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mel1   MEL SMOTHERS: Postcards
Nov. 29, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012
Reception: Friday, Dec. 9, 6-9 PM | Artist Talk: Sat. Dec. 10, 2-3 PM (FREE)

Mel Smothers works in both Davis and Brooklyn. Over the years, Smothers’ paintings have included a consistent narrative of investigating the natural world through fragmentation and isolation. Equally important is his dialogue with artists of the past, particularly Andy Warhol, as seen by his ‘Postcards to Andy’ series.

Sponsored by Tandem Properties.

Nov. 11 - Dec. 23, 2011
Reception: Friday, Nov. 11, 6-9 PM

Enjoy unique and affordable work for the holidays, including ceramics, textiles, home décor, jewelry, baby items and season gifts from artists Stephen Cook, Matthew Harral, Sandi Haveson, Jean King, Wesley Wright, Brennie Brackett, Paula Nasater, and more!

Pete Scully   PETE SCULLY
Dec. 1 - 31, 2011
Reception: Friday, Dec. 9, 6-9 PM

Featuring fantastic landmarks from around Davis by area artist and
sketch crawl coordinator Pete Scully.

Chuck Warner   CHUCK WARNER: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Nov. 16 - 27, 2011

Retrospective exhibit of work from childhood onward of beloved Woodland High School Teacher.

Image: Detail of altar for Dr. Joe Pence
  Dia De los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Sept. 22 - Nov. 20, 2011 | Reception: Oct. 14, 6-9 PM

The Mexican cultural celebration Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos (Nov. 1 & 2) is a festive event, in which family members and friends share a meal and offering in remembrance of departed loved ones. Altares and contemporary artworks by local and regional artists will be included. Participating artists include Susan Shelton, Alison Smith, Amanda Lopez, and Malaquias Montoya, among others, will explore the meaning of Day of the Dead in their work. An altar dedicated to Dr. Joe Pence, the namesake of the Gallery, will also be included. This Exhibit Graciously Sponsored by Nancy and Bill Roe

Trudy Baltz   Clay Dust
Sept. 17 - Nov. 11, 2011
Reception: Oct. 14, 6-9 PM

This month upstairs@thepence we will be featuring work by ceramists Trudy Baltz, Heidi Murray and Marsha Elam. Come check out this diverse set of work by these local ceramists.

Work by Trudy Baltz

Phil gross   Marking the Territory: A tribute to Roy De Forest
June 24 - Aug. 14, 2011 | Reception: June 8, 6-9 PM

Roy de Forest (1930-2007) was well known for lively paintings populated by playful dogs, boats, and whimsical figures. Teaching at UC Davis from 1965-82, he influenced several generations of regional artists. Paintings and sculpture by artists Arthur Gonzalez, Gerald Heffernon, Lisa Reinertson, Maxine Aaron, Ted Fontaine, Jean Van Keuren, Tony Natsoulas, and Peter VandenBerge, among others, are included in this tribute to Roy de Forest.
Sponsored by Bob & Joanne Andresen, Phil & Dawn Daro, and Jim & Sue Smith

Works by Phil Gross

S. McKee   Horses: Paintings by JEFF TARBELL and S. McKEE
July 28 - Aug. 17, 2011
Reception: Aug. 12, 6-9 PM

On display is a year in review of work by Jeff Tarbell and S. McKee. Check out these Bay Area painters as they explore a theme of horses in this beautifully done set of oil and acrylic paintings.

Works by S. McKee

Flying fish   MELISSA WOOD: Flora, Fauna & Other Companions
June 10- Aug. 14, 2011
Reception: June 10, 6-9 PM

Melissa Wood’s paintings and mixed media constructions explore the transmutations of nature, and the fragile nature of memory. Her still–life works are composites of beautifully rendered local fruits, set amidst collaged bits of settings pulled from her travels and research.
Sponsored by Max & Sam Radin, Robin Kozloff & Lorenzo Kristov, Vicki & Bob Plutchok,
Anne & John Syer, Kenneth & Carin Loy, and Barbara A. Cochran

reinhart   Finding Focus / Seeking Balance
July 1 - 24, 2011
Reception: July 8, 6-9 PM

Come see the terrific ceramic works of Charlene Doiron Reinhart and Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk Upstairs at the Pence this month. Charlene will also be giving a special demo at the reception on July 8th.

Image: Charlene Dorion Reinhart

Tony Natsoulas   Tiny Show
June 2 - 26, 2011
Reception: June 10, 6-9 PM

We sent out fifty+ 5 x 7" canvases to a list of our favorite artists, one a piece, to see what they could come up with. The response has led to a delightfully diverse show featuring a mash of mediums and subjects that leaves something for everyone!

Featuring work by Richard Crozier, Daphne Gillen, Rachel Kline, Tony Natsoulas, Nancy Selvin, Gerry Wallace, and many, many more!

Image: Tony Natsoulas

David Kuraoka
Image: David Kuraoka
April 29 - June 2, 2011 | Reception: April 29, 6-9 PM

Transcendent highlights ceramic vessels, sculpture, and installation works by David Kuraoka, Michelle Gregor and Don Reitz. Each artist uses clay as a sculptural medium, and has resisted neat categorization. Michelle Gregor’s figurative sculpture combines a sense of movement with an attention to spiritual presence. Don Reitz’s wood and salt-fired pieces reflect his long interest in abstraction, and reflect a sense of geological presence. David Kuraoka, well known for his work harnessing pit firing techniques, turns his attention to the possibilities of color applied directly to his magnificent large-scale vessels. Kuraoka will also display an installation of wall-mounted tiles glazed in interlocking stripes that provide a dynamic contrast to the rich but muted hues of his pit fired works.

