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Melissa Chandon's "Porsche in Red with Symbols" will be exhibited at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Courtesy photo

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Pence Gallery: Catch three exhibits before they close

By From page A12 | August 06, 2014

During August, three exhibits that opened earlier this summer will be closing at the Pence Gallery. This is the last moment to savor an eclectic array of exhibits, especially if you love to come out for Davis’ Second Friday ArtAbout. On Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., hundreds of residents will be out to rub elbows with artists and enjoy art, food, wine and entertainment downtown.

“Community Hang-Up,” our nonjuried display of 30 works of art, is still open through Aug. 24, giving you a chance to vote for your favorite work of art. Last year, we had a tie, and this year, there are some great paintings to choose from.

Last month, I got to choose my favorite work of art in the exhibit, which I awarded as Curator’s Choice. The untitled work on metal by Richard Boire is so unusual; it’s composed of three different metals, which were imprinted with portraits. Each portrait is different, becoming vague at times, due to the materials he uses.

Richard admitted that he likes to experiment with different acids to etch his images onto metal sheets. Sometimes it’s simply vinegar, sometimes it’s acids produced from fruits in his yard. The portraits depicted people whom he found remarkable —Steve Jobs and filmmaker Vincent Gallo surround the features of Jesus.

It’s an interesting piece, one that I kept coming back to, and it was only strengthened by his explanation behind his process and imagery. Sometimes his images rust into unrecognizable shapes on the metal, as it’s hard to fix them so that they don’t change. For example, his portrait of a beautiful woman could morph over time into a monster, given enough exposure to the elements in his back yard, where he prefers to work.

“Cartalk,” on view through Aug. 22, is a show that has been making people smile since its opening in June. There’s a fun, funky strain to the sculpture and paintings that are included on the subject of the car by 15 local and regional artists.

Melissa Chandon’s Super Porsche painting is one that harkens back to an era in which movie stars of the 1960s were seen cavorting in handsome sports cars like this Porsche. Her shiny red car becomes a symbol also of escape, and liberty, not to mention social status and a sense of glamor.

Don’t miss our annual juried exhibit titled “Slice,” which includes some thought-provoking work in fiber, photography and mixed media, including a burnt doll house and tubes of multi-colored liquid that artist Sam Metcalf explains are from sports drinks, oils and cosmetics.

August is also a busy month, as staff members prepare for our annual Art Auction fundraiser and exhibit. More than 160 works of art will be on display from Aug. 30 through Sept. 20, and that means that patrons can place silent bids anytime during this three-week period.

On Sept. 20, we will have our auction event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with fantastic food and wine provided by some of the best restaurants and wineries in town. Tickets go on sale by Sept. 2 for the event, which includes entertainment by Boom’Chik, a fantastic Caribbean jazz band from Sacramento.

I hope that you stop by the gallery at 212 D St. during the preview exhibit to enjoy some truly inspiring work by select local and regional artists.

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

Natalie Nelson

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