Mistlin Gallery is the downtown Modesto space run by Central California Art Association, a non-profit that provides a venue for regional artists to show and sell art, for the community to take art classes and participate in the local arts scene. We teach art in local schools and provide a space for cancer patients and survivors to participate in art therapy.  We depend on donations to provide these services and keep our doors open.

Our current hours are 11:30 – 5:00 on Thursday and Friday, and noon to 4:00 on Saturdays. Masks are required.


Art Exhibitions and Events

Upcoming Show and Events

Art Education

Find out how our  CLASS teaching artists provide art education in local elementary schools.

See the schedule of art classes at Mistlin Gallery for children and adults.

Complementary Art Therapy classes are available for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers sponsored by Memorial Medical Center.

Community Space

Rent the gallery for meetings and events.

Shop our gift shop for unique items made by local artists.


Become a member artist and show your art in our premier gallery space.

Support regional art by becoming a donor.

Central California Art Association is an organization of volunteers and artists working together to promote the visual arts. CCAA was established in 1952 by a small group of artists committed to supporting the arts in our community. The Mistlin Gallery is run by volunteer members of the Central California Art Association, who endeavor to promote and provide art education and cultural opportunities for residents of Modesto and the surrounding region. Our 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization is a cooperative and growing membership of over 200 artists and art lovers, with an 11 member Board of Directors who provide corporate supervision. To become a member artist, or a member at large, visit our membership page, or visit the gallery to pick up your membership application.

Donations are always welcome!

CCAA’s exhibition space and education center, The Mistlin Gallery, is located at 1015 J Street on the first floor of the City/County Building in Downtown Modesto where you can enjoy validated parking and handicap accessibility.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to actively support regional artists, artistic activity and the placement of visual art in the community, to promote and provide the highest quality visual art education, to encourage excellence in the visual arts, and to promote and provide cultural opportunities for all residents of Modesto and the surrounding region.

The Central California Art Association sponsors 10-12 exhibits in the gallery each year that are free to the public. Members-only shows, the annual Young@Art student exhibition, the juried Central California Art Showcase (in partnership with Carnegie Art Center in Turlock),  and an exhibit of work from Memorial Medical Center’s Complementary Art Therapy classes are among the variety of exhibitions held each year.

An important part of the mission of CCAA is to provide visual art education to children and adults. A wide variety of classes are held at the gallery’s Edna Mellis Education Center including afternoon, evening, weekend and summer programs. CCAA also offers a teaching artist program, CLASS, which contracts with elementary schools to provide art lessons in K – 6 classrooms throughout the county.

The Mistlin Gallery Gift Shop showcases a wonderful collection of pieces made by local artisans: jewelry, pottery, fiber art, prints and other small works that are ideal for your gift giving needs.

The CCAA reaches out to the community as a non-profit organization to assist and enrich the artistic lives and culture of our community. We join with performing arts and other groups in our area to expand our mission of awareness and educate on the value and importance of the arts.

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