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: “Art By Committee”

Exhibit Duration: Friday, July 14 – Tuesday, September 5, 2017 

Opening Reception: Friday, July 14, 6 – 8 pm

Second Reception: Friday, August 116 – 8 pm

Where: I-House Lounge and Community Room

About the Artists:

TitleWashable Metalprints By Ray Borton Photography

What do a sleepy fox, two harnessed draft horses, a storm-torn beach and dancing girls in Central Park Davis have in common? All are featured in Ray’s part of the Art by Committee Show.

Photography by Ray Borton began when he acquired a $3.00 box camera at age 10 in 1941. As an avocation it combined well with his career as an agricultural economist through travel and assignments abroad with Verena and their family. When they moved to Davis in 1977 it expanded just enough to support his camera “in the manner to which it was accustomed” and continued after his retirement in 1996 as a Senior Economist with the California Office of Economic Research. Now cards and prints are available year-round at the Artists’ Collaborative Gallery in Old Sacramento, the Sea Ranch Village Store and at the Davis Arts Center’s Holiday Sale in early December.


Title: From an Ancient Cave By Jeffrey Granett

  1. Follow the snail’s trail to deliver art to the masses

 (Doorway entry to lounge area)

  1. The dust bunny spirit electrifies mops & vacuums

(Lounge area by TV)

  1. The “dogged” spirit inspires and assists world travelers

(Lounge area by TV)

  1. The rat’s rump-spirit inspires the discovery and use of restrooms

(Hall by stairway)

  1. The learned dinosaur spirit enables conception, composition &

comprehension of great writings (Community Room, to the left of entryway)

  1. The burly-bird spirit inspires and assists all who exercise (Community Room, front left)
  2. The noble giraffe spirit inspires and assists current-day hunter/gatherers (Community Room, front left)
  3. The noble fluttery chimp spirit inspires and assists committees to accomplish goals! (Community Room, front right)

 (Ask about purchase prices by email, jgranett@gmail.com)

Who  am I?

I have been making linoleum and wood block prints since I was knee high to a grasshopper.  As a teen, I had a printing business with a small Kelsey press and movable lead type to augment my block printing. I have also explored drypoint etchings using Plexiglas as the worked surface.

Typically my prints are representational: land- and city-scapes, people and still lifes.  But I have also explored abstractions. Some of my prints are the basis of seasonal greeting cards. My compositions often tell stories; some are travel records.

My art explores texture, form, composition, color, and light and dark.  I color prints with paint and brush.

What are these art pieces all about?

This show was inspired by a visit to the World Heritage petroglyph site in Val Camonica, Italy.

Ancient art in caves is found the world over. It has been suggested that some cave art might represent man’s communication with the spirit world.  For example, a painting of a hunter with deer might symbolize a petition to the spirit for success in the hunt.

Imagine these I-House rooms impersonating ancient caves!!  Now, look around to find the spirits. Follow the snail’s slimy path to the dust bunny and the “dogged” spirit.  Continue:  there’s more to discover.


These cave paintings are linoleum block prints and collage splashed with water colors.



Title: Tension – Compression – Weightlessness By Sharna Hoffman

With my BFA in Painting and Design fifty plus years ago and my love of sculpture, I proceeded in the 1970’s to combine sculpture with painting and came out with a very original format called Sculptural Paintings. The gallery owners loved concept and after much hard work I was offered shows in California, and when we were on sabbatical, in Rome, Italy.  When I returned home I went to NYC with 4 paintings in hand. They were heavy, just barely fitting into taxis, but I showed them to top galleries and was offered a show.

Such an offer was great but packing and sending paintings to NYC was overwhelming, so I dropped out.  But I continued to show in California 3-4 times a year

In the early 80’s I damaged the nerve in my lower neck and could not paint as previously. The head of UCD’s extension asked me to teach a course in Interior Design. I was thrilled and read every book I could find and developed courses on the theory and history of design, and interior lighting.  I received a scholarship to the GE lighting school in Cleveland. For me lighting was key to making Interiors more dimensional and alive. I gave up teaching after 7 years. For more than 20 years I continued in Interior design and loved my work and my clients.

My work is concerned with physical forces: tension, compression, weightlessness.  It is suspension that is both physical and emotional. It presents a head-on simplicity which gives way to depths of color and contrast when examined closely.



Title: Changes By Anne Lincoln

In my early years of making art, I focused on learning to accurately render my subject in whatever medium I had selected. I experimented with watercolor and pastels until I rediscovered oils and a love of landscapes. Davis and the greater valley area have provided both inspiration and opportunity to learn. Classes at UCD and workshops led by area artists encouraged me. At the urging of a teacher, I entered a student show at the Kondos Gallery and my painting of a stormy coastal scene was my first sale

Since then I have been juried into local gallery exhibitions and have work in both businesses as well as private collections. Currently I am leading workshops at the Davis Arts Center, teaching privately, and will pe participation in the Davis Artists Studio Tour. A group show at Gallery 625 followed by a solo show in November at Gallery 1855 will complete this year.

Artist Statement

A title for this Art By Committee show could be “Changes” as I am moving from realism to a more impressionistic approach. Simplifying and abstracting a scene also intrigues me, and I have been painting more thickly, with larger brushes and a palette knife.


Title: Nature of People By Frank Roe

Medium: Photography.   Style: b&w or color.   I like to share photographs that are unique in some way or tell a story.

I have been interested in photography since 1968. My early interest in black and white photography started when I was a graduate student in chemistry at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., also the home of Eastman Kodak and Rochester Institute of Technology. Both of these institutions strongly influenced my pursuit of photography as a lifelong adventure. Among the many photographers that I admired, and who inspired me, were Ansel Adams, Minor White, Jerry Uelsmann, Edward Weston and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Working in my own darkroom back then was a pleasurable experience that I have deeply missed since moving to digital photography; it was a definite tradeoff. The sounds, smells and magic of seeing an image appear on a piece of paper in developer gave me tremendous joy.

Photographing nature while backpacking was a primary goal of mine for many years. However, in turning to digital photography, my interests have widened.  My garden and people that I know or encounter have become welcome subject matter for my camera. The digital darkroom has been an absolutely wonderful laboratory in which I explore the art of photography as well as a medium for self-discovery.


Title: Edge of Language By Christine Shackel

1) Statement. I decided to be a painter as soon as I took my first watercolor class. I loved painting at this initial encounter and still do. I was raised in Southern California but went to college at Holy Names University in Oakland, where I got my B.A. in Art and Philosophy. The next year I earned a teaching credential in Art Education.

I have been teaching art for many years and enjoy the stimulation of student interaction. Currently, I am semi retired but belong to a group of enthusiastic local painters called “Local Color”.

The moment I scrape pencil to paper, dip brush into gleaming paint and watch color slide down the paper, I know this is right for me.

2) I work in Watercolor and paper and currently have been exploring pattern as a form of vocabulary. This leads to the visual aspects of language. So in these paintings I have taken Maya hieroglyphs and extended and played with their patterned form.


Title: Living By Mary Wu

My biosketch

My primary interest was portrait painting, because I like to catch people’s expression and ambiance. Still life was not my favorite subject.  However, a couple years ago, I started classes with Phillipe Gandiol painting still lifes, and I found it quite interesting.

Artistic statement

All my works here are done with oil and with emphasis on light and shadow. I also try to present certain ambience for each setting.




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