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  Holiday Market
Nov. 7 - Dec. 22, 2007
Reception: Dec. 14, 7 - 9 PM (begins at 6 PM for members)

Select artful gifts this holiday season at the Pence Gallery's Holiday Market. The Pence is bursting at the seams with jewelry, ceramics, wearable art, seasonal items and paintings from artists at affordable prices.

  Diaspora: Searching for Home
Nov. 24 - Dec 22, 2007
Reception: Dec. 14, 7 - 9 PM (begins at 6 PM for members)

The Pence Gallery will display the work of three contemporary artists living in America, each of whom deals with the complexity of national and personal identity. The concept of 'Diaspora' - living outside of ones original home country or culture - unites the work of these artists.

Artist Talk: Saturday, Dec. 15, 1-2 PM

Andries Fourie discusses his new work in light of his recent trip to South Africa. He will talk with visitors on the multi-layered symbols and his process of building his sculptures and 2-dimensional works.
This talk is $1/adults; Free for Pence members


Andries Fourie, an Afrikaner (white South African of Dutch heritage), immigrated to America in his early 20s, and layers together symbols, images, and personal memories to reconfigure a new sense of what it means to be an Afrikaner today, in the post-Apartheid South Africa. “I operate on the assumption that we must come to terms with our past, while working consciously to recover the positive aspects of our pre-apartheid culture in order to nurture and develop them.”Fourie, a professor of art at Willamette University in Oregon, includes new sculptures that question the validity of Afrikaner history, such as his open-sided boat, a reference to the original immigration by sea to South Africa by the Dutch. While its steel framework looks strong and elegant, the boat is open to all elements and will not float- perhaps foreshadowing the failure of their political system centuries later.

Ben Needham
was born in Vietnam, and later adopted by a Caucasian couple in America. Needham also addresses issues of identity and lost heritage in his paintings. "Orphan" depicts a portrait of a young child, with questioning eyes and open mouth. Overlaid on her head is a locked bird cage in the shape of the globe, imprisoning a slight bird. The legacy of the Vietnam War is laid plain on the faces of its children, and those most vulnerable to its destructive forces. Needham's painterly outlines have an almost calligraphic presence, as they merge with background images hinting at war's effects.

Caroline Holder
hails from Barbados, and her ceramic work represents aspects of negotiating her Caribbean identity as a person now based in New York City. As she writes, “Pursuing twin themes of home and belonging, I sift my memories of the Caribbean, and render the result images on ceramic forms. Pulling less from source materials and more from her own memories, she aims to choose how I am seen [rather] than leave the definition to others. Her "nappy cups" are simple cup forms covered with a design of rows and rows of braided hair on them. Pointing to hair as a sign of difference, Holder both celebrates its beauty by reclaiming the word "nappy" as a positive descriptor.

  Community Hang-Up
Oct. 18 - Nov. 18, 2007
Reception: Nov. 9, 7 - 9 PM (begins at 6 PM for members)

The 19th annual Community Hang-up is a popular forum for artists from Yolo County and Dixon to showcase their talents. Enjoy works in all media in this special display. Two artists will be awarded for best of show and for exemplary service in the community.

  Border Control: Photographs by Francisco Dominguez
Oct. 10 - Nov. 28, 2007
Reception: Oct. 12, 7 - 9 PM
(members opening 6 PM)

Francisco Dominguez's moving photographs focus on the current situation at the U.S./Mexico border region.  Capturing the stories of the Latino immigrants who transverse the border for work, this exhibit was organized as part of the UC Davis Campus Community Book Project (CCBP). Initiated after Sept. 11 to unite the campus and greater community in reading one book, this year's CCBP centers on The Devil Highway, by Luis Alberto Arrea.

Poetry Reading:
Crossing Borders:
A Testimonial Poetry Reading

Wednesday, October 10, 7-9 PM - FREE
Poet Francisco Alarcón, Professor of Spanish from UC Davis, joins poet and photographer Francisco Dominguez, among others, in a reading of recent work.

  Cycle of Life: Innovence
Sept. 25 - Nov. 16, 2007
Reception: Oct. 5, 7 - 9 PM (begins at 6 PM for members)

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Brenda Louie                                                  Puii Tripahi


Koo Kyung Sook
Herstory 1996
seaweed, fungus, cotton, silk
dimensions variable (lifesize)

Four women artists with roots in Asia explore the cyclical nature of life. Brenda Louie, Dinh Thi Tham Poong, Koo Kyung Sook and Puii Sailo will display innovative work that addresses longevity, women's roles

  Pence Art Auction Odyssey
Sep. 1 - 15, 2007
Auction Gala Event: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, 7-9 PM


Join us at the Pence Gallery's Annual Art Auction- a premier event where art lovers can collect wonderful art created by top local and regional artists. This year's theme, Art Odyssey, will allow participants to travel through the artist's studio at our new facility, located at 212 D Street in Downtown Davis.

