Wednesday is the deadline to purchase tickets to attend a reception Saturday, Jan. 19, for “A Small Community Collects Big: The Collection of the Davis Art Center” to be held at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery, 645 Chestnut St. in San Francisco.
The trip also includes lunch with artist Roland Petersen and his wife Caryl. Petersen’s oil painting, “Blue Vase with Flowers” (1964), is one of the centerpieces of the Art Center’s collection, amassed mainly during the 1960s and 1970s. Over the years, the collection grew to encompass more than 150 works of art, many by artists who went on to become nationally recognized, including Petersen, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Nelson, Robert Bechtle and David Gilhooly.
Due to a lack of adequate resources to properly maintain and display the artworks, the Art Center recently decided to sell the entire collection and use the proceeds to fund collaborative gallery programs in line with its mission to promote community engagement in the arts.
The trip costs $85, which includes transportation, lunch at Italian bistro Rose Pistola and the gallery reception. For those who wish to have lunch on their own, the cost for the bus trip and gallery reception only is $45.