Patricia Prendergast, River Reflection


Past Exhibits

Maxine Solomon: Somewhere Beyond Time
April 11 – May 7, 2023

Maxine Solomon’s oil paintings are about exploration, spontaneity, and energy, which are often reminiscent of the natural phenomenon she experienced while living abroad, as well as in Northern California.

Art by Cathi Newlin & Toni Rizzo
March 3 – April 30, 2023

This exhibit united the fantastic work of sculptor Cathi Newlin and painter Toni Rizzo. Both artists have a light-hearted, playful take on artmaking, that leads them to explore imagery full of fantasy, surrealism, or comedic exaggeration.

Figurative Exposé
February 10 – April 2, 2023

This year, the Pence displayed the California Art Club’s juried exhibit of figurative drawings, paintings, and sculpture by select CAC artists, as juried by master painter Dan Schultz.

The Tiny Show
January 6 – February 26, 2023

The Tiny Show in years past has been a community favorite with Pence staff, members, and visitors. This show features fantastic 5×7″ works by local & regional artists.

The Elusive Muse: New Work by Kelley Mogilka
January 7 – February 3, 2023

This exhibit celebrates the figurative drawings and paintings by Kelley Mogilka, the recipient of the Pence Gallery Emerging Artist Award in 2022.

Myrtle Press Prints: Portfolio x 2
December 9, 2022 – January 29, 2023

Portfolio x 2 brings together two collections of prints of various processes by respected printmakers from Myrtle Press. These portfolios are inspired by concepts of ‘origin’ and the ‘unseen’.

Flights of Fancy: Sculpture by Steven McGovney
December 2 – 24, 2022

Steven McGovney uses clay, steel wire, acrylic and oil paint to bring his animal and figurative work to life. McGovney’s art merges a surreal side of nature with his love of movement.

Holiday Market
November 11 – December 24, 2022

The Pence’s annual Holiday Market displays over 30 local & regional artists’ work, including ceramics, paintings, jewelry, and more. This is the perfect event to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Don’t Fence Me In: Paintings by Jan Walker
November 4 – 27, 2022

Jan Walker’s paintings celebrate the beauty and freedom of the wild horses who roam the Western states. A portion of the sales from her paintings will be donated to organizations that promote the humane treatment of wild horses.

October 11 – November 27, 2022

Interwoven presents work by a cadre of working artists united by the issues of creating art in our time. Their concerns are reflected through their unique pathways to artistic expression, playing out in art forms such as paintings, collage, photography, and sculpture.

Worthy Mysteries: New Work by Steve Briscoe
October 5 – November 5, 2022

This show includes a stunning selection of found object sculpture, paintings, and installations. Briscoe’s work embraces the simplicity of the everyday object, but recontextualizes it to allow for a new understanding of our world as we experience it.

Fiberscapes: Quilted Landscapes by Marjan Kluepfel
October 7 – 30, 2022

Marjan Kluepfel’s quilted landscapes are inspired by the beautiful and varied landscapes that can be found in northern California. They display energetic colors and movement, constructed out of hand-dyed fabrics and with a sewing machine.

Art Auction
September 3 – 24, 2022

Art Auction offers the best in contemporary art, all on display at the Gallery, and online for silent auction bidding. Preview and bid on some fantastic sculptures, paintings, photography, textiles, and jewelry, by more than 130 regional artists.

Exhibit It!
July 8 – August 14, 2022

Celebrating its 30th year, Exhibit It! is a non-juried display of 50 works of art in all media, open to local artists. 

Slice: A Juried Exhibit of regional Art
June 21 – August 14, 2022

Back for its 10th year, Slice is juried by Chris Daubert, curator and artist, who chose pieces from California artists that are conceptually thoughtful, technically skilled, and representative of contemporary trends in art.

June 10 – August 17, 2022

Sponsored by Ms. HF Richardson, this exhibit includes artists from the Sacramento region to the Bay Area who have been drawn to the practice of creating sculpture from found or recycled objects since the 1950s.

Frank Bettendorf: The Last Road Show
June 3 – 26, 2022

The Last Road Show is Frank Bettendorf’s watercolor paintings of a selection of abandoned buildings, railroad cars and trucks, and roadside attractions. Inspired by memories from previous explorations of the West, his landscapes create a specific sense of place and unique character.

Seasonal Change: Paintings by Gayle Mieko BonDurant
May 1 – 29, 2022

The evocative feel of seasonal change is the catalyst behind Gayle BonDurant’s drawings and paintings. She works in several media, from cold wax and oil paint to graphite and watercolor.

Marsha Schinder: Life Whispers, Listen Carefully
March 14 – May 15, 2022

Marsha Schindler’s work explores the connectivity between worlds – natural and human. Her interest centers on the influence these two realms impose on one another, and the development of possible communication between them.

On the Edge: CCA Clay
March 16 – May 15, 2022

Artist Viola Frey (1933-2004) played a huge role in the Bay Area’s historic ceramic revolution. This exhibition pays tribute to the innovation and experimentation she fostered as head of California College of the Arts’ ceramic studio, and that has thrived at CCA.

Tinderbox: Water in the West: Sculpture by Jeff Downing
March 4 – April 24, 2022

This exhibit includes a series of ceramic diptychs by Bay Area sculptor Jeff Downing that address the critical water shortage affecting the natural habitats of the Western United States.

