A new mural at the Pence Gallery will be dedicated Friday as part of the Second Friday ArtAbout. “Solar Compass,” created by Sacramento muralist Anthony Padilla over two months, spans the entire east wall of the Pence courtyard, 212 D St., serving as a vibrant part of the gallery’s exterior renovations.
A Second Friday ArtAbout reception is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Padilla is an established muralist with more than 40 murals to his credit, both locally and regionally. Using aerosol paint as his medium, he creates paintings that blend a heightened sense of fantasy with close observation of the natural world.
“Solar Compass” is part of his current interest in solar energy and Americans’ choices about renewable energy sources. Giant bees feed on nectar from California poppies, creating honey, their own energy source, as a solitary couple talks below them.
Pence Gallery board president Bill Roe was instrumental in choosing Padilla’s design for the mural.
“It’s the centerpiece to our courtyard, and changes our alley into a gallery,” Roe said.
The mural dedication includes a performance by Big Sticky Mess, who will play funk and jazz from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., with a break for comments at 7 p.m. Honey tasting and sales will be provided by Woodland’s Z Specialty Foods, and mead wine and refreshments will be available outside on the Pence courtyard. Visitors can take home part of the original mural design by creating their own colorful, personalized button.
All are welcome, and donors to the mural will be recognized. The courtyard redesign was completely funded by individuals from the community, with major support from Bill and Nancy Roe, Jim and Sue Smith and 60 other patrons.
The Second Friday ArtAbout reception is always free, and current exhibits at the Pence will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. that night.