Kurt Fishback “Nature Mandalas” Artist Talk and Exhibition

 

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce the solo exhibition “Nature Mandalas” by renowned photographer Kurt Fishback. The exhibition will run throughout the month of August. A special artist reception will be held Sunday, August 14th and will include a special talk by the artist from 1-1:30 pm.

From the Indian language Sanskrit meaning Sacred circle, Mandalas are gateways to our divinity, the God within us from the human perspective and inspired by energy inherent in the Earth and Nature.

A mandala can be used during meditation as an object for focusing attention. The symmetry of the designs tends to draw the attention towards their center, towards our center.

In each Mandala natural elements have been incorporated from photographs made while walking on the Earth. Some of the elements include; trees, stones, grass, sand, water, air, clouds and sky. Light is the most important element, indicative of the energetic life force in everything.

Visages of animal and other spirits emerge in the production of the mandalas as a result of the juxtaposition of the natural elements used. They speak of our connection to the Sky Nation and to the individual medicines of Grand-father Sun, Grandmother Moon, the Thunder Beings, the Cloud People, all planets, galaxies, stars and solar systems.

These Mandalas were made as a part of my daily spiritual practice. Each mandala is available for individual interpretation and discovery of any
personal meaning specific to the individual viewer.
Kurt Edward Fishback, son of photographer Glen Fishback and name sake of photographer Edward Weston, grew up as part of the photographic community in Northern California during the 1940’s and 50’s. Mentors and friends of the family included Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, and Edward Weston. Despite his immersion in the world of photography, Fishback began his artistic career studying ceramic sculpture at Sacramento City College, the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of California, Davis in the 60’s. He first began to experiment with photography in 1962 as a way to document his experiences with other sculptors, but it was not until 1973, when his father invited him to teach at the Glen Fishback School of Photography, that photography became Fishback’s primary mode of expression. Since then he has gathered over 250 environmental portraits of artists in their studios or the space they chose.
Kurt continues to teach photography when he is not too busy maintaining his own artistic career. His first major, one-person exhibit was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern art in 1982. Besides this Kurt has amassed an exhibition record of over 100 solo exhibitions and countless group exhibitions since 1961.

We Are Hiring! Full time Administrative Assistant

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

General:

Under direct supervision of the superintendent/office manager/community outreach director the administrative assistant will be responsible for interaction with the public as well as maintaining financial and internment records of the District. This is a full time position with benefits (medical/dental).

Duties and Responsibilities:

In accordance with all policies and procedures of the Davis Cemetery District, the administrative assistant shall:

  • Assist with sale of plots and interment arrangements
  • Assist with maintaining and updating interment records
  • Maintain/update/organize district documents/records as directed
  • Process deposits
  • Process claims (payables)
  • Process and maintain payroll records and employee records
  • Assist in preparation of monthly financial reports
  • Assist in analysis and reporting of interment data
  • Assist in the preparation of agendas and minutes for board meetings
  • Respond to all calls and/or telephone messages in a timely manner
  • Respond to all written and electronic communications in a timely manner
  • Cooperate and communicate with cemetery staff
  • Maintain clean, inviting office area
  • Projects/additional duties as directed by administrative staff

Skills Required

  • Excellent communication and public relations
  • Friendly and empathetic demeanor
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Intermediate knowledge of bookkeeping, strong math skills
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Keyboarding at 40WPM, minimum
  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook

Please send resume

Davis Cemetery District

820 Pole Line Road, Davis, Ca 95618

cemetery@dcn.org

 

Adele Louise Shaw “Water: a fluent conversation” at Gallery 1855

Gallery 1855 (820 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA) presents the solo exhibition of painter Adele Louise Shaw “Water: a fluent conversation”. The exhibition will run from July 1-July 30th with a special artist reception July 10th, 1-4:00pm.

The water references within the Tao the Ching by Lao Tzu are a strong influence in Shaw’s work. She says: Deeply rooted in the natural world, the Tao speaks an international language of spirit. It is with this same spirit my conversations with water carry on.

These paintings are created with inks and acrylics on paper. Shaw’s signature style uses calligraphic brushwork to draw in rhythm and form; tache brushwork to convey a sense of movement and flickering light: and action painting methods of pouring and trowing paint to transform energy and movement into multiple layers of abstraction. The large compositions envelop the viewer.

