gallery. Paid gig. Within the gallery, and with the holiday season coming up, the gift shop is open, and local artists have art for sale on the walls.
Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock has reopened business hours Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM with 2 new shows running to January. “In this Time” and “cut-Up/cut-Out”
November 12 in Del Rio there will be the art auction and fundraiser for Cricket’s Hope Art Restores Kids program, as local artists produce special work inspired by ARK students. For information on the fundraiser, contact or 209 312-9991.
As the galleries re-open or extend activities, check-in with the ongoing classes at The Chartreuse Muse, Dragonfly-Art-For- Life for schedule and open hours. Modesto Conservatory of Theater, Art and Music is hosting free art classes 11 AM to 2 PM on Saturdays at their location at 10th and E Streets downtown. Kristy Moore is still reserving art activities on the patio at Queen Bean, now open for limited seating indoors. Kristy has been hard at work on her own art of small portraits, on paper, handbags and other items available at Queen Bean
My hardworking friend Phil Murillo has been creating some monumental paintings of late. One is a great rendition of MoBand in the Mancini Bowl I got to view walking by Peer Recovery Art Project on Tenth. PRAP will be offering pen and charcoal class with artist Jeff W. Ford soon as restrictions allow. Jordi Camps will continue doing the outdoor patio art show each day at Picasso’s at 10th and J. I’m not sure when Barkin Dog Grill will resume indoor service, but my art will come down, and Valentino Alexander’s will go up. Currently, Valentino showing in the Mistlin Gallery window display.
I’m giving thanks to having completed the studio build at my house, in time to resume watercolors, coffee cats, more painting and woodblock murals out of the sun and rain. Welcome to have more visitors, with quite a bit of art for sale ready for the holidays. If interested text or call for an appointment at 209-241-7130.

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.