New exhibitions open at the Artery, John Natsoulas Gallery

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The Artery Gallery in Davis will present Anne Miller’s “Colorscapes” collection in September.

Drawing on her interest in music and technology, Anne’s photographs reimagine man-made objects and natural materials by transforming them into an explosion of abstract color.

Isolated in the viewfinder of his camera, the ordinary world comes to life, sparking whimsical stories about otherworldly creatures, people or landscapes. Anne refines these images in the digital darkroom, adjusting light, color and composition to highlight the elements that originally spoke to her heart and imagination.

“Colorscapes” will open at The Artery, located at 207 G St., on September 2 and run through September 26. The artists‘ reception will take place on September 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Davis’ Soroptimist International will host LUNAFEST, a program of eight short films, all directed by female filmmakers, told from a perspective that stands up for women and gender non-conforming individuals.

The event is scheduled to take place September 25 at Davis Odd Fellows Hall, located at 415 Second St. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and the screening will begin at 3:30 p.m. Food and beverages, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages , will be available for purchase during the event.

Those unable to attend in person can also view the films virtually through their smart TV or device. Starting at 7 p.m. on September 23, those who purchase virtual tickets will have 48 hours to start watching the movies and 48 hours to finish the movies once started. The total duration of the eight short films is 80 minutes.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Soroptimist International of Davis and its programs to empower women and girls.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for students, and $40 for households (online). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.lunafest.org/screenings/in-person-virtual-soroptimist-of-davis-092522.

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From September 9 to 18, the Woodland Opera House will present “Dear Edwina”.

From the makers of “Junie B. Jones the Musical,” this heartwarming musical follows 13-year-old Edwina and showcases the joys of growing up. When a talent scout visits Edwina’s hometown of Paw Paw, Michigan, she offers his musical advice, performing live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight.

Shows will be Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale online www.woodlandoperahouse.org, by calling (530) 666-9617 or by visiting the box office, located at 340 Second St. Tickets can also be purchased two hours before each performance.

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The John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis invites all residents to come and visit as it prepares to open a new exhibit called “California Funk to Figuration: a New Narrative Mythology.”

The new exhibition will feature works in several different mediums, including painting, sculpture and works on paper, all made by men and women who helped shape the Funk movement.

Funk art emerged in the 1960s in California’s major art schools as a rebellious response to both the restriction of Bay Area figurative art and the nonobjectivity of Abstract Expressionism. , according to a press release from the John Natsoulas Gallery.

“While Funk Art has continued to elude decisive definition, its hallmark is a significant degree of absurdity,” the press release explains.

The Funk movement is often categorized as a West Coast art style, but this show will bring together artists from California and the style’s other major hub, Chicago.

Some of the artists whose works will be on display include Roy De Forest, Robert Arneson, Peter Saul, Robert Colescott, David Gilhooly, Louise Stanely, Patrick Siler, Jim Albertson, Gladyss Nielsson, Jim Nutt and many more.

The exhibition is scheduled to open on September 7 and will run until January 7. The opening reception will take place on September 9 and will feature live music and free drinks.

Center Stage is a column exploring the arts in and around Yolo County.

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