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martin   Victoria Rose Martin: Beasties
December 5 - 29, 2013
At first glance when you take a look at Victoria Rose Martin's ceramic sculpture, there is something so innocent, yet an undercurrent of mischief appears just beneath the surface. From a technical standpoint, she definitely has some great skills, and is not afraid to architecturally rearrange the human anatomy, or balance an animal or two on what appears to be a willing victim.

Victoria's sculpting is equally matched by her illustration ability. She takes delight in teasing the viewer with little stories about to be told. If you listen carefully to each piece, it just might talk to you!

holiday   Holiday Market
November 8 - December 24, 2013
The Pence's annual fine art & craft sale is full of jewelry, scarves, ceramics, and festive holiday items, all created by some of the top artists working in our region. Enjoy uniques purchases by Charlene Doiron Reinhart, Liz Webb, Natalie Mackenzie, Marjan Kluepfel, and twenty-five other artists. Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

Holiday Tea & Tour: December 5, 10-11:30 AM
Gain a fresh look at an old art form, the pop-up book, an a tour of POP-UP!, and exclusive collection of historic to contemporary three-dimensional books, led by the Pence Director, followed by fresh pastries and tea in our Main Gallery. Tea lovers can also enjoy Lesley Wrightson's demonstrations of her richly ornamented felted necklaces. To sign up, call the Pence by Dec. 4. Cost: $18 ($14 members) and includes a gift bag and discounts on shopping.

popup   POP-UP!: Private Collection of 3D Children's Books
November 19 - December 29, 2013 | Reception: December 13, 6 - 9 PM

Pop-up books, with their lively and graphic three-dimensional images, have long been a popular art form since the mid-19th century. Numerous examples of this unique book art form will be on display from the collection of Dr. Maria Winkler, Professor of Art Emeritus, CSU Sacramento. Including themes based on the winter holidays, the exhibit includes spectacular 3D books and cards spanning two centuries, that showcase the complicated paper engineering that characterizes pop-up art.

Holiday Tea & Pop-Up exhibit tour
December 5, 10-11:30 AM

Gain a fresh look at an old art form, the pop-up book, in a tour of Pop Up, led by the Director Natalie Nelson, followed by fresh pastries and tea in our Main Gallery. To sign up, call the Pence by Dec. 4. Cost: $18 ($14 members).

KidsCreate: Pop-Up Holiday Cards & Book Sale
December 7, 2-4 PM

Join Maria Winkler as she instructs kids ages 5-12 in how to create unique holiday themed pop-up cards. No RSVP necessary; sponsored by Anne Lincoln & Steve Roth. After the workshop, 3D books from her collection will be available for purchase, including books on animals, history, insects, holidays, and other topics. Cost: $6 ($4 members).

Collector Talk & Book Sale
December 15, 2-3 PM (FREE)

Maria Winkler will demonstrate the workings of her unique early pop-up books, while discussing the history of this amazing 3D art form. After her talk, many out-of-print books from her collection will be for sale.

This exhibit is sponsored by Dick & Joy Dorf; Pamela Pearl; Lyn Lofland & Mary Leachman.

reality2   Reality 2 (Squared)
October 1 - November 10, 2013 | Reception: October 11, 6 - 9 PM
Six Bay Area figurative painters illustrate with wisdom, imagination, and considerable humor, the strength of realism to convey an alternative or superior reality. Bay Area art critic DeWitt Cheng selected paintings and drawings by artists Arthur Bell, Mark Bryan, William Harsh, Chris Leib, Pierre Merkl, and Michael Kerbow that feature varying levels of pictorial realism.
Reality 2 features individual visions that are imaginative, personal, and idiosyncratic, often drawing from representational sources.
Curator Talk: October 11, 5 - 6 PM (FREE)
Join DeWitt Cheng in a quick overview tour of the exhibit, with support from the artists.

