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

September 18–24, 2017

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John Hewitt
Jody Bryan
Maeve Croghan
Susan Elwart Hall
Chuck Kovacic
Jim McVicker

Mendocino Open Paint Out featured artists will each host a demonstration (free to participating artists, donations requested from non-participants) and jury the paintings created during the week.


John Hewitt

John's Demonstration:
Thursday, September 21, 7pm

"Design for Power!"

JOHN HEWITT has 28 years experience as a college level painting instructor. He taught summer sessions at Pacific Union College for 25 years. He studied with the leading watercolorists of the prior generation which include Vernon Nye, Millard Sheets, George Post, Rex Brandt and several others. He has shown in 131 national juried Watercolor Society shows for over 25 years with 30 awards. He exhibits in many permanent collections worldwide.

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Jody Bryan

Jody's Demonstration:
Wednesday, September 20, 2pm

"Get Out in the Open Air with Watercolor"

JODY BRYAN attended Otis Art Institute, Chouinard, UCLA and CSULB, always studying drawing and painting. She taught in the Long Beach Unified School District while living on Catalina Island for 34 years. She and her family relocated to the coast of Humboldt County where subjects for watercolor in plein air abound. Her goal with each painting is to interpret the feeling and emotion of the scene, while working in the realist tradition. She keeps a sketchbook handy and encourages fellow artists to get the sketchbook habit.

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Maeve Croghan

Maeve's Demonstration:
Thursday, September 21, 2pm

"Painting an Expressive Tree"

MAEVE CROGHAN paints luminescent, color-filled, nature inspired oil paintings, and has been painting since she was 15. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, Reed College, the Portland Museum Art School, and the Corcoran School of Art. She has a BA from New College of CA in 'Art and Education'.

Maeve's deep connection with her subject is integral to her painting. Her paintings are begun outside en plein air, where she closely observes and feels the environment as she paints.

Maeve has been the recipient of many prestigious juried awards. Her paintings are shown and collected nationally and internationally in numerous galleries and museums. Recently her paintings were chosen for exhibits at the Matsumoto Museum in Matsumoto, Japan, and for Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, CA. Her paintings are featured on the wine labels of Castoro Cellars of Templeton, CA. Her work is in prominent collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico. Maeve's paintings have been published in the juried books, ART of Northern California and American Art Collector, as well as the Studio Visit Art Journal. Maeve is represented by the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

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Susan Elwart Hall

Susan's Demonstration:
Tuesday, September 19, 2pm

"Secrets of Plein Air"

SUSAN ELWART HALL has had a long and varied career in arts. She graduated first in her class at the Art Academy of Michigan. After graduation, she worked for Walt Disney as an artist and freelancer for eight years. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend Rudolph Schaeffer Interior Design School, and then worked as an interior designer. She returned to illustrating and designing and has worked for Sunset Magazine and many Silicon Valley high-technology companies. She developed an outstanding reputation as a portrait artist working in the medium of pen and ink and pencil.

From 1995 to 2002, Susan ran the Susan Hall Studio to dedicate herself to creating original masterpieces based on classic techniques, specializing in murals and custom-designed wallpaper. Susan worked extensively in higher-value homes in San Francisco and Silicon Valley and had many repeat clients.

In recent years, Susan developed an interest in plein air painting and has gained considerable attention, including the following awards and shows:

Oil Painters of America
• 2016, National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Scottsdale, AZ
• 2015, National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Scottsdale, AZ
• 2014, National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Bennington, VT and Carmel, CA
• 2013, Salon Show, Award of Excellence for Most Original
• 2012, National Exhibition West Coast Juried Selection, 1 of 100 artists
• 2011, National Exhibition West Coast Juried Selection, 1 of 200 artists

American Impressionist Society
• 2017, American Impressionist Show, 200 pieces selected
• 2015, Juried into Show, 180 pieces selected

Mendocino Open Paint Out
• 2016, Best in Show
• 2016, Jurors Choice Award, Camille Przewodek
• 2015, Quick Draw Winner
• 2015, Founders Award
• 2015, Plein Air Magazine Winner
• 2014, First Place
• 2013, First Place

