Petaluma Arts Center exhibition celebrates eclectic eye of Warren Davis
Artwork from the collection of Warren Davis (1949-2018), finder and purveyor of fine paintings at Vintage Bank Antiques in Petaluma. “Warren’s Eye: Paintings From the Vintage Bank,”
The Petaluma Arts Center is proud to announce a pop-up exhibition –
“Warren’s Eye: Paintings from the Vintage Bank,” which opens Saturday, July 21 with a reception from 5 p.m -7 p.m.
Warren Davis had a good eye. The entrepreneur extraordinaire spent a lifetime collecting paintings from all over California. He could be found up and down the state, scouring estate sales, scoping out auctions and sifting through antique stores. He also bought from pickers who came to him with paintings to sell. Warren collected just about everything – seascapes, portraits, still lifes, Asian art, nudes and the occasional abstracts.
Warren’s love of interacting with people, combined with his passion for art, led him to purchase the American Trust Building at the corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. Vintage Bank Antiques, as it was known, grew to become a magnificent mainstay of an antiques collective. For decades, patrons were attracted to Warren’s eclectic collection – and his storytelling personality.
“Like many art lovers in Petaluma, I have been wandering through Vintage Bank Antiques for years, admiring the picture galleries and marveling at the diversity of styles and techniques reflected in the paintings,” said curator Jude Mooney. “When I learned of Warren’s passing, it dawned on me that the best way to honor his passion for art would be an exhibition featuring a slice of his vast collection. I wanted to show some of his personal favorites along with my own and display them like you see them in the store, salon style and somewhat haphazard, with equal importance given to legendary California painters and to lesser known artists. “
Warren passed away suddenly in January. He is survived by Judith, his wife of 38 years, his son, Grant Davis and over 2,000 paintings. Judith is continuing Vintage Bank Antiques as an anchor in historic downtown Petaluma – and the Petaluma Arts Center is proud to commemorate Warren’s eye and his art collection with this special pop-up exhibition.