|521 1st St. (Corner of E Street, across from Davis Commons)
The John Natsoulas Art Gallery, now called the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, is the largest of the Davis art galleries. Situated downtown, it is an important part of our local art scene. They also operate the Log Cabin Gallery in the former Boy Scout Cabin. The John Natsoulas Gallery is also responsible for the creation and tours of the Transmedia Art Walk. Not only is the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts a fine art gallery, cafe and event center, but it is a great rental and event venue for weddings, conferences, fund-raisers and parties. Call the John Natsoulas Center for details and availability - (530) 756-3938.
Anyone is welcome to walk in whether they are looking to purchase art or not, so don't feel uncomfortable about going inside. Many people treat it as a museum with free admission. All art galleries are like this. Come back often because the shows changes nearly monthly. You can check out what they're currently showing on their calendar.
1st & 3rd Thursdays — 8pm-10pm Free poetry night and open mic MC'd by Dr. Andy Jones Information on the Poetry Night Reading Series
3rd Fridays—7:30pm Spoken Word + Jazz Beat Spoken Word / Jazz-Beat event details
2nd Fridays— 7pm-10pm Opening Reception + 2nd Friday Art About The John Natsoulas Gallery holds it's openings to coincide with the ArtAbout on the second Friday of the month. They usually have live music and refreshments during their openings.
This newly remodeled building (a former fraternity house) has the Rosetta Cafe, a small bookstore downstairs, and four floors of art (five counting the roof). Be sure to visit all of the floors because the artists featured on the different floors are often very different. Also, be extra sure not to miss the back staircase. It is covered floor to ceiling with beautiful paintings and affordable art.
Personally, John especially likes Jazz music and figurative expressionist art -though he appreciates a wide variety of genres and is open to all forms of art. Not just the visual arts, but the Arts in general.
There is an outdoor patio and rooftop for the guests of the gallery.
Current Events and Exhibition Calendar http://www.natsoulas.com/exhibition-calendar/
Annual Events Bark Art of Painting in the 21st Century CCACA Great California Paint Out, and Annual Landscape Exhibition The Annual Davis Jazz Festival: Beyond the Beat Generation:
The John Natsoulas Gallery sponsors more events than any other Davis Gallery. These have included:
- Workshops with noted artists (Gregory Kondos, Del Almeida, etc.)
- Music performances, from jazz to alternative rock (i.e. The Six Organs of Admittance. Michael McClure and Ray Manzarek, Butterscotch).
- Performance art shows
- Beat Generation and Beyond
- The California Conference for the Advancement for Ceramic Arts (CCACA)
- The California Landscape conference and the The Art of Painting in the 21st Century (John Seed, F. Scott Hess, Kelly Detweiler)
- The Davis Jazz Artists Festival
Friday (February 10, 2006) KDVS Public Affairs Host Andy Jones and longtime Davis resident and UWP Lecturer Brad Henderson co-hosted a poetry book release party at the Gallery. Andy and Brad read their work, and signed copies of Split Stock, available now via John Natsoulas Press. It wasn't a rumor, all the hippest, artsiest, and best-connected locals were there.
Sacramento Valley's 5th Annual Landscape Conference 2007 The program featured plein air painting demonstrations by eminent Sacramento Valley landscape painters: Gregory Kondos, Chella, Deladier Almeida, Philippe Gandiol, and Marie Terese-Brown.
1st Annual Davis Jazz Festival 2007 The First Annual Davis Jazz Artists Festival comprised of both performances of music and art. Performances were led by: Nancy Ostrovsky, UC Davis Jazz Combo, Davis High School Jazz Band and Combo, Adam Jenkins and The Ganbare Spirits Ensemble, Dream Door, Capital Jazz Project and much more.