May is all about bikes, and Second Friday ArtAbout is no exception.
Bike your way downtown to celebrate National Bike Month and the fifth annual Tour de Cluck with ArtAbout. Venues will be featuring art in the theme of bikes, chickens and agriculture. Start your walk at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame at Third and B streets for a special celebration. Enjoy refreshments, meet and greet nationally renowned custom bike-builder Steve Rex and view all three floors of the bike museum for free.
From there, be sure to stop by Davis Makerspace for bike-themed art, including a zoetrope made out of a bike wheel, and check out Fretted Strings for a local guitar builder showcase, featuring live music played on the “Cycletar,” an electric guitar made out of bike parts.
Join the Hattie Weber Museum, Studio 26, Studio 29-Snoozles and the F Street Gallery at the Hallmark Inn for artists’ receptions with chicken, bike and agricultural art.
Bike-, chicken- and agriculture-themed art receptions:
* U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, 303 Third St., 530-341-3263; reception, 5-8:30 p.m. Start off your artwalk here and enjoy a special celebration in honor of National Bike Month and Tour de Cluck. Visit and talk with Steve Rex, nationally known custom bike frame builder, who will be exhibiting several of his frames and bikes. All three floors of the museum will be open and free for your viewing pleasure. Hours: Wednesday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
* Davis Makerspace, 221 G St., Suite 1337 (in Tim Spencer Alley, behind Bistro 33); reception, 7-9 p.m., “A Penny-Farthing For Your Thoughts,” Emily Schleiner, Tim Feldman, video, mixed media. Davis Makerspace’s local artists and makers are showing various works, some made from bicycle parts, some that convey cyclist perspectives, making room for reflection on the social impact of bicycles and on the cyclist’s experience of travel and weather. Check out the featured piece: a zoetrope made from a bicycle wheel. Through May 11. Hours: Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.; Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 7-10 p.m.; Friday, 6:30-8 p.m.
* F Street Gallery of Hallmark Inn, 110 F St.; reception, 5-7 p.m., “Recent Rural Oils from the Farmland of Yolo County,” Rebecca Ryland, oil landscapes, through May 15. Hours: 24.
* Fretted Strings, 231 G St., Suite 27 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-8 p.m., Elvis on the “Cycletar” accompanying a local guitar-builder showcase; Molly Bernstein, Sang Byun, Harrison Phipps, Rich Rusakowicz (of Fretted Strings); Al Calderon and students (of ARC Guitar); Keith Cary, John DeLapp, Chris Durham, Robert Haussler, Tom Jue, David Lardizabal, Doug Payne, Doug Riddick and Peter Rodman. Join local luthiers for demonstrations, a Q&A and viewings of some of their handmade guitars. Check out their featured piece — the “Cycletar,” an electric guitar made out of bike parts, built by luthier Harrison Phipps and welder Steve Nowicki, featured last year at the Crocker Art Museum. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C St., 530-758-5637; reception, 6-9 p.m., “More than Chickens: Agriculture in Town,” various artists, photographs featuring the agricultural history of Davis, through Saturday, May 10. Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
* Studio 26, 231 G St., Suite 26 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-9 p.m., “Celebrating Tour de Cluck,” View works featuring chickens, bicycles and agriculture in Davis. Schorré Oldham (jewelry and fine art, www.oldcheviproductions.com), Amy & Bill Habicht (photography, custom printing and painting), Stacie Frerichs (letter press prints), Kyle Monhollen (screen prints). Enjoy snacks and sweets while visiting with the artists. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* Studio 29-Snoozles, 231 G St., Suite 29 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 5:30-9 p.m., “Bikes and more,” Yelena Ivashchenko of Snoozles, air plants and fibers, recycled clothing and children’s art and creations. Come by for hands-on activities for kids and adults. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* A Better Place to Bead, 132 E St., Suite 150 (Mansion Square, lower level), 530-759-8039; reception, 6-8:30 p.m., “Color Spectrum,” Sandra Proudman, photography, through June 9. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
* Art-is-Davis, 222 D St., 530-758-2312; reception, 6-9 p.m., “Faces and Figures of Davis,” Collective art show featuring 20 artists in various mediums. The work from this event was generated on site during weekly figure drawing sessions, through June 1. Enjoy live music, free food and live demos. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., 530-758-4040; reception, 5-7 p.m., Matt Connors, plein air watercolor paintings, through May 31. Come by for an artist’s reception to meet the artist and enjoy refreshments. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
* Davis Arts Center, 1919 F St., 530-756-4100; reception, 5-7 p.m., “Eight from ACGA,” annual juried group exhibition by members of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of Northern California — Barbara Andino Stevenson, Natasha Dikareva, Nina Else, Iver Henning, Suzanne M. Long, Kathy Pallie, Susan Press and Gail Ritchie, ceramics, through May 24. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
* Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second St.; performance, 7-8 p.m., “Odd Poetry,” immediately outside the Odd Fellows Hall (or inside, if the weather is inclement), you will find the Odd Poets. Stop by for a few minutes or for the full hour for spoken word, poetry, verse, humor and fun. Since this is an open mic event, this is your chance to grace the stage with your presence and share a favorite poem (original and otherwise).
