Five Art Gallery Shows to Check Out This Weekend and Month

Courtesy of the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
"Dalton's Bind" by Davis-based artist Deladier Almeida, which depicts the waterways and farmland outside of Stockton, will be among the works featured at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts until Sept. 21.

Have a very artful weekend with ArtAbout in Davis (which takes place every second Friday of the month) and Second Saturday in Sacramento. Here are a few of our favorite shows to visit now and through the month.

John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
12th Annual California Landscape Exhibition
Starting tonight, this exhibition will showcase the Golden State’s abundant natural beauty as seen through the eyes of about 40 California artists, including Sacramento painter Gregory Kondos. The 100 landscapes on display will portray scenes from various regions throughout the state, including coastal redwood forests, Napa valley vineyards and Central Valley agriculture. And later this fall on Sept. 21, the show will conclude with the “Great California Paint Out,” during which 20 of the show’s artists will set up their easels throughout Davis and give live landscape painting demonstrations, followed by an evening exhibit and auction of the works completed that day. Reception to be held tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. Show on display through Sept. 21. 521 First St. Davis. 530-756-3938.

Archival Gallery
30 Artists/30 Years
This exhibition at Archival Gallery, founded by owner-curator D. Oldham Neath 30 years ago, celebrates its milestone anniversary with a show featuring works created by 30 artists who have been exhibited by the gallery over the last three decades, including sculptor Al Farrow, ceramicist Eric Dahlin and painter Laureen Landau. Reception to be held this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Show on display through Aug. 31. 3223 Folsom Blvd. 923-6204.

Axis Gallery
8th National Juried Exhibition
This yearly juried group exhibition at Axis Gallery features contemporary works in a variety of mediums by 32 artists from across the country. The chosen pieces were whittled down from 423 submissions by San Francisco-based writer and art professor Glen Helfand, who has curated shows at such institutions as the De Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Reception to be held this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Show on display through Aug. 25. 1517 19th St. 443-9900.

B. Sakata Garo
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Michelle Weinstein presents this collection of more than 30 abstract paintings selected from a series she began in 2010, in which she attempts to explore the spatial and geometric concepts of the fourth dimension as described and illustrated by people like computer scientist Rudy Rucker, author Charles Howard Hinton and mathematician Alicia Boole Stott. With gouache and pencil, Weinstein creates the illusion of motion and “shifting shapes” on paper and portrays dreamlike, “psychedelic” spaces in the works by outlining and painting intricate, graphic patterns punctuated by swaths of vibrant, deep color. The show will also include a video display screening Weinstein’s various stop-motion animations, in which she creates similarly abstract, surreal imagery by assembling patters and shapes with strips and pieces of paper. Reception to be held this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Show on display through Aug. 31. 923 20th St. 447-4276.

Elliot Fouts Gallery
Work by Gary Pruner
This one-man show at Elliot Fouts Gallery features original paintings by former American River College art professor Gary Pruner, who became well known for his hyperreal works with vibrant color schemes. The exhibit will span several decades of his career, with a selection of oil paintings from the 1970s to mid-2000s, as well as more recent drawings. Reception to be held this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Show on display through Aug. 29. 1831 P St. 736-1429.