Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pence film series continues

Auction guests enjoy bidding at the Pence Gallery's 2010 Auction Gala. Courtesy photo

August 2, 2011 |

Last month, the Pence Gallery embarked on a series focusing on art, artists and creativity, seen through the medium of film. Our second film is on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m., and is titled “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” The cost is $5 general or $2 for Pence members. Refreshments will be available for purchase, though we do promise free kettle corn popcorn.

The film is a documentary that follows a filmmaker as he chronicles several street artists who practice various guerrilla forms of art making, such as tagging, murals and in one case, severe alteration of a phone booth.

Included are interviews with two of the best well-known street artists — Shepard Fairey (think the Obama “Hope” poster), and British recluse Banksy. The twists and turns of this real-life drama are fascinating!

It’s a must-see, and it’s introduced by Davis’ own Charlie Schneider. Schneider was featured on the front page of The Enterprise in May for his innovative performance piece (with a dance troupe), that was an aerial feat on the John Natsoulas Gallery.

Schneider is a master of fine arts student in Chicago. He’ll talk about how his public work often focuses on issues of invasive species, and he utilizes references to street art to explore humanity’s relationship with the world. He’ll stay for a discussion after as well.

The film lasts 86 minutes and is rated R.

KidsCreate: For families, we are bringing out the dogs, in “Dog Gone/Dog Art,” an art event for kids ages 3-12 and their adult companions. Enjoy three projects focused on the subject of the dog: mural painting, creating elaborate chalk drawings and 3D canine portraits.

No RSVP is needed, just come and enjoy the last days of our Roy de Forest tribute exhibit, in which 15 artists created work to honor a great dog lover, artist and professor — Roy de Forest (1930-2007).

Also on display are four paintings and prints by de Forest himself, to give you a flavor for his imaginative dog-filled world.

Preview auction: Our Art Auction preview opens to the public on Aug. 26, three weeks before the Pence Gallery’s Annual Art Auction Gala on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The gala is a fun, social event where patrons can collect wonderful art created by the top local and regional artists.

The auction serves as the gallery’s major fundraiser to support its education and exhibit programs, which last year offered 15,777 visitors free admission to see 12 exhibits of art.

To celebrate the Pence Gallery’s 36 years of connecting the community with innovative and thought-provoking art, artists from throughout the region have contributed fine works of art, including paintings, mosaics, ceramics, photography, textiles and sculpture.

Silent bidding begins on Aug. 27 and continues daily (except Mondays). Bidding ends with the auction Sept. 10. Works of art by local and regional artists such as Donna Billick, Del Almeida, Julia Couzens, Marie-Therese Brown, Peter VandenBerge, Joan Moment and many others, will be available in the silent and live auction lots. A full list of participating artists is on our website.

In addition to the nearly 140 works in the auction, rare donated pieces from private collections and a special section of work priced at under $250 are also available. Some of these exquisite gifts include prints by renowned artists such as Dali, Goya and Bechtle, in case you’ve heard the rumors.

Of course, bidders will be delighted by the delicious appetizers and desserts prepared by Dos Coyotes Border Café, Ciocolat, Nugget Markets, Seasons and Caffé Italia. Live Brazilian jazz by Os Lorenzos will greet guests as they enjoy a glass of fine wine from Fiddlehead Cellars or a locally brewed Sudwerk beer.

Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers and may be purchased by phone with a credit card or in person at the gallery, which is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available online at

This event is sponsored by Tandem Properties, Scott Motley/Merrill Lynch, First Northern Bank, Comstock Mortgage/Mortgage Resource Network Team, Raven’s Corner Museum Quality Framing, Dr. Henry Bennett DDS and
Carbahal & Company.

— Natalie Nelson is executive director and curator of the Pence Gallery. Her column is published monthly.



Natalie Nelson

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