Alex Gross | Sunday in the Park with Reptilians | Oil on Canvas | 57.5'' x 50" | 2016

The John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First St., Davis) will play host to the upcoming 10th annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century, a conference featuring two days of guest speakers, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, award ceremonies, an art exhibition featuring work from top collegiate artists and much more. For this year’s conference, which takes place from March 30–31, the gallery has lined up an all star list of contemporary painters who are renowned around the world for their work. Featured artists include San Francisco Bay Area narrative painter Chester Arnold, Los Angeles by way of New York artist Alex Gross (whose work is pictured here), as well as Peri Schwartz from New York, Tom Colcord from San Francisco, and Hung Liu, who is widely regarded as the greatest Chinese painter in the United States. “The conference’s goal is to provide these varying perspectives and allow interaction between young students and professionals in the field, fostering the strong tradition of painting and culture in the Northern California region through exposure and discussion,” organizers write on There, you can find more info, a schedule of events and a link to register to attend the conference. Registration is $35 before March 15, and $50 after that date. Students are free with the proof of a school ID. The exhibition that coincides with the conference will remain up in the gallery through April 7.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #261 (March 12 – 26, 2018)**

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