Mondavi Tickets Available Next Week; Learn About Campus Sketch Artist

Eight orchestra members sit against a white background and hold a ukulele next to their face.
An orchestra made up entirely of ukuleles leavened with a hefty dose of British humor make the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, performing next April, one of the more popular — and hilarious — groups to regularly visit the Mondavi Center. (Courtesy photo)

Summer is a time to learn more about what is happening in campus arts. In this week’s Arts Blog, we tell you about Mondavi discount tickets, and we give you a look into the life of campus sketch artist Vince Scully. He did an interview with Chancellor Gary S. May in ‘Face to Face.’ Enjoy! Karen Nikos-Rose, Arts Blog Editor

Mondavi Center single-event tickets go on sale — faculty, staff discounts

New shows are being added and single-event tickets are about to go on sale for the 2022-23 season. Faculty, staff and students: You get a head start July 7. Faculty-staff discount is 10% for individual events and 25% for three or more events purchased as a package (and once you buy a package, your 25% discount is good all season long). UC Davis students save 50% on all events. Visit the Mondavi website here.

Staff sketch artist Pete Scully featured in ‘Face to Face’

The featured guest on Chancellor Gary S. May’s talk show can often be spotted around campus, having “conversations” with the scenery.

Pete Scully, manager of the Department of Statistics, may be better known for what he does over his lunch breaks and time off: sketches, especially of buildings and landscapes on campus and around Davis.

He joined Face to Face With Chancellor May to discuss his process for creating art, why he sketches, what he does with his full sketchbooks and more.

Scully said he started drawing as soon as he was old enough to hold a pen, but really picked up the habit when he moved from his native London to Davis.

“I'm 5,000 miles away from home, and in a way, drawing was a way to kind of observe my new city, but also to show people back home,” he told the chancellor. “Here in Davis, I mean, it's perfect sketching weather.

Chancellor Gary May sits at a round table with a microphone and speaks to Pete Scully through a video call on his computer.
Campus staffer Pete Scully is known for his sketches of landmarks around UC Davis and beyond. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

He’s hosted regular gatherings of fellow sketchers and filled numerous sketchbooks with detailed recreations of everything from fire hydrants to new buildings on campus, and in 2016 the UC Davis Design Museum held an exhibition of his work called “Conversations with the City.”

“It doesn't really matter whether it's good or bad,” he said. “The whole point of it is to observe what you're seeing, and that way you have a relationship with what you're seeing. And that's why I call it a conversation with the city.”

Watch the full video here to learn more about Scully and his favorite sketches and locations, and hear about May’s favorite artists.

Story by Cody Kituara, UC Davis Dateline

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