In response to the gallery’s thirty plus years of art exhibits and enrichment programs, artists throughout the region have contributed fine works of art including watercolor and oil paintings, mosaics, ceramics, photography, textiles, and works on paper. Works are available for bidding in live and silent auctions. Some of the participating artists in this event include: Joseph Bellacera, Donna Billick, Richard Shaw, Troy Dalton, Linda Fitz Gibbon, David and Terry Hollowell and several others! In addition to the nearly 80 works available, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared exclusively for this event will satisfy every bidder. Live jazz music will greet each guest as you enjoy a glass of fine wine.

Tickets are $25 members and $35 non-members and may be purchased at the Pence Gallery by phone with a credit card or in person at the Gallery, which is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30-5:00 PM.
Click here to see printable list of participating artists >>

This event is sponsored by:
Aioli Bodega Espanola, Tucos Wine Market & Café, Kelly Giannetti, DMD
Ciocolat, Dos Coyotes, All Star Rents, Nugget Markets, Inc

The Pence Gallery’s mission is to educate and inspire the community by displaying high caliber art exhibitions and by offering educational programs for all ages. Proceeds from the Art Auction support our education programs, serving over 700 children & 11,000 visitors annually.


  Landscapes Revisited
  New Work by Bryce Vinokurov, Loie Hollowell, Rachel Kline, & Kristine Bybee
July. 13 - Aug. 26, 2007
Reception: Aug. 10, 7 - 9 pm

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The Pence’s Art Auction is an annual event to raise funds Four local artists take four distinctly different views on landscape in this exhibit.  Bryce Vinokurov's mixed-media works include passages of graphite and collage, blending multiple views or memories to describe a mood.  Loie Hollowell's drawings and paintings sensitively capture the texture and feel of plants and trees, while Rachel Kline's paintings of roadside locations explore how light and color reflect particular seasons and the time of day. Kristine Bybee's pastel drawings explore the angled contours of the desert in all its quiet beauty.

  City of Davis Juried Small Works Exhibit
June 20 - Aug. 19, 2007
Reception & Award Ceremony: Friday, July 13, 7 - 9 pm

The best work in any medium selected by a Juror will be displayed to celebrate the breath and creativity of Yolo County artists. Themes vary from year to year, but recent themes included work limited to 12”and under. Juror selection varies each year.

Once again, the City of Davis and the Pence Gallery are collaborating on an exhibit highlighting art produced by artists residing in Yolo County. Titled Slightly Larger, this exhibit celebrates exemplary sculptural or two-dimensional work that is limited to a 12 x 12 x 12”size. Juror Renny Pritikin, Director of the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, will select works for inclusion. Renny Pritikin was previously chief curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and director of New Langton Arts, both in San Francisco. He brings a wealth of experience in curating exhibits to this project.

By limiting requirements to a specific size, but giving no specifications on media or subject matter, the Pence exhibit is sure to display the great artistic variety present in our own backyard. Join us for a free public reception to meet the artists and view the selected works on Friday, July 13, from 6-9 PM. During the reception, the Juror’s Choice awards will be given.

All artists must be 16 years of age or older, and must reside in Yolo County.

Renny Pritikin, juror, will discuss works on display on Thursday, July 12, 7-8 PM. This Artist Talk is free for Pence members, and $2 for nonmembers. Admission to the Pence Gallery is always free.

This exhibit is sponsored by the City of Davis.

  Community Hang-Up 2
July 1 - July 8, 2007
Reception: June 8, 7 - 9 pm, Award Ceremony 8 pm

Artist drop-off dates:

Sunday, May 27, 11:30-4 pm
or Tuesday, May 29, 11:30-4 pm

Due to popular demand, this year the Pence will hold two exhibits of work produced by artists from Yolo County and Dixon.

Click here for all the details >>

  Roma Devanbu
June 8 - July 8, 2007
Reception: June 8, 7 - 9 pm

Roma Devanbu's paintings are carefully constructed depictions of interior spaces that radiate a quiet sense of peace. Using details of empty rooms and objects within the space, she creates works that are full of radiant light and delicate surface texture.

