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  Local Delivery: Works by UC Davis Art Faculty
Nov. 4 - Dec. 22, 2006
Reception: Friday, Nov. 10, 6-9 PM

The Art Department faculty at UC Davis is well known for producing cutting-edge contemporary work in ceramics, painting, digital media, and sculpture. For the first time, local residents can enjoy a group exhibit of work by thirteen faculty members and lecturers. Visitors will be fascinated by the diversity and depth of work on display, which includes sculpture, paintings, prints, installations, a video, and prints.

Installation works by Robin Hill, Lucy Puls, and Darrin Martin provide an engaging environment, in which visitors can enter into a dialogue with pertinent issues. Paintings by Hearne Pardee, Bryce Vinokurov, and Gina Werfel, engage with landscape in an abstract manner, while David Hollowell’s painting depicts a highly realistic setting filled with surreal shapes. Vera Iliatova’s painting of a ship at the seashore shows a similar sense of realism, peopled by groups of lounging figures. Mike Henderson’s thickly painted canvas vibrates with energy, as rectangular splashes of color dominate the composition. Sculptural works by Tom Bills reflect the artist’s interest in enclosing space with roughly cut steel. Other works include a silkscreen print by leading Chicano printmaker Malaquias Montoya and a pair of photographs that question artistic intention by Matthias Geiger. Youngsuk Suh’s photograph of two viewers atop a volcano is also included.

A panel discussion will be held in conjunction with the exhibit, on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 5-6:30 PM at the Pence. Director Natalie Nelson will moderate, and participants Robin Hill, Annabeth Rosen, Darrin Martin, Matthias Geiger, and Hearne Pardee will discuss the relationship between their teaching and their work, and current trends in the art world. This is a free discussion and no reservations are required. A reception honoring the artists will be held on Friday, Nov. 10, from 6-9 PM. Please join us at this free event and meet the artists.

  Darkness / Fire
Aug. 23 - Oct. 1, 2006
Reception: Friday, Sept. 8, 6-9 PM

Long-time friends Rebecca Ryland and Wendy Goldberg share an interest in creating a poetic impression of the land through the balancing of color and space.  Goldberg’s pastels depict the quiet glow of night, while Ryland’s paintings reflect the intensity of daylight and autumn bonfires.

  Truth and Consequesnces
Paintings by Gerald Heffernon
Sept. 21 - Oct. 31, 2006
Reception: Friday, Oct. 13, 6-9 PM

Although well-known for his 3-dimensional sculptures consisting of hybrid animal creatures, Gerald Heffernon’s paintings are lesser known. Inspired both by dream imagery and parables set in Davis, California, Heffernon’s 2-dimensional work explores the disturbing side of small town life. In his world, the hidden life of animals, both real and imagined, takes center stage.  By staging his animal characters as active players in an animal-dominated world,  Heffernon delights in role reversal and all its potential for absurdity.

Auction Gala Event: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, 7-9 PM

  Mythical Worlds
Mar. 9 - Apr. 9, 2006
Reception: Friday, Mar. 10, 6-9 PM

In the work of painter Jack Alvarez and collage artist Andrea Fuhrman, reality is constructed by piecing together a symbolic language that depends upon archetypal forms. Alvarez’s paintings are marked by graphic representations of symbols used by indigenous peoples, whereas Fuhrman creates an intimate, surreal universe where fantasy and reality meet.

  Fiber / Dimensions
Mar. 8 - Apr. 23, 2006
Reception: Friday, Mar. 10, 6-9 PM

A Bay Area art group internationally recognized in the fiber art field, the Fiber/DIMENSIONS collaborative is the realization of approximately 30 innovative artists. Working in a diversity of processes (from weaving, felting, quilting, and paper-making to painting, woodworking, printing, and welding) they freely blend media and materials into forms that transcend definition.

  The Way Eye See It
Experiencing Art Through the Eyes of Disabled Artists
Mar. 8 - Apr. 9, 2006
Reception: Sunday, Mar. 12, 1-3 PM

This exhibit features multi-media artwork created by disabled artists from Davis and Sacramento.  The Way Eye See It demonstrates the remarkable styles of 7 artists and invites the viewer to experience the world through their eyes.  Sponsored by the City of Davis. 

  Richard Crozier
Reinventing the landscape

Jan. 11 - Mar. 5, 2006
Reception: Friday, Fe.b 10, 7-9 PM (members 6-7 PM)
Artist talk: Feb. 11, 1-2 PM Free to members, $2 fee for non-members

Richard Crozier is no stranger to the Pence Gallery. His painting, Landscape, 1974 was featured in the first exhibition of the new Pence Gallery in February 2005. The community responded with a request to see more of Crozier’s work and the Pence is delighted to comply. Starting on Jan. 11 and running until Mar.5 the public is invited to view recent works by Crozier. Richard Crozier will give an artist talk on Feb. 11 from 1-2 PM. This event is free to members and $2 for non-members.

Originally from Honolulu, Crozier received his BFA from the University of Washington in 1968 and his MFA from U.C. Davis in 1974. Richard has been teaching studio art at the University of Virginia since 1974. He is represented by the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York, the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA, and the Hidell-Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, NC.

Richard Crozier’s devotion to painting has instilled in him an unerring sense of color and tone to capture the light and color variations of different regions of the American landscape. By portraying the beauty of everyday places, complete with power-lines, factories, and other signs of modern life, Crozier shows us a world that is both familiar and newly seen.

Absent from Davis for nearly 30 years, Crozier recently made the trek back to capture new scenes of Davis. He writes, “I think that painting things is a way of trying to understand them. The trip back to Davis was particularly important to me because after thirty years, things familiar and half forgotten things come back with special force. Thirty years absence gives a new perspective.” Admission to the Pence Gallery is always free, and we welcome groups. For more information, please call 530-758-3370.

  Joint Venture
Jan. 4 - Mar. 5, 2006

Landmark photographs by some of the best known 20th century photographers, including Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, and Garry Winogrand, join a host of works of similar subjects by cutting-edge photographers working today.  This is a joint exhibition with the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at UC Davis.

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