Dia De Los Muertos at the Davis Cemetery District

The community is invited to the annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road.

This celebration is one of the last Mesoamerican indigenous influenced rituals, honoring mother earth and all ancestors. This celebration is part of an effort to create community, a sense of belonging, and global awareness of cultural richness in a multicultural society.

The festivities will include Danza by Kulpulli Tlayolotl, Marachi Puente, Escritores del Nuevo Sol poets, Zapato Viejo led by David Campos, Free Range Singers.

Traditional hot chocolate and pan dulce treats also will be provided. Guests can also purchase tamales and churros.

There will be a collective altar honoring all ancestors. This event is free and open to the public and everyone is welcome to contribute to the altar or create their own.

For more information or to display an altar on Oct. 22, contact event co-coordinator Melissa Moreno at mmmorenophd@gmail.com or Kristi Dvorak, Community Outreach Director, at cemcod@dcn.org.

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Gene Kennedy Solo Exhibition “Reflect and Repeat: Images from the Gladding, Mc Bean Factory

Join us Sunday, October 15th for the opening reception for photography Gene Kennedy. His solo exhibition “Reflect and Repeat: Images from the Gladding, McBean Factory” will run throughout the month of October. Come meet the artist, enjoy his works and experience the most unique gallery location in town. The afternoon artist reception will include a free concert with the New Harmony Jazz Band.

Gene Kennedy has been photographing for more than forty-five years. He gained recognition nationally for his photography of the evolving California Landscape. Regionally I am known as a photography of the evolving California landscape. Regionally he is celebrated as a photographer, teacher, gallery, administrator and former director of the popular Gladding McBean Photography Workshops.

Gene’s photographic projects have focused on the man-impacted environment, with a few nods of appreciation to the natural world, and the occasional touch of humor. His documentary-style landscape reside in the collections of the California State Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.

“It makes sense in a place whose job is to make multiple identical copies of products, ranging from roof tiles to gigantic sewer pipes to delicate figures for architectural decoration that pictures made in that place might also reflect the same repetitious quality. That is, repetitious in the best sense of the word. Such was my intent in selecting the images for this show. Most of them have never been exhibited before, but a few old favorites also appear.

The Gladding, McBean & Co. factory, in the Placer County town of Lincoln, opened in 1875 and has operated continuously since then, surviving two World Wars and the Great Depression. Starting as a clay pipe manufacturer, “the pottery” expanded its product line and by the end of the 19th century was producing architectural Terra cotta ornamentation for buildings, most notably after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Ernest Hopkins, columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, said in July, 1928:  “From a hole in the ground, here in the lower end of Placer County, the modern city of San Francisco has come.” (Not to mention thousands of other buildings in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle, and places as far-fetched as New York, Chicago, Tokyo and London.

I was privileged to be able to organize and lead photographic workshops at Gladding, McBean for 16 years. Close to 300 enthusiastic photographers made it into the pottery during that time, and many of them came back time after time after time, simply because they weren’t finished taking pictures there. If we had been able to continue after 2011, I’m sure many of them would have come back again.

I’m sure all those photographers would join me in expressing their sincere gratitude to the workers and management of Gladding, McBean for the extraordinary gift of being allowed to visit and photograph this magical place.”

Gallery 1855 is located at the historic Davis Cemetery District office at 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA. . It is a non-profit community space that celebrates local artists  as well it’s unique history. For more information about upcoming exhibitions please go to www.daviscemetry.org.

Gallery 1855 June Exhibition: Hand of Man by F/8 Photography Group

Gallery 1855, 820 Pole Line Road, announces the F/8 photography group art exhibition featuring local artists Anne Miller, Dave L. Robertson, Richard Haliburton, Dennis McCoy, Joseph Finkleman, Tim Messick, Rob Floerke and Michael Radin.

The collection, centering on the theme “Hand of Man,” will run throughout June. The show features each artists’ interpretation of the theme. Davis artist Tim Messick photographed man-made things that have been altered somewhat by time and the elements. Photographer Anne Miller’s work started with a man-made surface and the work ultimately becomes something else in her treatment of the subject. While nature enthusiast Robert Floerke’s images explore the past and mystery of the “Ancient Ones’ or Anasazi.

A free artists reception will be held Sunday, June 11th, from 1 to 4 p.m. The show is inspired by the 1930s’ famous group of photographers that lived in and around San Francisco that called themselves the F/64 club. It wasn’t that they actually used this very small f/stop but rather it was the idea of infinite depth of field that intrigued them. Before, for decades, photography had many adherents to a romantic soft-focus or selective-focus style. Using a small aperture meant that there wasn’t a specific obvious plane of focus, thus the viewer could make their own choice on what was important to them about the image and not be told by the photographer where to look.
It is in this spirit that this group of largely Yolo County photographers have come together to critique each other’s work. The eight artists all have different interests and visions, but one common passion is to perfect and develop their specific talents.
All ages are welcome and encouraged to visit the gallery, located on the grounds of the Davis Cemetery. For more information, visit https://davisgallery1855.wordpress.com.

Summertime Group Art Exhibition

 

Gallery 1855 is shaking off its winter doldrums with its first annual “Summertime” exhibition. Local artists from all mediums have shared their interpretation of this wonderful season. The show includes photography, painting and collage works to name a few. Exhibition will run from May 4th-May 31st.  The reception will be held on Sunday, May 21st from 1-4:00 pm. Grab a friend and enjoy an afternoon of delightful work from some of your favorite artists. Artists include:  Linda Ayre, Mary Ellen Bauer, Koel Breslin, Pearl Caysentes, Simon Dvorak, Dalia Frank, Donald Hartman, Mark Howell, Charles V. Mcdonald, Mary Ann Montague,  Barbara Mortkowitz,  Diane Mohar, Cathie James-Robinson, Lin Lindert, Ann Privateer, Marguerite Schaffron, Susan Scholey, Cathy Speck, Crystal Vagnier, and Thelma Weatherford

Gallery 1855 is a non-profit fine art gallery located at the Davis Cemetery District office at 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, Ca. Information about the gallery can be found at www.daviscemetery.org . All works that are for sale go directly to the artist.

