Summer vacation? Not happening at Davis Arts Center — we are busier than ever, not only with our usual array of mini-camps for kids and arts classes for all ages, but also with some exciting upcoming events made possible by generous community partners. I want to give a special shout-out to three groups whose efforts on our behalf are making a significant contribution to the Arts Center this year:
* Brooks Painting Charity Paint Giveaway: Back in May, Davis Arts Center was one of three nonprofits in the running for the eighth annual Brooks Painting Charity Paint Giveaway. I am thrilled to announce that the Arts Center received the most votes and won this award.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, our building at 1919 F St. will be getting a completely new exterior paint job, courtesy of Brooks Painting. Our deepest thanks go to all of the supporters who voted for us and especially to Jeremy Brooks, who donates up to $10,000 of his company’s services to a different organization each year. We are grateful to be this year’s recipient, and we are eagerly anticipating our new look!
* Whole Foods Market Davis, Dimes for Donations: The new Davis bag ordinance requires retailers to collect 10 cents for each paper bag provided at checkout, and Whole Foods is donating all paper bag fees collected during July and August to the Davis Arts Center. Patrons can even contribute to the Arts Center if they bring their own bags to the store, as each register has a change jar for cash donations.
However, Whole Foods is taking its support of the Arts Center one step further by collaborating on the It’s In The Bag Art Contest, a project to promote sustainability through art. During August, we’re inviting children between the ages of 6 and 12 to submit digital photos of their artwork online.
Selected works will be displayed at Davis Arts Center in September, and the winning images will be printed on reusable shopping bags. The bags will be sold in December, with these proceeds also being generously donated to the Arts Center by Whole Foods.
Community members are encouraged to involve the young artists among their kids and grandkids in the project — contest guidelines and submission details will be available on Aug. 1 at davisartscenter.org/gallery/its-in-the-bag-art-contest.
* Preoccupied Pipers, 1,000 Red Roses Benefit Concert: Preoccupied Pipers, a local band composed of former members of the now-defunct band Lawsuit, has been a staunch supporter of the Davis Arts Center for many years. True to form, the band has dedicated its upcoming concert to benefit the Arts Center’s 1,000 Red Roses Fund, which has been depleted in recent years.
This fund gives deaf students the opportunity to fully participate in arts classes by paying for the expense of sign language interpreters, which can be significant.
The concert takes place on Saturday, Aug. 23, on the E Street Plaza, from 7 to 10 p.m., and it promises to be a great show. Preoccupied Pipers will be joined by singer-songwriter Adrian West and the Adrian West Trio, along with the Bay Area group The Corner Laughers. Admission is free — although donations to the Red Roses Fund will be encouraged throughout the evening — so please come out and join us for a good time in support of a good cause.
Our gallery has been busy this summer, too. If you haven’t seen our current exhibit, stop by before the show closes on July 31. “What Does An Elephant Look Like?” includes almost 100 visual interpretations of everyone’s favorite large mammal by Peregrine School students from 2 to 12 years old. The images are presented in order of the artist’s age, creating a fascinating look at how children of different ages think and talk about their art.
On Aug. 6, our gallery will welcome “WAX ON,” a juried exhibit of beautiful work by 21 members of Sierra Wax Artists (the Sacramento chapter of International Encaustic Artists). Community members are invited to meet the artists at a free ArtAbout reception on Friday, Aug. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.
I hope each of you reading this column will join us for one or more of these special upcoming events. Thanks again to the community partners, supporters and participants who have made this summer a busy, productive and happy one for all of us here at Davis Arts Center. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
— Erie Vitiello is executive director of the Davis Arts Center; her column is published monthly.