Opening of new exhibitions at The Artery and The Barn Gallery

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Davis’ Artery will present “Memories in Wood and Paper”, featuring striking Japanese prints of fish (Gyotaku) by Chistopher Dewees and beautiful woodcarvings by Tom Thompson.

With this exhibit, Dewees will honor Thompson who died in 2020 of COVID-19, according to a press release from The Artery.

Dewees, an emeritus marine fisherman at UC Davis, began creating Japanese fish prints in 1968 and has since seen his works exhibited widely in galleries around the world, including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Thompson received his VMD from UC Davis in 1965 and successfully ran a veterinary practice in Richmond until his retirement in 1992.

“Sharing their common passion for fishing and creating art, Chris and Tom have spent many years angling from Tom’s old wooden boat in San Francisco Bay,” the press release reads. “Tom’s Wyoming Nursing Home also provided excellent river fishing for the couple. Chris printed the fish they caught together and Tom cut up Chris’ catches, including those from New Zealand, California and Mexico.

“Memories in Wood and Paper” will open at The Artery, located at 207 G St., on July 1 and run through August 1. An artists’ reception will be held on Friday, July 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. coincide with the Davis Second Friday ArtAbout.

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A new exhibition at The Barn Gallery in Woodland is expected to bring together a diverse group of artists to create an exciting and unexpected visual experience.

“Vibrant Exploration: Works in Representational Abstraction” will open with a meet-the-artists reception on Thursday, June 23. and Manuel Fernando Rios.

The exhibit was curated by longtime friends Omar Thor Arason, assistant professor of art at Sacramento State and Sierra College and Manuel Fernando Rios, associate professor of art at Woodland Community College.

“Omar and Manuel have brought together such an accomplished group of local artists whose works truly reflect the title of the show,” said Janice Purnell, Creative Director of YoloArts. “Not only is the work vibrant, but it explores an array of compelling, multi-layered themes.”

Arason and Rios have collaborated on two-person, inspiration-sharing shows over the years and are both heavily involved in the art communities that span from Sacramento to the Bay Area. Educators were inspired to ask artists from these communities to participate in this exhibition.

The curators noted that all artists share a common aesthetic in these visual expressions.

“Over the 17 years of our friendship, we have noticed that not only do we have similar approaches in our compositions, but despite our remarkably different backgrounds, we share a very similar taste and admiration for contemporary visual art that combines abstraction , a non-objective gestural brushstroke with more recognizable figurative elements anchored in surreal space,” Arason and Rios said in their joint artist statement.

The exhibit continues at the Barn Gallery, located at 512 Gibson Rd., through August 20.

The artists’ reception will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. Music, light refreshments and wine will be available. Arason and Rios will be guest speakers on Thursday, July 21 at the YoloArts trade show series. The talk will take place at The Barn Gallery from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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The Davis Musical Theater Company is set to open “The Music Man,” the final show of the 2021-22 season, this Friday at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center in Davis.

“The Music Man” tells the story of a fast-talking street vendor as he tries to swindle the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy band that he undertakes to organize. His plans to leave town with the money are foiled when he falls in love with Marian the librarian who turns him into a respectable citizen.

“The Music Man” plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., from June 24 to July 17. All shows are held at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center located at 607 Pena Drive in East Davis. Tickets are $18 for general and $16 for students and seniors (55+). They can be purchased online at dmtc.org or by calling (530) 756-3682.

For more information, please visit dmtc.org.

Center Stage is a column exploring the arts in and around Yolo County.

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