Sponsored by Far Western Anthropological Research Group

cynthia   Magic Lands: The Art of Cynthia Martin Kroener
September 28 - November 3, 2013 | Reception: October 11, 6 - 9 PM
Whether she is painting the cliffs of France, the alpine beauty of Lake Tahoe, or tropical island life in the Caribbean, Cynthia Martin Kroener is inspired by translating the intensity of color and pattern. Kroener's exhibit captures the wildlife of her recent African safari and her fascination for the Mayan culture.
Painting Demonstration in the gallery: October 5 - 6, 11:30 - 3:30 PM
Artist Talk: October 15, 5:30 - 7 PM

Sponsored by Coldwell Banker, Doug Arnold Real Estate, Inc:
Steve Roth & Anne Lincoln and Carbahal & Company, Wine by Holly's Hill Winery

tiny   The Tiny Show
October 4 - 29, 2013 | Reception: October 11, 6 - 9 PM

The Tiny (5 x 7) Show is big on image and small on price.
Featuring work by Susan Brady, Maija Peeples Bright, Laville Logan, and several more.
With over 30 pieces on display, there is something for everyone.

OneSick   Cartoons of One Sick
October 4 - 25, 2013 | Reception: October 11, 6 - 9 PM

Artist Stefana Williams' calendar of pen and pastel "squares" illustrates playful cartoons unwittingly influenced by the trauma of illness.


Tandem Properties, Raven's Corner Framing
First Northern Bank, Schindler Elevator, Carbahal & Company
Doug Prichard @ State Farm Insurance and Dave Scheiber @ State Farm Insurance, Brooks Painting, Davis Food Co-op, Peet's Coffee & Tea, PDQ Parcel Dispatch, The Artery
  Art Auction 2013
Preview & Silent Bidding: August 30 - Sept. 20, 11:30-5 PM (Closed Mondays)
Auction Gala Event: Friday, Sept. 20, 6:30-9:30 PM

To celebrate the Gallery's thirty-eight years of connecting the community with innovative and thought-provoking art, artists from throughout the region have contributed paintings, mosaics, ceramics, photography, textiles, and sculpture. Silent bidding begins on August 30th, and concludes the evening of the Gala, followed by a live auction led by auctioneer John Bonner. Amazing works of art by local and regional artists such as Gregory Kondos, Joseph Bellacera, Tony Natsoulas, Donna Billick, and Richard Shaw will be available. In addition to the over 150 works available, six pieces from the Davis Arts Center's permanent collection will be auctioned, including important ceramics bt Robert Arneson and David Gilhooly, as well as paintings by Gladys Nilsson and Chiura Obata.
Gala Event Tickets: $30 / $40 nonmembers, and can be purchased here: Art Auction 2013 tickets, or at the Gallery.

Delicious food and desserts will be served by de Vere's Irish Pub, Seasons Restaurant, Caffe Italia, Dos Coyotes Border Café, and Nugget Markets, with beverages by Peet's Coffee & Tea and Fiddlehead Cellars, and the sounds of Caribbean Jazz music by Zorelli.

This fundraising event serves to support the Pence Gallery, a nonprofit arts organization.

Sponsored by Dick & Joy Dorf, and Bob & Joanne Andresen
  Community Hang UP!
July 12 - August 22, 2013 | Reception: July 12, 6 - 9 PM

This nonjuried exhibit pulls together our community's diverse range of novice to experienced artists, who make up our region's creative force. We invite artists ages 18 and up to enter one work of their choosing (any media).


Sponsored by Tom Doyle & Kathy Joseph, and in part by Bill & Nancy Roe.
  Kurt Edward Fishback: Face Forward
June 25 - August 18, 2013 | Reception: July 12, 6 - 9 PM

Sacramento-based photographer Kurt Edward Fishback's portrait series of artists in their studios has been a passion for thirty years. Representing thirty visual artists centered in Northern California or New York, Face Forward showcases Fishback's ability to define artists through the creative spaces in which they work. Also on display are formative examples of his ceramic sculpture, exemplifying his playful sense of humor.

Artist Talk, Saturday, July 20, 2-3:30 PM
Kurt Edward Fishback will be giving an illustrated presentation on his own life and work, capturing the people and places that have shaped him as a photographer.

