Friday, July 25, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Pence Gallery: Artist’s studio open all month long

By
From page A8 | October 03, 2012 |

"Siempre" is by Malaquias Montoya, a UC Davis professor emeritus of Chicano studies and art. His work is celebrated in "Women that I Have Encountered," an exhibit at the Pence Gallery through Nov. 25. Courtesy photo

The whole concept of Artober — a regional celebration of the arts during October — challenged me to collaborate with some amazing artists in order to engage the public in the very process of creativity.

I’ve been reading this fascinating book on why people create, and how they come up with innovative solutions, be it the Swifter or a new sculpture. The whole act of imagining something out of nothing can seem like a mystery, even to those who are involved in creative fields.

Thus I thought, what if the Pence Gallery unveiled an artist at work in their studio, and their space of creation was visible over time? But what artist could possibly want to talk to people as they worked, given that art-making is usually a solitary activity?

Enter Roma Devanbu, an artist who possesses the most amazing sense of curiosity about life and art, and who is always asking questions. She teaches art to college students, thus she’s adept at explaining things to all sorts of people. I visited her studio at Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, and fell in love with her explorations in cutting and folding paper into all sorts of shapes and lacy patterns.

Her concept for our installation is to create over the month a three-dimensional paper sculpture (or paper temple) beginning this week. She’ll be in the studio at the Pence, 212 D St., from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays all month. The sculpture will radiate outward from the center of the gallery, but the center will be open, allowing people to sit and contemplate the piece (and each other). Better yet, visitors are encouraged to create a paper cut of their own, and add it to the room’s walls.

My favorite part of visiting studios is identifying the things that artists use as inspiration. Usually there are quotes, objects to draw, postcards from other exhibits, and loads of random junk that might someday be part of their work. Roma is installing one wall full of her “inspirations,” including examples of her paintings.

Near the end of her residency, she will give a free artist’s talk on Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to talk about her experience constructing the sculpture, and her current interest in larger questions of how art-making relates to spirituality. This project is sponsored by Bill and Nancy Roe.

————

In our Main Gallery during October through Nov. 25, we will display “Women that I Have Encountered,” a thematic exhibit celebrating the contribution of women, selected from 40 years of work created by Malaquias Montoya, UC Davis professor emeritus of Chicano studies and art.

The exhibition includes Montoya’s powerful charcoal drawings, collage works and silkscreen prints, alongside his larger painted narratives, all of which depict the strength and extraordinary role of women during both peaceful and turbulent times. Montoya’s portraits of women include a series titled “A Moment of Silence,” in which a solitary woman reflects after hearing of César Chávez’s passing, as well as collages never displayed before dedicated to his wife, Lezlie.

Montoya, well known for his silkscreen prints, is credited by historians as one of the founders of the social serigraphy movement in the Bay Area in the mid-1960s. He taught at California College of Arts and Crafts for 12 years, followed by 19 years teaching at UCD until his retirement in 2008.

Please join us on Friday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for an artist talk and book-signing. In celebration of the recent publication of the monograph “Malaquias Montoya,” author Terezita Romo will lead a discussion with Montoya on his life and work. This exhibit is sponsored by Tandem Properties.

————

We invite you to meet our exhibiting artists, and view our three extraordinary exhibits, on Friday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. To continue the focus on creativity and where that happens, the hallowed “artist’s studio,” is our upstairs exhibit “Artists & Their Studios.” Artists Linda Fitz Gibbon, Linda Erfle, Joe Mariscal and many others have shared views of themselves working in their studio, alongside recent work.

Much like Roma, Lauren Cole Norton will be in residence, with a project titled “Davis Detour.” From noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 31, Lauren will create an evolving research studio upstairs at the Pence Gallery, in which you are invited to contribute memories and artifacts of Davis to create a unique audio tour that excavates the hidden histories of the town. Lauren will construct a map of the narratives she records the routes of the walking tour. Visit Lauren and put your pin on the map.

The month of October promises to be a busy one, so we hope that you stop by to see art take shape, learn something new or share a memory of Davis. For more information, visit www.pencegallery.org.

— 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

California climate change policies to hit our pocketbooks

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A1

 
Tech Trekkers boldly go into STEM fields

By Amy Jiang | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Decoding breast milk secrets reveals clues to lasting health

By Pat Bailey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Carwash raises funds for funeral expenses

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Bob Dunning: Hey, we want more than one thin dime

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

Appeals court upholds high-speed rail route

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Artists, photographers invited to support Yolo Basin Foundation

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Unitarians will host summer camp

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Sudwerk’s sales grow, floating on a sea of dry hop lager

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Wetlands visitors will see migrating shorebirds

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

‘Bak2Sac’ free train ride program launched

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Explorit: Wonderful wetlands right at home

By Lisa Justice | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Recycle old paint cans for free

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
Where your gas money goes

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A12

Americans, internationals make connections

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

 
Can you give them a home?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16 | Gallery

STEAC needs donations of personal care items

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16, 1 Comment

 
.

Forum

Trio disagrees on best option

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Thanks for emergency help

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Commenting system to change

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10, 16 Comments

 
Support these local restaurants

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Let’s get the bench repaired

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

 
Predicting climate changes

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

Clinton’s book is worth a read

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Hudson solid, Hamels better in Giants’ loss

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Petrovic, Putnam share Canadian Open lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Moss powers A’s past Astros

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Enriquez brilliant, but Post 77 season ends with Area 1 loss

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
The un-Armstrong? Tour ‘boss’ Nibali wins Stage 18

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

‘A Most Wanted Man’: Superb espionage drama

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Clyde Elmore: Art in the Wild

By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Musicians perform at Sunday service

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A17 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Accord’s latest model is most fuel efficient

By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

Mary Lita Bowen

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
James Thomas Feather

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Richard ‘Dick’ Robenalt

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
.

Comics

Comics: Friday, July 25, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A13

 
.

Real Estate Review

Featured Listing

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER1

Professional Services Directory

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER2

Remax

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER3

Sherman Home

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Tracy Harris

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4