2020: An Exhibit Reflecting Back
January 14 – March 1, 2022

Faced with nearly a year of sheltering in place, regional artists used their art making to process and expand upon critical events such as the Covid-19 pandemic, widespread fires throughout the West Coast, the Presidential election, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bling Bling
February 4 – 27, 2022

As a tribute to Valentine’s Day, the Pence invited a wide variety of artists to create a one-of-a-kind artistic piece of jewelry.

Sean Free Alcala: Under the Surface
January 7 – February 25, 2022

This exhibit celebrates the exquisite glass sculpture of Sean Alcala, the winner of the Pence Gallery Emerging Artist Award of 2021.

Lover’s Eye
January 7 – 30, 2022

Lover’s eyes, or eye miniatures, were popular in Great Britain from the late 1700s through the Victorian era. The local and regional artists in this exhibit, in various ways, have uniquely explored the lover’s eye theme.

A Whitman’s Sampler: Quilts & Ceramics by Daphne Gillen
December 3 – 26, 2021

Daphne Gillen’s quilts and ceramics feature frisky animals that are reminiscent of folk art, with their lively expressions and playful actions.

First Impressions: Early Prints by Roy de Forest
November 12, 2021 – January 7, 2022

Offering a remarkable look at Roy De Forest’s early foray into printmaking, First Impressions highlights his explorations with Abstract Expressionism, which began with his studies at the California School of Fine Arts.

Holiday Market
November 12 – December 24, 2021

The Pence’s annual fine art & craft sale is full of jewelry, scarves, ceramics, and holiday items, all created by artists working in our region.

Quintessential California:
Landscape Paintings by Karen Fess-Uecker & Teresa Steinbach-Garcia
November 5 – 28, 2021

Karen Fess-Uecker and Teresa Steinbach-Garcia draw upon vibrant and dynamic elements of the California landscape, and in turn, transfer the magic of nature to viewers through their art.

The Soul of Nature
October 1 – November 5, 2021

Peter London’s and P. Gregory Guss’s exploration of the inner soul of nature itself originates in the idea that external appearances do not match or determine internal ones.

Fever/Work by Justin Marsh
October 2 – November 5, 2021

Justin Marsh expands upon his ongoing thematic interest in the nature of human failure and collapse, creating a powerful sense of unease.

Passion for Pastels
October 1 – 24, 2021

This exhibit represents a variety of subjects created by the best in the region, and includes several award-winning pastel artists.

Art Auction
September 1 – 25, 2021

Art Auction offers the best in contemporary art, all on display at the Gallery, and online for silent auction bidding. Preview and bid on some fantastic sculptures, paintings, photography, textiles, and jewelry, by more than 130 regional artists.

Exhibit It!
July 6 – August 19, 2021

Exhibit It!, now in its 29th year, is a non-juried display of 50 works of art in all media, open to local artists. 

Slice: A Juried Exhibit of Regional Art
July 6 – August 19, 2021

Back for its 9th year, Slice is juried by Faith McKinnie, independent curator, art consultant, and founding director of the Black Artists Fund, who chose pieces from California artists that are conceptually thoughtful, technically skilled, and representative of contemporary trends in art.

Yolo Visions 2
July 1 – August 19, 2021

Across a variety of media, local & regional artists express their shared interest in amplifying the natural beauty of the county, whether it is rural, suburban, urban, or somewhere in between.

Joseph Richardson: Stories of Light
June 4 – 27, 2021

Joseph Richardson sets the stage for open-ended narratives, with his evocative oil paintings of rustic outdoor scenes and dramatic landscapes.

Natural Abundance: Gardens, Flowers, and Fruit
May 1 – 30, 2021

Celebrating the artists who have painted as part of our Garden Tour event, this exhibit includes landscapes, outdoor scenes, and still-life subjects by over twenty local painters.

Marc Lancet: Resonance and Wonder
April 30 – June 13, 2021

The search for the figure has inspired ceramic sculptor Marc Lancet’s artistic practice for decades. Lancet builds totemic female figures on a grand scale, producing abstract figures full of emotional depth.

Lisa Jetonne: Held to Earth
April 30 – June 13, 2021

Lisa Jetonne’s interest in categorizing and labeling our natural environment offers a critical reflection on how and why we order natural objects.

Monochromatic Visions: Photography by David Nasater
April 2 – 25, 2021

David Nasater’s approach to photography takes the medium to a deeper, thought-provoking level. As a landscape photographer, he is more interested in smaller, more personal scenes and creating an engaging experience between the subject and the viewer.

Judith Foosaner: Decameron
March 2 – April 18, 2021

While in quarantine, Judith Foosaner began to paint large sheets of cardboard on the ground with painterly calligraphic marks. Foosaner will bring both this installation and her mixed media collages to the Pence for a closer look.

Susan Tonkin Riegel: Marking Time
March 2 – April 18, 2021

In Susan Tonkin Riegel’s dynamic new series of abstract mixed media work, her compositions vibrate with gestural lines, both drawn and stitched, and saturated areas of color on paper and other surfaces.

Beyond Pets: Ceramics by Sandy Fong Whetstone
March 5 – 28, 2021

Sandy Fong Whetstone’s work explores and questions the relationship between humans and animals – how we assign human attributes to animals, or vice versa, and the significance of animals to their human companions.