Kick off your Picnic Day weekend with art and live music at the Second Friday ArtAbout, which this month features 28 venues, some of which will offer music, refreshments and other special benefits.
Live music will be featured at Bohéme Hip Used Clothing (Five Three Oh), the Pence Gallery (Rock Band University bands) and the Radiate Art Collective (guitarist David Hafter), as well as Art-is-Davis, the Nelson Gallery, Ray Johnston Photography Studio and Whole Foods Market.
* Art-is-Davis, 222 D St., 530-758-2312; reception, 6-9 p.m., Marieke de Waard, Seana Burke, Jan Walker, Joanne Andresen, acrylics, watercolor, oil, mixed media, life drawings and paintings, through May 9. Live music in the studio. Enjoy refreshments and meet the artists. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* The Artery, 207 G St., 530-758-8330; reception, 7-9 p.m., “The Artery Collects The Artery,” featuring works by former Artery members, through April 14. The Artery continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary year by honoring its rich artistic history with fine arts and crafts created by former members and collected over the years by current Artery members. Works on view include paintings by Martha Ward, Robin Escher, Rebecca Metts and Nola Mosier; ceramics by Cathie Dunaway, Bob Judson, Marcia Smith, Erica Jackson, Pat Hill, Larry Richmond, Dru Wallace Ransdell and Bill Jackson; fiber and mixed media works by Linda Dobris, Ann Dobson Palmer, Gracie Goodpaster and Peggy Kondos as well as other past Artery members. The exhibit is organized and curated by Vicki Plutchok and Sara Post. Come party and enjoy birthday cake and sparkling drinks. Hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St., 530-759-1599; reception, 6-8 p.m., “Mixed Media Hearts and Crows,” Steve Pro, mixed media, wood, metal, paint, found objects. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
* Best Western Palm Court Hotel, 234 D St., 530-753-7100; reception, 6:30-9 p.m., Emma Luna, trompe l’oeil (trick the eye) ceramic sculpture and mixed media work on paper explore ideas about the anonymous and the everyday, through May 31. Various artists from Short Center South and Short Center North, vibrant, bold, joyful figurative ceramics, through May. Stacey Wong Hilton, oil pastel on polyester film to create colorful abstracts inspired by art history, through Sept. 30. Hours: 24.
* Bohéme Hip Used Clothing, 409 Third St., 530-341-2004; live music, 6-8 p.m., Five Three Oh!, Chris Pilon, Eileen Jaffe, Michael Ann Pedone, an acoustic trio, playing originals and cover tunes. Hours: Sunday-Monday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
* Crème de la Crème, 222 D St., 530-758-0851; reception, 6-8 p.m., Candy Famula, acrylic and oil paintings of birds, nests, veggies, animals, barns and more.
* Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St.; performance of “Odd Poetry,” 6-7 p.m., immediately outside the Odd Fellows Hall. Stop by for a few minutes or for the full hour for spoken word, poetry, verse, humor and fun. Since this is an open-mic event, this is your chance to grace the stage with your presence and share your own favorite poems (original and otherwise).
* F Street Gallery of Hallmark Inn, 110 F St.; reception, 5-7 p.m., Tom Watts, paintings. Hours: 24.
* Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C St., 530-758-5637; reception, 6-9 p.m., Jay Bradbury, artistry in wood including boxes, clocks, bowls, vases, candlesticks and more in exotic woods. Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
* International House, 10 College Park, 530-753-5007; reception, 6-8 p.m., “Impressions of Santa Fe, New Mexico,” Alice Micheltorena, watercolor, through May 5. “Portraits and Self-Portraits,” Isabel Shaskan, acrylic, through May 5. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
* Logos Books, 513 Second St., 530-400-1083; reception, 6-9 p.m., “Translating Life to Paper,” Jeffrey Granett, series of block prints inspired from a trip to Japan and a recent concert at the Mondavi Center, through June 30. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
* Richard L. Nelson Gallery, Nelson Hall on UC Davis campus, 530-752-8500; reception, 7-9 p.m., “Degenerate Art” — vote for your choice. “Hollingshead: The Art of the Portrait,” Paul W. Hollingshead, everyday people made glamorous, including families, community leaders and pets, portrait art, through May 4. “Another California,” perspectives from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, various media from drawing to painting to sculpture to video, through May 4. Enjoy refreshments and live music. Hours: Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday by appointment.