Portfolio Review, Saturday, August 10, 2-4 PM
($10 fee/$7 for members)
Mr. Fishback has taught photography at American River College and other venues to thousands of students over the years. Register by August 8th to have your photographic portfolio reviewed by Fishback and to hear his insightful suggestions on your work.

slice   Slice!: A Juried Cross-Section of Regional Art
June 14 - August 11, 2013 | Reception: June 14, 6 - 9 PM (Awards: 8 PM)

The Pence hosts its second annual juried art exhibit that showcases the best in regional fine art. Juror Rachel Teagle, Director of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, has selected artists: Peter Baczek, Carol Bernard, Marie-Therese Brown, June Daskalakis, Hedi B. Desuyo, Leslie DuPratt, Rachel Gelenius, Belinda Hanson, Shirley Hazlett, Bill Heiderich, William Kenefick, Carol Ladewig, TaVee Mcallister Lee, Elizabeth McKinne, Timothy Mulligan, Joyce Nojima, Michael Radin, Burton Rein, Francesca Saveri, Ceevah F. Sobel, Tom Watts and Melissa Woodburn.

portrait2   Lobenberg Portrait Workshop
July 14 & 21, 12-4 PM

David Lobenberg returns with a very popular portrait class, in which participants use photographs, sketching, and watercolor washes to create a super successful portrait. Register by July 13. Cost: $150 members/$160 for nonmembers. A meaterials list will be provided.

t2t   Trash to Treasures Sale - SAVE THE DATE!
July 12, 10 AM - 8 PM & July 13-14, 10 AM - 4 PM

An art inspired rummage sale designed to benefit the Pence, the "Trash to Treasures sale" includes antiques, linens, jewelry, silver, tableware, crystal, and many other fun things! To donate, contact the Pence for a donation form and drop off between July 6-11, (11:30 AM-5 PM)

gale   Water Media and Collage Worshop
Sunday, August 11, 12 - 4:30 PM

Join painter Gayle Rappaport-Weiland in this exploration of how to create a layered collage composition. Using watercolor paint. pastels, rice paper, and fun experimental materials, beginning to advanced artists will learn new art skills and expand their creativity.
Instructor Gayle Rappaport-Weiland uses rule-breaking techniques to create beautiful watercolor, acrylic and mixed media artwork. Her work is in the KVIE Masters Collection and has been showcased on the KVIE television series, "Rob on the Road". Gayle studied art in New York and teaches at Sierra College. A materials list will be provided upon registration.
Cost: $78 | Great for students ages 16 and up.
To register, contact the Pence by August 9th.

fractured2   Fractured Fairtales
Jun 7 - Jun 30 | Reception: Friday, Jun 14, 6 - 9 pm

Invited artists Steve Allen, Daphne Gillen, and Tracy Lewis interpret classic fairytales and myths from various cultures, to create paintings & sculpture that speak to our enduring interest in all things magical and wonderous.

lisa3lisa1   Lisa Reinertson: Edge of Extinction
Jun 7 - Jun 30 | Reception: Friday, April 26, 6 - 9 pm | Artist Social: April 27, 4-5 PM

Lisa Reinertson's new body of large-scale ceramic work calls attention to the alarming status of endangered animals. In her sculptures, she explores man's close relationship with the animal world, underlining our connection to the primal natural world that sustains and supports us. Resonating in myth and poetry, her sculptures express an awareness of our responsibility of stewardship for life on this earth, which is ultimately interlinked with our own survival.

Hope for Endangered Animals, May 18, 7 - 8:30 PM (Free to the public.)
Join Lisa Reinertson and Dr. Kirstin Gilardi, Co-Director of the Gorilla Doctors, UC Davis, for a discussion on the organization's work with endangered mountain gorillas is Africa, and how the crisis of endangered animals has influenced Reinertson's sculptural work.

birdplace   Home is: Artists Reflect on the Meaning of Place
April 12 - Jun 2, 2013 | Reception: Friday, April 12, 6 - 9 pm

Participating artists Suzanne Long, Barbara Prodaniuk, Hearne Pardee, and Judith Monroe, among others, all focus on the meaning of home in their mixed media work and ceramic sculpture. By examining how place is defined by our written and imagined memories, these artists create work that exemplifies how our sense of belonging is always shifting.
Sponsored by Roger & Claudia Salquist.

