The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento is set to launch a full schedule of fun summer activities including ArtMix parties, Jazz Night at the Crocker outdoor concert series, Movies Off the Wall, Art and Soul Sundays and more.
On June 25, the Crocker Art Museum will also host New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, who pays tribute to painter Wayne Thiebaud. Thiebaud earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sacramento State University before teaching at Sacramento City College and UC Davis, influencing numerous art students.
Kimmelman, formerly the Times chief art critic, covered much of Thiebaud’s career, including the painter’s obituary after his death last December. Kimmelman will speak about the life and work of Thiebaud from 2 p.m
Wayne Thiebaud: A Celebration, 1920-2021 is currently on view at Crocker at 216 E St. through August 7. Tickets and more information can be found at https://www.crockerart.org/exhibitions/wayne-thiebaud.
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The Crocker Art Museum will also host art labs for teens starting June 23.
Young people who are interested in artistic professions or simply have a passion for the visual arts are invited to participate in any or all of the creative workshops on offer. Attendees will have the opportunity to experiment with different mediums and explore works on display from Crocker’s collection to stimulate and stimulate topics of discussion.
Crocker employees and local artists will also stop by to share their creative career paths and different ways of making art.
The labs will take place from June 23 to August 4 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Thursdays. The workshops will take place on the second and fourth Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m
Classes are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Further information and online registration can be found at https://www.crockerart.org/calendar/6/22/classes.
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The Pence Gallery in Davis is showing a new exhibition of watercolors by artist Frank Bettendorf.
Titled Frank Bettendorf: The Last Road Show, the exhibition features paintings featuring a selection of abandoned buildings, railroad cars and trucks, and roadside sights. Inspired by memories of his earlier explorations of the West, his landscapes create a sense of place and unique character.
The paintings are on view through June 26, with a reception on June 10 from 6pm to 9pm
Also coming to the Pence Gallery, located at 212 D St., “Found” will showcase the practice of using found or recycled objects to create sculpture, also known as assemblage.
Artists from the Sacramento region to the Bay Area have practiced this art form since the 1950s, using recycled materials to stimulate a vast network of associations, from the personal to the political. The multi-artist exhibition runs from June 10th to August 14th. There will be a reception on July 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
Also on June 11 from 2pm to 3pm there will be a curators talk presenting a brief history of the practice of assemblage or sculpture of found objects, followed by a guided tour of Found. Participation in the lecture is free, but donations are welcome.
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Gallery 625 in Woodland has a new exhibition open to the public featuring expansive landscapes and picturesque images.
“Wanderlust” shows the works of six artists who take the viewer on an adventure through their works in acrylic, oil, pastel and watercolor. Viewers are transported to the scenic beauty of their own backyards as the artists celebrate the California coast, Lake Tahoe and the back roads of Yolo County to locations across the United States and on to the landscapes of France, Italy, Spain and beyond .
The exhibit will be on view at Gallery 625 at 625 Court St. in the Yolo County Erwin Meier Administration Building through August 2. The artworks can also be viewed and purchased online at yoloarts.org/online-galleries.
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