Front Gallery

Second Saturday Gallery Reception: March 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Artists Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. Also meet the 2018/19 Artists in Residence, watch them work and view new works created in the Mendocino Art Center studios.

March 5–19, 2019

In Memory of Howard Wheatley Allen
May 31, 1941 – February 21, 2019

Howard Wheatley Allen Collection, Pelican
Howard Wheatley Allen, Pelican, 16" long


California sculptor Howard Wheatley Allen passed away in his Mendocino home after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, February 21, 2019. Born in San Francisco on May 31, 1941 to Anne Bullard Allen and Charles Howard Allen, "Wheat" Allen was a fifth generation Californian, an active conservationist and a beloved artist. A graduate of Dartmouth and a Navy veteran, Wheat served for 36 years as a counselor for Save the Redwoods League, was active in the Bohemian Club, and created sculptures that became gifts of state for three presidential administrations.

In memory of Wheatley, the Mendocino Art Center will have a special exhibition of the bronze birds featured in his book, “Howard Wheatley Allen: Sculptor to Emperors, Presidents and Kings."

Wheatley achieved international acclaim for his bronze bird sculptures. His work, chosen for its strength, grace and symbolic content, has found its way into public, private, and corporate collections around the world. Allen’s sculptures have been chosen by world leaders to commemorate important events. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton are among those who have presented Allen's sculptures as gifts to heads of state. Ray and Donna Worster donated the collection to the Mendocino Art Center.