The West Side Theater has long been a home for the performing arts and now it showcases the talents of some local artists with original artwork that adorns the walls of the theatre.
The theater is also looking for artists to submit work for the windows facing Main Street in Newman.
Theater operator Farris Larsen said it’s a project she’s wanted to see for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently that all the pieces came together to make it happen.
“I’m so ecstatic because this is something I’ve wanted to do for 27 years,” Larsen said. “But there’s always so much to do here that it just keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list. But it’s great because it adds another layer to the arts that we have here.
The inaugural works inside the theater are by Modesto artist Jim Christiansen. The four paintings are from two series he has created over the past two years. “Summer 2020” and “Portland” are from his Summer of 2020 series and “Remodelers of Hell” and “My Red Flags are Fiesta Red” are from his Covid/Mental Health series. The four pieces use a variety of techniques and mediums and will be on display until May.
Additionally, the West Side Theater issued a call for artists to submit works to be exhibited in the theater and in the gallery windows on a rotating basis. Theatrical submissions are open to paintings, photographs, sketches, tapestries and other flat-surface creations that can be hung on the wall. The submission for front windows may include carvings, assemblages, glass or other media.
The submission will be part of a juried exhibition that will be on display at the theater for three months.