Art Alumni Featured in ‘New Flavors: Collected at the Candy Store’
A new exhibition featuring work by art alumni that recasts a unique chapter of Northern California’s unconventional art history will open July 1 at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.
“New Flavors: Collected at the Candy Store | Selections from the Manetti Shrem Museum” presents 24 works by 11 artists whose work was first championed by gallerist Adeliza McHugh. From 1962-92, her intimate Candy Store Gallery in Folsom, California, fostered an emerging community and became a beloved, freewheeling social center for artists and collectors alike. Developed in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in celebration of the Candy Store’s 60-year anniversary, “New Flavors: Collected at the Candy Store” expands the conventional narrative through centering the lesser-known stories of female artists and artists who identify as Cuban American, Japanese American, Mexican American and Native American.
“The works on view express the whimsical, colorful, humorous and lighthearted nature of the gallery but also explore serious themes of feminism, sexuality, violence and our collective place in the world,” said exhibition curator Jenna Blair and Susie Kantor.
The Candy Store was a regular home base for UC Davis students and professors. The exhibiting group comprises alumni Maija Peeples-Bright (M.F.A, ‘65), Pam Scrutton (M.F.A., ‘73), Sandra Shannonhouse (B.A., ‘69, M.F.A., ‘73), Ann Leda Shapiro (M.F.A., ‘71) and Glenn Takai (M.F.A., ‘99); and George Longfish, professor emeritus of Native American studies; and artists Luis Jimenez, Joan Moment, Gladys Nilsson and Jim Nutt from the area’s greater arts community.
The exhibition runs from July 1 through Nov. 12.
The museum is free and open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but timed tickets are required. To book your ticket, visit manettishrem.org