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Second Friday ArtAbout


The Davis Downtown Business Association is hosting a list of 22 participating galleries and businesses for this month’s 2nd Friday ArtAbout on March 11. Interested visitors can print out a map and schedule of receptions at www.davisdowntown.com.

The ArtAbout is a monthly evening—usually around 5 pm to 9 pm – of open galleries and artists’ receptions and viewings at businesses, galleries and other art-friendly locations in Downtown Davis and beyond. Events occur year-round, are free and open to the public. Many venues include refreshments and opportunities to meet artists.

This month there are two new additions to the list of art walk participants: Risto Hair International, 325 G Street, and Richard L. Nelson Gallery on the UC Davis campus, Old Davis Road at A Street (in the old University Club building).

Risto will hold an artist reception 6-9 pm for Sacramento artist James Cameron and his vibrant abstract expressionistic acrylics, which offer bright color, unusual composition and abundant texture.  His paintings have appeared in numerous one person and group shows at galleries and other commercial venues throughout Northern and Central California. 

There will be two inaugural receptions, 7-9 pm, at the Nelson Gallery, which has recently moved to Nelson Hall, formerly the University Club, a new location off of Old Davis Road at A Street near the UC Davis Arboretum.

The exhibit “American Gothic: Regionalist Portraiture from the Collection” presents a survey of portraiture over the past 100 years. Guest curator Lee Plested, who will be present during the March 11 reception to answer questions, has selected over 100 pieces from Nelson’s collection, including several new acquisitions never before seen. There will be a specific emphasis on the Davis 5 (de Forest, Thiebaud, Arneson, Neri and Wiley). The second exhibit at Nelson Gallery—“Gordon Cook: Out There”—features twenty paintings, drawings and lithographs by the San Francisco artist Gordon Cook (1927-1985).

As usual, the ArtAbout features more than just visual art. At The Wardrobe, 206 E Street, photographer Eve West Bessier will read some of her poetry in conjunction with her gorgeous floral photography on exhibit, 7-9 pm. DJ Heather will spin electronica and world beat to set the mood.

There will also be soul and bass by DJ Mr. Glass 7 pm-midnight at Delta of Venus, 122 B Street, for the LAADS Magazine Launch Party and ArtAbout art reception at the café and pub. Timed with the art magazine’s first issue, the LAADS art exhibit features innovative works by local artists featured in the issue, Morgan Herbert-King, Anna Valdez, Jessica Cooke and Stephanie Wickizer.

the night away. We will be handing out 80 copies until we run out but you can sign up for our mailing list and we’ll get a copy to you in the following weeks. There will be a raffle of assorted items associated with the magazine such as prints, a free year’s subscription, and other items TBA. Any and all donations are welcome!

And don’t forget live music: Visitors can catch Cooper McBean & the Vested Interest at Armadillo Music, 205 F Street, from 6-7 pm; guitarist Al Wilder will play at a photography exhibit at Nina’s Studio, 241 F Street, 6-9 pm; Riggity Jig will play at Yolo SPCA Thrift Store 6-8 pm; and the Greg Willett Band at Rominger West Winery, 4602 2nd Street, 5:30-8 pm.

Lastly, hops heads can enjoy Beer Geeks beer tasting at $1 per taste or $5 full a full slate at the Davis Food Co-op’s ArtAbout reception for Mehdi Moghaddam’s digital art installation, 6-8 pm. The Davis Food Co-op is located at 620 G Street, and the reception is in the Conference Room.

For more information about 2nd Friday ArtAbout, and to find out about all of the other art walk events, including more specific reception times, visit davisdowntown.com/events/2nd-friday-artabout, or contact ArtAbout Coordinator Melanie Glover at (530) 756-8763. 

Artists interested in displaying work in a Downtown business during a future ArtAbout can fill out an Artist Placement application, also found on the website.

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