Get into the summer groove with hot sales, great art and live music. This month, downtown Davis’ traditional sidewalk sales coincide with the Second Friday ArtAbout on Friday evening. The ArtAbout is a monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in Davis, featuring 29 venues for guests to enjoy for free.
The newest ArtAbout venue is Cork It Again Wine Seller, 820 Fourth St., where visitors will meet Brooke Walker-Knoblich and view her collection, “A Feast for the Eyes,” while sipping on their special $3 glass of wine.
Art lovers also can catch live music at E Street Plaza with the rock sounds of the young bands of Rock Band Camp, and at Fretted Strings for jazz standards, 1960s and ’70s pop and rock, country, blues and originals by Jon Spivack and Mike Bender.
* The Artery, 207 G St., 530-758-8330; reception, 7-9 p.m., Jeff and Jimee Taylor, handcrafted pieces using white stoneware clay; Jeff creates pleasing forms and Jimee uses her printmaking background to focus on surface design. Their styles range from eye-catching functional pottery to unusual decorative art, through July 28. Hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Art-is-Davis, 222 D St., 530-758-2312; reception, 6-9 p.m., “Celebrate,” Joanne Andresen, Dorine Marshall, Seana Burke, Marieke DeWaard and Jan Walker, acrylic, watercolor, oil, charcoal, mixed media. Paintings and drawings from the first year of Art-is-Davis will be featured. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St., 530-759-1599; reception, 5-7 p.m., “Loaded Light,” Joe Proudman and Sandra Proudman, photography, through July 31. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
* The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., 530-758-4040; reception, 5-7 p.m., Stacey Larson, paintings, through July 31. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
* Cork It Again Wine Seller, 820 Fourth St., 530-756-WINE; reception, 5-9 p.m., “A Feast for the Eyes,” Brooke Walker-Knoblich, oils on canvas, through Aug. 7. Meet the artist with special $3-per-glass wine-tastings! Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 1-8 p.m.
* Davis Arts Center, 1919 F St., 530-756-4100; reception, 5-7 p.m. “What Does An Elephant Look Like?” Peregrine School students ages 2 to 12 created their own visual interpretation of “what an elephant looks like.” The images will be presented in order of the artist’s age, creating a developmental art show that illustrates how children of different ages think and talk about their art. Meet teachers and students from Peregrine School, enjoy light refreshments and family-friendly art activities. Show through July 31. 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 Developmental Pediatrics Group, 760 Fifth St., 530-758-3374; reception, 6-9 p.m., Dave Reynolds, solo exhibit of paintings and drawings, through July 31. Rotating art show from Team Davis students. Kids are welcome to create art at the reception and free refreshments will be served. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Davis Makerspace, 221 G St., Suite 1337 (in Tim Spencer Alley, behind Bistro 33); reception, 7-9 p.m., “Ideas,” Davis Makerspace’s local artists and makers are sharing ideas. Come and see the early stages of complex projects in the form of story-boarding, data diagrams, experiments and so on. Interactive pieces may involve a Kinect, Arduino or some squares on the floor. If you ever get stumped when brainstorming, come and see how others get started, one night only (Friday, July 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.
* Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St.; performance, 6-7 p.m., “Odd Poetry,” immediately outside the hall, 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 favorite poems (original and otherwise)!
* F Street Gallery of Hallmark Inn, 110 F St.; reception, 5-8 p.m., “The Places I Will Go,” Amanda Marinac, paintings focusing on the artist’s two favorite places: the coast in North County, San Diego, and Davis, acrylic and oil. Enjoy a Yolo County wine-tasting in the F Street Gallery lobby along with Deladier Almeida’s painting “Lob and Yaw.” View the “F Street Market” mural by Stephanie Taylor and her 1,000-square-foot mural “Bird’s Eye View” in the pool courtyard. See Cindy Wilson’s “Stacked” at the F Street side entrance. Catch “A Bug’s Life” by Jim Berg at the outside patio of Seasons Restaurant. Take a picture with “Sophie,” the resident giraffe by Jean Van Keuren, at First and G streets. Hours: 24.
* First Street Real Estate, 423 First St., reception, 5:30-8:30 p.m., “Elemental Portraits,” Michael Radin, the periodic table through photography, through July 30. In September 2013, as part of the rededication of 194 Chem to Peter A. Rock Hall on the UC Davis campus, clay tiles depicting various elements were installed in the plaza in front of the building. The tiles were created as part of the “Elements of Life” project, which was a collaboration between the Art/Science Fusion Program and UCD chemistry department. Radin thinks of these photographs of the tiles as portraits. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday by appointment.
