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Davisite will showcase her work at fundraiser for contemporary art

Davis artist Roma Devanbu is one of the artists-in-residence at Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento. She will have an open studio and work for sale at the nonprofit’s Jumble Sale Preview Party on Thursday, Aug. 4, a fundraiser for contemporary arts in the Sacramento region. Courtesy photo

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August 2, 2011 | Leave Comment

Davis resident and artist Roma Devanbu sees art everywhere.

“I’m like a crow that collects shiny objects and bits of string to build with,” she said. ”Everything looks like art material to me.”

Devanbu describes herself as a child who was constantly drawing and creating and just never stopped. Her Davis home of 12 years is filled with her in-progress creations along with those of her two daughters.

Her husband, Prem Devanbu, teaches computer science at UC Davis.

“He only grumbles occasionally when he can’t find the kitchen table, but I think he appreciates the creative spirit that pervades our home,” Roma Devanbu said.

Yet Roma also has made a home at Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, where she is one of the artists in residence. She will have an open studio and work for sale at the nonprofit’s Jumble Sale Preview Party on Thursday, a fundraiser for contemporary arts in the Sacramento region.

The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St. in Sacramento, where guests will have the first opportunity to browse and purchase items for sale in the creative rummage sale featuring vintage clothing, mid-century furniture, collectibles, jewelry and more.

Preview Party guests also will enjoy a no-host bar, appetizers and music. Several Verge artists will have their studios open and art for sale at the preview.

The cost to attend the preview party is $15 per person. Luigi’s Slice, Bows and Arrows and University Art are sponsors. The Jumble Sale will continue Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Devanbu discovered Verge Center for the Arts after attending an exhibition two years ago where she noticed that all of the artists who interested her had studios at Verge. She decided to pay the center a visit.

“When I got there, I just loved the work I saw,” Devanbu said. “It was strong and varied, experimental, really high-quality and interesting. I thought, I’d love to be here, I’d love to be part of this conversation.”

She has rented a studio ever since and describes Verge as a stimulating beehive of creative activity.

Though her studio is in Sacramento, her home studio in Davis still provides much of her creative inspiration. Devanbu draws from the creative influence of the Davis community, noting the high level of art activity for a town of its size.

From talented artists to local galleries, events and classes, Devanbu describes the Davis community as genuinely interested in art, supportive and encouraging.

She hopes Davis residents will find the Verge Center for the Arts Jumble Sale Preview Party to be a fascinating place to not only find unusual items for sale while enjoying drinks, appetizers and music, but to experience a wide variety of contemporary art and to meet artists in the community who all have different reasons for creating art.

“I’m compelled to make art because I have an idea or a question going around in my head and I need to turn it into something physical that I can look at so I can begin to understand it,” Devanbu said.

“My colleagues at Verge all have their own reasons and expressions, and this is a great chance to see their work exhibited and speak with them about the beauty they create.”

For more information about the Verge Center for the Arts Jumble Sale, visit www.vergeart.com.

Kristin Thebaud

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