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ArtView – Thankful November

Art View
By Jim Christiansen

Much to be thankful for in November.
Zombie Apocalypse likely ended with All Saints Day, or sooner as Halloween gives way to Christmas and Winter Holiday shopping season. Mod Shop comes up November 28. Featured Saturday after Thanksgiving its get up and shop time from local artists and crafters. Before that, many other craft and arts fairs and pop up shops appear around the county, downtown and around Modesto. Preservation Coffee and Tea is rumored to have a pop up shop on second Saturdays. However you find us, consider buying original art and creations from local artists.

Mistlin Gallery will feature the Memorial Hospital Complementary Therapy Group show of Art of Cancer Survivors. This annual show inspiring, often adding poetry into the mix of paintings, sculpture and other creations. Show runs to November 13. On the 14th, Mistlin Gallery opens its Home for the Holidays member show that runs to end of December. Congratulations to new Central California Art Association President Tony Pooler, for taking on the executive duties of the Mistlin Gallery organization.

Chartreuse Muse will continue the 2gether show by Nicole Slater and Tammy Jo Schoppet. Their opening October 10th, one of the best attended in recent memory. Muse also featuring other art and gift ideas as we get closer to Yule tide.

Modspot will have art for sale, but also offering professional art classes with Esther Weinapple at the gallery on 13th and J, starting October 24, but continuing for four sessions. This is something new for them, and Esther did classes and taught with the Stanislaus Arts Council. Classes are popping up all over. Carol Earle has been hosting the free classes at Michael’s. Chartreuse Muse, Mistlin Gallery, Carnegie Arts Center also offer art classes for children and adults.

Art Walk will be November 19, and Carolyn Huff Photography Gallery at 13th and K, Preservation Coffee and Still Smoking all good spots to drop in, if you haven’t already. Barkin Dog and PRAP gallery open, and you might stop in at Trevino Barber Shop, in the old Gallery 909 stop. Art Walk always a good night to pick up something in original art by local artists.

In Turlock, Carla Bengston art on display at the Art Space on Main, 139 Main Street. Next door is the Building Imagination Center. Carnegie Arts Center is not far away, with the Alphonse Mucha show running through January 10, now with the companion Organics show in the lobby. Carnegie has been offering music with art during the month. Check their website for events. A stop in Turlock to consider for the holidays, First Street Frame Company.

My October show “just add coffee” was a success for a one day event, but that means some art coming home, and being redistributed. I will be changing out the art I have up at Papachino’s on J Street and Hinkley Optical on 16th Street. If you like my art, the home studio a good place to catch me, and I may do a pick up open studio this month, ahead of the family holiday fun we’re having at my house. Email me if interested, or have events to note for next month.<>

If you’re an artist interested in being part of the 2016 Stanislaus County Artist Open Studio tour, there are forms available at Mistlin Gallery, or check out the event website at for information. Deadline is January 15, artist registration fee $75.



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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.