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Arts & Museums
The Artery, founded in 1974 as an artists' cooperative, continues today with an increasing number of members. The works of art are locally made with an emphasis on quality and uniqueness. The gallery features monthly art exhibits as well as ongoing offerings of ceramic arts, paintings, jewelry, textiles, photography, stone sculptures, wood chip carvings, and much more. Come in to enjoy and discover new art!
The art of ceramics has a history in Davis, many well-known sculptors in this medium live in the town. The John Natsoulas Gallery features work from more than 50 artists. A variety of mediums can be viewed here, from clay to paintings and ceramics to sculptures. The gallery hosts receptions, lectures, tours and more. It also presents visual, language and musical events. Prominent northern California artists have contributed to the gallery's decor with mosaics and murals.
Twenty-five years ago, Pence Gallery was originally a dentist's office. Dr. Pence was an avid art collector; the art he had hung in the waiting and treatment rooms had perhaps a calming effect. In 1975, he donated the building and surrounding grounds to the city of Davis. Today, the gallery with its intimate size bustles with many openings for artists from the Central Valley and of national stature. More than 50 artists, including Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson, have given their time or donated works to support the gallery.
The United States Bicycling Hall of Fame is essentially a bicycle museum, probably the only one in the country. The museum traces the history of bicycling, from a means of transport to a competitive sport through the decades and the various modifications and improvements brought about to the original bicycle. It also contains information about the people who have revolutionized the concept of bicycles and popular bicyclists often give lectures at this museum. A must visit for those interested.
Ensconced in the lower level of the Art building, this gallery features recent acquisitions and past highlights culled from UC Davis' vast fine arts collection. Most of the exhibits are contemporary art. Over time, visitors are treated to such treasures as Hogarth pencil drawings, Robert Arneson works, photography exhibits and much more. The gallery's décor is neutral; therefore, works can be appreciated without distraction. The gallery also features lectures, presentations and other events. Admission is free.
Whimsical, cutting-edge, kitschy, groundbreaking and always providing unique perspectives on popular culture, the works displayed at Design Gallery of UC Davis are produced by artists and curators of international stature, as well as students and faculty. The gallery exhibits strive to provide context and commentary on the juxtaposition of art and culture.
This is one of the few museums in the United States featuring Native American Contemporary Art. Using both unusual and traditional mediums, the artists featured here address issues of environmental destruction and pervasive stereotypes of Native Americans. While respecting Native American traditions of artistic integrity, the messages of these contemporary artists are explicit. Photography, prints, paintings and sculpture are examples of the media at this museum, and many pieces are being publicly shown here for the first time. All exhibits are free.
The Bohart Museum of Entomology has one of the widest insect collections in North America. It has over seven million arthropods specimen on display. It has a wide array of insects from across the world. It also carries out various educational programmes as well as entomology research workshops. Admission in the museum is free and they have special weekend hours. Check website for more.
The displays constantly change at Davis Art Center, which is a bustling cultural center. Works of art hanging on the walls reflect different artists and branches of art every week. Kids in the painting classes are encouraged to experiment and everybody gets to hang their work on the walls. Local artists exhibit their artwork as well. Experimentation is the guiding concept in more than 300 Art Center classes and workshops. Classes are offered in acrylic painting, dance and more. Prices vary for classes.
The museum is set in a grove of ancient olive trees. The building is supported by massive Ionic pillars around the front porch. Throughout the museum are various 1850-1930 artifacts and furnishings. Exhibits feature the history of Yolo County and change on a regular basis. To the rear, a complete working blacksmith shop still supplies specialized ironwork for local farmers. In addition, the museum has outbuildings that display agriculture and items used during the 1850-1930 era.
For a glimpse into the past, check out the huge showroom floor at Hays Antique Truck Museum. You will see everything from a 1903 Knox, one of the first trucks ever built, to more than 100 makes of lovingly restored old trucks. The museum opened back in 1977 and each year it has witnessed volunteers flock to restore the dozens of old trucks.
Housing a vast collection of gas station pumps, Reiff's Gas Station Museum is one of its kind. Established in 2000, owner Mark Reiff converted his home into this attraction, that gives guests a glimpse into the 1950s car owner's lifestyle. The museum features antique pumps, 1956 Chevy tow truck and various sign boards. The exhibits also include a recreation of the 1950s garage, general store, diner and a movie theater that was gutted down in 1958.