UC Davis Ellen hansen Memorial Exhibit

May 10 - May 26, 2013 | Reception: Friday, May 10, 6 - 9 pm

This exhibit honors Ellen Hansen, a student who was killed in 1981 while hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains. Ellen's courageous resistance allowed her hiking companion to escape and survive the attack. Ellen's father, Robert J. Hansen, a UC Davis professor of Veterinary Medicine, established the annual award in 1986 as a tribute to his daughter, and to encourage creative pursuits of other women students. Ellen was a UCD student and a talented artist, musician and poet. This $1,000 prize is awarded annually for an original creative project that best demonstrates the bravery and independence of women. All UC Davis women students - undergraduates, graduate and professional school students - are eligible to submit original creative work for the prize. To find out more, visit http://wrrc.ucdavis.edu/ellenhansen

  Crazy Critters: Pence Annual Animal Exhibit
April 5 - 28, 2013 | Reception: Friday, April 12, 6 - 9 pm

Tender and imaginative expressions of our favorite four legged (or two) companions. Featuring work by Julia Feld, Gerald Heffernon, Carol Gravem, Marti Schoen, Dana Phillips, Liz Webb, Steve Allen, Rosann Sparks, Yuko Carson, David Nasater, Linda Miller and more!

  By Hand: Extraordinary Fine Craft in California
Feb 8 - April 5, 2013 | Reception: Friday, Feb 8, 6 - 9 pm

A juried exhibit of the best in contemporary art, including work in fiber, wood, ceramics, glass and metal, by California artists, as juried by the Oakland Museum's Curator of Decorative Arts Julie Muniz.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Creative Arts League of Sacramento.

  Michael Mikolon & Lauren Brandy: More than Landscape
March 6 - 31, 2013 | Reception: Friday, March 8, 6 - 9 pm

More than Landscapes highlights local landscapes and still-life works by Michael Mikolon and Lauren Brandy. Mikolon's work looks both effortlessly rendered and carefully constructed. Preferring to work outside, painting or sketching directly from nature, his watercolor studies of rural scenes often turn the focus to one or two objects- a boat, a barn, or a tree in bloom. Brandy's paintings emphasize the picturesque regions close at hand, with her small scale oils of a tree-lined path or a panorama of blue sky. Her manner of painting is reminiscent of Wayne Thiebaud's, with her thickly applied paint articulating solitary objects. As with Mikolon's painting, Brandy endows each ordinary item on view with glowing color.

  Love Lingers: Pence Gallery Group Valentine's Day Show
Feb 1 - April 28, 2013 | Reception: Friday, Feb 8, 6 - 9 pm

Celebrate all things sweet with the Pence Gallery Valentine's Day show. Besides plenty of candy to entice you, there are handmade Valentine cards by Beverly Beckman, playful sculptures by Paula Bellacera and Steve Allen, and lovely mixed media pieces by Galelyn Williams and Adele Shaw. With over 25 artists represented there is a perfect Valentine gift just waiting for you.

Art Nouveau Postcards   Art Nouveau Postcards
Jan. 2 - Feb. 1, 2013 | Reception: Friday, Jan.11, 6 - 9 pm

Rare Art Nouveau postcards from Europe and America are the focus of this exhibit, part of an amazing local collection. This period marks a high point in design and new printing technologies, and the exhibit includes examples of popular subjects such as women, travel, and holiday subjects.

Collector Talk: Friday, Jan. 18, from 7-8:30 PM (FREE)

Join collector Robert Nevraumont, as he talks about the development of his collection, his research into their common usage, and of course, their lovely sense of design. He’ll share special postcardsnot on view, and their history.

Young Girl with Pink Flowers, unknown artist, color lithography,
90 x 140 cm, published by Emile Storch, Vienna, c. 1900

Alice Muhlback   Alice Muhlback - Wonderland is a Trip
Jan. 4-27, 2013 | Reception: Friday, Jan. 11, 6 - 9 pm

We come across artists from all over, but by far Alice Muhlback from Ithica, NY has earned a place at the Pence with her quirky irrelevant humor and her easy loose style.  Alice captures what most people think to themselves on paper, rock, and canvas.

painting by Alice Muhlback

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