* First Street Real Estate, 423 First St.; reception, 5-8 p.m., “The Teenage Imagination,” an eclectic mix of acrylic paintings, watercolors, mixed media and clay sculpture pieces by Davis High students in Lynette Diem’s AP art studio class, emphasizing design, skills of seeing and drawing, problem-solving, persistence and personal expression. Stop in to view the work of these talented young artists. Exhibit through June 1. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
* International House, Davis, 10 College Park, 530-753-5007; reception, 6-8 p.m., “Tribal People of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia,” Bill Roe, photography, through June 9. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
* The Paint Chip, 217 F St., 530-753-5093; reception, 6-8:30 p.m., Tom Corbett, botanical drawings, through May 23. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Paulina’s Boutique, 207 F St.; reception, 6-8:30 p.m., Katy Brosky, eclectic collection of ceramic figures, through June 30. Enjoy refreshments and meet the artist. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Pence Gallery, 212 D St., 530-758-3370; reception, 6-9 p.m., “UC Davis Ellen Hansen exhibit,” display of art by female students at UCD in honor of Ellen Hansen, through May 25. Awards, 5-6 p.m. “Dumpstir Dive: UC Davis MFA First Year Art Show,” fresh new work in photography, painting, sculpture and printmaking by seven master of fine arts students at UCD, including Nuno Correia, James Angello, Matt Debbault, Matt Gilbert, Lauren Rayburn, Wesley Miller and Jonathan Sprague. Sponsored by the UCD art department through June 4. “Clay Provocateurs,” provocative sculptural and installation work by artists Kristine Albrecht, Ehren Tool, John DeFazio, Skuja Braden, Shalene Valenzuela, Joan Takayama Ogawa and Wan Xin Zhang, is unified by curator and NYU professor of art Judith Schwartz in an exploration of how ceramic artists have used their medium to instill messages that carry strong social, political and cultural critiques. Sponsored by Bill and Nancy Roe. Exhibit through June 15. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Studio 21, 231 G St., Suite 21 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-9 p.m., “Spring Fling” Thelma Weatherford and Lauren Brandy, abstract paintings featuring bold use of color, impressionist paintings featuring local landscapes, mixed media work, oil and acrylic paintings, small ceramics and letterpress goods, through June 13. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* Whole Foods Market, 500 First St., 530-750-2266; live music, 5-8 p.m., Check out a free picnic mat and enjoy a beer tasting with Anchor Brewing Company (Annex), 5-7 p.m.; kids’ games on the lawn, 5-7 p.m.; fair-trade chocolate tasting and chat with Melissa Schweisguth, 5-7:30 p.m.; and live music by Huckle Buck Trio, 6:30-8 p.m. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
* Yolo SPCA Thrift Store, 920 Third St., reception, 1-7 p.m., Heather, mixed media, one night only (Friday, May 9). Meet the artist, and enjoy free refreshments and live music. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
* Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, on the UC Davis campus; viewing, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., new artist every month. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Crepeville, 330 Third St., 530-750-2400; viewing, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., David McKay, photography. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
* Delta of Venus, 122 B St., 530-753-6839; viewing, 7:30 a.m.-midnight, “A Random Still Life,” Chris Brandstetter, photography, through May 31. Live Jazz on the Patio, 7-9 p.m. Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
* Mishka’s Cafe, 610 Second St., 530-759-0811; viewing, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., new artist every month. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
* John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St., 530-756-3938; viewing, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., “30 Ceramic Sculptors” multi-artist exhibit, ceramics, through May 24. In conjunction with the 26th annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Logo’s Books, 513 Second St., 530-400-1083; viewing, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., “Translating Life to Paper,” Jeffrey Granett, series of block prints inspired from a trip to Japan and a recent concert at the Mondavi, through June 30. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
*The Artery, 207 G St., 530-758-8330; viewing, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., “25th annual California Clay Competition Exhibit,” California’s best clay artists, 44 works from 42 artists chosen by juror, Don Fritz. Hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.