Consilience of Art & Science Reception

I attended the opening reception for the Consilience of Art & Science exhibit at the Pence Gallery in Davis on Friday, January 10. Davis is home to a large University of CA campus and a thriving art community, so openings during Art Walk are vibrant and fun.

This exhibit is a partnership between the gallery and the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program. The jurors are both artists: Chris Daubert is a sculptor/installation artist and Professor of Art at Sacramento City College; Anna Davidson teaches at UC Davis in the Art/Science Fusion Program and is a PhD candidate in Plant Science. Both were on hand to share their thoughts about the pieces selected for the exhibit.

Franki Kohler, Pence Gallery openingAll mediums were accepted for this art exhibit. The large installation below presents the text of Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species printed by hand on what appeared to be hand-made paper, although I found it hard to confirm the actual words.

Franki Kohler, Pence Gallery 2

This is a single sheet of folded paper.

Franki Kohler, Pence Gallery, folded paperMy piece, Woodwardia Wonder, is the only piece constructed of fabric in the exhibit. A nice surprise! The Woodwardia fern is one example of the quasi-self-similar fractal as defined by mathematicians. Leaves repeat – though not exactly – in ever-smaller forms.

Franki Kohler, Pence Gallery, Woodwardia WonderThis piece is part of a series which focuses on native California plants.

The exhibit will be up through February 28, 2014. Additional exhibits at the gallery include Judy Neal: Rhythm of Color, through January 26, and Mad Housewife, paintings of Leslie DePratt through February 16. See more details in the right column or through link for Pence Gallery above.

Woodwardia Wonder accepted for The Consilience of Art & Science

I am happy to announce that Woodwardia Wonder has been accepted for The Consilience of Art & Science, a Pence Gallery and UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Juried Exhibition opening at the Pence Gallery January 10 and running through February 28, 2014. All mediums were considered for this exhibit. (Hover cursor over images for more details.)

Woodwardia Wonder, 60"x24", 2013, For SaleThe statement on the call to artists and scientists is:

The goals of the exhibition are to show creative work that explores the intersection between art and science; to foster communication between the arts and sciences; and to spark new ways of viewing the world and ourselves.

The woodwardia fern has captured my attention for some time now. The structure of the fern is one example of the quasi-self-similar fractal as defined by mathematicians. Leaves repeat — though not exactly — in ever-smaller forms. It is also a native California plant and the fourth art quilt of my series exploring such plants.

Franki Kohler, Woodwardia Wonder, DetailBased on past experience at the Pence Gallery, the art work selected will be of impeccable workmanship and the creativity expressed will push the boundaries of each artist’s medium. This is going to be an exciting exhibit!

The Artists Reception is Friday, January 10, 6 – 9 p.m. There will be a jurors’ talk from 5 – 6 p.m. and awards will be given at 8 p.m. The exhibit will be displayed in the Main Gallery space, measuring 100 sq. ft., with 12′ ceilings, lit by a dramatic glass tower.  I hope to see you there.

Pence Gallery: Opening of By Hand Exhibit

I attended the opening of By Hand, Extraordinary Fine Craft in California in Davis last Friday. The whole of downtown Davis was buzzing with activity. The restaurants were full, parking lots were packed and so was the gallery. A very refreshing scene in these times.

The large flags, well-lit sign and peek at the crowd inside created a very warm welcome.


And before you step inside there is art to savor.


The china table and small chest made of acrylic by Jeff Snell walked away with the Juror’s Award.

I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this exhibit which featured works of oil, photography, ceramic, metal, wood, acrylic and textile.

Here is the Juror’s statement from the catalogue (click on image for larger view).

Juror Statement

The exhibit filled the two gallery spaces on the ground floor. The two smaller gallery spaces upstairs had additional exhibits and a place for children to get creative while the adults were enjoying the exhibits.




The exhibit will be up through April 4th. If you are in the area, it’s well worth the effort to stop by. For more information see Pence Gallery.

Pence Gallery Exhibit: By Hand

When I dropped off my quilt Forget Me Not, Collaboration with Grandma at the Pence Gallery last week I was given postcards to promote the exhibit. It was a very nice surprise to see that the gallery chose a detail photo of my piece for the postcard (bottom right).

Franki Kohler, By Hand Postcard

The Pence presents its first juried exhibit of fine craft by artists and craftspeople residing in California, as selected by Julie M. Muñiz, Associate Curator, Design and Decorative Arts, Oakland Museum of California.

Selected artists: Marlene Bloomberg, Susan Brady, Beverly Crist, Dede deGraffenried, Alex Friedman, Tricia Goldberg, Mark Goudy, Bill Heiderich, Franki Kohler, Barbetta Lockart, Emma Luna, Chris Motley, Kathy Pallie, Liza Riddle, Jan Schachter, Louise Schiele, Jeff Snell, Matt Trethric, Melissa Woodburn, and Carolyn Zeitler.

The exhibit opens February 8 and ends April 4, 2013. Artist reception:  Friday, February 8, 6 – 9 p.m.

There are several nice restaurants and shops near the gallery. I’ll be meeting friends for dinner before the opening reception.  I can’t wait to see the exhibit!


I’m thrilled to share that Forget Me Not: Collaboration with Grandma has been juried into By Hand: Extraordinary Craft in California which will open at the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA, on February 8, 2013.

This is the first juried exhibit of fine craft that the Pence will host. Their definition of the term ‘fine craft’ is “…work that is cutting-edge and has the highest standard of workmanship; and work that is innovative in its use of materials and aesthetic vision.” Media for this exhibit may include metal, wood,clay, textiles, paper, stone or mixed media.

Juror Julie M. Muñiz is the Imogene Gieling Curator of Decorative Arts at the Oakland Museum of California where she oversees the collection of historical and contemporary craft and design objects.

The opening reception is Friday, February 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. If you are in the area, I hope you’ll stop by to see the exhibit and say hello.

Read about the creation of this piece here.