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ArtView – September 2011

Art View

By Jim Christiansen


September is crowded with art events from our various visual art organizations.

“Art in the Garden” fundraiser for the Central California Art Association, is September 24, 10-5 pm.  A nine stop tour featuring seven unique private residence garden environments in the Graceada Park and LaLoma neighborhoods, and the Queen Bean  and Mistlin Gallery as public venues.  Each stop is different, with over thirty local artists in locales as diverse as artist’s home studio space, musician’s garden space in progress, historical or architecturally significant home, public coffee house environment, and garden enthusiast residences.  A wine and cheese pairing will be served at stop six, the Mistlin Gallery, which is simultaneously hosting its annual Photography Show.  Music from 2 to 4 pm, provided at stop nine, by the Gloria Scott Band.  To get a map of the locations, to see who is showing in what garden and décor, buy your $20 ticket/map today.  Proceeds benefit the 501 c 3 nonprofit CCAA/Mistlin Gallery.  I am showing with other artists at stop number three.  It is a self-guided tour, and the Graceada Park loop can be walked, and the whole route bicycle friendly, but art will be for sale at each location. Carpools a good idea.


The Mistlin Gallery Photography Show runs Sept 13 to Oct. 13. Central California Art Association will host the Mistlin Gallery Photography show exhibiting regional photo clubs.  Modesto Camera Club, Sonora Photo Club, Photo Journey and CCAA members will exhibit a range of work from fine art photographic prints to computer images.  The reception is Third Thursday Art Walk, Sept. 15 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Refreshments and music are provided and free to the public. Tuesday-Friday:11:30 am 5:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 to 4:00 pm.  Also showing:  the extended CCAA FallMembers Show, and extended Valley Sun Catchers Show and Summer Children’s Art Class display through September 10.  Some of my own paintings are displayed in the Fall Members Show, and I will more out on display and for sale at the John Griswold Global Music concert series, with Sahnas, Sunday, September 11.  Tickets for that event, can be purchased at art walk venue Intrinsic Elements on J Street.


Modesto Art Museum International Architecture festival runs September 13th through 18th   and celebrates architecture, design, and our community with six days of fun and exciting events happening in downtown Modesto. Details about these events along with information onarchitecture tours and exhibits can be found on our website at: (see the Interview with Bob Barzan on page XX for more info and schedule.)

Following its Architectural Festival, Modesto Art Museum presents its first Annual World Mini Print Expo.  Show is planned as an annual celebration of the art of the print in all its forms, including  relief, intaglio, planographic and stencil.  Show runs September 20th to October 2nd  at the McHenry Museum.


September is the month the Downtown Modesto Art Walk does its semi annual revision of the official Art Walk Map.  For the next six months, the official line up is 8 venues, including Anderson Frame Shop andGallery,  Chartreuse Muse, Crow Trading,  Barkin Dog Grill, Intrinsic Elements, Mistlin Gallery, Gallery 909 and the Serrano Social Club.  For updates on the art walk, see


Up atMcHenry Village, Artel is planning another mini painting show, details at the shop.  Display will be in the front window.


Turlock comes back into the Stanislaus County Art Scene in a big way with the GrandRe-Opening of the Carnegie Arts Center, September 10.  The landmark on Broadway in Turlock, rebuilt with substantial additions.  Its premiere show will feature the photographic works of legendary photographer  Ansel Adams  September 10 to January  8.  This is a great opportunity to see one of  the icons of American Photography locally in “Ansel Adams’ California.” 

And the icon of Surrealism, Salvador Dali, on display with 100  watercolor prints, in “Dali Illustrates the Divine Comedy” showing at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, through  September 23.  Show was originally commissioned by the Italian Government in 1957, to illustrate Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy, 33 canto poem, often considered the greatest of  Medieval European literary works, with its epic symbolic journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.

Coming up in early October, with a Call for Artists, is the Women of Western Art show October 7 through 9th in Oakdale at the Rodeo Grounds.  Lots of activities involved in this annual Oakdale art event, with a live auction, BBQ, children’s art show and artists demos.  For more information email

September 10, there will be a display for the Remember 9.11 Prepare Poster contest.  The fund for this is the Stanislaus Community Foundation.  For rules, and more information, contact Carman King, 521-8317.  

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Looking for Artists! 

Stanislaus Arts Council is seeking paid artists to teach in schools.  Instruction by a person wholoves what he or she does, is stimulating and makes learning fun.  Learn more about the popular STARS program. Please call us at 209 558-8628 or e-mail at to see how you can participate and give something back to this wonderful community.


Areas of interest are: Drawing, painting, paper arts, collage, mask making, fiber arts, sculpture, graphic design, theater arts, folk dance, play making, creative movement, music, storytelling, cartooning and more



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.