Art exhibits to explore throughout Yolo County

Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum is set to launch a full program of fun summer activities, including ArtMix nights, an outdoor concert series Jazz Night at the Crocker, Off the Wall movies, Art and Soul Sundays and more. .

On June 25, the Crocker Art Museum will also host New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, who will pay tribute to painter Wayne Thiebaud. Thiebaud earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Sacramento State University before beginning to teach at Sacramento City College and UC Davis, influencing many art students.

Kimmelman, who previously served as the Times’ chief art critic, covered much of Thiebaud’s career, including the painter’s obituary following his death last December. Kimmelman will discuss Thiebaud’s life and work beginning at 2 p.m.

“Wayne Thiebaud: A Celebration, 1920-2021” is currently on display at The Crocker, located at 216 O St., until August 7. For tickets and more information, visit

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The Crocker Art Museum will also host art labs for teens starting June 23.

Teenagers interested in pursuing an artistic career or simply passionate about the visual arts are invited to participate in one or all of the creative workshops offered. Attendees will have the opportunity to experiment with various mediums and explore exhibits from Crocker’s collection to inspire and spark topics for discussion.

Crocker staff and local artists will also be visiting to share their creative career paths and different ways of making art.

The labs will take place from June 23 to August 4 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Thursdays. On the second and fourth Thursdays, the workshops will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Classes are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information and to register online, visit

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The Pence Gallery in Davis presents a new exhibition featuring watercolors by artist Frank Bettendorf.

The exhibition, titled “Frank Bettendorf: The Last Road Show”, features paintings of a selection of abandoned buildings, railroad cars and trucks, and roadside attractions. Inspired by memories of his previous explorations of the West, his landscapes create a sense of place and uniqueness.

The paintings are on display until June 26 with a reception on June 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Also coming to the Pence Gallery, located at 212 D St., is “Found” which will showcase the practice of using found or recycled objects to create sculptures, otherwise known as assemblage.

Artists from the Sacramento area to the Bay Area have been practicing this art form since the 1950s, using recycled materials to stimulate a wide web of associations, from the personal to the political. The exhibition, which will feature several artists, will run from June 10 to August 14. A reception will be held on July 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A curator’s talk will also take place on June 11 from 2-3 p.m. where a short history of the practice of assemblage, or sculpture of found objects, will be shared, followed by a tour of the “Found” exhibition. The conference is free, but donations are welcome.

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Gallery 625 in Woodland brings a new exhibition to the public, showcasing awe-inspiring landscapes and panoramic images.

“Wanderlust” features the work of six artists as they take viewers on an adventure through their acrylic, oil, pastel and watercolor works. Viewers are transported to the scenic beauty of their own backyards as performers celebrate the California coast, Lake Tahoe and back roads of Yolo County to locations across the United States and further abroad towards the landscapes of France, Italy, Spain and beyond.

The exhibit will be on view at Gallery 625 through August 2, located at 625 Court St. in the Erwin Meier Yolo County Administration Building. The work can also be viewed and purchased online at

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

William E. Bennett