Mendocino Open Paint Out
on Northern California's
Beautiful Mendocino Coast

September 16–22, 2019

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John Hewitt
Karl Dempwolf
Erin Dertner
Patricia Rose Ford
Chuck Kovacic
Dennis Ziemienski

Mendocino Open Paint Out featured artists will each host a demonstration (free to participating artists, donations requested from non-participants).


John Hewitt

Tuesday, September 17, 2pm
Featured artist Chuck Kovacic will interview John Hewitt

Thursday, September 19, 7pm
John Hewitt demonstration

Following a family trend, John began painting in college as a student of Vernon Nye, noted California school watercolorist who was chair of the art department. Upon graduating later from medical school, he began studying with Vernon in summer school classes taught at the Albion Summer School of art, founded by Vernon and Pacific Union College in the 1960’s. This continued until 2009, with John as the headliner the last 15 years as Vernon stepped down in his late 80s.

Other influences include Millard Sheets, who awarded John several awards in national juried shows and gave much personal encouragement by saying John was one of his best half dozen students during his career as art teacher at several art schools and many private workshops. From him, John learned to appreciate color harmonies that he uses to this day. Morris Graves called him a “composer” at a chance meeting in a frame shop in 1985.

In the 80’s John sought out the prominent watercolorists of that era and studied with each repeatedly. The list includes George Post, with whose work he is often compared, Rex Brandt, Jane Burnham, Tom Nicholas, Mario Cooper, and several others.

John began his teaching career at College of the Redwoods at the request of Floyd Bettiga of the art department in 1980. The appointment at Pacific Union College soon followed. John now also teaches workshops several times a year at various locations in America and Europe. In 2016, John was inducted into the Watercolor Honor Society, America’s most exclusive watercolor group. His paintings are in many public and private collections, including the University of West Virginia Medical Center, the Carson Mansion, Asilomar State Park of California, and the offices of Pacific Union College.
John has shows in many galleries and has many awards.

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Karl Dempwolf

Wednesday, September 18, 7pm
Karl Dempwolf demonstration

Karl Dempwolf and his family emigrated from Germany aboard the S.S. America at the request of the Lockheed Corporation, where his father was to serve as an aerospace scientist. Once in America, Dempwolf continued his education at Art Center College of Design, while at the same time gaining recognition as an All-American fencer in Saber. Later, he achieved a Master’s in Fine Arts degree from USC. With an interest in art and photography, Dempwolf produced and filmed numerous educational films and documentaries. One such film, The Story of a Craftsman, won the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Silver CINDY award, and Best of Show at the Bellevue International Film Festival in Washington. However, with time, painting emerged as his true passion, inspired by Early California artists such as William Wendt, Charles Reiffel, and others who became his artistic icons.

Dempwolf’s work has been exhibited in venues which include the Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles; the Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu; the Phippen Museum in Prescott, Arizona; the Philadelphia International Art Show; and most recently, the Park Avenue Armory Art and Antiques Show in New York City. Awards include the Art of California magazine’s Silver and Bronze Discovery Awards, and American Art Collector’s American Art Collector Award for Morn in the Valley.  Dempwolf’s coffee table book of his artworks, A Painter’s Journey, is currently available.

Karl Dempwolf is a Signature Member of the California Art Club, and serves on its Advisory Board. He is represented by the Wendt Gallery in Laguna Beach, California, New York and Vienna, and at Carmel Fine Art in Carmel, CA.

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Erin Dertner

Thursday, September 19, 2pm
Erin Dertner demonstration

Painting, studying and teaching the subject of light is Erin’s driving force. The cool shadows of the early morning and those that fall long and warm in the evening enliven her creative soul as nothing else. Subject matter is secondary to the sunlight itself, though her locations speak volumes about God’s wondrous world of color, drama and mystery.

Travel has played a formidable role in her development as she relishes each opportunity to explore the warm European environs of Greece, France and Italy as well the Hawaiian and British Isles and choice locations within America. She has also studied with many well-known artists since 1982 in a myriad of inspirational places.

As she reaches further to simplify and suggest detail, her allegiance rests more and more with the impressionist school, and this struggle to be honest and deliberate continues to result in images that reflect peace and a yearning for stillness in a world that is often discordant. Her studio on California’s dramatic and inspirational north coast is well broken in, though she relishes painting en plein air sinceit allows her to capture the essence of a place by more passionately communicating its light, temperature, color and mood. Most of her current works are in oil, but she is also an experienced watercolorist and has enjoyed dry pastel and acrylics as well.

