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New Exhibitions Announced At Mistlin Gallery

Mistlin Gallery (Central California Art Association) has published its 2021 schedule of art exhibitions. The exhibitions range from CCAA member shows, to student shows, to themed shows on a variety of topics — 10 shows in all — which will begin in January.

Information, including show entry forms, can be found on the website at The retail gallery space in downtown Modesto will be open to the public with modified hours beginning Thursday, Jan. 7. Admission is free. The mission of CCAA’s gallery and gift shop is to give established and emerging artists from throughout the region an opportunity to show and sell their work. The exhibitions are a mix of member shows, invitationals and open calls.

Several 2020 shows that were cancelled due to COVID shut downs will be turning up in 2021, including exhibits of plein-air painting, quilts and fiber arts, and CCAA’s annual Autumn Art Festival, a juried show featuring the best of regional artists. A schedule of classes and workshops will gradually be added in the New Year, when restrictions are lifted for meeting in groups. Meanwhile, shows and classes can be accessed on their YouTube channel at

The first show of 2021, “Art in the Time of COVID” will open on Jan. 7 and run through Jan. 29.

When many artists find themselves “sheltering in place”, they become more productive, and sometimes more creative as well. Mistlin Gallery’s next exhibition, Art in the Time of COVID features recent works by Central California Art Association artists and crafters. The exhibit opens Thursday, Jan. 7, and runs through Friday, Jan. 29. Though subject to change, listed gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. Gallery admittance is free to the public. With a few exceptions all art is for sale. Gallery visitors are asked to put on a face covering.

In February, “Foto Modesto: Themes, Projects and Stories” is on the schedule.

This year’s annual Foto Modesto invitational photography exhibition, organized by David Schroeder, will feature the works of a dozen regional photographers who have submitted works on themes ranging from rodeos to churches. The show opens Feb. 2 and runs through Feb. 27. Featured artist, Bill Harris will tell the story of Circus Vargas with images that depict the traveling circus from days gone by, when they would appear in the area for a few days each year. Photographers will include Lorraine Nilson, Dan Souza, Anna Barber, and Larry Lew among others.

Rounding out the first quarter of the year, the Young@Art Annual Student Exhibition runs from March 2 through March 27.

After 45 years, CCAA’s annual student show is still going strong. Once called Young Masters, the show is all about showcasing the creativity and artistic efforts of our local youth. Last spring, after hanging over 200 student works, the show was cut short by statewide stay-at-home orders. However, with precautions in place, this March’s show will move forward, exhibiting an array of works in all mediums from preschool through high school aged students. Prizes are awarded in eight categories, divided into age groups and mediums. Works may be entered by teachers, families or individuals with a limit of two entries per student. Each entry fee is $2.00. This year will feature a collaborative project for kids initiated by the new StArt Magazine — an arts magazine for families now being published by Linda Knoll Graphics.