The Pence Gallery’s ever-changing, thought-provoking art exhibits entertain residents and visitors of all ages. Now, the Pence takes art outdoors as it has commissioned its first mural, on a large east-facing wall in the courtyard behind the gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis.
As part of the courtyard’s redesign, the gallery’s board of directors hired Sacramento muralist Anthony Padilla to paint the 22-by-22-foot “Solar Compass” mural, making it the tallest public mural in Davis.
Selected from a short list of artists to complete the project, Padilla recently finished a large commission for the Boys & Girls Club in downtown Sacramento as well as murals at Woodland High School and the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Pence Gallery director Natalie Nelson complimented his ability to use spray paint to convey natural colors and shadows.
“I’m really impressed by Anthony’s ability to convey a timely message of the importance of alternative sources of energy in a vibrant, eye-catching way,” she said.
In addition, his composition also echoes recent interest in honeybees and their current plight. Honeybees use the sun as a compass to scout the location of food, thus his title of “Solar Compass” points to their importance.
Padilla believes art can be used as a way of changing the future.
“I’m so glad to be here in Davis, and this is a great location for viewing my work,” he said.
The courtyard redesign was funded by Davis community members, with major support from Bill and Nancy Roe, Gene and Carol Livingston, and 20 other patrons, Nelson said.
The gallery is still raising funds for the mural, and those interested in making a donation may contact Nelson at [email protected] or 530-758-3370.
Padilla began work on the mural on Aug. 20 and plans to complete it by Sept. 20, just in time for the gallery’s annual Art Auction. A public celebration will take place later this fall to mark its completion and recognize donors.