2nd Friday ArtAbout Artist Exhibits

Twelve, month-long exhibits are presented each year at I-House, most with an international theme. Opening receptions are held on the second Friday of the month from 6-8pm. The public is invited to attend at no cost. Please see the I-House calendar for art exhibitions, receptions and other art display information.

Artists interested in exhibiting their art should contact the Art Committee Chair, Jeffrey Granett, at (530)756-1362, or fill out the I-House Art Show Application and submit the form and a sample of your work to the Art Committee during their next quarterly meeting (Contact Jeffrey Granett for the next date).

Current Exhibit: “2016 International House Festival”,“Paintings by Dave”,”Incomparable Sonoma Coast” 

Exhibit Duration: Friday, September 8- Monday, October 9th

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8 , 6 – 8 pm

September 2017 Art Exhibits at the International House, Davis

Where: I-House Lounge and Community Room

About the Artists:

Artist:  Vicki Crescitelli

Lounge area, September 2017

Show title: “2016 International House Festival”          Medium:  Photographs

Since I was a teenager, I have been fascinated with people and cultures. My photographs reflect this fascination. When shooting images, my goal is to capture an emotion, whether it be despair or exuberance. Though we may vary in culture and language, we all share emotions. Since retiring, I have had more time to devote to two passions: storytelling and photography. Whether sharing stories or photographs, I hope to educate, entertain and connect people.

These photographs are of participants in the 2016 International Festival  sponsored by the I-House in Davis, CA.  The event includes cultural presentations of music, dance, costumes,  stories, and arts and crafts representing cultures world wide by local participants of those cultures.   This year’s International Festival is October 1, 2017 from 12 – 5pm in Central Park, Davis.  Come and enjoy!  Participation is free.

Vicki Crescitelli #2

vicki Crescitelli #1

Artist:  Dave Reynolds

Community Room, ~12 foot wall space on eastern wall

Show title:  “Paintings by Dave”      Medium:  Paintings

Dave works by abstracting familiar objects. The forms take on a whimsical quality that remind us of the innocence and beauty that exists all around us, in our day to day surroundings, in the wonder of our imagination.

Dave Reynolds has been a Davis resident for over 20 years. He’s a life long artist who enjoys painting, collage, ceramics and exploring new ways to express his creativity.

Dave Reynolds CurvesDave Reynolds Four_Sunflowers

Artist:  Brett Chulada

Community Room,  except for the space between the windows on the eastern wall

Show title: “Incomparable Sonoma Coast”              Medium:  photographs

Brett Chulada is a Northern California artist currently residing on the Sonoma Coast.  He is a Davis High School graduate and former San Francisco resident.  Tired of city life, he joined a work exchange program that eventually led him to accepting a job at Fort Ross Vineyard, a 1,000 acre property located on a ridge high above the ocean.  Compelled by the intense beauty of his surroundings he began capturing images of his explorations there.  Since then he has developed a unique style within the area of landscape, nature and macro photography.

Brett Chulada #1Brett Chulada #2


Upcoming Exhibit: “Mediterranean Gardens and Beyond”

Exhibit Duration: Friday, October 13- Tuesday, October 7th

Opening Reception: Friday, October 13 , 6 – 8 pm

Where: I-House Lounge and Community Room

About the Artists:

I took a lot of art in high school, but I wasn’t nearly as passionate about art as I was about literature.  I became an English major in college, eventually earning a PhD in English from the University of California at Davis. I spent most of my working life as a lecturer in the writing program at UC Davis, specializing in scientific and technical writing and in advanced composition.

Since retiring in 2002, I have taken several art studio classes at Sacramento City College and private lessons from Philippe Gandiol.  Without exception, my teachers have challenged me to go beyond what I felt comfortable with and try new things.  Anything I do well, I owe to them.

Currently, I am focusing on pen and ink drawings of California native trees and acrylic paintings of agricultural landscapes and local gardens. My interest in these subjects began way back in my childhood. One of my dad’s favorite dinnertable conversations was about the little farm he was going to buy in Auburn or Colfax when he retired.  I remember picking peas and squash in what started out as a Victory Garden  in Berkeley.  Later, we had a garden in southern California with oranges and Fay Elberta peach trees, with a little room left over for Mom’s flowers.  We also went camping every summer.  Our favorite activity was hiking—Dad taught my sister and me to identify trees on our walks and Mom showed us the delicate blossoms of wildflowers.

I am strictly a studio painter and work from photographs that I or my husband and sons have taken. My husband and I have traveled around California and indeed the world, looking for interesting crops and trees to photograph.  Then I do more research in field guides, botany books, and the web.  I don’t do botanical drawings, but I like my valley oaks to look like valley oaks, my apricot trees to look like apricot trees.  More than that, though, I try to capture what makes this tree, this crop, this garden scene unique and worthy of our attention.

I love that I am still learning, still developing my craft, still seeing the landscape with fresh vision, and not knowing where all this is leading me.

About the Art:

I like to garden, I like to visit gardens, and I like to paint. The result is–what else?–a series of acrylic paintings of gardens.

I’ve concentrated on gardens from the Mediterranean climate regions of the world, partly because my own garden in Davis is in the Mediterranean climate region and partly because of the richness of the Mediterranean flora. All of the Mediterranean regions around the world are World Biodiversity Hotspots because of the number of endemic  species they contain and because they are seriously threatened by human activities. California alone has about 6500 native species of plant, one quarter of which are unique to California.  Many of these are threatened by our growing population and need for housing.

I have been especially attracted to Spanish and Islamic gardens because of their  connections to California agriculture–the mission fathers brought olives to California, for example–and because they can teach us things about gardening. Both traditions created beautiful gardens  using hardscapes and aromatic, water-wise plants–practices that we can heed in California even in a year of plentiful rainfall.

As a painter of gardens, I am intrigued by the sunlight and how it changes with the time of day, the weather and the seasons. Before I begin a painting, I think about the color of the sky, the season, and the mood I want to portray.  Then I think about how these affect the color of the plants and the color and density of shadows. Since many of my garden visits took place in winter, I’ve learned how to paint a hundred shades of gray. I am almost equally intrigued by the patterns of branches and the texture of foliage.  Some painters of gardens focus on the masses of color; I generally paint individual plants in their settings.

Margaret Eldredacacia arboretum Margaret Eldred mausoleum (2)