See art, talk with the artists and make art — all amid a festive atmosphere of hula-hooping and Whymcycles, music and ice cream. It’s the Summer Season Celebration at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday (July 15). Admission is free and open to the public.
The art to see is in the museum’s two summer shows: one by Susan Swartz, a painter known for her layered and richly colored landscapes; the other by Andrea Chung, a multimedia artist who includes an installation of cyanotype prints (think blueprint) in her exhibition exploring the legacies of Caribbean island colonialism and migration. Read more about the exhibitions.
You can hear from both artists during the Summer Season Celebration, in a 3 p.m. conversation titled “This Is Our Time,” discussing how they see the world and their place as artists, reflecting and bringing focus to how the world is seen. Conversation facilitated by Jessica Wimbley, director of museum education.
Chung’s exhibition provided the inspiration for the Summer Season Celebration’s hands-on art opportunity: making cyanotype prints.
The program also includes the hula-hooping Hoop Dance group (hula hoops will be available for museum visitors to use), a parade of the novel bicycle creations known as Whymcycles, music by the Cloud Hats — and the perfect treat for summer: free ice cream.
The Swartz and Chung exhibitions run through Sept. 2 (the day before Labor Day); the museum’s regular hours this summer are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Free admission.
The museum’s summer calendar also includes three fee-based workshops where people can experiment with some of the techniques the exhibiting artists are using. The workshops, to be held July 21 and 28, and Aug. 4, will be led by UC Davis Master of Fine Arts graduates. Advance registration is required. As of today (July 9), a few spots remained in each workshop. More information.
More summer fun: Moth Night, Band-uh! and Six Flags
Moth Night — Open house, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, free and open to the public, an all-ages event that will include a craft-making activity for families. Bohart scientists will be on hand to discuss moths and answer questions. "We will focus on colorful moths of the night — night rainbows, if you will — and the biodiversity of tropical moths," said Tabatha Yang, the museum’s education and outreach coordinator. The museum will set up light traps (using white sheets and black lights) to see what moths might show up (best time for this is later in the evening, around 10). Free refreshments: cookies and hot chocolate. The museum is in 1124 Academic Surge. Read more in Entomology & Nematology News.
Cal Aggie Band-uh! Summer Jam-uh! — The Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh! (including alumni) presents its fourth season of Summer Jam-uhs! — this year in Central Park. Jam-uhs! are being held from 7 to 9 p.m. every other Monday through August. Here are the remaining dates: July 23, and Aug. 6 and 20. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music! Central Park is off Third Street between B and C streets. Free.
Staff Picnic at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom — This Staff Assembly-organized event, Saturday, July 28, includes an all-you-can-eat picnic (including hamburgers, vegan burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, ice cream and soft drinks). The Vallejo amusement park will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the UC Davis Staff Picnic will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets (covering park admission and the picnic lunch) are $43 per person, and, if you purchase at least four tickets you will receive a parking voucher. (No charge for children 2 years old and younger.) Tickets are available online (on the landing page, look for “Enter Promo Code” in the upper right-hand corner; enter “UCD”). No processing charge for online orders. Ticket purchase deadline: 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.