Author Archive: Jim Christiansen

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.

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Art Is In The Air

Art Is In The Air

Art View, Art is in the Air By Jim ChristiansenFebruary is the month when you might find Valentine’s Art gifts cheaper than chocolates in our downtown Art District. The galleries have art and crafter gifts at The Chartreuse Muse, Peer Recovery Art Project, Mistlin Gallery, Dragonfly Art for Life, along with Intrinsic Elements, Beads of […]

By January 31, 2024 Read More →
New Year New View

New Year New View

Art View: New Year New ViewBy Jim Christiansen Happy New Year. We go into 2024 with new resolutions, new activities, and changes to some longstanding traditions. Here is some of what is coming up in the Modesto Art Scene in the coming year. January 28 is the last day to enter the Stanislaus Artist Open […]

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Art Makes a Great Gift

Art Makes a Great Gift

ArtView Art Makes Great GiftsBy Jim Christiansen December, our last 31 days of 2023, includes holiday shopping days and end-of-the-year closeouts. If you went to the end-of-November Shop Local Saturday, with Handmade Arts and resurrected Mod Shop, thank you for supporting local artists. You can still resist the big box stores and find locally created gift ideas […]

By December 7, 2023 Read More →
Fall Into Art

Fall Into Art

Fall Into Art  By Jim Christiansen September is the month of Labor Day weekend, Oktoberfest season, Fall Festivals, and Fall Art Classes. The Third Thursday Art Walk is on September 14, and as Modesto View often focuses on music and community events, it’s worth noting that the art venues are multi-taskers. The Modesto Conservator, located […]

By September 1, 2023 Read More →
Hot August Art

Hot August Art

ArtView Hot August ArtBy Jim Christiansen The Art Scene is hoping that Hot August Nights will be cooler than July’s triple-digit temperatures. The weather forecast says this may be the case, but there were a few things that made July so hot in the arts. Musicians and friends performed a concert to say goodbye to […]

By August 5, 2023 Read More →
Art is Modestocana

Art is Modestocana

Art is ModestocanaBy Jim Christiansen Our Modesto View July theme is Modestocana/Americana, celebrating the history of Modesto.  150th Fourth of July Parade, Graffiti Summer, MoBand, and more.  Images of Modesto icons on display at the Chartreuse Muse with paintings by Bill Harris and Jonathon Troxler with new ceramics by Don Hall, and bicycle and airplane themes of Dean […]

By July 18, 2023 Read More →
Cars and the Arts

Cars and the Arts

ArtView: Cars and the ArtsBy Jim Christiansen As we approach the 50th anniversary of American Graffiti’s release, Cars, and the Arts will begin June at Kruse-Lucas Imports Gallery on Tully Road. From June through August, photographer Rick Raef will showcase his Graffiti Car Art Exhibit, celebrating Modesto and California Car Culture. All proceeds from the […]

May the Art Be With You

May the Art Be With You

May the Art Be With You By Jim Christiansen   May the Fourth be with you. April was taken up with the Stanislaus Artist Open Studio for 50 artists on the weekend tour. There was no time during the event to catch up with other artists while hosting visitors at the home studio. I was in studio […]

Artistic Synergy

Artistic Synergy

Art View Artistic SynergyBy Jim Christiansen February, only 28 days, Black History month, thoughts of love and Valentines, gift shopping, collaborative synergy, and artistic collaborative collisions. The second month of 2023 of workshops and classes, local artists at work, and of course, art for sale. Get your visits to the gallery and local venue gift […]

By February 6, 2023 Read More →
Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping

Art View Holiday Shopping By Jim Christiansen Holiday shopping is in full swing this month. Art Walk comes up 10 days before Christmas on December 15, and I’ll be one of the Artists with a table at Mistlin Gallery with wine frogs, coffee cats, calendars for sale, along with other local CCAA member Artists. All […]

By November 29, 2022 Read More →
Autumn Colors

Autumn Colors

ArtView: Autumn ColorsBy Jim Christiansen October, the month of Autumn leaves, magic in the air, and even “Monster In Me”.  Mid-month is my birthday, and I’ve often picked the “Monster in Me” theme participating in the “Art of Hope”-Art Restores Kids, Cricket’s Hope Fundraiser which will be held again in the Del Rio area on […]

By October 2, 2022 Read More →
Art View: Hot August Art

Art View: Hot August Art

Art View: Hot August Art By Jim Christiansen Hot August Nights in the 209, a time of car shows, late summer cruising, kid’s art camps, heated Art Walk and pop-up Art and Crafter shows.  Modesto lost a long-time supporter, and sometimes guerilla promoter of many of these fun community activities in Carman King. Otherwise known […]

By August 5, 2022 Read More →
ArtView- No Art Drought

ArtView- No Art Drought

By Jim Christiansen Into the heart of Summer, no drought in Art in Modesto. Summer classes and workshops going on at Mistlin Gallery, Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, Dragonfly Art for Life. First Friday Market will open the month, July 1, an extended 4th of July weekend. Kristy Moore and the BlackHearts artists among the […]

ArtView: Hot Summer Nights

ArtView: Hot Summer Nights

ArtView: Hot Summer NightsBy Jim Christiansen Time for the Hot summer nights. June 3 is the First Friday Market downtown on Tenth Street. More art vendors in this evolving event. Chartreuse Muse plans a demo outside the gallery. Graffiti USA Car Museum will have an Open House and BBQ Chicken dinner and open the gift […]

ArtView: April Showers Us With Art

ArtView: April Showers Us With Art

ArtView: April Showers Us With ArtBy Jim Christiansen April showers us with art quilts at MJC East and Mistlin Gallery, a new show at Chartreuse Muse. Janet Hardie is at the Kruse-Lucas gallery on Tully Rd, across the street from the MJC Art Gallery, and another Third Thursday Art Walk in Mix. Do not be […]

By April 5, 2022 Read More →