Patricia Prendergast, River Reflection


Past Exhibits

Garden Tour: Plein Air Paintings
May 25 – June 25, 2024

As an essential part of our Garden Tour event on May 5th, five artists working in different media—from oil and acrylic paint to watercolors—participated in creating distinct views of the selected gardens.

Inga Poslitur: Renewal
May 3 – June 23, 2024

Inga Poslitur’s oil paintings capture flowering plants in natural environments, as well as in lovely arrangements of bouquets in domestic settings. Painting from life, she emphasizes the life cycle of plants, detailing their blooming and fading in glorious detail.

Women’s Work
April 12 – May 31, 2024

Women’s Work was a sampling of contemporary sculpture and paintings by thirteen artists who re-define gender and femininity through their art. Exhibiting artists included Chaitra Bangalore, Sue Bradford, Shenny Cruces, Linda S. Fitz Gibbon, Ianna Nova Frisby, Suzanne M. Long, Emma Luna, Shonna McDaniels, Lisa Reinertson, Nancy Selvin, Julianne Wallace Sterling, Shalene Valenzuela, and Amy Vidra.

Erica Norelius: Natural Places & Urban Spaces
March 1 – April 28, 2024

Erica Norelius’ work offers an in-depth dive into the natural spaces stretching from the coastal cities and desert areas, and captivating cityscapes, which capture the busy highways and urban street life of Oakland and San Francisco. In all paintings, the force of time permeates the landscape and cityscape, instilling a sense of change, destruction, and regrowth, whether in this lifetime or across the millennium.

Davis Art Studio Tour Preview
March 8 – April3, 2024

This exhibit showcased new artwork by the 40 local artists participating in the annual Davis Art Studio Tour, include photography, painting, sculpture, and more.

Gina Werfel & Hearne Pardee: Fragments
February 9 – April 2, 2024

Fragments highlights recent paintings, collages, and drawings of Gina Werfel and Hearne Pardee. Despite the differences between their respective work, they each approach their practice with the intent of layering or fragmenting multiple points of view or perspectives.

Christina Kent: Day to Night
January 9 – February 29, 2024

As a resident of San Francisco, Christina Kent expands upon her observations of everyday life in the city by going beyond celebrating well-known locations and views, to capture intimate scenes of daily life. She builds these compositions with an eye to the subtle nuances of light and shadow, using gestural brushwork to reveal the changes in the landscape from morning until night.

Misuk Goltz: The World We Live In
January 5 – February 25, 2024

The watercolor paintings of Misuk Goltz convey a world seen through both her travels and daily life that is full of emotional resonance. The World We Live In largely centers on her vignettes from these travels, alongside rural scenes from our region. In her detailed naturalism, she reveals the shared humanity of her subjects she’s sketched.

Joseph Bellacera: The Matter of Light
December 8, 2023 – February 2, 2024

Grounded in the concept that everything in the universe is a manifestation of energy which we interpret through our senses and technology, Joseph Bellacera’s work reflects his interest in changing light into matter, and matter into light. In large-scale mixed media works and digital prints, the artist turns his observations of the natural world into intriguing configurations of color, pattern, and texture.

Adrienne Van Summern: Quiet Moments
December 8 – December 30, 2023

Adrienne Van Summern is an artist well-versed in the techniques of traditional fine arts, which is showcased in her new series of portraits and still-life oil paintings. Inspired by historical realist painters such as Titian and Rembrandt, she captures portraits and figurative subjects with equal adeptness.

Holiday Market
November 10 – December 24, 2023

Over 60 artists have contributed to this year’s Holiday Market! Our gallery is overflowing with fun soaps and lotions, candles, scarves, hats, and original works of art, all handmade especially for you by local artists.

October 10 – December 1, 2023

For artists Belinda Hanson, Chris Clother, Cathy Valentine, and Carol Jenkins, “twilight” means more than a time of day, it function as an in—between space, opening up boundaries between formerly distinct objects or ideas. Through installations, mixed media, paintings, and assemblage, they address their relationship with nature, light, and the vagaries of life as we know it.

Michael Mikolon: Garments
October 6 – November 26, 2023

Created using pastel and charcoal on Canson paper, Michael Mikolon delves into the intricate relationship between clothing and identity. A simple cap or dress can evoke powerful personal memories, showing how garments can play a transformative role in our lives.

Andres Alvarez
October 3 – November 2, 2023

Andres Alvarez is a peripatetic photographer who largely focuses his lens on the streets of Sacramento, documenting the cultural celebrations, practices, and daily life of the diverse people who live in the region. He captures the conflict and economic disparity present in our own backyard.

Art Auction 2023
September 8 – 23, 2023

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.

Sayako Dairiki: Mended Memories
June 23 – August 20, 2023

Sashiko is a traditional Japanese mending technique in which repeated stitching in geometric shapes or lines was done to strengthen fabrics and to ward off costly repairs. Sayako Dairiki began to echo these stitching patterns on canvas.  In the process, she began to see connections to different generations of her family, and how ‘mending’ was a metaphor for healing and reconnecting with others. 

Slice: A Juried Exhibit of Regional Artists
July 11 – August 20, 2023

Back for its 11th year, Slice was juried by Kelly Lindner, Curator for the University Galleries at California State University, Sacramento, who chose a fascinating snapshot into what contemporary issues and approaches artists are addressing through their work.

Exhibit It! A Community Art Exhibit
July 5 – August 18, 2023

Exhibit It! is a non-juried “open theme” exhibit which shines a spotlight on fifty local artists who submitted their choice of artwork in any medium for this summer display. 

Wandering Thoughts: Paintings by Dawn Star Wood
May 5 – June 25, 2023

Wood’s exhibit portrays the dreamy interior world of women lost in thought or asleep, and captures reflection, rust, and age in vintage cars and motorcycles. These images create a world that is at once magic and real, spurring us as viewers to delve further into its beauty and mystery as seamlessly articulated by the artist. 

Garden Tour: Plein Air Paintings
May 25 – June 25, 2023

As an essential part of our Garden Tour event, seven artists participated in creating distinct views of the selected gardens. Working in different media, from oil and acrylic paint to watercolors, from close-up views of a few plants to paintings that capture a wider panorama, each artist created a unique vision of the homeowner’s garden.

Moments in Time & Space:
Ceramics by Claudia Tarantino, Daniel Alejandro Trejo, and Bill Heiderich
April 14 – June 12, 2023

Ceramic artists Claudia Tarantino, Daniel Alejandro Trejo, and Bill Heiderich share an interest in capturing the changing quality of time. This exhibit offers a varied look at how these three artists depict change within the boundaries of form and time. 

Home: Mixed Media Paintings by Susan W. Brady
May 12 – June 11, 2023

Susan W. Brady’s landscapes are a hybrid of painting, collage, and photography. Originating with a digital image, her work builds upon the photograph by collaging layers of handmade papers, dye, and oil paint.

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’.