This exhibition presents paintings which are stirring, emotional surroundings to be in conversation with. They invoke multiple ideas of passion and longing, force and fury, the dance and the ecstasy. They are a homage to the spiritual truth that water conveys. These paintings invoke our universal emotional and physical connection to water, and connect the viewer to the subject with an elegant, sensual grace spoken with paint.

Small encaustic paintings are also part of the exhibition. Shaw has been working with encaustic paint for 18 years. Her work with encaustic continues to push the boundaries of this ancient medium.

The exhibition will be open to the public July 2 – 29, 2016 M-F 9-3:00pm. The artist will be present for an open house Sunday, July 10th, 1-4pm.

Art Theater of Davis Performance “Neither Romeo Nor Juliet”

The Art Theater of Davis will stage a free performances on July  10th at 12:30pm. This 30-minute program titled “Neither Romeo Nor Juliet,” a collection of short monologues from the history of theater. The performances will coincide with the opening reception of Adele Louise Shaw.

Among the playwrights included in “Neither Romeo Nor Juliet” are Aeschylus, Kālidāsa, Plautus, Wilde, Ibsen, Chekhov and Edna Ferber. The cast will include local actors Shiloh Germano, Justin Mancini, Onyebuchi Okeke, Susan Pitcher, Matt Urban and Valerie Vandrey.

“For this show I wanted to celebrate the history of theater, collaborate with local galleries and give actors more autonomy,” said Timothy Nutter, artistic director of the Art Theater of Davis. “Each actor chose monologues from different eras and authors. The only rule I made was ‘No Shakespeare.’ This will be our most diverse program to date.”

The performance will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road in Davis. It will immediately precede the opening reception for “Water: A Fluent Conversation,” an exhibit of encaustic paintings by Adele Louise Shaw, curated by Kristin Dvorak.

Water references in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching are a strong influence on Shaw’s work. Her signature style uses calligraphic brushwork to draw in rhythm and form, tache brushwork to convey a sense of movement and flickering light, and action painting methods of pouring and trowing paint to transform energy and movement into multiple layers of abstraction.

For more information, visit arttheater.org, yoloarts.org and daviscemetery.org.

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting 06-15-2016

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting Agenda

Date:                           06-15-2016                            

Time:                         4:00 PM         

Location:       820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA

 

Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Stephen Souza, Vice Chairperson Larry Dean, Board members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfield, Bill Marshall

 

Approval of agenda

 

Public comment:

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.

 

Announcements:

 

Approval of minutes: May 18, 2016

 

Consent calendar: None

 

Correspondence: None

 

Superintendent’s Report

 

Community Outreach Update

 

Financial Statements (if available)

 

Old Business: Report of Finance Committee re; FY16-17 Fees and Budget

 

New Business:

  • Consider FY 15-16 Revised Budget
  • Consider FY 16-17 Proposed Budget
  • Nomination and Election of Chair, Vice-Chair and Board Secretary

 

Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting: Chairperson

 

Closed Session: Employee Performance Evaluation

 

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was prepared by Ann McKay, and posted on Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618 by Kristi Dvorak.

Dee Conway “The Continuum” Exhibition

Dee Conway “The Continuum” Exhibition

Exhibition Dates June 1, 2016-June 30, 2016

Artist Reception: June 12th 1-4:00pm

Gallery 1855 offers a special exhibition from artist Dee Conway.  This special exhibition draws from her many influences of nature, art, and the work of her late mentor Johanna Gillman.“The Continuum” will run from June 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 with an opening reception Sunday, June 12th from 1-4:00 p.m.

Dee Conway is a graduate of the B.A. Brooks Institute of Photography. She is an award winning artist whose work has been featured in many prestigious publications and galleries.

“The Continuum” is a personal project that is inspired by Conway’s friendship with her late mentor Johanna Gillman. Johanna Gillman was a fabulous New York artist who spent the last three years of her life in California. Many of the images in the exhibit are a combination of Gillman’s artwork with Conway’s paintings and photography.. In other works she changed the color, tone, or position of Gillman’s work to create something new. Many of the works explore unconventional painting and printing techniques. It is through this project that they can continue their art relationship.

“The Continuum” will run through June 30, 2016 at 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, Ca. The artist’s will be present at the opening reception Sunday, June12th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Works will be for sale by the artist. Light refreshments will be served. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9– 4:00, and by appointment. For additional information www.daviscemetery.org

More information about the artist can be found at http://deeconway.com.