Light Filled Room, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"

  Art in the Garden
Saturday, June 23, 2007
10 AM to 4:30 PM

Come enjoy a cool glass of lemonade while browsing an array of wonderful handcrafted garden art. Find treasures in every price range!

  Special Presentation at the Pence
  Copyright and Trademarks: An Overview
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
6 - 8 PM

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  Follow the Line: Traditions Revealed by Acga Artists
April 27 - June 10, 2007
Reception: April 27, 7 - 9 pm

acga artists

The theme of tradition unifies ceramic work by artists from the prestigious Association of Clay and Glass Artists in this juried exhibit. Juror Bob Brady, CSUS professor and artist, will select the best in both figurative and functional ceramics. Sponsored by the Rumsey Community Fund.

The best in contemporary ceramics created by members of Association of Clay and Glass Artists (ACGA) will be on view in Follow the Line: Traditions Revealed at the Pence Gallery from April 27 - June 10. Juror Robert Brady, ceramic artist and professor of art at California State University at Sacramento, selected a diverse array of highly imaginative ceramic works by thirty-one artists. Ceramics on display will include figurative sculptures, teapots, and a variety of elegant vessels that interpret personal and aesthetic sources of tradition. Expressive sculptures capturing the human form by Janet Bajorek, Tom Decker, Robert Finn, Linda FitzGibbon, Gail Rushmore, Sharon Virtue, and Fred Yokel were chosen, while refined decorative works by Lesley Baker, Jane Grimm, Bruno Kark, Janet Malan, Diane Levinson, Kazuko Matthews, Carolyn Means, Lee Middleman, Phyllis Pacin, Sara & Tom Post, Patricia Yenawine, and Molly Prier are also on display. Teapots by Linda Mau, Carol Wedemeyer, Sylvia Rios challenge traditional notions of functionality, while artists Gerry Wallace, Virginia Rigney, Kathy Pallie, Jan Schachter, Judith Serebrin, and Julia Terr delve into nature for their inspiration.

A companion exhibit of the same title is at the Davis Art Center, where works by four artists: Lesley Baker, Bruno Kark, Kazuko Matthews, and Julia Terr, will be highlighted. The Davis Art Center display continues
until May 26.

Join us for a public reception to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments on Friday, April 27, from 7-9 PM (opens at 6 PM for Pence members).

This exhibit is sponsored by
The Rumsey Community Fund, Carmen Kuffner & Kelly McGuire and
far western

  Daphne Gillen & Susannah Israel: Ceramics
April 18 - June 3, 2007
Reception: April 27, 7 - 9 pm

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The playful ceramic work of Redwood Valley artist Daphne Gillen and Bay Area artist Susannah Israel will be explored in this two-person exhibit. Gillen’s ceramic figures and teapots are full of robust animal imagery, while Israel’s human figures teeter on the edge of delicacy.

  Crystal Hanna: Cherokee Traditions Explored
April 18 - May 27, 2007
Reception: May 18, 7 - 9 pm


Crystal Hanna has won numerous awards for her beautiful pottery utilizing designs, shapes, and decorating techniques of traditional prehistoric Southeastern/Mississippi indigenous culture. Her use of decorative motifs, coiled pottery from native clays and ancestral pit-firing methods produce a glimpse into the everyday life, rituals and ceremonies of her ancestral Cherokee past. The Pence Gallery will hold two workshops in conjunction with her exhibit.

Sponsored by the Rumsey Community Fund.

  We visited Dale Chihuly's home and studio on Lake Washington
May 17 - 20, 2007
Reception: May 30, 7-9 PM

A Pence Gallery fundraiser.

Click here to learn more about Dale Chihuly>>

  16th Annual Beautiful Gardens Tour
Sunday, May 6, 2007, 12 - 5 PM

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"Garden View," by Marie-Therese Brown

The Pence’s irises are blooming early this year- a sure sign that we are having an early spring. The amazing colors and sights of flowers and foliage all over Davis signal that the Pence’s Garden Tour is right around the corner. On Sunday, May 6, from 12 - 5 PM, visitors will have the opportunity to tour ten beautiful gardens in College Park. This historic area, developed in the early 1920s, was created to provide more spacious and elegant homes for college faculty and Davis citizens. For the first time, our annual Tour will focus on this interesting and established region of Davis.

