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Z.L. Feng's “Carlton” is in the Pence Gallery's “Water + Color National Juried Exhibit 2020,” which features 38 paintings by 20 artists. Courtesy photo

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Pence Gallery: Making magic with water and color

365体育滚球For those of you who’ve ever struggled with controlling a blob of watercolor pigment — adding water or taking it away — you know that watercolor is a truly challenging medium. Those ubiquitous trays from childhood with the hard watercolor pans? The artists whose work is on display at the Pence now are way beyond those in terms of supplies. And the textures, reflections and objects they can create with a bit of water and color are pretty remarkable.

This Friday, the Pence will unveil its first ever-juried exhibit of watercolor paintings by master artists from across the U.S., selected by artist Sandy Delehanty, who has exhibited her paintings in more than 25 solo gallery shows and in countless group shows. Her paintings have been juried into more than 50 national and international competitions, including the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York City in 2018 and 2019. She was awarded California Watercolor Association Signature Status in 2011, and American Women Artist Signature Status in 2018. She serves on the board of directors of The American Women Artists. As a watercolor instructor, Sandy has taught in Bali, France, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Hawaii and California.

The exhibit, titled “Water + Color National Juried Exhibit 2020,” features 38 paintings completed exclusively in watercolor or gouache (opaque watercolor) by 20 artists. A few of these stellar artists, such as Marieke deWaard and Matt Connors, even live in Davis or close by, whereas about half live outside of California.

365体育滚球The show is sponsored by Bob and Joanne Andresen, and is on view from Feb. 14 to March 31, with an opening from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Sandy will share her insights into jurying, as well as her own art, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in a free talk at the Pence.

Linda Clark Johnson’s “Lily of the Nile” is in the Pence Gallery’s “The Printed Realm” group exhibit featuring 21 artists who all work in printmaking.
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Moving upstairs, “The Printed Realm” is a group exhibit featuring 21 artists who all work in printmaking. One of my favorites is Linda Clark Johnson’s print titled “Lily of the Valley.” Johnson works with cyanotype, a photographic printing process that creates a blueprint. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. Artists today have adapted this older process, which uses artificial or natural light to create a direct print onto a sheet of paper coated with ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide.

Participating artists include Tim Barrera, Arisa Bunanan, Sohyung Choi, Linda Clark Johnson, Deziree Dizon, Aster Foley, Vanesa Gingold, Joanna Kidd, Stephanie Kocsik, Doug Lawler, Dixie Laws, Laura Morton, Julia Rigby, Rebecca Rippon, Stephanie Scott, Jan Schnurr, Marti Schoen, Susan Silvester, Kristian Talley, Katherine Venturelli, and Dorothy Yuki. The exhibit is on display through Feb. 23.

Both exhibits have a public reception on Valentine’s Day, from 6 to 9 p.m., as part of the Second Friday ArtAbout in downtown Davis. To spice things up, Davis Downtown is hosting a Wine Walk, and if you stop by the Pence first, you can pick up your free wine glass and a map to start off. A raffle of a basket with gifts from local businesses is also happening that night. Live music by local favorite Xylocopa and free V-day card making at the Pence rounds out the fun for all ages. Not to miss: the month of February is Pence member month, so stop by to pick up a special 25% discount card, good for gift-shop items.

— Natalie Nelson is the executive director and curator of the Pence Gallery; her column is published monthly.

Marieke deWaard’s “Fish Hatchery” is in the Pence Gallery’s “Water + Color National Juried Exhibit 2020.”
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