Memorial Day Ceremony May 29th

The Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 and the Davis Cemetery District will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29th, at the Davis Cemetery & Arboretum, 820 Pole Line Road. The Davis Brass Ensemble will perform a medley of patriotic music from 9:30am-10:00am.

Davis Boy Scouts , Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will place the flags on the graves of veterans early that morning and pick them up that evening.

The ceremony will feature the Davis Brass Ensemble, Davis Children’s Chorale and the Davis High School Madrigals, Carol Kessler, and a keynote speaker.
We will be in need of volunteers to aid in the handing out of programs and the removal of flags later in the afternoon. Please contact cemcod@dcn.org if you would like to help.

 

Davis Cemetery District Board May Meeting

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting

Agenda

Date: 05-18-2016

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA

Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Stephen Souza, Vice Chairperson Larry Dean, Board members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfield, Bill Marshall

Approval of agenda

Public comment:

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.

Announcements:

Approval of minutes: April 20, 2016

Consent calendar: None

Correspondence: None

Superintendent’s Report

Community Outreach Update

Financial Statements:

Old Business: Report of Finance Committee re; FY16-17 Fees and Budget

New Business: None

Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting: Chairperson

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618 by Joe Cattarin, Superintendent.

Death Cafe

Everyone is welcome to come to talk about life and death at the upcoming Death Cafe at the Davis Cemetery & Arboretum on Saturday, May 14th 1:30-3:30pm. Every Death Cafe provides a new opportunity to meet with others and each has been unique experience. A Death Cafe provides an open, respectful and friendly atmosphere where people can express views about death, dying and life. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. There is no program, agenda or speaker.

Our objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.

All are welcome and encouraged to bring friends and contribute to the potluck.Cake and other refreshments will be served. Space and hospitality will be provided by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis and the Davis Cemetery District.

Learn more at www.deathcafe.com or contact Laura Thompson of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis at campusministry@uudavis.org or 530-753-2581, ext. 202 or Kristi Dvorak at cemcod@dcn.org and www.daviscemetery.org

 

Death Cafe

Charlie Schneider “Still, in the End” at Gallery 1855

Davis born artist Charlie Schneider exhibition Still, In The End will be held at the Davis Cemetery District and it’s onsite gallery. This mixed media exhibition will involve sculpture, photography, installation and nature from April 30-May 30, 2016. The major themes of this exhibition relate to ideas of community and death and how our ideas of death inform the manner in which we choose to live our lives. The exhibition will run throughout the month of May and there will be a special free artist reception held April 30, 2016 from 1-4:00pm.
Charlie Schneider was born and raised in Davis, California and is now a Los Angeles-based, multi-disciplinary artist. His work integrates elements of ecological, scientific, social, collaborative, and public practices in a wide range of media, including ceramics, sculpture, installation, photography, drawing, and performance. The heart of his artistic practice centers on notions of impermanence and of human relationships to and within place. Schneider has shown work in galleries, outdoor public art exhibitions, and alternative spaces in Europe, Australia, Japan and the United States, and has permanent public installations in Davis, California and Marfa, Texas. Recent residencies include the Kala Institute in Berkeley, Eastside International in Los Angeles, and the Vermont Studio Center. His awards include the 2011 Damien Courtney Young Sculptor Prize at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, in Sydney, Australia, and various awards from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts.
As part of this exhibition the artist invites those who have lost partners or spouses and intend to be interned together at the Davis Cemetery to a special artist-designed event at the Davis Cemetery and Arboretum on April 30, 2016 at 10:30 am. The event is intended to be a gathering to discuss and share stories of both the good and the difficult of love, companionship, and loss, as part of a wider exhibition at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery. Modeled on Richard Long’s seminal piece, A Line Made by Walking (1967) the artist would walk back and forth to create a temporary line tangential to the circle. Visitors would be invited to also create their individual tangent lines, symbolic of their unique linear paths that are nevertheless part of the whole—just as a many tangent lines can create a circle. Please RSVP by April 25th if you wish to participate.

The cemetery grounds are open to the public from sunrise to sunset seven days a week. The onsite gallery is open Monday through Friday 9-3:00pm. For more information please visit www.daviscemetery.org