Natalie Nelson

Pence Gallery: Art with a message

Last night, I was explaining the difference between “endangered” and “dangerous” to my 4-year-old. We had just received a Sierra Club map showing where all the endangered animals live. My daughter, not to be fooled by the dangerous (and endangered) grizzly bear, pointed out that there were so many wonderful animals on this list. Her […]

May 01, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: 22nd annual Garden Tour features El Macero beauties

The Pence Gallery will celebrate its 22nd annual Garden Tour on Sunday, May 5, from noon to 5 p.m. Visitors will enjoy a picturesque look into seven beautiful gardens in the established neighborhood of El Macero, south of Davis. The tour allows participants to get ideas for new landscaping, chat with vendors and Master Gardeners, […]

April 03, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Delve into ‘More Than Landscapes’

“More Than Landscapes” is the title of the new exhibit opening Wednesday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St., that highlights wonderful landscapes and still-life works by Michael Mikolon and Lauren Brandy. Mikolon is one of those truly graceful artists, whose work looks both effortlessly rendered and carefully constructed. Preferring to work outside, painting or […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Artworks full of love are on exhibit

February marks the opening of two great exhibits at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis, one just in time for Valentine’s Day. Upstairs, our Learning Center gallery is filled with the work of 24 artists centered on the theme of love. Julie Didion’s ceramic stiletto with heart forms the ladder upon which […]

February 06, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Exhibit showcases Art Nouveau postcards

The Pence Gallery’s current exhibit, “Art Nouveau Postcards,” resulted from a chance encounter with one of our Pence members. Davis resident Robert Nevramont dropped by one day, and as we chatted, he mentioned his interest in collecting old postcards. My ears perked up. “Just how many do you have?” I asked. When he responded, “About […]

January 02, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Panelists: The arts are flourishing in Yolo County

Sometimes living in a town like Davis or Woodland can feel a little isolated in terms of options for great art, music and dance. However, it means that you have a world of choices for entertainment, despite Yolo County’s population of about 200,000. This past year was a watershed year for the arts in Yolo. […]

December 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Shop local at our Holiday Market

This month at the Pence Gallery, our Holiday Market continues through Dec. 23, offering shoppers a chance to pick up some creative gifts for friends and family. “Handmade” is the key word to our market, which has a diverse array of scarves, hats, jewelry, purses and fun presents for kids, by more than 30 local […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Open Studio made gallery a beehive of activity

Last month, the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. downtown, was a hive of activity, as Artober stretched us to find new ways of connecting with the public through art. Roma Devanbu’s Open Studio project was one exhibit that truly had an impact on so many visitors. Roma moved her studio to our gallery, and built […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Artist’s studio open all month long

The whole concept of Artober — a regional celebration of the arts during October — challenged me to collaborate with some amazing artists in order to engage the public in the very process of creativity. I’ve been reading this fascinating book on why people create, and how they come up with innovative solutions, be it […]

October 03, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Bid on treasures at annual Art Auction

Every summer, I try to think up with a motto for our Art Auction that encapsulates how art can serve as a vital force in our lives. A teacher inspired this year’s theme, with a passing comment while chaperoning a youth group. As the group’s visit came to a close, a young student decided to […]

September 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Save the date for 2012 Art Auction

August is traditionally pretty quiet in Davis. But at the Pence Gallery, we’ve been busy preparing for our biggest fundraising event and exhibit of the year — the 2012 Art Auction. I hope that you’ll save the date of Sept. 22 for this wonderful opportunity to see new work by the top artists working in […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Come hang up your work!

In the midst of a summer cleanup project, I came across a treasure of a letter dated 1976 from a member to then-board president Peggy Epstein. “I wonder about opening the (Pence) gallery with a free-for-all show,” it read. Could this be the genesis of the Community Hang-Up, a non-juried exhibit of art by community members, […]

July 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Enjoy a ‘Slice’ of regional art

This month, as we swing into gear following our successful Garden Tour last month, visitors may sense a burst of freshness at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Spurred on by a sudden opening in our exhibit calendar, as well as an overriding community interest in having a juried exhibit again, I […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Stroll through gardens, gallery

“Change is good, and sometimes in the garden it is even successful.” — Dale Brooks, garden owner I’m in the midst of pulling out more than 30 plantings in my Davis garden as I write this article. As I think about Dale’s quote in regards to his garden, one of those selected for the Pence […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

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