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2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: August 12, 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.

August 2 - September 16, 2017

Rude Awakening
A Rude Family Art Show

Rude Awakening

The idea for "Rude Awakening" came about when one of the family members realized how many artists are in the family, and imagined how fun it would be to have a group show. Everyone liked the idea, and now it has become a reality. Eight artists in the family are showing their work, which includes several media, including painting, collage, sculpture, fiber arts, printmaking, metalsmithing and enameling. The exhibition showcases three generations of the family, all with close ties to the Mendocino Coast. They are excited to be showing their work at the MAC and they hope you enjoy it, too.

The show could be called "A Rude-Zindel-Tewes-Taylor Family Art Show," but they shortened it to Rude.

Bill Zindell, Rosette 1 BILL ZINDEL

"My work has always involved found imagery, and I am an obsessive collector of materials from old magazines and ephemera. I am interested in pattern, typography, and geometry, and motivated by the frictions and harmonies that occur when disparate elements rub up against each other to make something new. Working as a designer has informed my work formally, but a passion for cutting, pasting, and collecting goes back to my childhood."

BILL ZINDEL is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, his work has been shown in San Francisco, New York, Detroit, Nashville, Ireland, Berlin, and the Philippines. Bill also teaches printmaking at NIAD Art Center and spins country records at his local bar in El Cerrito, California.

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“I love working with metal and enamel. It’s very satisfying to use the hammer, anvil, torch and kiln. The process requires a lot of patience and perseverance, and is very meditative. Each finished piece leaves me inspired to create another.

“Over the past decade I have taken numerous metal art workshops at the Mendocino Art Center. We are very fortunate to have their wonderful jewelry studio here, bringing top-notch instructors from all over the country for us to learn from, and it is right here in our own back yard.

“I have my private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist at the Caspar Gardens Healing Center, just a few minutes from my art studio. My wife, Sunshine Taylor, is an accomplished artist, and is a great support and inspiration to me. I come from a family of artists, and can count on receiving encouragement and inspiration from all sides. It’s great to be a part of our family tradition.”


“My work reflects my passion for textiles, collecting, and process. I gather materials into my studio from rummage, estate and garage sales, cast-offs from friends, family and strangers, and the occasional trip to the local fabric store. When I am ready to work I focus on making do with what is at hand at the time, and my process develops from adhering to that philosophy as much as I am able. I use tools and machines to achieve my goals, but mostly I want to touch and manipulate the materials with my hands. I strive to make items that are both useful and beautiful, that inhabit that very human space where form meets function.”

LEA RUDE has a B. A. in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She divides her time between working in her home fiber studio in El Cerrito, California, and working as a librarian at the San Francisco Public Library. Her artwork is sometimes shown in galleries in California and Vermont, the state where she has lived all her life, and the state that she visits most often, respectively. Most of her work is worn and used by herself and her friends and family.

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Reuben Rude’s work can be described as drawings in paint over recreated time-lapse collage. Clean, sculpted lines meet artificially haphazard texture. He works in all kinds of acrylic paint and mediums, found wood and ephemera, and generous dollops of elbow grease. The physical nature of his process results in work that unfolds in front of him, at times without his notice; he often observes a finished piece with some surprise, unable to recall exactly how it got there.

Reuben's images are the culmination of the strange little doodles from the backs of a thousand spiral notebooks, made during a thousand 5th period algebra classes. They are made in the spirit of drawing eyeglasses, beards, and devil horns on the historical figures in your American History textbook. Look close, and you’re sure to recognize a friend or enemy.

When asked about the themes in his work, Reuben prefers to remain cryptic. But looking at it, one might guess that he is interested in the ideas of isolation, connection, and the true meaning of "home."

REUBEN RUDE was born in San Francisco in 1969, after the moon landing but before the Rolling Stones' legendary concert at Altamont. Within a few years, his parents migrated north, to settle deep in the woods of Mendocino County. Living in a series of tents, campers, and ramshackle huts, without indoor plumbing or a television, he spent the better part of his childhood outside. When it was raining or dark he would read and draw. Because of his lack of development in any other area of study, he chose to attend art school in the city of his birth. He lives in San Francisco to this day, and probably always will. He ekes out a living making paintings, posters, and all manner of commercial art. He never goes camping.

