Weekender: Art, Music, Books on Tap This Weekend

Farmer's Pick
Farmer's Pick Award: Against the Storm (photograph/David Nasater)

There is no shortage of art and music this entire month, including Thursday night's talk and presentation as part of the Thiebaud lecture series at the Manetti Shrem Thursday night. And don't forget the noon concert at Pitzer.

YoloArts Art Farm Gala is Friday

YoloArts is celebrating 11 years of farm visits Friday, Nov. 2, 6 - 9 p.m. at Hotel Woodland, 436 Main St. in downtown Woodland during the 11th Annual Art Farm Gala, a fundraiser for the arts and land preservation. 

Artwork inspired by Yolo County farmlands including work created on site by artists who visit all corners of Yolo County with the Art and Ag project will be available for harvest and auction at the event, including photographs of goats from Jesara Farms in Woodland; and the vineyards of Matchbook Winery in Zamora; watercolor from Elkhorn Basin Ranch in West Sacramento, and fused glass inspired by Mezger Zinnia Patch in Yolo. Artwork by juried award winners Gail Thelin, David Nasater, and Richard Yang will be included among the 124 works by 87 artists.  

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will continue through October 31 at Gallery 625 in Woodland, open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Small bites with wine and beer tastings from over twenty local farms, restaurants, wineries and breweries including: Farm Fresh to You, Full Belly Farms, Good Humus Produce, Pure All Nature Honey, Sola Bee Farms, Blue Note Brewing Company, Bogle Vineyards & Winery, Capay Valley Vineyards, Carvalho Family Winery, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Elevation Ten, Heringer Estates Winery, Lois Rae Wines, Ludy’s, Matchbook Wine Company, Perry Creek Winery, Seka Hills, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Three Wine Company, Turkovich Family Wines, Yolo Brewing Company, Cracchiolo’s Catering & Market, El Rey Chile Company, Father Paddy’s, Kitchen 428, Las Brasas, Nugget Market, Savory Café, Upper Crust Bakery, and Z Specialty Foods.

Live music will be provided by Yolo Mambo!.

Shovels for art harvesting are $250 and provide entrance for two (including food and wine tastings) and the opportunity to harvest an original work of art with a value of at least $250. Tickets are $40 and include food and wine ($35 for YoloArts members). All attendees will take home a gift bag filled with farm products from Bright People Foods, Haag Farms, Pacific Coast Producers, Panorama Meats, Pasture 42, Sola Bee Farms, USDA, Yolo Land and Cattle Co., Z Specialty Foods and more. To purchase tickets go to yoloarts.org or call 530-309-6464.

Proceeds raised by the Art Farm Gala support YoloArts' Art & Ag program, The Yolo Land Trust, and Yolo Farm to Fork. 

Muralist Montoya will speak and sign books Saturday

Malaquias Montoya, a local social-justice artist and University of California, Davis, professor emeritus, will give a talk and sign books from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 3

The event is at the Vacaville Museum, 213 Buck Ave.

Montoya’s exhibit, “Women I Have Encountered,” is on display at the museum until March 8.

For more information on the artist, visit www.malaquiasmontoya.com. For more information about the author’s talk, call the museum at 530-447-4513.

Chicago music collective performs at Pitzer Thursday and Friday

Ensemble Dal Niente, a 22-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective, performs works by graduate student composers of UC Davis.  Free Shinkoskey Noon Concert. http://arts.ucdavis.edu/shinkoskey-noon-concerts

And Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., the group performs a paid concert at the same venue, the Ann E. Pitzer Center Recital Hall. $24 adults, $12 students and children. Open seating.

American Beauty and Bounty opens at the Crocker

Raymond Dabb Yelland, Moonrise over Seacoast at Pacific Grove, 1886. Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 in. Collection of the Oakland Museum of California, Gift of the estate of Helen Hathaway White and the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. A75.131.

The Crocker Art Museum announces the opening of “American Beauty and Bounty,” an exhibition of 19th-century American paintings that are as treasured for their aesthetic as for their national importance. Through Jan. 27.

Open for public view starting this week, this exhibition features 27 works from an iconic, private collection of pastoral landscapes, masterfully painted still lifes, and narrative genre scenes (depictions of daily life) that, when shown together, provide unique perspectives of a peaceful and hopeful nation during a period of economic growth, the American Civil War, and the late 19th century. The gift of this art by Southern California collectors to the Crocker constitutes the most important gift of American art from outside the state to ever come to the Museum, which is located in California’s capital city. For more information on this exhibition, the art, the featured artists, and the collectors, click here.

Opening along with “American Beauty and Bounty” this week is a show of glowing 19th-century depictions of California in the “golden hour” by renowned Bay Area painter Raymond Dabb Yelland, who is known for his unique fusion of the Hudson River School and American Luminist styles. More information on this exhibition, the art, and the artist, is available here.

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