Born in 1957 and a native Californian, Erin has two grown sons who are artistic, musical and adventurous. Her husband is her business partner, acting as agent and picture framer. Her work is seen in a variety of galleries and collected around the world both as originals and reproductions. It is a full plate balancing the schedules of location and studio work, travel, teaching, studying, and working with art publishers as well as joyous family and social gatherings. According to Erin, “There is no better life than to study the world with paintbrush in hand and a heart full of love and gratitude.”

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Patricia Rose Ford

Wednesday, September 18, 2pm
Patricia Rose Ford demonstration

As a landscape painter, I love the great outdoors, particularly the scenes of the southwestern deserts and coastlines. I paint mostly with pastels in air, however watercolors are also a medium I enjoy. My joy is being in nature, looking at a beautiful scene, and translating the emotions of what I see onto the paper.  My hope is that I am able to convey in my art, the feelings of joy and tranquility that I experience when painting.

Since childhood, drawing, coloring and painting have always been my passion. While Social Work was my major in college, painting continued to be my first love and I completed a minor in Fine Art. Although my career as a social worker was fulfilling, I always wanted to have more time to paint. In 2003, I retired from social work and began to apply my love for art, now as a full-time artist.

My work has been exhibited in local and national juried shows throughout the United States, and I have been honored with a number of awards and recognitions at these venues. For me, an even greater reward has been enjoying the camaraderie of fellow artists, studying with plein air masters, and the experience of meeting and getting to know the individuals who appreciate and collect my art.

Member affiliations include Women Artist of the West, Master Signature Member ­– Pastel Society of the West Coast, Signature Member – Pastel Society of New Mexico – Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, California Art Club, Associate member.

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Chuck Kovacic

Tuesday, September 17, 2pm
Chuck Kovacic will interview Mendocino Open Paint Out co-founder John Hewitt

After acquiring a BFA in graphic design with a minor in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art, CHUCK KOVACIC art directed numerous print campaigns for a variety of Fortune 500 clients and detailed urban revitalization programs for communities participating in the “Main Street” program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Upon leaving the advertising profession, he relocated to Southern California, focusing his artistic skills as a restoration expert specializing in pre-1950 merchandising ephemera and related antiques. 
Now concentrating on painting, his work investigates a variety of subjects rendered in the plein air style. Chuck is an Honor Court member of the Mid-Valley Art League, as well as an Artist Member of the California Art Club. In 2016 he was honored to be the recipient of the CAC’s William and Julia Bracken Wendt Award. His work is regularly displayed as part of CAC exhibitions at the Old Mill, Altadena Country Club and the annual Gold Medal show.  This past November, he joined twelve other distinguished artists invited to paint in rural China as guests of the Kaiping Museum of Art.

“I am particularly interested in the wealth of subjects found along the shores and ridgelines of California. My interest in the plein air approach allows me the immediacy of light, shadow and color. Anywhere water meets land and how people interact with it have become favorite painting sites.”



Dennis Ziemienski

Tuesday, September 17, 7pm
Dennis Ziemienski demonstration, "Composition: The Art of Making a Strong Painting"

A native San Franciscan, Dennis graduated cum laude from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Interest in representational drawing and painting eventually led him to New York and a successful career in illustration. Dennis’ strong and richly colored images borrow much of their inspiration from early 20th century painting and posters. Dennis turned his attention to fine art in 1999. The major influences in his paintings are Maynard Dixon, Frank Brangwyn, Ernest Blumenschein, Edward Hopper and Maurice Logan... ironically, all were illustrators, at one time, during their art careers. Dennis’ work is found in public and private institutions and museums. His paintings and illustrations have been in many one-man and group exhibitions and have won numerous awards. Dennis was selected as the official artist of the 2006 Kentucky Derby.

Dennis’s work can be seen at Altamira Fine Art in Jackson Hole, WY; Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ, and Santa Fe, NM; and Knowlton Gallery in Lodi, CA.

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Mendocino Art Center

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Mendocino Open Paint Out

The Mendocino Art Center is a very special place, located in a stunning, rural location, overlooking a rugged expanse of the Pacific Ocean, 150 miles north of San Francisco. It has been a haven for artists since 1959, when founders Bill and Jennie Zacha first realized the potential of this unique community as an artists' colony.

Mendocino Art Center Jewelry     Mendocino Art Center Ceramics

Today the Mendocino Art Center is a highly regarded artistic and educational institution known for retreat-style classes led by superlative artist-instructors. More than 150 two- to five-day classes are offered each year in ceramics, fiber arts, fine art, jewelry/metalsmithing and sculpture.

Jan and Maxine Stussy

The art galleries feature monthly exhibitions spotlighting the creative works of local and national artists and the Mendocino Art Center continues to be at the heart of what makes the Mendocino Coast an enchanting and vibrant place to visit.