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The Seagull By Anton Chekhov A Free Theater Performance

The Art Theater of Davis will present its next show, “The Seagull,” outdoors at the Davis Cemetery under a full moon.

Performances are planned for 7 p.m.,

Saturday through Tuesday, May 6-9, at the cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road in Davis. The show is free. Seating is outdoors, first-come, first-served.

The May 7 performance will be preceded by a short talk with actors and artists from the production team, emceed by Andy Jones, poet laureate of Davis, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting approximately 20 minutes. The show will immediately follow. Davis Media Access will record the performance on May 9.

The unusual performance schedule, spaced a month apart, is designed around the expected full moon that will be visible in the sky during the performances.
Timothy Nutter, artistic director of Art Theater of Davis, is co-producing this show with Kristi Dvorak, community outreach director at the Davis Cemetery.

“We think the cemetery can be a great venue for outdoor theater, and we’re hoping this event can help more people in Davis see the cemetery and its arboretum as a destination generally,” Nutter said.

“We’re also arranging to set up the seating risers and theater chairs (as at Third Space) out on the lawn behind the gallery so that people will have a comfortable place from which to watch the play.”

Thanks to a grant from the Davis Civic Arts Program, the Art Theater of Davis is able to pay the 12 actors and other staff small stipends for their work on this show.

This classic Russian play from 1896 mixes comedy and drama, bringing to life a dozen contrasting characters on a country estate at the turn of the century.

In “The Seagull,” Anton Chekhov dramatizes the conflict of generations by setting two successful and conservative artists — Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina and Boris Trigorin — against two young, idealistic, aspiring artists — Konstantin Gavrilovich and Nina Zarechnaya.

“We are lucky to have many fine actors working with us on this show,” Nutter said.

ATD stalwarts will recognize Lisa Halko, in the role of Arkadina, who was most recently seen with ATD as Aline in “The Master Builder.” Shane Osterhoudt, Moliére in “Impromptu,” will play Konstantin, Arkadina’s son. Joaquin Murrieta and Veronica Jarboe, both new to ATD, will play Trigorin and Nina.

“In typical Chekhovian fashion, these characters are complemented by a net of family, friends and servants, whose interlocking relationships deflect, interrupt and complicate the central plot line,” Nutter said.

Completing the ensemble will be Jennifer McSpadden as Polina, Phillip Stommel as Dr. Dorn, Kevin Toole as Sorin, Megan McMullan as Masha, Nathaniel Sternbergh as Medvedenko, Geoffrey Albrecht as Shamraev, Pietro Bolla as Yakov and Scarlet O’Connor as the Maid.

This show will feature original music composed by Jonathan Favero. Costumes will be designed by Joanna Johnson and Tim Kerbavaz will serve as technical director.

As in past productions, the show will use an original translation/adaptation of Chekhov’s script, which Nutter wrote with the assistance of Marina Shatskikh, a student of Russian literature at UC Davis.

Call to Artists “Summertime” Group Art Exhibition this May 2017

Calling all artists, Gallery 1855 is holding an open call for our non-juried group exhibition “Summertime”.  We will be shaking off our winter doldrums with this new group exhibition which will run from May 1st-May 30th.
A party and artist reception will be held May 21st from 1-4 pm.  This show will be open to all ages and to professionals and amateurs. Submit work that illustrated the theme whether that be travel, heat, farmers markets, friends and family.

Work must be delivered and be ready to be hung by April 28th. Please contact Kristi Dvorak at cemcod@dcn.org for more information.

Gallery 1855 is a non-profit gallery featuring a number of internationally recognized artists each year. We are located on the historic grounds of the Davis Cemetery District at 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, Ca. More information can be found at www.daviscemetery.org

Through the Lens of Teen: Da Vinci Charter School Exhibition

Gallery 1855 welcomes all to come see the magnificent photos taken by AP Photo Students at Da Vinci Charter Academy. “Through the Lens of a Teen” will be on exhibit throughout the month of January. A reception will be held Sunday, January 15th from 1-4:00pm. The show will feature multiple works from nine young photographers. The show will consist of both digital and silver gelatin prints and explore a variety of subject matters. All sales will go directly to the artists of the AP Da Vinci Art program.

The exhibit opens on January 2, reception Jan 15th and is open through rest of January. The gallery is located on 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, Ca. Come support the next generation of artists.

Donations

The Davis Cemetery & Arboretum is always in need of continuous care and restoration. Donations are tax deductible our Tax ID# 472353081 Donations  are always appreciated. Please make checks payable to Davis Cemetery District and mail to:

Davis Cemetery & Arboretum

820 Pole Line Road,

Davis, Ca 95618

For more information e-mail the Davis Cemetery & Arboretum or call (530) 756-7807.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to restoring the gardens or assist at the numerous cultural and educational events please email Kristi Dvorak at cemcod@dcn.org

Celebration of Life Concert and Art Festival

 

New Harmony Jazz Band

The eighth annual Celebration of Life Concert and Art Festival will take place on Sunday, September 18th at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District. This is a free event that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy. There will be special music performances by New Harmony Jazz Band and a non-juried group art show.

Over thirty artist have contributed to this one of a kind group show. Works reflect the general theme of “Celebration of Life”. All are welcome to experience throughout the month of September. Visit the gallery Monday- Friday 9-3:00pm and enjoy the free concert and reception Sunday, September 18th from 1-4:00pm.

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.