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||Art Auction Exhibit & Event: Our Art / Our Culture
Aug. 25 - Sept. 19, 2009 | Reception: Sep. 19, 6 - 9 PM
Art Auction: Saturday, Sep. 19, 6:30 - 9:30 PM | Members $25, Non-members $35
Join us at the Pence Gallery’s Annual Art Auction on Saturday, September 19, from
6:30-9:30 PM. This will be a premier event where art lovers can collect wonderful art created by top local and regional artists. This year’s theme, Our Art/Our Culture, will explore the primary role of art as an essential, collective voice within our culture. As the Gallery’s major fundraiser for the year, the Auction provides essential funds to support our mission in providing exemplary art exhibits and education programs for all ages.
To recognize the Gallery’s history in providing art exhibits and education programs for over 34 years, artists throughout the Sacramento and Bay Area region have contributed over 100 original works of art in all media. Just a few of the participating artists whose work will be on display at Pence include Marie-Therese Brown, Cynthia Charters, Linda S. Fitz Gibbon, Arthur Gonzales, Gregory Kondos, Alejandro Rubio and Mel Smothers.
Silent Auction bidding begins on Aug. 29, and concludes during the Auction event on Sept 19. Live auction bidding will also take place during the Auction Gala. Gourmet appetizers are provided by Aioli Bodega Española, Dos Coyotes Border Café, Nugget Markets, Stones Café and Catering, and desserts by Ciocolat. Live jazz music by
McDaniel Jazz Trio will greet each guest as you enjoy a glass of fine wine provided by Davis Wine Company.
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 PM. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on Sept. 19.
This event is sponsored by Tandem Properties, Brown Construction, Schindler Elevator, Mansour’s Oriental Rug Gallery, Watermelon Music, John Brinley Properties, All Star Rents, Dr. Henry E. Bennett, Cable Car Wash, Dos Coyotes Border Café, Stones Café & Catering, Aioli Bodega Española, and Ciocolat.
||Corey Yeaton: From Valley to Volcano
July 10 - Aug. 16, 2009 | Reception: Friday, July 10, 7-9 PM
Photographs of the natural beauty of Hawaii, paired with views of Davis city life, are the focus of this exhibit. As an artist split between the worlds of the Big Island in Hawaii and Davis, Corey Yeaton blends an interest in using photography to raise awareness about the environment, with a fine eye for composition and capturing unique points of view.
||Julie Partansky: Remembrance & Retrospective
June 2 - July 5, 2009 | Reception: Friday, June 12, 6-9 PM
A number of Julie Partansky's friends have come
together to celebrate not only her life, but also her insightful
works of art. As a former mayor of Davis, Julie left her mark on environmental
issues with grace and dignity. This collection represents a 30-year
span of drawings, sculpture, and writing. Sponsored by Bill and Carolyn
||UC Davis MFA First Year Student Exhibit
June 9 - July 5, 2009 | Reception: Friday, June 12, 6-9 PM
The Pence Gallery will again display the cutting
edge art of first year
graduate students from UC Davis’ Master of Fine Arts program.
The exhibit includes photographic works by Aleksander Bohnak, Jingjing
Gong and Christopher Woodcock. Whereas Jingjing
Gong is interested in drawing attention to the drastic change being
experienced by Chinese families, and stages actors in the real
environments of China’s abandoned apartment complexes, Aleksander
Bohnak uses photography as the final product in his work. Aleksander
first builds an installation including sculpture, creates a performance,
and finally documents it via photography. Woodcock’s photographs
are captured using large format cameras, to create fabricated liminal
spaces of natural and architectural environments.
Whereas, on a three-dimensional plane,
sculpture by Traci Horgen and Linda Miller questions basic human
nature, and the correlation
of emotions with chemical reactions within the human body. In contrast,
Robert Machoian’s print work explores the individual’s
relationship to objects, other people and the effect of these interactions.
Also, mixed media drawings by Joshua Pelletier take a deep look
inside the human psyche and express irrationality, fear, love and
humor. Johanna Barron’s installation focuses on material
culture, illusions of space, and boundaries. And lastly, Hyung-Mo
Chu’s installation works explore distant places, whether
they are real or imagined.
Images: Untitled by Jingjing Gong, 21 Caves by
||Firing a Legacy
April 28 - June 1 | Reception: Friday, May 1, 6-9 PM
David Kuraoka's pit-fired ceramics are extraordinary
works of subtle color and organic shape. Through the gentle process
of experimentation, he guides the effects of the firing, so that
each piece shows a range of earthly colors and an almost burnished
surface texture. As a professor at California State University
San Francisco for over 35 years, his teaching style has greatly
impacted a whole generation of artists. Work by over 30 students,
such as Susannah Israel, Tomoko Nakazato, and Farraday Newsome
Sredl is included. Sponsored by the Sacramento Regional Community
Fund, in honor of Steve Boutin.
Image: Steven Allen
||UC Davis Women's Center: Ellen Hansen Memorial Prize Exhibition
May 7 - 21 | Reception: Friday, May 15, 5-6:30 PM
This exhibit honors Ellen Hansen, a student
who was killed in 1981 while hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Ellen's courageous resistance allowed her hiking companion to
escape and survive the attack. Ellen's father, Robert J. Hansen,
a UC Davis professor of Veterinary Medicine, established the
annual award in 1986 as a tribute to his daughter, and to encourage
creative pursuits of other women students. Ellen was a UCD student
and a talented artist, musician and poet. This $1,000 prize is
awarded annually for an original creative project that best demonstrates
the bravery and independence of women. All UC Davis women students
- undergraduates, graduate and professional school students -
are eligible to submit original creative work for the prize.
