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Judith Lowry   Our Stories: Judith Lowry's Artistic Reflections on Native California
Dec. 4 - Jan. 27, 2013 | Reception: Friday,December 14, 6-9 PM | Curated by Karah English

As a Maidu/Hamawi Pit River/ Washoe artist, Judith Lowry makes visual stories of Native California's past and present. Lowry's artwork blends her personal history with stories from her Native heritage, debunking California Indian stereotypes while weaving in direct social commentary. This exhibit is sponsored by Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Mooretown Rancheria, Maidu Independant Theater and Yocha Dehe Community Fund. Children’s programs sponsored by Anne Lincoln & Steve Roth.

Painting by Judith Lowry

Siempre   Malaquias Montoya: Women That I Have Encountered
Sept. 29 - Nov. 25, 2012 | Reception: Friday,Oct. 12, 6-9 PM English

This exhibit is sponsored by Tandem Properties.

Siempre by Malaquias Mintoya

AlexCalder   Tiny
Nov. 2 - 28, 2012

Just like the dessert cart that rolls around to tempt you at some fancy restaurant, so too is our annual Tiny exhibit. All of your favorite artists are in collectible size, with just the right portion to satisfy any sophisticated pallet. Each year, the Pence mails out 5 x 7” canvas boards to  select guest artists, with the subject left up to the artist’s imagination. This year, cupcakes and still-life arrangements seemed to be popular motifs. Unframed, the viewer is free to enjoy the work itself more directly. As uniformly as the show is installed, pieces do stand out more individually rather than collectively. 

photograph by Alex Calder

Siempre   Malaquias Montoya: Women That I Have Encountered
Sept. 29 - Nov. 25, 2012 | Reception: Friday, Oct. 12, 6-9 PM English

This exhibit is sponsored by Tandem Properties.

Siempre by Malaquias Mintoya

Devanbu   Open Studio: Roma Devanbu
Oct. 2 - Nov. 2, 2012 | Reception: Friday, Oct. 12, 6-9 PM

Join artist Roma Devanbu as she turns the Dowling Community Gallery into her own studio. Visitors can view the construction of an elaborate cut paper sculpture, stretching almost to the ceiling, while adding to the sculpture on their own. The studio is open during regular gallery hours, but Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4 PM, Roma Devanbu will be working and talking with visitors. Be sure to stop in several times as the piece grows to fill the space, and to see the community’s contribution to the work.
This exhibit is sponsored by Bill & Nancy Roe

Joe Marscal ceramicJoe Marscal in the Studio   In Their Studio
Oct. 5 - 28, 2012

Ever try to place a name with a face, or artwork with an artist? Do you think about what kind of studio an artist must have in order to create the finished magic you see at the gallery? If you have answered yes to any of the above questions then you will want to save Oct. 5-28 for the "Artists and Their Studios" exhibit upstairs in the Learning Center Gallery. Take a sneak peek at who has dust and who is meticulous. Discover if the size of the studio equates to the size of the art.

Brave artists Tarbell and McKee, Patris, Nancy Muren, Laville Logan, Lisa DeFehr, Linda Erfle, Linda S. FitzGibbon, and Joe Mariscal are just a few of the brave artists willing to show their creative hub. Current work of these artists will also be shown.

Joe Marscal in his studio and the final project

Carol Gravem

Daphne Gillen
  The Pence: Hop to It!
July 6-29, 2012 | Reception: Friday, July 13, 6-9 PM

There is a rumor that Davis was built on top of an ant hill and that the number of cockroaches far surpasses the entire population of Davis. Anyone that has strolled through downtown in the summer has had the added excitement of either sidestepping or stepping on what is affectionately called the "water beetle" (for those that can't stomach the word cockroach).

Instead of screaming while running away from all these six and eight legged creatures, we decided to embrace them for their unique role in our town. As you go around the gallery, you will notice each artist has selected their own bug to pay tribute to, and the images vary as much as the artist creating them. Leave your fly swatters at the door and enjoy!

Carol Gravem & Daphne Gillen

crucesJetonne   Slice: A Juried Cross-Section of Regional Art
June 8 - July 5, 2012 | Reception: Friday, June 8, 6-9 PM

The Pence hosts its first juried art exhibit, open to all artists, that showcases the best in regional fine art. Juror Diana L. Daniels, curator at the Crocker Art Museum, will select the prizes for exemplary works of art.

Work by:
Richard Ashby, Nancy Bardach, Chris Beards, Christine Benkert, Carol Bernard, Susan Brady, Jeanette Clark, Dee Conway, Karen Cornell, Shenny Cruces, CM Cunningham, Carol Dalton, Marieke De Waard, Roma Devanbu, Pam Dixon, Stevee Duber, Margaret Eldred, Linda S. Fitz Gibbon, Amy George, Stephen Giannetti, Jeffrey Granett, Bill Heiderich, Diana Jahns, Lisa Jetonne, Craig Johnson, William Kenefick, Richard Kolding, Susan Lane, Lee Middleman, David Nasater, Terry Nathan, Phyllis Pacin, Steve Pro, Jan Schachter, Maryann Steinert-Foley, Melissa Woodburn, Don Yee, Emmeline Yen

from top: Shenny Cruces & Lisa Jetonne

Sharon Virtue   Tiffany Schmierer & Sharon Virtue: Horror Vacui
June 8 - July 8, 2012 | Reception: Friday, June 8, 6-9 PM

