The Pence Gallery will celebrate its 22nd annual Garden Tour on Sunday, May 5, from noon to 5 p.m. Visitors will enjoy a picturesque look into seven beautiful gardens in the established neighborhood of El Macero, south of Davis.
The tour allows participants to get ideas for new landscaping, chat with vendors and Master Gardeners, and see new designs in landscape architecture. This year, highlights include several gardens with significant sculpture collections by well-known local artists, a gorgeous outdoor kitchen and barbecue, and several large-scale, productive vegetable gardens.
During the event, join local artists Seana Burke, Kristine Bybee, Marie-Therese Brown, Debbie Gualco, Deborah Hill, Dana Phillips and Marti Walker as they create colorful depictions of the selected gardens onsite. One of my favorite activities during the garden tour is to see the paintings develop over time, or to watch weaver Natalie Mackenzie as she spins wool. Ceramic artist Susan Shelton will be present for the first time on our tour, and many wonderful examples of her work are at select gardens.
At the hospitality garden, visitors can choose to bid on restaurant certificates, services and gift items from noon to 5 p.m. Freshly baked cookies, lemonade and other treats will be available for free to ticket holders at this garden. Street parking is available, but attendees are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes.
Tickets are $20 for Pence members and $25 for nonmembers ($28 day of event) and will be sold through the Pence, Redwood Barn Nursery, Newsbeat, El Macero Country Club and Beyond the Garden Gate. Tickets are also available online at www.pencegallery.org. On tour day, tickets will be sold only through the Pence (not online) and at the host garden at 27050 Country Club Circle.
The Garden Tour is the Pence’s spring fundraiser, organized by the Garden Tour committee every year to support the gallery’s education and exhibit programs. Last year, we served more than 17,000 visitors in the galleries, and more than 1,000 families and school children through our programs.
This event is sponsored by Tandem Properties, Jamie Madison/Coldwell Banker, Blake’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Cable Car Wash, Carbahal & Company, Davis Ace Hardware, Dos Coyotes Border Café, MAK Design + Build, Matt Dolcini/Coldwell Banker, Beyond the Garden Gate, Andy Gagnon Landscapes, Snow & Associates, First Northern Bank, Chris Corbett Designs, Garrett Landscaping Construction, John & Christine Bruhn, Jim Gray & Robin Affrime, Dr. Henry & Linda Bennett, Yvonne Clinton Music Studio, Dick & Joy Dorf, Bob & Sue Hansen, Morse Remodeling, Grant & Grace Noda, Dr. Wayne Schrader, Dave Taormino/Coldwell Banker, Cap & Helen Thomson, Murre Traverso/First Street Real Estate, Wolk for Senate Committee and Peggy & Emanuel Epstein.
During the Second Friday ArtAbout reception on April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Pence Gallery, 212 D St., celebrates our connection with the animal world, in “Crazy Critters.” This group exhibit includes some mechanical bugs by mixed-media artist Scott Rhodes, some thoughtful pieces by Sara Post of birds and flight, as well as lively paintings by artists of cats and dogs by Linda Miller, Maija Peeples-Bright, John Stuart Berger and Steve Allen, among others.
That night, we will also have a wine-tasting by Senders Winery, a craft project and guitar music by Jason McAlister.
Downstairs that night, the Pence opens a group exhibit on the meaning of home, titled “Home Is: Artists Reflect on the Meaning of Place,” on display through June 2. In this exhibit, artists investigate the meaning of home in media ranging from photography and painting to ceramic sculpture. As “place” is defined through memory, the display exemplifies how our sense of belonging is always shifting.
Participating artists include Ann Marie Campbell, Melissa Chandon, Troy Dalton, Julie Diane, Jeff Downing, Lee Kavaljian, Malia Landis, Suzanne Long, Emma Luna, Victoria Rose Martin, Judith Monroe, David Nasater, Hearne Pardee, Barbara Prodaniuk, Charlene Doiron Reinhart and Gerry Wallace. The display is sponsored by Roger and Claudia Salquist.
Save the date! Join us on April 29 for Arts Giving Day, centered at Davis Commons beginning at 11 a.m. Muralists and sketch artists will be creating a large painting and a network of drawings with chalk. The public is invited to create art with them.
The day is a pan-regional effort to increase funding to local arts organizations. The Pence Gallery, the Mondavi Center, Davis Art Center and Yolo Arts are among the organizations participating in activities on this day. All donations can be given targeted specifically to the organizations that you love, at www.givelocalnow.org, or drop in that day at the Pence from 1 to 5 p.m. and we can help you.
At the gallery, we’ll have free refreshments and an art project for kids. One great aspect of this day is that all donations will be matched in terms of a percent of the total that is raised. For more information, see our website, www.pencegallery.org.
— Natalie Nelson is director and curator of the Pence Gallery. Her column is published monthly.