* The Paint Chip, 217 F St., 530-753-5093; reception, 6-8:30 p.m., “The Faces of Nature,” Robert Cain, landscape and floral photography. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Pence Gallery, 212 D St., 530-758-3370; reception, 6-9 p.m., “Bloom,” 12 contemporary artists delve into the symbolism and form of the flower as a rich subject in their work, with works by Carrie Lederer, Fred Dalkey, Brenda Louie, Ivy Jacobsen, Stacey Vetter, Mary Warner, Ann Marie Campbell, Sandy Delehanty, Elaine Bagley Arnoux, Stephen Giannetti, Shirley Hazlett and Michaele LeCompte, through April 20. “Observations: Paintings by Ari Targownik,” Ari Targownik, plein air paintings of local scenes, including rural areas and still-life subjects, through April 27. Live music by Rock Band University bands starts at 6:30 p.m. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Ray Johnston Photography Studio, 803 Second St., Suite 302 (Chen Building), 530-756-0499; reception, 6-9 p.m., “An Eclectic Collection,” photography by Ray Johnston, one night only (Friday). Enjoy refreshments, wine, music and outdoor patio view of Davis from the third floor. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
* RE/MAX Gold, 408 Second St., 530-756-1212; reception, 6-8 p.m., V. Hadady, expressionistic, plein air, realistic and impressionistic paintings, through April 30. Refreshments; meet the artist. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Closed for lunch noon-1 p.m.
* Studio 21, 231 G St., Suite 21 (Court-N-Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-9 p.m., “New and Spring-Inspired Works,” Lauren Brandy and Thelma Weatherford, impressionist and abstract paintings featuring local landscapes and bold use of color, mixed media, oil and acrylic paintings, small ceramics and letterpress goods, through May 9. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and live music by guitarist David Hafter in the courtyard. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* Studio 26, 231 G St., Suite 26 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-9 p.m., works by Schorré Oldham (jewelry and fine art, www.oldcheviproductions.com), Amy and Bill Habicht (photography, custom printing and painting), Stacie Frerichs (letter press prints), Kyle Monhollen (screen prints). Enjoy snacks and sweets while visiting with the artists. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* Studio 27 — Fretted Strings, 231 G St., Suite 27 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-8 p.m., Harrison Phipps, custom and handmade guitars, and guitars in various stages of construction. Live music in the courtyard by guitarist, David Hafter. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* Studio 29 — Snoozles, 231 G St., Suite 29 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 5:30-9 p.m., “Spring is in the Air,” Yelena Ivashchenko of Snoozles and Jan Wolf of Jan’s Quilts, air plants and fibers, recycled clothing and children’s art and creations. Come by for hands-on activities for kids and adults. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* TEDXUCDavis, 230 A St., 510-705-3193; reception, 4-8 p.m., “Davis Inside Out,” Lucian Novosel and TEDXUCDavis, freely exhibited photo collage of student portraits describing the diversity and passion of Davis on the Social Sciences Building on UCD campus (Death Star), through April 20. A total of 400 portraits measuring 3-by-4 feet will be laid across the walls, creating a face to face experience with Davis.
* U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, 303 Third St., 530-341-3263; reception, 5-8 p.m., Steve Rex, nationally known custom bike frame builder, will exhibit several of his frames and complete bikes, through May 1. Visit and talk to Rex about his work or bicycles in general. All three floors will be open for visitors. Hours: Wednesday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
* Whole Foods Market Davis, 500 First St., 530-750-2266; live music, 6-7:30 p.m., Enjoy live music by artists and DJs from KDVS, a wine-tasting with Boeger Wines, free kids’ games and free picnic blanket rentals. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
* Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center on UC Davis campus; viewing, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., “Rugged Beauty: Native Oaks of California,” Margaret Eldred, pen-and-ink drawings, through April 30. Reception held on April 25, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Crepeville, 330 Third St., 530-750-2400; viewing, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., new artist every month. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
* Mishka’s Cafe, 610 Second St., 530-759-0811; viewing, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., new artist every month. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
* John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St., 530-756-3938; viewing, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., “5th Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century,” multi-artist exhibit, through Saturday. Avery Palmer solo exhibit, bizarre narrative sculptures, ceramics, through Saturday. Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Paulina’s Boutique, 207 F St.; viewing, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Marlene Lee, abstract, acrylic paintings. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.