Natalie Nelson

Pence Gallery: Gifts of art, in the gallery and at Holiday Market

In this time of rampant consumerism, I am a believer in the sentiment expressed by the Greek poet Pindar, “Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” Small gifts are a fact of life in my household, and we give them with great […]

December 05, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Surprise someone in your life with hand-made arts, crafts

The Pence Gallery is getting ready for winter cheer this month, with our annual Holiday Market display open from Nov. 14 to Dec. 23. Filled with great gift items such as knitted scarves, jewelry, hand-crafted jewelry and pottery, the Holiday Market taps into our need to escape the chaos of shopping at the mall. So […]

November 05, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: A trio of exhibits usher in fall

This month, the feeling around Davis is that fall is finally here. At the Pence, we always open three exhibits in fall, following our annual art auction fundraiser in late September. “The Sign of Rhythm,” a solo exhibit of Mark L. Emerson’s recent watercolor and acrylic abstract paintings, is an amazingly vibrant show in terms […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Art of all kinds will go up for bids

This month at the Pence Gallery, all three galleries are filled with 170 works of art, just in time for Art Auction 2014. Ranging from photography and painting to mixed media and ceramics, the auction exhibit includes pieces donated by some of the region’s finest artists. This year, we have pulled out all the stops […]

September 03, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Catch three exhibits before they close

During August, three exhibits that opened earlier this summer will be closing at the Pence Gallery. This is the last moment to savor an eclectic array of exhibits, especially if you love to come out for Davis’ Second Friday ArtAbout. On Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., hundreds of residents will be out to rub […]

August 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Community artists hang up their works

I haven’t seen any of the work slated for our current “Community Hang-Up” exhibit at the Pence Gallery. As of press time, the work and the artists are a mystery, yet I am always pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of work that arrives during our drop-off dates, which conclude Wednesday, July 2, from […]

July 02, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Hit the road to see ‘Cartalk’

I’ve never really understood America’s fascination with cars. My first car was a 1980 diesel Oldsmobile sedan, with deep scratches in the paint that I tried to fix with nail polish. The droopy fabric ceiling was stapled in place by my dad, and hosted mice in the winter who loved to nest under the hood. […]

June 10, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Garden Tour showcases beautiful outdoor spaces

The Pence Garden Tour is just around the corner, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Join us for a lovely day of strolling through the expansive gardens of North Davis. This year, six gardens will delight participants, a smaller tour than previous years due to the large size of the selected properties. Several […]

April 30, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Six gardens on display at gallery’s annual tour

The Pence Gallery will celebrate its 23rd annual Garden Tour on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 5 p.m., where visitors will enjoy a picturesque look into six spectacular gardens in the rural and semi-rural areas of North Davis, including North Davis Farms. The tour allows visitors to gain ideas for new landscaping, chat with […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Artists, designers celebrate flowers in ‘Bloom’

I had a fabulous trip to the De Young Museum’s “Bouquets to Art” exhibit last spring. The special event in San Francisco showcases over-the-top floral arrangements inspired by a work of art on display. The inventive solutions to either the painting’s subject or its color were so fun to view there that I just had […]

March 05, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: ‘Art with Heart’ is a visual translation of love

Last month around the time of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I heard the best quote by King that befits this month of February, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” That laid-bare sentiment is one that is shared by many of the artists in our “Art […]

February 05, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Art and science come together in new exhibit

The New Year is bringing forth some amazing new artists to the Pence Gallery, in our third biannual exhibit titled “The Consilience of Art & Science.” This juried exhibit assembles work that offers an innovative look at the merging of the two fields of visual art and science, and is on display from Jan. 10 […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Take a peek at pop-up children’s books

During December, the Pence is hosting “Pop Up! A Private Collection of 3D Children’s Books,” an excellent exhibit to visit with family and friends during the holidays. Based on the collection of Maria Winkler, an artist and professor emeritus of art at Sacramento State, the display includes gorgeous examples of historic to contemporary pop-up books […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: New exhibits grace the walls this fall

The Pence Gallery is launching its fall season with three new exhibits, representing a diverse array of artistic talent. In our Main Gallery, 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. Titled “Reality2,” […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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