Los Gatos Plein Aire Competition
• 2016, Artist Choice Award,
• 2016, Honorable Mention
• 2015, One of 35 artists selected, Third Place
• 2014, One of 20 artists selected

Shelter Cove Plein Air Competition
• 2016, 1 of 40 artist juried
• 2015, Best Oil Painter Award

National Parks 1 National Exhibition
• 2013, Honorable Mention

Art Muse Contest
• September 2016, Merit Award
• June 2016, Finalist Emerging Artist

Edward Hopper House
• 2013, Small Matters of Great Importance, 3 paintings juried for show

Bold Brush International Competition
• 2012, September Selection, Judge: Sherrie McGraw

Carmel Art Festival
• 2016, 1 of 30 artists selected
• 2012, 1 of 30 artists selected
• 2011, Honorable Mention

California Art Club
• 2015, Point Lobos
• 2012, Iconic California
• 2011, A Century of Landscapes
• 2010, Flowers

Monterey Plein Aire ‘Paint the Town’ Competition
• 2013, First Place
• 2012, Honorable Mention

Blossoms II
• 2011, Best Small Painting

Menlo College
• 2010, First Place
• 2009, one of four artists selected for show

• 2011, 3 paintings juried for show
• 2010, one of 20 artists selected for show

Gamble Gardens
• 2011, one of 20 artists selected for show
• 2009/10, one of 20 artists selected for show – image selected for poster

Crockett Plein Aire Paintout
• 2009, Honorable Mention
• 2008, First Place
• 2007, Honorable Mention

Alameda Plein Aire Competition
• 2009, Honorable Mention
• 2008, Best Historical Home Award

Capitol Plein Aire
• 2009, Second Place

South Wind Gallery, Topeka, Kansas
• 2014, 6 x 6 four pieces selected

Randy Higbee
• 2016, 6 x 6 three pieces selected
• 2015, 6 x 6 four pieces selected
• 2014, 6 x 6 four pieces selected
• 2013, 6 x 6 four pieces selected

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Chuck Kovacic

Chuck's Demonstration:
Tuesday, September 19, 7pm

"What's the Mix?: Water Based Oil"

Chuck's Presentation:
Wednesday, September 20, 7pm

"Rural Landscapes of Southern China"

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.”

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Jim's Demonstration:
Friday, September 22, 2pm

"Painting the Light, Values & Color"

At the age of 21, upon seeing 19th century French landscape paintings, I had an awakening to art. The beauty and sensitivity I saw in those works changed my perception of the world.

I started studying art history, painted copies of French impressionist landscapes and enrolled in life drawing and painting classes at Chaffey Community College. In 1975 I decided to become a full-time painter. I was 24 years old.

I moved from Ontario, California, where I was raised, to the northern part of the state. After a year I settled in Eureka, California. I was drawn there by the beauty, the art community, and the chance to live a quieter more rural life.

I met and worked with several very accomplished artists, painting landscapes everyday on location, or painting in the studio always working directly from the still-life set up or models. I learned from direct observation of nature, by looking at and studying great art from the past and working alongside artists more developed than myself.

In 1984 I met my wife and fellow artist, Terry. We live a wonderful quiet life in Loleta, California. It's a small rural town just south of Eureka. We have studios on our property and I continue to paint daily, following my passion for painting from life, trying to capture the light, atmosphere, space, and the mysterious beauty all around us.

• 2016 Best in Show, Laguna Beach 18th Plein Air Invitational
• 2015 First Place, Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition $15,000 award and cover story in September 2015 issue
• 2015 Gold Medal for Best Painting, 104th Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club
• 2014 Best in Show, Laguna Beach 16th Plein Air Invitational
• 2014 2nd Place, Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition 
• 2014 Franz Bischoff Award for Best Still Life, 103rd Gold Medal Exhibition,
California Art Club
• 2014, 2015, 2016 Finalist Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition
• 2013 3rd Place. Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition

Signature Member, California Art Club

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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.

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

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. Retreat, create, rejuvenate at the Mendocino Art Center.