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  Michael Shemchuk: Paper Trail
Dec. 11, 2020-Jan. 24, 2021

Shemchuk’s large-scale mixed media paintings consist of multiple panels, which are created with layers of household paint and collaged paper that are abraded and ripped. His compositions dance with gestures, calligraphic marks and symbols. This exhibit includes his ‘surface tension’ works on paper, a unique process for using pressure and water to print colors dissolved from different papers into a painterly composition, which will be created in the gallery over the course of part of the exhibit.

Jan. 10, 2-3:30 PM: Virtual Artist Talk with Michael Shemchuk via Zoom

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This exhibit is sponsored by Tom Doyle & Kathy Joseph.

  Mariah Reading: Worn Landscapes
Jan. 8- Feb. 21, 2021
Artist Talk: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2-3 PM (FREE) via Zoom

Mariah Reading creates paintings on found objects collected in America’s National Parks, which is photographed in situ in one of the many Parks that she has visited. Reading is the recipient of the Pence Gallery Emerging Artist Award 2020.

This exhibit is sponsored by James R. Smith & Suzette M. Smith.

  New Year: New Direction
Jan. 8-31, 2021

The year 2020 will go down in the history books as one of the oddest years ever. But how do the events of last year shape what influences us? Artists are always in a state of change. Add into that motion, last year's harsh reality, and you have the premise for this exhibit—New Year, new direction. Some works of art will reflect the utter chaos that we all experienced, while others will focus on the future with anticipation and joy. This group exhibit features the work of Del Almeida, Rachel Kline, Jeff Downing, Sara Post, Marcia Smith, Paula and Joe Bellacera, and several others.

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Alejandro Rubio: Twenty Years Forward
(Main Gallery)

Jan. 28- February 25, 2021

Alejandro Rubio marks his 20th year in the US as an exhibiting artist with a series of new paintings.  Reflecting his keen observation of place, the artist includes his anthropomorphized landscapes, in which landmasses have an almost human presence. In addition to colorful cityscapes and abstracted views, Rubio shares his interest in creating space through geometric patterning.

Feb. 11, 5-6:30 PM: A Virtual Conversation with the Artist

Join painter Alejandro Rubio and Director Natalie Nelson for a virtual conversation about Rubio's new paintings, his formative influeces and the importance of place in his work.
To register for this free talk via Zoom, email [email protected]

This exhibit is sponsored by Rosa Marquez & Yatish Mishra.


Just a Kiss:
Love Theme
(Learning Center)

Feb. 5-28, 2021

MAR Susan Tonkin Riegel:
Paris Series
(Community Gallery)

March 2- April 18, 2021

Susan Tonkin Riegel’s residency last year in Paris yielded a vibrant new series of abstract mixed media work, including several two-sided pieces mounted on stands. Her compositions vibrate with gestural lines, both drawn and stitched, and areas of black and white, or primary colors, on a textured surface. Her new work includes elements such as writing, symbols, and enigmatic figures.

Judith Foosaner: Decameron
(Main Gallery)

March 2- April 18, 2021

While in quarantine this past spring and summer, Foosaner began to paint large sheets of cardboard on the ground with painterly calligraphic marks. By cutting the sheets into shapes and tacking them up on the wall, the artist noticed that her arrangement seemed to create a playful choreography of animate shapes in her studio. Foosaner will bring both her mixed media collages and this installation to the Pence for a closer look.

This exhibit is sponsored by Wil Uecker & Karen Fess Uecker.

Sandy Fong Whetstone: Bountiful
(Learning Center)

March 5-28, 2021
APR Marc Lancet: Ceramic Sculpture
(Main Gallery)

April 30– June 13, 2021

Lancet is a long-time friend of the Pence, and is currently a Professor of Art at Solano College. His specialty is wood-fired teaware and figurative sculpture. Most of his
figure pieces relate to political and philosophical issues such as the destructive power of mankind and the toxic nature of war.

David Nasater
(Learning Center)

April 2-25, 2021
Congressional High
School Art Competition Exhibit
(Learning Center)

May 7-30, 2021

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