Amber Aguirre 365 Bunny Heads

Amber Aguirre’s 365 bunny heads:

Price: $100 each (shipping not included) *

to purchase or for more information please contact the John Natsoulas Gallery at :

(530) 756.3938 or email us at



























Jon Gariepy

I have spent many magical hours exploring harbors and quiet old boatyards and am especially moved by aged and battered vessels. There’s a kind of meditative energy emanating from them. I imagine that our human energy is absorbed by the objects we love and spend a lot of time with, and then, as they decay these objects release that energy into the atmosphere — the joy of a fair wind and a sunny day, the love of sailing, the love of making a living on the water. And there’s the sadness at the end of a day for the mortality of all things.


I’m currently absorbed with the preciousness and beauty of our moment to moment experience, and yet, given this, the human propensity for folly. While dealing with concept and personal truth, my aim is to make something unusual and interesting, using the most elementary tools and techniques.


3rd Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century-2012


The 3rd Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century Conference and Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: February 29 – April 21 , 2012

Conference Date: March 9th and 10th, 10 am-7 pm

Opening Reception: March 9th, 7 – 10pm

“This is the kind of educational, intellectual event one expects from museums or universities, but which public institutions seem less and less able to provide”. –Artweek Magazine

The Art of Painting in the 21st Century is an annual conference, in it’s third year, and is geared towards nurturing dialog on contemporary painting and the shared ideas that define current trends in the field. Many painters work alone, an isolated process that deprives the artist of thriving debate until the work is shown. The conference provides a unique venue for artists to participate in panel discussions, breakout groups and attend lectures by some of the most exciting visionaries in the field, including Enrique Chagoya, Guy Diehl, Bruce Everett, Gay Powers, Kara Maria, Richard Whitten, and many others with the lectures being moderated by Dr, Jeffrey Ruda. Six downtown Davis student exhibitions, curated by the instructors of Northern California universities and colleges, are meant to encourage youth participation and community involvement.

In an intimate setting, interact with top artist in a way not possible elsewhere. UC Davis, home to artist Roy de Forest, Roland Peterson, Wayne Thiebaud, and Robert Arneson, was instrumental in defining a new direction for a uniquely West Coast style. Nowhere else in the country will the participant be able to interact and discuss the purity of painting in one place. Meet face-to-face with distinguished artists you might only read about; see and hear what makes them the top of their field. No other conference lets the participants discuss and comment on modern painting with such inspired knowledge and insight.

The exhibitions begin the afternoon of March 9th, 2012, with opening receptions at each of the locations in the evening. The majority of the educational events will take place Saturday, March 10th, from 10am to 8pm, and are filled with panel discussions, lectures and breakout groups intended for all conferees. Saturday evening includes book signings by the artists and a small reception for those who attended the conference. The conference’s goal is to gather artists from varying communities, allowing for open interaction between young students and professionals in the field, fostering the strong tradition of painting and culture in the Northern California region.


John Natsoulas Gallery

521 First St, Davis CA 95616


30 Ceramic Sculptors 2012


CCACA 2012

23rd Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art

April 27 – April 29, 2012



This annual conference is the largest professional art function in the region, hosted by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts. It is a ceramics weekend of over 50 exhibitions, many hands-on clay demonstrations and interactive clay events. The important thing about this weekend is that in two days, visitors can see the biggest collection of student work from over 50 schools, as well as established artists. Featured artists will include; Eusebio Lozano, Tony Marsh, Judy Onofrio, John Roloff, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Kensuke Yamada, and Bryan Van Sell. This grassroots conference and festival will give everyone an opportunity to view work by students of every level of learning and well-known artists. Entering into its 22nd year, this event continues to bring the leading national and international ceramic artists to Northern California for a weekend of creative instruction and collaboration. Kevin Nierman, artist, teacher and founder of the Kids N’ Clay Pottery Studio in Berkeley, will present free hands-on workshops for kids, allowing children of all ages to experiment and interact with clay.

Beyond the ceramics packed weekend and 50 exhibitions of participating artists, there are many interesting pieces at the University including Robert Arneson’s “Eggheadss” and at the Peter J. Shields Library, which holds several works by Arneson, Roy de Forest, William T. Wiley, Wayne Thiebaud and others.

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts will hold its annual gallery-wide 30 Ceramics Sculptors exhibition in concurrence with the conference. The work will be on display from April 20-May 28, 2012. This exhibition was first conceived in 1986, a collaboration between the late Robert Arneson and John Natsoulas, and continues the ceramic traditions made famous by instructors and students of the University of California, Davis Art Department and the University of California, Davis and local ceramic artists.


FEBRUARY 2012 PRESS: BARK! & Roy de Forest

John Natsoulas Gallery

521 1st St. Davis, CA 95616 ~ (530) 756-3938


Exhibition Dates: February 1st– February 25th

Opening Reception: February 10th,  7pm-9pm


The John Natsoulas Gallery has had a long history of working with dog imagery. For the month of February, “Bark!: An Artistic View of Man’s Best Friend”. This exhibition will be showing dog pieces from many local artists including: Robert Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud, David Gilhooly, Robert Ransom, Arthur Gonzales, Esther Shimazu, Jeffrey Downing, Stephen Braun, Avery Palmer, Amber Aguirre, Rene Martucci, and many, many more. In conjunction with “Bark!”, we have a solo exhibition by the world-renowned dog artist, Roy De Forest.

Dogs have a long history of being involved in art. Many artists have included dogs into their works including Picasso, Gaugin, and Lautrec. Dogs are beloved to many artists and their patrons. Going back to the 18th and 19th century, nobleman and royals would have their dog companions immortalized by artists. Even going back to 2008 b.c., there have been paintings on the walls of caves featuring dogs with their owners. Dog paintings have helped authors view and trace dog lineage and breed genealogy through the years.

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