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“Born in 1946, I have been interested in art and part of the art world in some way for all my adult life... painting, drawing, employed commercial, framing other people's work, and helping run a gallery and put on shows. My major influences are my time as a child in Spain (1959 to 1961), when I learned to draw, and my work with DC Comics designing color for some of their mainstream publications. I also studied in the art department at San Francisco State College from 1964 to 1968. I am grateful to my gallery, Stewart Kummer, for their support over the past 13 years. I have participated in many shows with the gallery and, most significantly, collaborate on a show with my son, Reuben Rude in 2010.”


SUNSHINE TAYLOR began painting in watercolor in 1981 while living in Northern Vermont. A native Californian, Sunshine returned to her home state in 1989. After some 20 years of creating watercolors, she has now added a new direction and is working in acrylics, inks, collage along with a variety of other mixed media, which are providing her with a brilliant avenue for her love of color.

Although Sunshine’s paintings have matured over the years, they still retain her fresh and joyful vision. For Sunshine, the gift of painting came naturally. She's primarily self-taught, but has had the opportunity to study with several noted artists including, Lawrence Goldsmith, Judy Betts, Robert Wade, Robert Burridge, and Dale Laitinen just to name a few.

Sunshine created the 1998 poster for "Art in the Gardens," the 2005 "Winesong!" poster, as well as the 2005 and 2016, "Mendocino Art Center Garden Tour Posters."

Her paintings have been marketed nationally in the form of computer screen savers and mouse pads. Sunshine's work is represented by the Prentice Gallery and the Mendocino Art Center, both in the gorgeous town of Mendocino, California. 

Sunshine's other love in art is all forms of swing dancing. An avid Lindy Hopper, if she's not out painting you will no doubt find her kicking up her heels just about anywhere! Sunshine lives in Caspar, California, with her fabulous and enthusiastic
dance partner/husband, Glenn Rude.

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“Norwegian DNA runs deep. We speak our minds only as a last resort. That’s why I was amazed and gratified by a certain dream I had some years ago: In the dream there were eight or ten of us assembled on my Aunt Inga’s lawn in northern Minnesota on a stagnant, overcast afternoon. The few remnant relatives still living had summoned me there for a solemn presentation. Packed in a hand-woven basket and brought from the old country, were a number of bulbs much like tulip or daffodil; bulbs from which something might grow. They had been kept safely in the family for years, and for the past half-century in my Aunt Inga’s root cellar along with the potatoes and rutabagas. To each bulb was attached with wire a yellowed tag containing information which, I came to perceive, designated a future work of art I was to create that already had its place staked out in the grand scheme. The bulbs had been secretly destined for me all along. I guess when I reached fifty and still didn’t have a job, they figured they had nothing to lose by condoning my practice of artistry. I was to take the bulbs and plant them in the world.

“And so I have.”

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When my Aunt Lea asked me to participate in the Rude family art show, I was super excited. I got started on a piece right away. I had a great time making it. I used Sharpie marker and acrylic paint. The piece is about California, my home state, and San Francisco, my home city. I love California!

FRANCES RUDE was born in San Francisco in 2008, in the same hospital as her father. She has spent her nine years of life devouring Archie comics, memorizing pop lyrics, and living up to the title of “Boundless Energy” awarded by her soccer team, the Rainbow Unicorns. Art has always been a part of Frankie’s life, with a working artist for a dad, a mom who crafts constantly and constructs one-of-a-kind Halloween costumes yearly, and a big sis who runs a summer camp’s craft room and never stops talking about the films of David Lynch. Raised between walls covered in rock posters, linocut prints by her grandfather, and her favorite clippings from the New York Times fashion section, Frances is clearly just beginning her inevitably life-long relationship with drawing, painting, sewing, and making just about anything she can with her hands.