Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pence Gallery: Six gardens on display at gallery’s annual tour

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Beautiful backyard gardens, some with pools, may be visited on the Pence Gallery Garden Tour. Courtesy photo

From page A3 | April 02, 2014 |

The Pence Gallery will celebrate its 23rd annual Garden Tour on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 5 p.m., where visitors will enjoy a picturesque look into six spectacular gardens in the rural and semi-rural areas of North Davis, including North Davis Farms.

The tour allows visitors to gain ideas for new landscaping, chat with vendors and Master Gardeners, and see amazing designs in landscape architecture. This year, highlights include the expansive garden owned by UC Davis Arboretum Superintendent Emeritus Warren Roberts, a garden with more than 30 rose varieties, and several productive vegetable gardens.

During the event, join local artists Pete Scully, Rebecca Ryland, Debbie Gualco, Ari Targownik, Lauren Brandy and LaVille Logan as they create colorful depictions of the selected gardens onsite. One of my favorite activities during the tour is to see the paintings develop over time, or to watch weaver Natalie Mackenzie as she spins wool.

At the hospitality garden, visitors can choose to bid on restaurant certificates, services and lovely 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 we encourage attendees to ride their bikes for the event.

Tickets are $20 for Pence Gallery members and $25 for nonmembers ($28 on the day of the event) and will be sold through the Pence Gallery, 212 D St.; Redwood Barn Nursery, 1607 Fifth St.; Newsbeat, 514 Third St.; and Beyond the Garden Gate, 1015 Olive Drive. Tickets are also available online at

On the day of Garden Tour, tickets will be sold only in person at the Pence Gallery, and at the host garden, 24958 County Road 101A, beginning at noon.

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 schoolchildren through our programs.

During the Second Friday ArtAbout reception on April 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Pence will present the evocative still-life and landscape paintings of Ari Targownik. Originally from New York, Ari was trained in painting at Pratt Institute, and his work conveys a sense of quiet beauty.

Painting the shifting light outside, he works en plein air, as do so many artists in this region. Whether he is capturing a table set with a few simple objects, or rendering a fall scene in Winters, his paintings are truly thoughtful depictions of our area. His exhibit, titled “Observations,” is on view from Friday through April 27.

On display downstairs that night, the “Bloom” exhibit continues to impress our visitors. I can explain this interest because of a simple fact. Everyone loves flowers, as do the 12 artists who are involved in the exhibit.

While our floral displays are long gone, the paintings by Carrie Lederer, Ivy Jacobsen, Stacey Vetter, Brenda Louie, Mary Warner, Ann Marie Campbell, Sandy Delehanty, Elaine Badgley Arnoux, Stephen Giannetti, Shirley Hazlett and Michaele LeCompte are simply gorgeous. We are hoping to make this exhibit a biannual event due to its popularity, and I’d like to thank all the floral designers, artists and donors who helped us with the exhibit and talks.

Stop in at the gallery before April 20 to see the exhibit.

Save the date of May 6 for Day of Giving, which is a 24-hour-long regional effort to show your love for your local nonprofit organizations. The Pence Gallery is participating again this year, and we’ll be open that day for art projects and refreshments. The great part about the giving is that it all takes place online at

You can read about our programs and our mission at this site, and select us for a donation of any amount, starting with $25. Your donation allows the Pence the opportunity to win cash prizes, and every donation is matched by a percentage! Just $25 can make a huge difference, and all donations are tax-deductible.

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



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