Calling all artists: The Davis Art Center is accepting applications from artists and artisans for not one, but two, special events: the Tour de Cluck Art Auction and the 2013 Annual Holiday Sale.
For the uninitiated, Tour de Cluck is a fabulous monthlong community event that includes educational workshops, a Fowl Food Fair at the Davis Farmers Market, a Bicycle Chicken Coop Crawl and an Art Auction and Exhibit: “Growing, Crowing and Cycling Things.” This year marks the fourth annual Tour de Cluck, with the main day events falling on Saturday, May 25.
The Art Center “joined the flock” this year when Tour de Cluck organizers invited us to manage the art auction. We are truly excited to be a part of this fun and spirited event, which celebrates two quintessential aspects of Davis life — bicycles and chickens — while raising funds for both Yolo Farm to Fork’s Davis Farm to School program and the Davis Art Center.
In line with the “Growing, Crowing and Cycling” theme, we are soliciting artwork — or other items related to poultry, pedals and petals — to include in the auction. Artists, we encourage you to interpret the theme as broadly as you desire. The deadline for notification of your intention to submit artwork is April 1.
Specific art guidelines and further submission information are available online at the Tour de Cluck website: www.tourdecluck.org/artauction. We hope to showcase the many amazing and talented local and regional artists in our area, so please make your submissions now.
In addition to the art auction, the Art Center is also hosting Chicken Skool, a series of free educational workshops from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays in May. Mark your calendars now and join us for “The Art of Keeping Chickens” with Greg Howes of Two Flew the Coop on May 6; “Greening your Coop” with Haven Kiers, landscape architect, on May 13; and “Around the World with Chickens” with David Bunn of UC Davis on May 20.
April is also the deadline to apply as an artisan vendor at our annual Holiday Sale fundraiser in December. Usually due in August, these applications must be submitted by April 30.
Due to the high volume of talented artists who apply each year, the Art Center’s Holiday Sale Selection Committee decided that an earlier start would help the group ensure a diverse shopping experience for visitors of all interests, ages and income. The new schedule will also benefit vendors by giving them plenty of notice to prepare for the busy holiday season.
Holiday Sale artisan vendor applications can be found online at davisartcenter.org/sale. You will be asked to submit pictures and descriptions of your hand-made artistic items or products — we are looking for a wide variety of items, from toffee to soaps, calendars to candles and wall art to wearable art, so don’t be shy!
Applications may be submitted by email (preferred) to [email protected], in person at 1919 F St. in Davis, or mailed to Davis Art Center Holiday Sale, P.O. Box 4340, Davis, CA 95617. All applications will be reviewed by the selection committee and artists notified of their acceptance status by May 15.
Some Holiday Sale traditions, however, will not change: The sale will still take place, as always, over the first weekend in December, spanning three days of holiday shopping paradise.
Proceeds from both the Tour de Cluck Silent Auction and the Davis Art Center Holiday Sale will support the Davis Art Center’s Make Art Happen campaign, raising money to ensure that every person who walks through the Art Center doors, literally and virtually, can have a creative experience. Now that’s something to crow about!
— Liz Phinney is the communications coordinator at the Davis Art Center; her column appears monthly.