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Slice: A Juried Exhibit of Regional Art 2024

Slice: A Juried Exhibit of Regional Art 2024

Exhibit: July 12 – August 16, 2024

Reception: July 12, 6 – 9 PM

 

The Pence Gallery’s Slice exhibit, now in its 12th year, is an ‘open theme’ exhibit, displaying art that is conceptually thoughtful, technically skilled, and representative of contemporary trends in art. Over 40 regional artists from across California have been selected to show their work in this exhibit. Awards will be announced by the juror during the reception on July 12 at 8 PM.

 

This year’s juror is Robert Ortbal, Professor of Sculpture at California State University, Sacramento. His work has been showcased in exhibitions and installations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as in Japan. His sculptural installations, based on the transformation of common domestic and industrial materials, appear to stretch our biological universe into different dimensions. Ortbal has also designed social practice works that question ideas of economic trade and civic space. He holds a B.A. in ceramics from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. in ceramic sculpture from the University of California, Davis.

 

The Pence Gallery is open 11:30 AM – 5 PM, Tuesday – Sunday (closed Monday).

2nd Friday ArtAbout And Night Market at the Pence

Join us at the Pence Gallery for our 2nd Friday ArtAbout reception on June 14, 6 – 9 PM. The community is invited to shop from a variety of cool creations in our pop-up Night Market, as well as participate in making a clay tile for a memorial mosaic. Enjoy some wine while browsing the art on display too. Free admission!

 

Night Market at the Pence

Inside the gallery from 6 – 9 PM

Shop from aspiring young artists and support the local art scene. Browse work ranging from prints and paintings, to ceramics and jewelry, and more. Artists will be handling their own sales through cash, check, mobile pay, etc. All proceeds go directly to the artists!

 

Make a Clay Tile!

In the courtyard from 6 – 8 PM

The Davis Cemetery District’s COVID-19 Memorial Artist Team invites the public to make a ceramic tile for the mosaic installation. All supplies and instructions are provided for this fun and free activity. Open to all ages and experience levels.

 

Garden Tour Plein Air Paintings

May 25 – June 25 (New!)

As an essential part of our May 5 Garden Tour event, four artists participated in creating distinct views of the selected gardens. Artists Raquel Cox, Barbara Smithson, Marie-Therese Brown, and Teresa Steinbach-Garcia worked in different media, from oil and acrylic paint to watercolors. We are grateful to the artists who dedicated their time to paint during Garden Tour, and for the ability to display their completed paintings along the stairway. 

 

Renewal: Paintings by Inga Poslitur

May 3 – June 23

Inga Poslitur’s new series of oil paintings capture flowering plants in natural environments, as well as in lovely arrangements of bouquets in domestic settings. Painting from life, she emphasizes the life cycle of plants by detailing their blooming and fading in glorious detail, capturing moments of beauty to be cherished long after the petals have fallen.

 

 

Visit the Pence and other venues in Downtown Davis for the 2nd Friday artwalk. We will have printed ArtAbout guides available that week. Follow the 2nd Friday ArtAbout Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/davisartabout.

 

Images:

Teresa Steinbach-Garcia, “Afternoon Spot”

Inga Poslitur, “Phases of the Moon”

Artists selling work at the Pence

Exhibit It! A Community Art Exhibit

Exhibit It! A Community Art Exhibit

 

It’s time for our annual non-juried exhibit to highlight the talent of our community’s artists! Exhibit It! is open to artists ages 16 and up. Artists self-select one piece (limit 30” in any direction, including frame, and no more than 50 lb.) and bring it to the Pence on Friday, June 28, beginning at 11:30 AM. All artworks must be ready to install. 

 

The Pence will accept the first 50 artworks that are submitted after the artist has paid the submission fee ($25 for Pence Members, $35 for Non-Members) and completed an artist contract, which is provided upon arrival. Please be prepared to fill out information about your piece, including title, medium, dimensions, retail price, etc. This is a first come, first served process. No early drop-offs accepted.

 

Participants can win the Curator’s Choice award of $100, announced during the reception on July 12. Or they can win the Public Choice award, which includes a free Pence annual membership and a picture in the Davis Enterprise. The Public Choice award is determined by the top number of votes made by visitors to the exhibit and announced after the show has concluded.

 

Drop-off date: Friday, June 28 (beginning at 11:30 AM until spots have filled)

Submission fee: $25 Members, $35 Non-Members

Exhibit dates: July 5 – August 18, 2024

Reception: July 12, 6 – 9 PM (Awards at 7:30 PM)

 

This exhibit is sponsored by Phil & Dawn Daro.

2nd Friday ArtAbout at the Pence Gallery

Join us at the Pence Gallery for our 2nd Friday ArtAbout reception on May 10, 6 – 9 PM. Enjoy some wine while browsing the art exhibits and gift store. Free admission!

 

Women’s Work

Apr. 12 – May 31 

Women artists have long used humor and satire to critique the unequal treatment of women, in areas from reproductive rights to their depiction in the media. Women’s Work is a sampling of contemporary sculpture and paintings by thirteen artists who redefine gender and femininity through their art.

