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:

WhatThe California Landscape: As I See It – Janet Weidel

Opening Reception: May 12, 2017  6 – 8 p.m.

Exhibit Duration: May 12 – June 2, 2017

Where: I-House Lounge and Community Room


The California Landscape: As I See It – Janet Weidel

Artistic Autobiography

I am always inspired by nature and try to express it through art to the best of my abilities.

Before I start a piece, I will usually venture out to the mountains to find a quiet place to sketch to have something to refer to; but as I start, the medium takes over and I just follow the dots as it leads me to something not quite as I expected. Sometimes good, sometimes awful, but that is the process I go through. If I can get a piece to reflect the idea I have in mind, then I am satisfied, but it is truly an experiment in terror. Art for me can be wonderful, exciting and very satisfying. It can also be extremely exasperating, to the point that I have to walk away from a piece for months until I can come back to it, but of course, I do come back.


Janet Weidel Black Sand BeachBlack Sand Beach

Janet Weidel Phantom Falls - 6 foot by 4 foot - acrylic on gallery wrap

Janet Weidel Valley Showers - 18x36 (640x311)

Valley Showers

Upcoming Exhibit:

What: Paddling Through Life – Bato Bostandzic

Opening Reception: June 9, 2017  6 – 8 p.m.

Second Reception: Saturday, June 17, 2017 6-8 p.m.

Exhibit Duration: June 9 – July 7

Where: I-House Lounge and Community Room

Paddling Through Life – Bato Bostandzic

Artist’s Statement:

I have been working as a professional artist since 1988, with exhibitions and workshops throughout Europe and California.

My early oil on canvas work is divided into two main categories: Mediterranean Motifs and California Art. Central point of my Mediterranean Motifs is pomegranate, which is a symbol of fertility and love. Furthermore, my Mediterranean paintings show the secrecy of the old stone houses that, at the same time, bear coldness of the stone and the warmth of the sun. My California Art series consists of the fascinating Californian beach landscapes, some of which show crowded and colorful beaches, while the others present just a human figure as a central point.

My most recent artwork contemplates the meaning of life with our role in it, and the paintings in this series go under the title: Paddling Through Life. The exhibition at the I-House in Davis summarizes my Paddling Through Life art series, showing how people and places get connected through my artwork. This is wrapped up by my most recent Davis art series that includes sunflowers and scenery captured through my personal experience living in this beautiful region, painted from June 2016 to June 2017, while in Davis.

My passion for art does not only cease at artistic expression but it also goes further to sharing art with my students. I am committed to enriching kids with art and creativity. Before returning to CA, I had taught drawing, painting, ceramics, and recycled art to children and youth from 20 different countries at Quality Schools International in Europe.

Artistic expression has always been an interactive process for me: I express my thoughts through my work, while learning from my students and art lovers who come to see my art and share their impressions and feelings.


Paddling Through Life (1)

Paddling Through Life

zzz Blossom in Davis

Blossom in Davis

About the Artist:

Bato Bostandzic was born in Capljina, a small Mediterranean town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a son of a well-known local artist. Art became his life, and he has lived with the scent of oil paint and canvas all his life. He got his motivation for painting and an early art education from his father, who was also an art professor. Bato got his first international art award in his early youth, and other rewards and recognitions followed. He has actively worked with oil on canvas for more than twenty five years and has started working with clay about ten years ago.

He has exhibited his work in Europe and California and has participated in many international workshops in Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro. More importantly, he has proven to be an artist with a big heart since he has participated for many years in annual charity art shows and organized pottery workshops for orphaned children for The International Charity “Duga” in Kulen Vakuf, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

From 1998 to 2007, he lived and worked in Orange County, CA. He co-owned a studio gallery with one of his fellow artists in Santa Ana Artist Village, and participated  in monthly art walks.

From 2007 to 2014, Bato lived in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he worked as an art instructor at Quality Schools International. He has participated in many individual and group shows throughout Europe and organized pottery workshops for kids and adults.

In August 2014, he moved with his family to Los Gatos and became a member of LG Artist Association.

In June 2016, he moved to Davis.