This exhibition was graciously sponsored by Mission Clay Products; Bret Hewitt and Deborah Pinkerton.
Additional support by dick-blick

Image: Melissa Woodburn
  Boots, Bags and Bikinis
April 27 - June 3, 2011 | Reception: April 29, 6-9 PM

Three artists whose work delves into the intimate nature of female beauty and identity are joined together in this exhibit. Durham’s life-size sculptures of heavy boots, delicate heels, and other shoes consist of hog gut with mixed media, and are emblematic for their owner’s desires or personality. Woodburn sculpts purses out of clay, creating evening bags and tongue-in-cheek crocodile bags that evoke a sense of nostalgia, romance, and power. Lawson’s ceramic bikinis are more armored costume than delicate swimwear, strung together to create invisible models that might favor these garments.

Malia Landis
  Human Nature
April 1 - May 6, 2011
Reception: April 8, 7-9 PM

Upstairs @ the Pence we featured the intricate and whimsical works of ceramists Wesley Wright and Malia Landis.

Image: Malia Landis

Michael Radin Plein Aire
  MICHAEL RADIN: Playing with Perspective
March 8 - April 21, 2011
Reception: March 11, 6-9 PM

Michael Radin is a Davis-based photographer, who has been using the camera to explore different forms of perspective. Included are images from his Plein Air Photography at 50 mph series in which fields blur around the viewer, evidence of motion perspective. More recent images from his explorations in architectural photography are also included, in which the laws of spatial recession are subverted. This exhibit is sponsored by Dr. Barry and Lois Ramer and Brian and Lucia Maeda

Kyle Hittmeier
Image: Kyle Hittmeler
  Touching Base
March 8 - April 21, 2011
Reception: March 11, 6-9 PM

The exhibition Touching Base, curated by Robin Hill, Professor of Art at the University of California Davis, includes the work of eleven former UC Davis undergraduate art majors, all of whom have gone on to establish professional studio practices/exhibition records and, in some cases, hold teaching positions of their own. The exhibition provides an opportunity to consider the distinct art trajectories of the artists and to understand the myriad ways one cultivates an independent studio practice upon graduation from college.

Featuring Work by: Hilary Alder, Caetlynn Booth, Colby Claycomb, Ryan Gallant, Daniel J. Glendening, Matthew Gottschalk, Kyle Hittmeier, Amy Lincoln, Elizabeth Ottenheimer, Allison Taylor, and Jason Trinidad | Sponsored by Tandem Properties

Jed Alexander
Image: Marilyn Judson
  Paper Work
Art by Jed Alexander, Laura Morton, & Marilyn Judson
Feb. 22 - March 20, 2011
Reception: March 11, 6-9 PM

This exhibit features work on paper by artists Laura Morton, Jed Alexander, and Marilyn Judson. Morton's etchings and striking collages take as their subject plant and animal life. Jed Alexander's dry brush work exemplifies his skill at conveying animals and other objects in an expressive and humorous manner. Judson creates scenes of delicate beauty as she engineers her paper sculptures to display floral and insect studies. Check this exhibit out in the Learning Center, upstairs at the Pence!

Alejandro Rubio
  Alejandro Rubio: Other Places
Jan. 4 - Feb. 25, 2011
Reception: Jan. 14, 6-9 PM

Alejandro Rubio imparts a sense of nostalgia in his city view paintings, constructed out of simplified shapes and primary colors. His views of city streets and isolated islands are pulled from his own imagination, fueled by memories of growing up in his native Uruguay.
Sponsored by Ms. HF Richardson, Estelle Salzman, and Richard & Judy Wydick.

Busby - Nucleus
Image: Betty Busby
  Consilience of Art and Science 2011
Jan. 14 - Feb. 27, 2011 | Reception: Jan. 14, 6-9 PM

The Pence Gallery and the Art/Science Fusion Program at the University of California, Davis, have come together to present this juried exhibition that will explore the intersection between art and science. Work will be selected by jurors James Housefield and Diane Ullman, from a national pool of both fine artists and scienctists, that is sure to inspire new ways of viewing our world.

Selected artists include: Byron Wolfe, Catherine Chalmers, Jiayi & Shih-Wen Young, Rebecca Beer, Betty Busby, Julian Voss-Andreae, John Sollinger, Marilyn Judson, Anneliese Vobis, Barbara Nepom, E. Kaino Hopper, Mike Dickau, Joanna Kidd, Martha Gegan, Carol Bernard, Richard Gilles, Judith Golden & Michael Radin, Terry Nathan, Renee Dryfoos, Joy Elson, Barb Engel & Linda Schwartz.
Exhibition Sponsored by: The Louise Hess Foundation of Sacramento Region Community Foundation, with assistance from Dr. Bob and Joanne Andresen.

Colleen Maloney
  Pence Gallery Annual Community Hang-Up
Jan. 8 - Feb. 13, 2011 | Reception: Jan. 14, 6-9 PM

Join us for the 22nd annual Community Hang-up, a popular forum for artists from Yolo County and Dixon to showcase their talents. It is a nonjuried exhibit open to artists ages 18 and up. Acceptable media includes painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, or mixed media. Work should be ready to install, under 30 inches in any direction.

Sponsored by: Kit & Bonnie Lam, Terence Leung. and Ronald & Rosie Soohoo

Image: Colleen Maloney

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