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 – 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 […]

ArtView – New Beginnings

ArtView – New Beginnings

Art View By Jim Christiansen January starts at that nexus of out with the old, and new beginnings. Auld Lang Syne to favorite all woman cooperative Tri-Chromatic Gallery, closing early 2020. This hot spot will be missed, but indelible impression on Modesto Art Scene, with it’s on the edge and mystical art presentations, performance art, […]

ArtView – Holiday Art and Ideas

ArtView – Holiday Art and Ideas

Art View Holiday Art and Ideas By Jim Christiansen Think local in your Holiday shopping plans, and visit the Arts Blocks downtown. Helps support local venues and local artists on display with art for sale. Keep in mind that Art Walk this month is December 19th for last minute art shopping. Consider more leisurely visits […]

ArtView – New Places for Art

ArtView – New Places for Art

Art View By Jim Christiansen October was a great month for art in the community with the second round of Downtown International Mural competition. Take a walk down Art Alley and see the new work, up against the murals that appeared last year, and you get a whole new environment to enjoy in our downtown […]

ArtView – Dog Days of Summer

ArtView – Dog Days of Summer

Art View –The Dog Days of Summer By Jim Christiansen It’s the Dog Days of Summer, even if billed as the Central California Art Association Autumn Art Festival, and artist Eva Hass making the best of it, with “Dog in Yellow Sweater” as the Best of Show Award at Mistlin Gallery. Chella won four awards […]

ArtView – August Autumn Art

ArtView – August Autumn Art

Art View By Jim Christiansen August is near back to school shopping and end of summer time. Third Thursday Art Walk comes up middle of the month August 15, and a good time to take a saunter downtown to the various art walk venues, and make a deal with local artists on a piece of […]

ArtView – Graffiti Creations

ArtView – Graffiti Creations

Art-View-June-20191.docx Art View By Jim Christiansen June for me often opens at the Riverdance Farms Pick and Gather festival, where I started with a watercolor for their fliers, and show art, and help get local bands on our shade house stage. It’s a fun project, and again opens June 1 and 2, with artists, crafters […]

ArtView: Graffiti Summer

ArtView: Graffiti Summer

Art ViewBy Jim Christiansen May the Fourth be with you. Reminder George Lucas Star Wars started a  trend in sci-fi Art. Check out any cos-play event, comic con, see where that fits in. May blooms with art events all over the area, and plenty of workshops and classes local and regional. Check the schedules at […]

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ArtView: Artful Showers

ArtView: Artful Showers

Art View: Artful Showers By Jim Christiansen April showers us with Earth Day, Open Studio, Art Walk, and more. In my case, its time to build new walls around my new carport art studio. Having to move recently, I am showing my art at Moon and Sixpence for the Stanislaus Artist Open Studio April 6 […]

By April 1, 2019 Read More →
ArtView – Art, Jazz and Classics

ArtView – Art, Jazz and Classics

Art View By Jim Christiansen March opens with Stanislaus Artist Open Studio maps going on sale from the 53 participating artists, or available at Mistlin Gallery, the Chartreuse Muse, or Carnegie Art Center. Maps are $10, students 18 and under get in free with map holder. The self-guided tour has 29 stops, many artist home […]

By March 4, 2019 Read More →
ArtView – February Foto & More

ArtView – February Foto & More

Art View By Jim Christiansen February brings on the third annual FOTO Modesto month long celebration of our award-winning regional photographers, this year in a revised format. “Best of the Best” is the central Show at Mistlin Gallery, where the participating photographers exhibit their best works. Show opens at the gallery February 5 and runs […]

ArtView – New Year Art

ArtView – New Year Art

Art View By Jim Christiansen mercenary_graphics@yahoo.com<mailto:mercenary_graphics@yahoo.com> January opens a new art year with classes, deadlines, and new shows in the 209. Check out the offerings at the Art Walk venues January 17 www.modestoartwalk.com for who’s open and what’s showing after the expanded holiday sales. New artists, January is a good time to make your way […]

Art – Jim Christiansen December 2018

Art – Jim Christiansen December 2018

December Art View 2018 By Jim Christiansen Update on the point of the Graceada Park Performance Art Project. Even though I’ve returned to Riverside, California, my birthplace over the past 40 some years I’ve been in Modesto, I have no immediate plans to move back, just visit Riverside events like the opening of the Cheech […]

By November 30, 2018 Read More →
JazzView – Fall Chill Hot Jazz

JazzView – Fall Chill Hot Jazz

Blues&JazzView by Eric Benson What’s new with Jazz and the Blues News? If you luv music you’re gonna love this Well, fall is upon us and there are changes in weather, temperature and political climate, I feel a chill! But whether you vote Blue, Red or Sepia Brown, if you believe in change just Vote. […]

By November 15, 2018 Read More →
ArtView – Eleven Years, Memories and Observations

ArtView – Eleven Years, Memories and Observations

ArtView By Jim Christiansen This edition of Modesto View Art View is my 11th anniversary of joining the in-print edition of Modesto View, usually page 7, at the invitation of my friend, visual artist and musician Chris Murphy. This past Art Walk was great, and though officially no Third Thursday, your usual Art Walk venues […]

By November 15, 2018 Read More →