Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Davis Arts Center: See ceramics, join the Big Day of Giving


“Birch” by Kathy Pallie. Courtesy photo

From page A3 | April 23, 2014 |

One of my favorite annual exhibits at Davis Arts Center opens on Friday: “Eight From ACGA,” a juried show by members of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of Northern California, held each year in conjunction with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art.

This year’s featured artists are Natasha Dikareva, Nina Else, Iver Hennig, Suzanne M. Long, Kathy Pallie, Susan Press, Gail Ritchie and Barbara Andino Stevenson. Two receptions open to the public will be held for the show: an artists’ reception on Friday, April 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. and a Second Friday ArtAbout reception on May 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 24.

It’s always a thrill to see the astonishing range of work by the artists selected for this show, and this year is no exception. As juror Donna Seager of Mill Valley’s Seager Gray Gallery said in a statement, ceramic art can be particularly compelling — it allows us see the interaction between an artist and his or her materials in a special way, since the “the artist’s hand and the knowledge needed to fire and articulate the work (are both) intrinsic to the process.”

From minimalist abstract constructions, to vivid interpretations of the natural world, to human, animal and other-worldly figures, all of the pieces included in this exhibit reflect this unique relationship between artist, materials and final product.

My special thanks to ACGA artist Jan Schachter, who organizes “Eight From ACGA” every year. Her hard work and commitment pay off with a stunning show that accurately represents the variety, complexity and vitality of ceramic art in our region.


It’s almost time for the Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour online giving challenge in support of the region’s nonprofits starting at midnight on May 6. On that day, when you donate to Davis Arts Center through the Big Day of Giving website at, our organization will get a boost from matching funds pledged by local businesses and organizations.

Your online donation also can boost your Davis Arts Center membership by two extra months: When you donate at or above a membership level amount, you’ll receive a follow-up email asking if you’d like your donation to apply to a 14-month membership or membership renewal.

Last year, the Davis Arts Center raised more than $9,000 on the Day of Giving, and you can help us reach our goal to double that amount this year. Any contribution, no matter how small, counts — so please take advantage of this opportunity to stretch your donation dollars and show your support of Davis Arts Center’s community arts programming by donating at on May 6.


Artisan-vendor applications are now being accepted for entry into the 25th annual Holiday Sale, Dec. 5-7. Known for its friendly, family-oriented atmosphere, with patrons who return year after year to do their holiday shopping, the Holiday Sale features unique handmade products by more than 65 artisans who generously donate 15 percent of their sales back to the Arts Center to support our programs.

The Holiday Sale is a juried show reviewed by a rotating committee composed of Davis Arts Center board members, staff and invited local artists. The committee is seeking a wide variety of exceptional artistic items in a range of prices, from clothing and jewelry to soaps, housewares, edible goods and much more.

This year we are inaugurating a new online format that we are confident will streamline the submission and review process. All applicants must submit an online application by Friday, May 30. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by June 23. Details may be found at

— Erie Vitiello is executive director of the Davis Arts Center. This column is published monthly.





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