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May 2–27, 2019

2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: May 11, 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.

Mendocino Figure Drawing Collective
11th Biennial Exhibit

Patrick Keller Kathy Carl

Artwork: Patrick Keller (above left), Kathy Carl (above right) and Robert Ross (below).

Robert Ross

The Mendocino Art Center presents an exhibit of figure drawing by members of the Mendocino Figure Drawing Collective (MFDC).

For millennia, the human body has been revered in Western Art for its exquisite architecture and complex sensuality. The nude is a powerfully expressive vehicle for such diverse functions as myth, religion, fantasy, political allegory, titillation, and science. Drawings of the human body are now recognized both as preparatory studies for more elaborate work, and as exciting objects having enduring expressive value in and of themselves.

This will be MFDC's Eleventh Biennial at the Art Center. As many of the exhibitors have been drawing with the group for years, each Biennial has shown a higher level of work than the previous exhibit. This year's selection shows careful observation, maturity, formal expertise, sensuality and swing. The featured artists are Dorothy Ayres, Susan Barnes, Dan Barrett, Ene Bender, Becky Bowen, Kathy Carl, Hugh Dignon, Bruce Fletcher, Steve Garner, Gemma, Patrick Keller, Dale Moyer, Don Paglia, Robert Ross, Fred Struthers, Janice Sullivan, Larry Thomas, Miriam Wadiaeff and Jeanne Williams.

The Mendocino Figure Drawing Collective is a loose-knit group of local and visiting artists and models, meeting weekly for the past 27 years. The group has served hundreds of artists, inspired thousands of drawings, and has presented a dozen or so group exhibitions.

The Collective originated at the Mendocino Art Center, and its workshops are a fundamental year-round component of MAC’s traditional arts program. Weekly sessions are open to all who wish to draw from live models. Poses range in length from two-minute warm-ups to one hour. Current sessions meet each Wednesday, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The single session drop-in fee is $10. Bring your own materials (no solvents, please).


Further resources of the drawing group may be found at