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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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ArtView: Love For The Arts

ArtView: Love For The Arts

ArtView: Love For The ArtsJim Christiansen February, the month of Valentine’s and Love, and love for the arts. What I love about Modesto and 209 we do have a diversity in the fine arts, music scene, dance, theatre, poetry, photography and more. So let’s dig into the candy box and see what is up in […]

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ArtView: New Beginnings

ArtView: New Beginnings

ArtView: New BeginningsBy Jim Christiansen New beginnings and Auld Lang Syne. 2022 is here, but first, wrap up old business from 2021. Iconic venue Barkin Dog Grill has hosted its last art on the walls with the announced closing in December. Hanibal Yadegar has been a stalwart supporter of the arts in downtown Modesto for […]

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ArtView: Window Shopping

ArtView: Window Shopping

ArtView: Window ShoppingBy Jim Christiansen Window shopping and Holiday browsing for cards, gifts, jewelry, or something for your walls.  December is always a month when the artists, crafters, artisans come out.  Great time to peek in the windows, the smaller item displays, the card racks, at our local art block venues.  I had to stop […]

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ArtView: Fall Colors

ArtView: Fall Colors

Art View: Fall ColorsBy Jim Christiansen The leaves fell upon us and the first rain blessed us at the end of October. Perfect weather for the first Fall Stanislaus Artist Open Studio weekend. The event survived several postponements. Current decision for participating artists is to return to the April Spring event, again in the Fall […]

By November 10, 2021 Read More →
ArtView: Falling Leaves and Halloween

ArtView: Falling Leaves and Halloween

ArtView: Falling Leaves and Halloween By  Jim Christiansen The season of Falling Leaves and Halloween.  In the middle of October is Stanislaus Artist Open Studio, rescheduled 3 times since 2020 to October 16 and 17.  Hard copy maps are available from the 40 or so participating artists and downtown galleries. Online,  get the map pdf […]

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ArtView: Honoring the Artists

ArtView: Honoring the Artists

Art View: Honoring the ArtistsBy Jim Christiansen Brad Hawn is the “Best of Show” winner of the Mistlin Gallery/ Central California Art Association Autumn Art Festival 2021. His watercolor painting “Home Stretch” is on display at the gallery, along with the other award winners, including his wife Nancy Hawn, first prize in Oil Painting division […]

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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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