Sharon Virtue and Tiffany Schmierer are two Bay Area sculptors whose ceramic figurative work shares a common aesthetic. Working in clay, they infuse their surfaces with a profusion of detail, including textural knobs, geometric shapes, and small images. Schmierer’s ceramic sculptures are investigations into the complicated patterns that connect our lives to our surroundings. Virtue’s work instead largely focuses on the female form, harkening back to traditional African sculpture, especially fertility figures from Africa.
Sharon Virtue

Karen Eland   Expressoism
June 1 - 24, 2012 | Reception: Friday, June 8, 6-9 PM

Painters Matthew Harral and Karen Eland both utilize the medium of coffee to create
views of life that look back to an earlier time.

Karen Eland

Fred Yokel

Fred Yokel
  Focus on the Figure
April 27 - June 1, 2012 | Reception: Friday, April 27, 6-9 PM

Focus on the Figure examines work in ceramics and painting by eight California artists who work from the human form in a very personal manner. Susannah Israel uses color as a vital part of each composition, and is a master at creating work full of imaginative gesture and meaning. In contrast to Israel’s dynamic surfaces, Fred Yokel’s figures are reduced to the elemental. Subtle yet expressive gestures inform these minimal figures. Monumental figures by Jane Burton, give evidence of their construction, with ribbon-like bands articulating their voluptuous curves. Marc Lancet’s wood-fired figures have a monumental quality due to his bold hand. Suzanne Long’s characters have a certain mirthful quality, with their small scale and embroidered soft bodies. Tomoko Nakazato works in the idiom of Japanese animation, juxtaposing child-like anime figures with deeper messages of environmental and social violence. At the other end of the spectrum, Dan Snyder sculpts a classic pose and elegant surface. Paintings by figurative artists John Goodman and John Wood echo the concerns of sculptors in clay.

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Sponsored by Far Western Anthropological Research Association and Jim & Sue Smith

Barbara Prodaniuk   Four Feet and Feathers
April 6 - 29, 2012 | Reception: Friday, April 13, 6-9 PM

Group exhibit featuring ceramics, photography, and paintings on the subject of animals.

ceramic work by Barbara Prodaniuk

kardexplexusyoung   Seeing Sound
March 9 - April 15, 2012 | Reception: Friday, March 9, 6-9 PM

Seeing Sound delves into the realm of how visual artists incorporate ambient and instrumental sound into their work, exploring how what we hear is reflected in what we see. With sound artists Mike Azevedo and Stephen Thompson, artists Jiayi and Shih-Wen Young create installations in which sounds from various sources are transformed into visual patterns, in both paintings and digital projections. Rachel Clarke and Stephen Blumberg develop animated videos probing the nature of technology, using musical compositions to amplify and enhance thematic considerations. Dean Moniz, painter and sculptor, structures his paintings to correspond to specific passages of jazz and rock music. Robin Hill and Sam Nichols will construct installations of antiquated office machines, punctuated by recorded and looped related sounds, in which visitors activate and compose their own compositions. Many pieces on display are distinctly interactive, requiring visitors to play, mix, and listen, ultimately offering a space in which the line between sound and art is blurred.

Sponsored by Thomas Doyle & Kathy Joseph with support from Dick & Joy Dorf

Artwork By Robin Hill and Sam Nichols, Rachel Clark, and Jiayi and Shih-Wen Young

Yuriko Oto   High School AP Art Exhibit
March 2 - 25, 2012 | Reception: Friday, March 9, 6-9 PM

This exhibit includes amazing works of art by advanced AP Art and Photography students
from Davis and Da Vinci High Schools.
Sponsored by the Davis School Arts Foundation

painting by Yuriko Oto

vinokurov   Between the Quotes: Work by UC Davis Art Faculty
Jan. 11 - Feb. , 2012 | Reception: Friday, Jan.13, 6-9 PM

Pulling from new work by thirteen faculty members in the UC Davis art department, this exhibit highlights innovative work in ceramics, video, painting, photography, and sculpture. Beyond the visual, visitors will explore art through salient quotations chosen by each professor.

Bryce Vinokurov

Foley   It Figures
Feb. 3 - 26, 2012 | Reception: Friday, Feb. 10, 6-9 PM

Three women artists explore the ever-popular subject of the human form. Maryann Steinert-Foley’s paintings focus on solitary female figures, solidly composed with broad strokes. Colorful paintings by Marty Murphy, a well-known Davis painter, and enigmatic sculptures by Oakland artist Susannah Israel round out the display.

work by Maryann Steinert-Foley

Olsen   In Their Prime
Jan. 6 - 29, 2012 | Reception: Friday, Jan. 13, 6-9 PM

This exhibit celebrates the vitality of art made by senior citizens, featuring textiles, sculpture, and painting by artists Meredith Burns, Mary Cooper, Peggy Epstein, Jane Garritson, Jeffrey Granett, Jody House, Hilda Keefer, Kitty Leibhardt, Birgitta Olsen, Richard Radcliff, Norma Rice, Marilyn Judson, Corrine Singleton, and Leo Huitt.

Tapestry by Birgitta Olsen

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