Absorb some culture at one of Yolo County’s many galleries, which showcase the region’s best artists as well as emerging new talent. Take a walking tour of Davis or Woodland to marvel at beautiful public art pieces, or discover your inner artist at The Clayground ceramics studio in Winters as well as the Davis Art Center.
Davis is home to the Transmedia Art Walk, a first-in-the-nation walk that incorporates cellphone technology to expand your experience in an newly interactive way. The Davis Arts Alliance offers a wide range of events and venues to enjoy, many in the Davis Downtown Arts & Entertainment District.
Look to YoloArts, the county’s arts organization, to help promote activities and venues throughout the year, including the amazing Art/Farm project, which has won honors from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts are fundamental in Yolo County!
Check out the top transmedia art walk in the United States. Developed by the John Natsoulas Center of the Arts, the walk takes in more than 70 works of public art and a dozen galleries and arts venues. You can pick up a comprehensive guide map at the offices of the Yolo County Visitors Bureau. Guided tours are also available. To download the map for a self-tour, click here.
Held the first Friday of the month, art galleries and businesses display original works by regional artists, with receptions, music, and other entertainment. Sponsored by Historic Woodland Downtown Business Association, the events are free to the public.
2nd Friday ArtAbout is a monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in Downtown Davis and beyond. Coordinated by the Davis Downtown, all events are free and open to the public. Many include complimentary refreshments and opportunities to converse with featured artists.
Held every first Sunday in Central Park (3rd and C Streets) in Davis is a free celebration of creativity. Dance to a 9-player jazz band, discover a new attraction each month, see more than 40 food and craft vendors, and expect the unexpected. Silversmiths make silver fox amulets, shepherds weave woolen shawls from their own sheep, instructors from UC Davis Craft Center bring carved jade, dichroic glass, and cast silver and bronze.
207 G Street, Davis
Located in downtown Davis, this gallery is a collective owned and operated by the artists who display their work here. Check it out if you want to buy, contribute, or just visit. Open Monday – Saturday 10-6, Friday 10-9, and Sunday 12-5.
1316 Hart Hall, UC Davis Campus
Founded in 1973, this museum on the UC Davis campus is dedicated to the artwork of Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. Exhibits include extensive collections of contemporary artists. Open Monday-Friday 12-5, Sunday 2-5.
E Main Street, #7B, Winters
Located in Historic Downtown Winters, the Clayground is a working ceramics studio where you can play with clay and glaze pre-made pottery. All materials and supplies are provided. Open Saturday 10-4, weekdays at various times: call to make sure people are in the studio.
South Silo Building, UC Davis Campus
Come view student work on display at the Craft Center. Exhibit changes every month. Free admission. Open Monday – Thursday 10–10, Friday 12–7, Weekends 10-6. Located on the UC Davis campus craft center off Hutchinson drive in the South Silo Building.
1919 F Street, Davis
The Davis Art Center offers about 300 classes every quarter year including, but not limited to, art, dance, martial arts, and storytelling at an average price of only $48. Open Monday – Thursday 9:30-7, Friday 9:30-5.
Walker Hall, UC Davis Campus
The Design Museum is known for its changing exhibitions of national and international design-related material, including architecture, costume, graphic design, textiles, new media, and popular culture. Free admission. Open Monday – Friday 12-4, Sunday 2-4.
625 Court Street, Woodland
Located in downtown Woodland, Gallery 625 is curated by YoloArts and offers 10 exhibitions a year. Exhibitions typically showcase early to mid-career contemporary Yolo County artists, while connecting residents and visitors to the arts in the county’s administration building. The gallery is open weekdays 8-5, and monthly downtown First Friday artist receptions are held from 5:30-8:30 pm.
820 Pole Line Road, Davis
An adjunct of the Davis Cemetery, this refined gallery hosts changing exhibitions every month, featuring local as well as internationally established artists. Free public receptions with the artists and occasional performances are held on each second Sunday from 1 to 4.
10 College Park, Davis
This facility is dedicated to international education, understanding, and connections. Art exhibits in the lounge and community room feature paintings, prints, photographs, and mixed media. Open weekdays 9-4. 10
521 First Street, Davis
Art dealer John Natsoulas set up this multi-level gallery with the idea that fine art should be accessible in a friendly, open setting. The gallery also hosts workshops and conferences. Open Wednesday – Thursday 11-5, Friday 11-10, Saturday – Sunday 12-5.
212 D Street, Davis
The intimate Pence is a nonprofit art gallery dedicated to showing the best work by local and regional artists. They display 12 different exhibits annually, and offer classes, talks, and a series of programs for children. Free admission. Open Tuesday – Sunday 11:30-5 and 7pm-9pm on the second Friday of every month.
405 Main Street, Woodland
In downtown Woodland, the Blue Wing offers fine art by local, regional, and international artists, including wildlife, western, contemporary and abstract, sculpture, photography, and more. Open Tuesday – Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-4.
308 Railroad Ave, Winters
A full-service guitar workshop and gallery located in an 103-year-old historic building in the quaint town of Winters. Showcasing beautifully handcrafted guitars and offering guitar repair and restoration. ARC Guitar also offers classes in guitar-building through the Guitar Building School. Workshop hours: weekdays 11-6, Saturday 11-3.
120 West Main Street, Suite B, Woodland
This vibrant arts group cultivates and advocates support for the arts, promotes and conducts arts education in our schools and community, and works to foster communication among artists, business, education, government, and the residents of Yolo County. For 30 years, YoloArts has been a strong fiber in the creative fabric of Yolo County through services, grants, artists in schools, exhibitions, and community outreach.
22 West Main Street, Winters
Exhibits fine art by local artists in the “Alley Gallery,” where they also have artist receptions as well a regularly scheduled open mic performances.
9 East Main Street, Winters
Exhibits fine art by local artists in Historic Downtown Winters.