 

Renewal: Paintings by Inga Poslitur

May 3 – Jun. 23 (New!)

Inga Poslitur’s new series of oil paintings capture flowering plants in natural environments, as well as in lovely arrangements of bouquets in domestic settings. Painting from life, she emphasizes the life cycle of plants by detailing their blooming and fading in glorious detail, capturing moments of beauty to be cherished long after the petals have fallen.

 

Photography by Jacob Brody

Apr. 5 – May 17 

We are featuring photography by Jacob Brody along the stairway. His work experiments with the technology of his time by merging analog and digital photography, producing a rich variance of color and depth in his photographs. Once his files are polished with software, he designs and builds his own frames to enhance his photography.

 

 

Visit the Pence and other venues in Downtown Davis for the 2nd Friday artwalk. We will have printed ArtAbout guides available that week. Follow the 2nd Friday ArtAbout Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/davisartabout.

 

Images:

Inga Poslitur, “Afternoon Glow”

Emma Luna, “Pastel Floral”

Jacob Brody, “Daydream”

Curator’s Tour with Natalie Nelson

Curator’s Tour with Natalie Nelson

Saturday, May 18, 2 – 3:30 PM (FREE, donation of $10 suggested)

 

Natalie Nelson will lead a gallery walk-through of the Women’s Work exhibit, exploring how participating artists critique and challenge gender roles and current definitions of femininity in their work. Whether they are celebrating the contributions of specific women who have battled injustice and discrimination in their fight for social justice, or honoring women as a whole, these artists have much to say on the subject of being a woman.

 

Women’s Work is on display at the Pence Gallery from April 12 – May 31, 2024.

 

Exhibiting Artists: Chaitra Bangalore, Sue Bradford, Shenny Cruces, Linda S. Fitz Gibbon, Ianna Nova Frisby, Suzanne M. Long, Emma Luna, Shonna McDaniels, Lisa Reinertson, Nancy Selvin, Julianne Wallace Sterling, Shalene Valenzuela, Amy Vidra

 

Image: Sue Bradford, “Woman, Work, Womb” (detail)

Healing Arts One-Time Workshop

Healing Arts One-Time Workshop

Tuesday, April 23, 2 – 3:30 PM

(Free, must register online)

 

Part of the Pence’s Healing Arts Program and run by facilitator Amy Vidra, this one-time, 90-minute art workshop focuses more broadly on a theme related to depression, anxiety, or major life changes. Through the process of art making, participants will have opportunities for discussion, education, and connecting with peers in a safe and supportive space.

 

This is a free program, and all materials are provided. Participants must be 18 or older, and no art experience is necessary. Limited to the first 8 participants who register.

 

Register here: https://pencegallery.org/education/programs/workshops-and-classes/

 

[If you register for this session and are unable to attend, please let us know in advance!]

 

This program is generously sponsored by Bob & Joanne Andresen.

Art in Action: Pressed Flower Fun

Art in Action Family Art Workshops:

The Pence Gallery invites children and their families to participate in our monthly family art workshops! Art in Action engages kids in art projects that are fun, creative, and collaborative with their family members. This is a drop-in program for ages 5-12, with no pre-registration required. Projects are designed to introduce kids to making their own artwork by experimenting with creative ideas and materials. Our resident art teacher will introduce you to the wealth of possibilities in our upstairs classroom.

 

How it works:

When you arrive, sign in at the front desk to pay with cash or card. There is a fee per child of $4 for Pence Members or $8 for Non-Members. A parent or adult caregiver is required to stay, but only has to pay for the project if they are also doing art. (Become a Member starting at $65/year and save!) Stay as long or as short as you like over the two hour period. Space and supplies are limited to the first 25 participants and are available on a first come, first served basis.

 

Pressed Flower Fun | Saturday, May 4, 1 – 3 PM:*

Creatively play with pressed flowers! Make a special gift for yourself, a friend, a loved one, or for Mother’s Day by decorating your very own card and wooden bookmark with assorted dried flowers, ribbons, and beads. *Please note: this one workshop will take place on a Saturday rather than a Sunday.

 

Learn about more upcoming Art in Action workshops:

https://pencegallery.org/art-in-action/

 

This program is funded in part by the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs program.

Assemblage vs. Sculpture: Found Object Sculpture with Amy Vidra

Assemblage vs. Sculpture: Found Object Sculpture with Amy Vidra

Saturday, May 11, 1 – 4 PM

$125 Members, $140 Non-Members (Some materials included)

 

Both assemblage and sculpture combine various objects to create a three-dimensional work of art. A sculpture may use a limited palette of materials or colors to unify the piece to make it cohesive. In this three-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of sculpture with artist Amy Vidra. Participants will be guided through the fundamentals of sculpture and will have time to stroll through Davis to find their own inspirational found objects to include in their pieces. Please visit our website for the materials list.

 

Register here: https://pencegallery.org/education/programs/workshops-and-classes/

 

Questions? Email pencegallery@gmail.com.

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