Sunday, April 20, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Pence Gallery: Exhibit showcases Art Nouveau postcards

By
From page A3 | January 02, 2013 | Leave Comment

"Woman in Egyptian Costume," by an unknown artist, dates back to about 1900. It is from the collection of Robert Nevramont. Courtesy photo

The Pence Gallery’s current exhibit, “Art Nouveau Postcards,” resulted from a chance encounter with one of our Pence members. Davis resident Robert Nevramont dropped by one day, and as we chatted, he mentioned his interest in collecting old postcards. My ears perked up.

“Just how many do you have?” I asked. When he responded, “About 1,200, give or take,” I knew I had to know more about this collection, centering largely on Art Nouveau postcards from the late 19th to the early 20th century. His exquisite collection is a treasure, and he’s graciously sharing a selection of it with the public through Feb. 1.

This era in Europe and America was marked by a style, popularly called Art Nouveau, that touched every corner of design — from public buildings and metro signs to clothing and jewelry. Sinuous lines, floral motifs and an interest in handcrafted materials were hallmarks of this style.

Nevramont’s postcards include some of the best-known artists working in Europe, such as Alphonse Mucha, Raphael Kirchner and photographer Henry Ryland. Some of these artists used the postcard format as an inexpensive means of distributing their graphic art to the public, some only created designs exclusively for postcards. The collection also includes some great artistic advertisements for products such as special tonics and pipes, that would be frowned upon today, but are such great records of social trends of that era.

So often women figure prominently as subjects of the postcards, especially attired in costumes from a different culture. My favorite, “Woman in Egyptian Costume,” captures the strong profile of a graceful lady — reminding me that Egyptomania took over Europe during the 19th century, following Napolean’s Egyptian campaign. In fact, the connection to history is part of Nevramont’s rationale for collecting these tiny cards.

“Postcards provide are great sources of historical documentation, with cards produced from all over the world,” he says. “They are an important historical document and family keepsakes.”

Nevramont comes from a family of collectors, with his grandmother’s collection of stamps and postcards forming the beginning of his own. He is a wealth of information about the printing and social use of postcards as well, and has agreed to share special cards with the public during a talk on Friday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis.

This is a free talk and no RSVP is necessary.

One interesting part of postcards are the messages handwritten on the back, and Nevramont will share some of these with us and other favorite cards.

————

In the main gallery, “Our Stories: Judith Lowry’s Artistic Reflections on Native California” continues through Jan. 27. Lowry’s large narrative paintings are rooted in her heritage as a member of the Maidu, Hamawi Pit River and Washoe tribes, and are connected to engaging oral histories.

One of the most dramatic paintings, “Obedient Wives,” explains a cautionary tale of how unquestioning obedience by three blind owl wives toward their husband (a cunning rat with a habit for tricking his dinner into the fire), will not end well. To find out the ending to this legend, come into the gallery to figure out this rat’s fate.

Lowry will return to read her children’s book, “Home to Medicine Mountain,” on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Three of the moving illustrations from this story are included in our exhibit. The book, written by Chiori Santiago and illustrated by Lowry, retells the experience that Lowry’s father and uncle had as young boys, when they ran away from Indian board school and returned home to attend the Bear Dance.

Children will create their own drawing in a book format, about an important family event that they want to remember following the reading, with artist Juli Ann Blanco.

To attend, RSVP to 530-758-3370 by Jan. 18. The cost is $6 each, or $4 for members. Parents are free if they are not participating.

— 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

A springtime ritual

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Tom Adams seeks Davis school board seat

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1

 
Hub of activity: DHS newspaper keeps evolving

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Tour renovated YCCC facility Thursday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Tour Davis Waldorf School on Wednesday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

The fifth annual Tour de Cluck is soon to be hatched

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

 
Ortiz lawn signs available

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Sign up soon for spring cooking classes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Robb Davis team to rally on Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Steadfast in their support

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Yolo Hospice offers free grief workshops

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Sign up for Camp Kesem caterpillar crawl

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Quilters gear up for annual show

By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A4

KDVS launches fund drive on Monday

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A5

 
Calling all Scrabble fans

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

League hosts a series of candidate forums

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Hub webpage is seeing traffic increasing

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A8

Birch Lane celebrates its 50th anniversary

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

 
Hotel/conference center info meeting set

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

Lescroart welcomes all to book-launch party

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A16 | Gallery

 
DEVO set to serve up 14th annual Winkler Dinner

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16 | Gallery

Learn Chinese crafts at I-House

By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A16

 
Preschool open house set at Davis Waldorf

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

.

Forum

Take ownership of your health

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
Reliving the agony and ecstasy of spring

By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

 
Keep your baby safe

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Not thrilled with lack of symmetry

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
Core values on campus

By Our View | From Page: A12

Road diet? No, city diet!

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 3 Comments

 
We’re reveling in our equality

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

Vote no; it’s fiscally responsible

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

 
Rick McKee cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

 
Bill is an affront to UC Davis ag biotech and local farmers

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

Don’t want to sit in Fix 50 traffic? Consider alternatives

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Devils burn up the track

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
UCD softball shut out by Santa Barbara

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie men shoot 9-under, lead own tourney

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Stars shine in Woody Wilson Classic

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD roundup: Aggie baseball swept away by Highlanders

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

A’s score 3 in ninth, rally past Astros 4-3

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Yolo Federal Credit Union gets WISH funds

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
PG&E pays taxes, fees to county, cities

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

Will Davis get an Old Soul?

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9

 
Pediatricians, nurse practitioner hired at Woodland Healthcare

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Asian stocks mostly higher after mixed U.S. earnings

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Davis Roots will showcase its graduating startups

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14

University Honda wins another President’s Award

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

 
Dutch Bros. raises $19,000 for girl with leukemia

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, April 20, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8