Bark! Celebrating Man’s Best Friend through Art

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This February, the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts is proud to welcome back the one of a kind group show, Bark, celebrating human's best friend with work from over forty national artists. Works in every medium, from paint to sculpture, will be included in this tribute to the bond between humankind and canine. This exhibition will be featuring works by one of the most celebrated artists of the past century- Roy De Forest. Come join us at the opening reception on January 31st from 7-9 pm

Exhibition: January 29- February 29th
Opening reception: January 31st 7-9 pm
Location: 521 First St Davis, CA
All ages. Free admission.

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts has a long history of working with dog imagery. This February, we will return to celebrate the canine companion by presenting the annual show Bark!: An Artistic View of Human’s Best Friend. The show, a tribute to Roy De Forest, the founder of the 1960’s funk movement, features artists: Esther Shimazu, Jeffrey Downing, Adam Forfang, Carmen Lang, Boyd Gavin, Avery Palmer, Kevin Snipes, Guston Abright, Robert Ransom, James Weeks, and many more. The featured artist, Roy De Forest, has created various pieces that are full of life and joy. Flowing from his exciting use of color and his playful narratives is a. buoyant, youthful energy that anyone can appreciate. These fun paintings serve as inspiration for the investigation of the role of dogs in everyday life. From their role as saviors to their contagious happy faces, the delight shared between both dogs and humans is on display for all to see at Bark!

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts is highly involved in the collaboration and advancement of the arts in Northern California. Bark! continues this relationship by honoring the historic and ongoing depiction of dogs within past and contemporary art. Dogs have a long history of being involved in art. Many artists have included dogs into their works including some notable figures like Picasso, Gaughin, and Lautrec. Dogs are beloved by many artists and art lovers for their connotation with loyalty, and companionship. But more than that, artists have redefined the dog in such a way that brings to mind humanity.

This February The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts welcomes the return of the fifth annual dog show, Bark! honoring human’s best friend. The show features larger than life depictions of two and three-dimensional dogs in every medium, making the show the most diverse exhibition of dog imagery in the country. Pieces created out of glass, clay, wood, oil paint, ceramic, assemblage, multi-medium, wax, metal, bronze, and integrated art forms are all included within the show.

The Center for the Arts has over three decades of experience featuring a variety of world-renowned works. The show’s opening will give patrons the opportunity to meet and hear from the artists of the show. Nowhere else will you find four generations of artist dedicated to the creation of dog imagery. Annually, Bark! allows for artists and the community to connect over the universal appreciation for dogs and art alike. Come join us at the opening reception on January 31st from 7-9 pm.

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