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EVENTS AT THE PENCE GALLERY

The Pence Gallery organizes several key events and festivities for the community throughout the year.
The revenue from these special events provides an essential part of our operating budget and helps us bring amazing displays of art year-round to the public.




 

ART AFTER DARK
The first Friday of the month

Art After Dark is series of first Friday events that mix live music, performance and interactive art, with food & drink. Members always get a discount! Mark your calendar through July!
Tickets: $10/$8, students/$5 members at the door or click Buy Now



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OCT. 7, 7-10 PM

Art After Dark: AMERICANA
Enjoy live music from Abalone Grey, a Santa Cruz-based blues/folk band, or see a sneak selection by the Art Theater of Davis of Impromptu. Take a selfie at our Comic Photo Booth while sipping a vintage cocktail at our new bar. Don’t miss adding to our Graffiti Wall, or getting a classic tattoo at our tattoo station.

NOV. 4, 7-10 PM

Art After Dark: ILLUSION
Live Music & Optical Illusion installations

DEC. 2, 7-10 PM

Art After Dark: MIXED
Live Music & Group art project

This event is funded by the Transforming the Creative Economy grant of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.


 
A very special evening with poet and screenwriter
James Ragan

FLOWERS AND ROOTS:
an ambassador of the arts


Monday, Sept. 26, 7 PM

Documentary about an American poet, writer and screenwriter with
Slovak roots James Ragan

A Fulbright professor in Yugoslavia, China, and the Czech Republic, Ragan served as a distinguished professor at Charles University in Prague for 16 years and is an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has given poetry readings at the First International Poetry Festival in Moscow and the United Nations. A screenwriter for Paramount Pictures and a playwright, Ragan directed the University of Southern California Master of Professional Writing program for 25 years.


 
The Impromptu at Versailles by Molière

Oct. 21-22, 28, 7:30 PM
Oct. 29, 2:00 PM
Tickets $10/$15 at impromptu.brownpapertickets.com

The Art Theater is proud to present Molière's comedy The Impromptu at Versailles at the Pence. Written in 1663, The Impromptu at Versailles is a comedy about actors and acting styles, displaying Molière turning a satirical eye on himself and his troupe of actors in a display of meta-theatricality. The October 29th performance at 2 PM will include music by the Sacramento Baroque Soloists, including dance music by Lully, with whom Molière collaborated on entertainment for Louis XIV. In this adaptation by Timothy Nutter, the Art Theater uses Molière’s play to mimic and satirize itself and its realistic acting style. This performance is partially funded by Sacramento Region Community Fund.



ART AUCTION
The Art Auction is an annual event featuring over 120 artworks in a 2-3 week preview, culminating in a Gala event. Bidding takes place in silent and live auction forums during the event, and bidders may sample area cuisine by local restaurants, and enjoy complementary wine and desserts, as well as live music. This is a great opportunity to add to your art collection, or to start one! Artists vary from year to year, but may include Wayne Thiebaud, Del Almeida, Susan Shelton, Donna Billick, and Richard Shaw. This exhibit takes place late August to mid-September, and the event is typically the 3rd Saturday in September.

- Gala Art Auction 2016, Saturday, Sep. 17, 6:30-9:30 PM

- Gala Art Auction 2015, Saturday, Sep. 19, 6:30-9:30 PM


- Gala Art Auction 2014, Saturday, Sep. 20, 6:30-9:30 PM


TRASH TO TREASURES
Trash to Treasures is our annual sidewalk sale occuring mid-summer. Drop by to find an assortment of goodies ranging from fine art, posters, frames, furniture, collectables, linens, and vintage items, all donated by the public to help support the Pence. Please stay tuned for more information on this year's Trash to Treasures, coming soon!


GARDEN TOUR
For over 25 years, the Pence's Garden Tour has provided the public with the opportunity to view 8-10 beautiful gardens. Centered in the town of Davis, these gardens are chosen for their diversity, overall design, and interesting use of plants. Visitors in the past have enjoyed Japanese gardens, art-filled yards, and xeriscapes filled with native grasses. This self-guided Tour is a ticketed event, taking place on the 1st Sunday in May. Tickets are sold at the Pence, among other locations, and include access to the gardens, homemade refreshments, and bidding in the silent auction area.

 


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