Thursday, July 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Pence Gallery: Art with a message

By
From page A3 | May 01, 2013 |

Lisa Reinertson's "Neptune's Daughter" captures a young woman cradling a pelican. The artist studied with renowned sculptors Manuel Neri and Robert Arneson at UC Davis in the 1980s. Courtesy photo

Last night, I was explaining the difference between “endangered” and “dangerous” to my 4-year-old. We had just received a Sierra Club map showing where all the endangered animals live.

My daughter, not to be fooled by the dangerous (and endangered) grizzly bear, pointed out that there were so many wonderful animals on this list. Her comment reminded me of a Jane Goodall excerpt from “Hope for Animals and their World,” that warned that at least a quarter of mammal species are headed for extinction in the very near future. One-quarter — this number seems hard to fathom.

Sometimes, really good art can impart more information and a stronger message than all the facts in the world, though. For more than three years, I’ve been watching Lisa Reinertson work on a powerful series of figures that deal with this same issue of animals on the edge of extinction. Her show, which marks her interest in “bringing the presence of these endangered animals into the room,” opened last Friday, and continues through June 14.

Having studied with renowned sculptors Manuel Neri and Robert Arneson at UC Davis in the 1980s, Reinertson works on a monumental scale, primarily telling her story about animals through the human figure. Her “Neptune’s Daughter” captures a young woman cradling a pelican. The message comes through the artist’s choice of glaze — the white surface of the piece changes to a thickened brown, in what can only be interpreted as oil.

On Saturday, May 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Reinertson and Kirsten Gilardi, co-director of the Gorilla Doctors at UC Davis, will give a talk at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St., on the issue of endangered animals. Gilardi’s organization is deeply involved in protecting the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and surrounding countries, a subject that Reinertson is passionate about. Several of her sculptures and one drawing are included in her exhibit, just on the subject of the mountain gorilla. The talk is free and no RSVP is necessary.

————

For those of you who haven’t gotten your Garden Tour event tickets yet for the Pence’s annual self-guided tour of seven spectacular gardens in El Macero, there’s still time! Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers and $28 on Sunday, the day of the event. From noon to 5 p.m., garden lovers can explore the extensive, mature spring gardens that are blooming right now with all sorts of flowers and new growth. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions as well.

We also have planned an impressive roster of artists who will be painting or demonstrating in the gardens. Tickets include a map and information on plant selection, and can be bought at the Pence, Beyond the Garden Gate, El Macero Country Club, Newsbeat and Redwood Barn through Saturday.

On Sunday, join us at 44290 Country Club Drive to purchase tickets beginning at noon, or grab some at the Pence Gallery. For more information, call 530-758-3370. Kids are welcome; mine love to enjoy the home-baked cookies and other refreshments, and children 14 and younger are free.

The tour is easy to walk or bike — others can park in front of tour homes or at the El Macero Country Club, 44571 Clubhouse Drive.

Hot items in our silent auction area (which grows every year to include more amazing gifts) include great deals on event tickets, restaurants and gifts for your garden. All proceeds from Garden Tour go to support the Pence’s exhibit and education programs, allowing more than 17,000 people last year to visit the gallery for free.

————

Speaking of education programs, we are bringing back a great kids songwriting program on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., led by Dave Nachmanoff. He is a singer-songwriter who will lead participants in writing and recording a group song. It’s amazing to watch him work with kids, as he prompts them to be innovative in coming up with their own lyrics and melody. After he edits the song, we’ll burn them to discs that the kids have decorated, complete with their own cover!

Kids ages 6 and older are welcome. The cost is $5 or $7 for nonmembers, and parents are free. RSVP by Friday to 530-758-3370.

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

Natalie Nelson

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

Teens lead the way in fight against cancer

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
Ag officials predict bumper almond crop

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Official: Air Algerie flight ‘probably crashed’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
New-home sales plummet in June

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
CSU pumps brakes on enrollment growth

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Victim of fatal crash identified

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Diplomas all around for professor and sons

By Dave Jones | From Page: A3, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Consumption guidelines for Cache Creek fish updated

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A3

 
Davis Flea hosts night market Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Free technology help offered to seniors

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Contestants sought for Yolo County Fair Queen contest

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Parents can learn all about IEPs

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Museum sells market bags as fundraiser

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

City of Davis recruits for its advisory commissions

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Local singer/songwriter will perform Friday on KDRT

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Colleges woo Native Americans with new programs

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Zip Book: Request it, read it, return it

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

.

Forum

Battle lines are drawn

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

 
Act now to support middle school students

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Don’t tell me I can’t help him

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Water trains through Davis

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 3 Comments

Water storage must be a priority

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

UCD coach has navigated a Maze of experiences

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Lethargic and roster-thin, Post 77 loses Area 1 opener

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

Pence outscores Phillies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Quincy Amarikwa: years in the making

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Area sports briefs: Nelson earns All-Academic honors

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

 
Youth roundup: Aftershock finishes second in tournament

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

Majka makes winning look easy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

 
.

Features

Name Droppers: Transportation fellowship goes to Aggie

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
.

Arts

 
‘South Pacific’ storyline still making waves

By Bev Sykes | From Page: A7 | Gallery

‘The Miracle Worker’ auditions set for WOH

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Death notice: James Thomas Feather

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

 
.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8