To find out more, see http://wrrc.ucdavis.edu/ellenhansen.
||Light & Dark: The Fantasy Art of Steve Kellison
March 27 - April 26 | Reception: Friday, April 10, 6-9 PM
The Pence Gallery is excited to present
an exhibition in the upstairs gallery entitled Light & Dark,
The Fantasy Art of Steve Kellison. This exhibit will take place
from March 27 to April 26, 2009 and will display a range of
works by the artist. In his most recent pastel and charcoal
drawings Mr. Kellison explores feelings that conjure up dark
images, these works are balanced by ones that release flights
of fantasy full of light and color. The artist’s work
has a firm root in the realms of fantasy and imaginary realism.
The majority of the works are in pastel and charcoal in addition
to some smaller works in oil. There is also a selection of
smaller computer generated prints that use a combination of
scanned art with Photoshop enhancements. An artist reception
will take place on Friday, April 10, from 7-9 PM and is free
to the public.
Steve Kellison was born in Washington
State and raised in the Central Valley of California. He has
worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in both the Sacramento
and San Francisco bay area for the past 25 years. In his capacity
as an art director/designer he has worked on projects with
companies that held licenses for Disney Publishing, Disney
Consumer Group, Looney Tunes and Universal Studios Theme Park.
Mr. Kellison currently has a home studio/office in Davis, California
and continues to work in the graphic design and illustration
||The Consilience of Art & Science
March 10 - April 12 | Reception: Friday, March 13, 7-9 PM
This exhibit examines a diversity
of 2-D and 3-D artwork produced by artists exploring the
fusion of the two disciplines of visual arts and science.
The display will probe how artists use scientific processes,
tools, and theories in their work. This juried exhibit encourages
UC Davis students and community members to submit art on
this theme. Sponsored by College of Agricultural and Environmental
Sciences Programmatic Initiative Grant, the Departments of
Entomology, Land Air and Water Resources, Plant Pathology,
Plant Sciences, the UC Davis Arboretum.
||The Uncommon Object: Contemporary Still-Life Works
March 5 - April 12 | Reception: Friday, March 13, 7-9 PM
The genre of still-life in Western art
history has a long tradition, one that is expanded upon and
enlivened by contemporary artists such as Fred Dalkey, Wayne
Thiebaud, Richard Shaw, Wayne Jiang, Karen Shapiro, Paula Wetzl
Bellacera, Martha Shaw, Mick Sheldon, Mel Smothers, Jian Wang,
Richard Bolingbroke, Emma Luna, Leslie duPratt, Kathy Kearns,
Nancy Selvin, Kathryn Raymond, Laurie Polster, Gwen Manfrin,
Deborah Lamoreux, and Melissa Wood. Long used to comment on
the passage of time and to display virtuosity of technique,
the still-life tradition continues to serve as a foil for aesthetic
and social messages. Sponsored by Tandem Properties.
Taste, Gwen Manfrin
||Gilbert Amavisca: New Works
Feb. 19 - March 20
The exhibit brings together Amavisca's recent
landscape paintings, which often begin with an interesting scene
recorded via photography. Afterwards, Amavisca works in his studio
using the photos as visual aids. Traveling throughout Northern
California to capture evocative views, Amavisca contrasts objects
from the natural world with those that are manmade.
||In & Our of Africa
Jan. 8 - March 1, 2009
Reception: Jan. 9, 7 - 9 pm
African Art pulled from three private
local collections forms the body of this extraordinary exhibit,
highlighting works from Tanzania, Botswana, Cameroon, and Zaire.
Sponsored by an anonymous donor in memory of Lois O'Grady, MD
||Kristine Bybee: Blending Time & Space
Jan. 20 - Feb. 28, 2009
Reception: Feb. 13, 7 - 9 pm
Kristine Bybee, a Sacramento-based pastel
artist, will display a rich array of landscapes on paper, while
also debuting her large-scale drawings on linen. By harnessing
the unique qualities of pastel to convey the energy of light, Bybee
creates views in which the place- whether it be an Italian vista
or a stark desert scene- is endowed with a spirit and personality
all its own.
||Valentine's Day Display & One Night Event
Feb. 14, 2009, 6:30 - 9 pm
If you are looking for a one of a kind Valentine
for your sweetheart or just for yourself, be sure to swing by the
Pence for the Valentine's Day art show from January 2 through February
15th. We are open on February 14 from 6:30 - 9 PM. Contributing artist
include Geri Wallace, Gayle BonDurant, Alison Smith, Marie Therese
Brown, Philippe Gandiol, Leslie DuPratt, Sara and Tom Post, Terry
Hollowell, Pat Grind, Rachel Kline and more!
||Dust Off Sale
Jan. 2 - Jan. 15, 2009
Find older works by artist including
Gerald Heffernon, Emma Luna, Ann Testa, Phyllis Pacin, Trudy
Baltz, Mark Bulwinkle