Juan Sanchez and his daughter Renata, 3, reach out and touch a fossil art bas-relief painting hanging in the Davis Chamber of Commerce office at 604 Third St. in downtown Davis during last month’s Second Friday ArtAbout reception. In background are Grant Nejedlo and his daughter Lily, 3.
A series of 17 sculptured acrylic paintings by Theodore McFall is on exhibit at the Chamber office, on loan from Explorit Science Center. McFall donated the paintings to the local science center; they depict various fossils and organisms from the Cretaceous Period, ranging from sea turtles to starfish to birds to dragonflies to a variety of shells. Some are colored in sea-form green and soft blues; others in rosy tones; still others in rich, earthy browns.
In keeping with Explorit’s hands-on style of learning, McFall intended these paintings to be touched, explored and enjoyed.
McFall was born in Loomis in 1909 and was raised in the foothills around Nevada City and Auburn. He died in 1999 in Davis.
Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo