à la Mode

June 8 – July 27, 2017

As part of the 30th celebration of the Davis Arts Center building, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Tsao Gallery with the exhibit titled à la Mode.  The group exhibition features contemporary work by artists that have shown in the Tsao gallery as well as the halls of Davis Arts Center.  In addition to the artwork, many primary source materials from the artists’ initial exhibitions will be on display.  à la Mode, literally defined as “in fashion” or “in style” in French also has the double meaning in North America of “topped with ice-cream” – both meanings that seem apropos.

The exhibition features the work of Sandra Beard, Joy Bertinuson, Gayle BonDurant, Julia Couzens, Magdalene Crivelli, Andy Cunningham, Fred Dalkey, Chris Daubert, Dean De Cocker, Julie Didion, Fernando Duarte, Hannah Hunter, Diana Jahns, Dixie Laws, Barbetta Lockart, Brenda Louie, Paul Lynch, Terry Nathan, Diane Richey-Ward, Rebecca Ryland, Jared Tolla, Dave Webb and Patricia Wood.

There will be two 2nd Second Friday Receptions.  The June 8 reception, from 6-8 pm, will feature snacks and refreshments.  The July 14 reception, also from 6-8pm, will be the artists’ reception and most of the artists are expected to attend.  Both receptions are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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Andy Cunningham. “Like Sliced Bread” 2017.


When the building was originally proposed to the Davis City Council, the first item that defined the role of the Center was that of a gallery.  The gallery was conceived to display work by professional artists and as well as feature work by the community.  Something that was unique at the time.  Today the gallery continues to present a blend of professional and community based exhibits – something which is still unique in the gallery world.  Those that visit the gallery often wonder about its name, Tsao.  The gallery was named after prominent local gallerist Makepeace Tsao, whose hard work, vision and support provided the strong foundation for the gallery to flourish.

This exhibit is funded in part by a City of Davis Community Arts Grant.

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