Another first is the introduction of local artists creating paintings and ceramics in the gardens. Artists Betty Berteaux, Leslie duPratt, Marie-Therese Brown, Philippe Gandiol, Diane Carlson-Biggs, Rebecca Ryland, Linda FitzGibbon, Joanne Andresen, and Nancy Brzeski will create scenic works of art inspired by the land. Historian Susan McKillop will discuss the history of College Park, while arborists from the UC Davis Arboretum will delve into important trees in the area. Displays from landscaping companies and other lecturers will take place on the lawn in College Park. A silent auction showcasing the best in garden related items and downtown services and restaurants will also be held from 12 – 4:30 PM. Parking is available at International House and on the street, and visitors only have to park once, and walk to the rest of the gardens nearby. A special ‘mystery house’will be unveiled on the day of the tour, and information given out at participating garden homes.

Tickets are $20 for Pence Members and $25 for non-Members and will be sold through the Pence and Redwood Barn. The Garden Tour is one of two important fundraising events that the Pence organizes every year to support its education & exhibit programs. Last year, we served over 11,000 visitors in the galleries, and over 1100 families and school children through our ArtSmart and KidsCreate programs.

The following businesses have sponsored this event:
Ron Brown Construction, Davis Ace Hardware, Tandem Properties, Hibbert Lumber, MAK Design + Build, Ecological Landscape Design, Fleet Feet Sports, and Dick and Joy Dorf.

  The Art of New Guinea
March 9 - April 22, 2007
Reception: March 9, 7 - 9 pm

The Pence Gallery will unveil a unique display of rare works from combined private and public collections of art from Melanesia and Indonesia, including masks, textiles, ritual objects, and canoe prows, in Art of the Pacific Islands, on display from Mar. 9- Apr. 22. With an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of Papua New Guinea, the exhibit shows how mythology continues to reinforce the intricate bond with nature, upon which their survival depends.

Each mask or tool has a specific utilitarian or spiritual function specific to its place of origin. Tools are made of carved wood and despite their practical use, are beautifully adorned with feathers, paint, and elaborate carvings. Ancestor figures relate to the indigenous belief in the power of deceased relatives to influence daily life, and to respect the continuity of familial heritage. A diverse selection of expressive masks in the exhibit from Java and Papua New Guinea will be highlighted, as they were an important part of festivals and performances. Jewelry made from the teeth of various animals or shells have always held significance in the Pacific, and beautiful necklaces and facial decorations will be shown.

Sponsored by the Rumsey community Fund.

  Davis High School: Portfolio Work by Advanced Students
April 3 - 13, 2007
Reception: April 13

  SS Solis: End Times
March 9 - April 15, 2007

SS Solis: End Times is an exhibit that examines the current political and social conditions existing in America today. Through allegory, symbolism, and different media, SS Solis aims to expose society’s apathy towards social injustices. Her paintings of figures caught in various apocalyptic scenes are harbingers of the consequences of passivity during troubled times.

  Celebrate Young Artists: Youth Art Month
March 7 - 30, 2007
Reception: March 11, 1 - 3 pm

The creativity of young artists knows no bounds in this group show, organized by the California Art Educator's Association. Children and youth from local schools will participate.

  Betty Nelsen: Self-Portraits and Still-Life Works
March 9 - April 15, 2007
Reception: March 9, 7 - 9 pm

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Nelsen's recent oil pastel drawings are expansive explorations of the power of color and expressive line. Subjects include birds, amaryllis, and self-portraits expressing differing emotional states.

  Artful Jesters
Jan. 5 - March 4, 2007

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Roy De Forest, A Country Life                                                    Karen Shapiro, Starbucks Cup
courtesy of Brian Gross Gallery 

bailey natsoulas
Clayton Bailey, Tipsy #6                                        Tony Natsoulas, "I don't make monkeys..."

The key role that humor plays in California art is the subject of this group exhibit, showcasing the satirical and wicked sense of play that artists such as Robert Arneson, Richard Shaw, Paul diPasqua, Tony Natsoulas, and Clayton Bailey use in their work.

David L. Robertson’s photographs of the Gladding, McBean factories in Lincoln record a building rich in history. As the oldest working manufacturer of terracotta sculpture in the US, their abandoned loft spaces and bits of statuary are beautifully captured in Robertson’s black and white and color photographs. Through close-up views of repeated elements and atmospheric studies of enveloping spaces, he provides a history of a place at once vibrant and current, as well as shuttered and forgotten.

 Frank Bettendorf: Signs
Jan. 17 - March 16, 2007

Odd Fellows

Watercolor painter Frank Bettendorf is a visual archeologist who strives to capture the decay of old signs, store fronts, and vehicles in order to comment on the beauty and the waste of urban life.

To see more Bettendorf artwork click here >>


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