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August 2019

The Life & Work of Glenn Takai

August 21 - September 21

Opening Reception September 7th 2019 - 7 to 9 pm Glenn Takai was a Japanese American ceramic artist born in 1947. As one of the foremost figures in the funk art movement, his work favors bold colors and loosely-articulated figures. In a move to divert the destructive path he had fallen onto during his teenage years, Takai reached out for some discipline that would support survival and change in the late 60’s. “Art was a thing that I felt could…

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September 2019

Guston Abright & Julie Smiley Exhibition

September 25 - October 26

Opening Reception September 28th, 7 to 9 pm Julie Smiley was born in Crescent City, California in 1977. Smiley’s main work is in oil painting, though she has often mixed media.  Smiley completed an MFA in Visual Arts Education from Ohio State University, received her teaching credential from Humboldt State University, CA, and has dual BAs in Studio Arts and Communication Arts from Gordon College, MA.  Smiley’s work is greatly influenced by her sensitivity to relationships between people and physical…

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Beat Generation & Beyond

September 25 - October 26

This collection is the premier Beat movement exhibition in the region. Combining visual art and ephemera, this multidisciplinary celebration evokes the true spirit of the Beat art movement. Beat Generation exhibition which includes broadsides, books, sculptures, and paintings. It also includes never-before-seen photos and ephemera of Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, the Six Gallery, and the King Ubu Gallery. The exhibition runs from September 25th to October 26th at the John Natsoulas Gallery in downtown Davis. Don't…

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October 2019

Jazz & Beat Festival 2019

October 11 - October 12
John Natsoulas Gallery,

The Davis Jazz & Beat Festival is returning for its 12thyear. Experience live jazz, poetry readings, and performance painting on two stages at the John Natsoulas Gallery on October 11thand 12th! This interactive, multidisciplinary festival features over 50 musicians and artists- including the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Gary Snyder. Friday Night October 11th: 7 pm- Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder reading and book signing 8 pm- Winners of the Jack Kerouac Poetry Competition music by Tony Passarell & Keith Cary…

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Shalene Valenzuela Exhibition

October 30 - November 30

Shalene Valenzuela was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She received a BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. Her work will be on display at the John Natsoulas Gallery from October 30th to November 30th. Join us for the opening reception of this exhibition on November 9th from 7 to 9 pm! Also on display will be works by Wayne Thiebaud. "My…

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Works by Wayne Thiebaud

October 30 - November 30

Join us at the opening reception on November 9thfrom 7 to 9 pm! In conjunction with his 99thbirthday, the John Natsoulas Gallery will feature an exhibition exploring the life and career of Wayne Thiebaud.  Various works on paper, ephemera, photos, and original works of art will be on display for the public. Free admission. All ages welcome.   From his early cartoon drawings to his famous later work, this comprehensive exhibition features pieces from every period of Wayne Thiebaud’s career.…

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December 2019

Ted Fontaine, Philippe Gandiol & Robert Haemmerling

December 4 - December 28

Join us this December to celebrate the work of Ted Fontaine, Phillippe Gandiol and Robert Haemmerling! Each artist is outstanding in their field and brings something unique to the table. With a mix of painting and sculpture, this exhibition truly has something for everyone. The collection runs from December 4th through December 28th, 2019. Ted Fontaine Fontaine has always been interested in the transformed commercial/industrial environment as a means to discover an aesthetic beyond the face value ugliness that a…

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