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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ArtView: Modesto is Brighter with Art

ArtView: Modesto is Brighter with Art

ArtView: Modesto is Brighter with Art By Jim Christiansen Independence Day is here, and more galleries and venues re-opening in Modesto.  Art Walk is rumored to get a restart and new shows on display with more visiting hours.  You can see the venues gearing up with the new parking striping on J Street, and the […]

ArtView: Arts Alive

ArtView: Arts Alive

Art View: Arts Alive By Jim Christiansen Graffiti Summer has been rescheduled until August. You can do the traditional cruise tour of the many murals downtown and up McHenry fun until the new car shows and parades return. Kruse Lucas Gallery will be celebrating the return of the Graffiti Parade and Car Show with art […]

ArtView: May Day

ArtView: May Day

Art View: May Day By Jim Christiansen May Day brings more flowers and good news than alarm bells this year, as venues and events starting to bloom and open. Summer class registration and schedules going at Chartreuse Muse, Dragonfly Art for Life, Queen Bean, Mistlin Gallery and the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock. Kaila Kindley […]

ArtView: April Showers May Flowers

ArtView: April Showers May Flowers

ArtView: April Showers May Flowers By Jim Christiansen April showers bring May Flowers and sunny spring days, gardening and Earth Day. Good month for Plein Air painting, activities in the park. Art Skulk Number 2, the daytime version, takes place April 10, 10 am to 2 pm at 224 and 230 Sycamore across from Graceada […]

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ArtView: Art from Chaos

ArtView: Art from Chaos

ArtView: Art from Chaos By Jim Christiansen I don’t know if “Beware the Ides of March” appropriate this year. Mid-month may see the further recovery of the Arts Scene as more of us get vaccinated, more venues begin to open once again.  Mistlin Gallery has had a slow open after Valentine’s Day and Life Drawing […]

By March 4, 2021 Read More →
ArtView: Love and Art

ArtView: Love and Art

ArtViewBy Jim Christiansen Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, the Abbreviated month of February is upon us. A shortlist of open venues, and art events in the age of pandemic make this column a challenge to write. Not a lot of changes since last monthHope springs with the vaccine rollout. As one of the senior artists 65 […]

By January 31, 2021 Read More →
ArtView: New Year Subject to Change

ArtView: New Year Subject to Change

ART VIEW: New Year Subject to ChangeBy Jim Christiansen Art in the Time of COVID. Nice to have the vaccine news hitting as I write the Art View column. There is still disruption in all our lives, as more reschedules, cancellations affect everyone. That includes the local artists. Many of us still creating, painting, adding […]

By December 29, 2020 Read More →
ArtView: Shades of Red and Purple

ArtView: Shades of Red and Purple

Art ViewBy Jim Christiansen Last month, we entered the Holiday season in the Red Zone. As I write the column, we are back to the purple, but there seems to be some changes that aren’t quite a full step backwards. There are some December art events still on the schedule. Galleries still on restricted hours, […]

By December 3, 2020 Read More →
ArtView: Red Letter Day

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 […]

By November 4, 2020 Read More →
Art View: Ever-Evolving ARt

Art View: Ever-Evolving ARt

Art ViewJim Christiansen For October and November, the pandemic has knocked out two Annual favorite art events until 2021. Stanislaus Artist Open Studio scheduled for October 10 and 11, has been rescheduled to April of next year. ModShop posted that 2020 event has been cancelled, to resume in 2021. One art event that will take […]

By October 3, 2020 Read More →
Art Alternatives

Art Alternatives

Art View: Art AlternativesBy Jim Christiansen      Well into Summer, and well into the pandemic age.  Galleries and shows were recently open for a short time in July, with show openings, classes, that again are rescheduled, postponed or cancelled.  Many of us have created masks or purchased them from artisan, crafter and artist friends. I have been […]

By August 2, 2020 Read More →
ArtView: Summer Solstice

ArtView: Summer Solstice

Art View: Summer SolsticeBy Jim Christiansen      I am writing my column on the eve of the Summer Solstice. Summer is upon us.  Working no this during the Covid19 virus season is not a bright and sunny task to find out who and what’s re-opening? what is scheduled, rescheduled, or online for our local artists and […]

ArtView – Starting to Open Up

ArtView – Starting to Open Up

Art View By Jim Christiansen With the limited opening up of Modesto, it’s not quite a June swoon in the art scene, and not yet the summer blast of art openings, open galleries and festivals. Still, there is art news this month, encouraging for the summer months in the age of social distance. Artists around […]

ArtView – Art to Survival

ArtView – Art to Survival

Art View By Jim Christiansen We are aware that the recent virus emergency has wrought havoc on event schedules, with cancellations and postponement of Events. Third Thursday Art Walk was called off March 19, and that will continue through this month, and won’t know until next column if that will hold for May or June. […]

ArtView – Love Month

ArtView – Love Month

Art View By Jim Christiansen It is that love month, February. This year with an extended leap day along with Valentine’s Day. More time to express love for art and local artists. That love of art and artists and art events, main reason I write this column. After mourning losses last month with the year […]