* Fretted Strings, 231 G St., Suite 27 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-8 p.m., Mike Bender and Jon Spivack, two Sacramento/Davis veteran guitar players and teachers playing jazz standards, 1960s and ’70s pop and rock, country, blues and originals. Harrison Phipps and his lutherie students will be present with their instruments on display. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Weekends by appointment only.
* International House, 10 College Park, 530-753-5007; reception, 6-8 p.m., “Ordinary Lives: Extraordinary Expressions of the Everyday,” David Kalb and Mary Christopher, photography, through Sept. 8. “Austrian Landscapes: A View from the Heart,” Mayumi Acosta, photography, through Sept. 8. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
* Logos Books, 513 Second St., 530-400-1083; reception, 6:30-9 p.m., “Photographies Errantes,” Marguerite Schaffron, altered photography, through Sept. 30. All are invited for light refreshments and music! Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
* The Paint Chip, 217 F St., 530-753-5093; reception, 6-8:30 p.m., Robin Stears, Cheryl Gleason, acrylics, mixed media, through July 31. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Pence Gallery, 212 D St., 530-758-3370; reception, 6-9 p.m., “Slice: A Juried Cross-Section of Regional Art,” juried exhibit encapsulating a “slice” of what California painters, photographers and sculptors are creating in their studios, through Aug. 24. Curated by Carrie Lederer, who will give awards at 8 p.m. during the reception. One of the public’s favorite annual exhibits, the 25th annual “Community Hang-Up” includes 50 works by 50 artists, including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry and fiber art by established and emerging artists. Sponsored by Roger and Claudia Salquist, through Aug. 24. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Ray Johnston Photography Studio, 803 Second St., Suite 302 (Chen Building), 530-756-0499, reception, 6-9 p.m., “Wine and Fashionable Art,” Anastasia Kryukova, paintings, one night only (Friday, July 11). Enjoy wine-tasting from Davis’ Sundstrom Hill Winery, music and a view of Davis from the third floor!
* Rock Band Camp at the E Street Plaza, 207 F St., www.rockbanduniversity.com; live music, 5-6 p.m.,“Summer Rock Band Camp Concert Series.” Rock Band Camp is a weeklong summer program put on by RockBand University where musicians meet each other for the first time, rehearse a handful of their favorite rock tunes and perform them live. Check out what they can do in a week’s time. 5 p.m., every Friday at the E Street Plaza, until Aug. 15.
* Studio 21, 231 G St., Suite 21 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-9 p.m., “Shades of Summer,” Thelma Weatherford, abstracts, mixed media and acrylics, Lauren Brandy, landscapes and still lifes, oil, watercolor. Live music in the courtyard as part of Radiate Art: www.radiate-art.com.
* Studio 26, 231 G St., Suite 26 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-9 p.m., Schorré Oldham, jewelry and fine art, www.oldcheviproductions.com, Amy and 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 and Jan’s Quilts, 231 G St., Suite 29 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 5:30-9 p.m., “A Little Bit of Everything,” Yelena Ivashchenko of Snoozles, air plants and fibers, recycled clothing, T-shirts and children’s art and creations. Nancy Ledesma, papier-maché and stop-motion animation. All items are on sale as part of the Davis Downtown Sidewalk Sale. Come by for special crafts and activities for kids. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* U. S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, 303 Third St., 530-341-3263; reception, 5-8 p.m., Brian Opsal, bike racing posters in a style reminiscent of the 1950s and ’60s, paper and silk screen, through Aug. 7. Meet Opsal and enjoy beer and refreshments. Hours: Wednesday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
* Whole Foods Market Davis, 500 First St., 530-750-2266; live music, 5-8 p.m., Check out a free picnic mat and enjoy open mic night on the lawn. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
* Yolo SPCA Thrift Store, 920 Third St., Suite A and F, reception, 1-7 p.m., new artists and refreshments every month. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
* Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, on UC Davis campus; viewing, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., new artist every month. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Cloud Forest Café, 222 D St., 530-753-2164; viewing, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Carlos Palacio, photography. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Crepeville, 330 Third St., 530-750-2400; viewing, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., “Cosmos of an Alchemists Dreams,” Paul Anderson, folk art, world art, native art, giclee prints of original prismacolor drawings, through July 29. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-11 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., Reif Erickson, Al Pounders, and Small Works Group Show will be on display, through July 26. Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.