Weekender: TANA Exhibition Closing, Mural Festival in San Francisco

Ongoing: New Flavors...

New Flavors: Collected at the Candy Store
Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
Through Oct. 24

This exhibition recasts a unique chapter of Northern California’s unconventional art history in 24 works by 11 artists whose work was first championed by gallerist Adeliza McHugh. The end date JUST changed to Oct. 24, so plan accordingly.

Developed in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in celebration of the Candy Store’s 60-year anniversary, “New Flavors: Collected at the Candy Store” expands the conventional narrative through centering the lesser-known stories of female artists and artists who identify as Cuban American, Japanese American, Mexican American and Native American. Gallery capacity is limited to keep visitors and staff safe. Reserved-time tickets required (free), available online.

Last Weekend to Catch Larger Than Life with TANA

Larger Than Life: Murals in the Making is an exhibit of local and regional mural artists curated and presented in collaboration with YoloArts at The Barn Gallery, Woodland. It runs through Aug. 19. The exhibition features the work of local and regional mural artists including Elyse Doyle-Martinez, Chris Herman, Jared Konopitski, Emma Montalbano, Gladys Padilla, Jenn Ponci, Melissa Uroff and artists affiliated with TANA. It will additionally feature artwork from students in the Art 171: Mexican and Chicanx Mural Workshop, an interactive social justice arts course taught in the Chicana/o Studies department at UC Davis, founded by Malaquias Montoya, professor emeritus and co-founder of Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA), and taught by Jose Arenas, executive director of TANA. See the video above.  512 Gibson Road, Woodland. Hours: Every Thursday 2:30 to 5 p.m.  Select Saturdays 12:30 to 3 p.m. or by appointment. YoloArts.org

UC Davis Mexican and Chicano Mural Workshop students collaboratively produced a mural based on the themes of decolonization and indigenous healing during the pandemic
UC Davis Mexican and Chicano Mural Workshop students collaboratively produced a mural based on the themes of decolonization and indigenous healing during the pandemic.

Pence Gallery features regional art, reception Friday

The Pence Gallery will be hosting a public reception on Friday, Aug. 13, 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. There will be three exhibits on display: Slice, Exhibit It!, and Yolo Visions 2. 

Slice: A Juried Exhibit of Regional Art includes artwork from artists across California. This exhibit showcases art that is conceptually thoughtful, technically skilled, and representative of contemporary trends in art. This year, Slice is juried by Faith J. McKinnie, independent curator and art consultant.

Exhibit It! is a non-juried exhibit with artwork by community members. Vote for your favorite piece, and the artwork with the most votes when the show ends will win the Public Choice award. This exhibit is sponsored by Michael Crump & Stephanie Kocsik.

Yolo Visions 2 brings together several artists who participated in the original Yolo Visions in 2019, along with new artists who also live and work in the County. Across a variety of media, these artists express their shared interest in amplifying the natural beauty of the county, whether it is rural, suburban, urban, or somewhere in between.

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Mini Mural Festival at SFMOMA this weekend

Weekend 2: NIAD Art Center

Soak in your final summer days by immersing yourself in live outdoor mural painting as SFMOMA's Mini Mural Festival continues on Aug 14 and 15.

In 1940, more than 65artists made their creative processes public when they participated in Art in Action, an exhibition of live art-making conceived by architect Timothy L. Pfleuger as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. Among these artists was Diego Rivera, who during this time painted the mural Pan American Unity, which is currently at SFMOMA this summer in the Roberts Family Gallery free admission space.

Taking inspiration from this historical connection, the Mini Mural Festival invites three local organizations to commission and host artists to paint murals live in the adjacent outdoor corridor. Music, movement, and other activities will complement the live-painting experiences. The 8’x8’ murals — responding to the theme of cross-cultural solidarity — will be temporarily displayed at the museum, then returned to the partner organizations.

Drop by the museum’s Howard Street Entrance for Weekend 2, hosted by NIAD Art Center and featuring live painting by local artists, music by DJs, and more. 

Find more information here

Artist at Logos Books

Mary McCaffery has been in Davis since 1993. When she began learning about watercolors in 1986 all of her teachers would say, “No Mary, more color, bigger brushes, forget the detail.” Well as it turns out, she loves the detail. Starting with very simple brush strokes, practice, and detailed observation, she tries to capture flowers and vegetables with unique personalities.

There will be a meet-and-greet reception at Logos Books, 513 2nd St, Davis on Friday, Aug. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. She will have giclee prints and greeting cards available for purchase.

Find more information here.

Exhibition at Archival Gallery, reception Saturday

Archival Gallery presents Fork to Canvas and Gary Dinnen’s Wall Dogs, through Aug. 28. Second Saturday public reception is this weekend. Please contact the gallery at 916-923-6204, or visit the gallery in East Sacramento for purchase inquiries.

View the exhibition here.

Poster of Fork To Canvas group show at the Archival Gallery

In-person tours at the Crocker

The Tiffany Tour

Enjoy an intimate guided tour of the art featured in Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection  along with other glass art in the Crocker’s collection. Tour schedule: 10 and 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 27. Register here. 

For America and Beyond

Feast on works by American artists in For America: Paintings From the National Academy of Design and Legends From Los Angeles: Betye, Lezley and Alison Saar in the Crocker Collection. Tour schedule: 10 and 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. Aug. 12. Register here. 

Both of these in-person tours are free with museum admission and advance registration. Tours are limited to groups of no more than six people. 

Coming up

Judy Chicago: A Retrospective

Aug. 28 – Jan. 9, 2022

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco celebrate pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago with a retrospective spanning from her early engagement with the Californian Light and Space Movement in the 1960s to her current body of work, a searing investigation of mortality and environmental devastation, begun in 2015. The exhibition includes approximately 130 paintings, prints, drawings and ceramic sculptures, in addition to ephemera, several films and a documentary. Together, these works of art chart the boundary-pushing path of the artist named Cohen by birth and Gerowitz by marriage, who, after trying to fit into the patriarchal structure of the Los Angeles art world, decided to change her name and the course of history.
Organized on the heels of the 40th anniversary of Chicago's landmark installation, The Dinner Party, in San Francisco and opening in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote across the United States, Judy Chicago: A Retrospective pays homage to an artist whose lifelong fight against the suppression and erasure of women’s creativity has finally come full circle.

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