In brief: Dual Modesto venues for artist’s retrospective

Richard Serros with his works set for a two-gallery retrospective.
Richard Serros with his works set for a two-gallery retrospective. Submitted by Central California Art Gallery

A two-venue retrospective art exhibit featuring works by local artist Richard David Serros opens in Modesto with the new year.

Paintings, drawings and prints by Serros will be shown simultaneously at the Central California Art Association’s Mistlin Gallery and the Modesto Junior College Art Gallery during January.

On exhibit will be a selection of his major works produced over the past 40 years, culminating with his sabbatical production from June 2014 to the present. The works range in style from realist to abstract to non-objective. The show also features the works of two of his MJC students, Leo Bratenus and Katinka van Dyk, who have been working in his studio over the past two years.

“Into the Void: Art of Richard David Serros Studio” is at the Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J St., from Jan. 5 to Jan. 29. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

“Richard Serros: Sabbatical Synchronicity” runs at the MJC Art Gallery, 435 College Ave., from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays

An artist reception for the MJC exhibit will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14. At the Mistlin Gallery, a reception will be part of the Third Thursday Art Walk from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21. Many of the works will be for sale.

More new art exhibits

January will herald more fresh exhibits at other downtown Modesto art galleries.

Peer Recovery Art Project will bring in a new exhibit for January from Iraqi artist Saadi Al Kaabi, “Discourse of Silence.” The exhibit runs Jan. 9-29 and features soft abstract forms of the human body and landscapes. Peer Recovery Art Project is at 1222 J St. in Modesto.

At the Carolyn Huff Photography-Gallery and Studio, works by Denair artist Joyce Morrissey will be on display Jan. 4-29. An artist reception will be held during the Third Thursday Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 21. The Carolyn Huff Gallery is located at 1224 K St., in Modesto.

McCutcheon returns

Six-time Grammy-nominated folk musician John McCutcheon returns to perform his annual benefit concert for the Modesto Peace/Life Center.

This will be the 15th annual show for McCutcheon for the center. The performer plays a dozen instruments, including guitar, banjo, hammer dulcimer, piano and fiddle. According to a press release, the artist “has developed a strong connection with his Modesto audience, as evidenced by the enthusiastic response he receives from attendees each year.”

The concert is at 7 p.m. Jan. 21. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door and $7 for ages 18 and under, available at the Brethren Church, 2301 Woodland Ave., 209-523-1438; or at Beads of Contentment, 1028 J St. 209-523-6335. Buy tickets at mccutcheonmodesto2016.eventbrite.com.

Norcal Cosies

Central California cosplayers will be honored at the Norcal Cosies Awards on Jan. 9 at the West Side Theatre in Newman.

This will mark the first cosplay awards, presented by Modesto Con, in the region and feature red carpet treatment for all attending and formal attire. (Cosplayers who will don their costumes.) There will be vendors and live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit Haven Women’s Center.

Cosplay is the costume construction, dressing up and acting as beloved fictional characters. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. Tickets are $25. 209-862-4490.