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September 18-24, 2017

Mendocino Open Paint Out – A Plein Air Festival
6 Featured Artists | More than 60 Participating Artists
Watch Artists Paint | Daily Wet Paint Sales | Demonstrations & More

Mendocino Open Paint Out


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


     


John Hewitt, Mendocino Open Paint Out
John Hewitt
Jody Bryan
Jody Bryan

The Mendocino Art Center hosts the fifth annual Mendocino Open Paint Out, a plein air festival. The festival includes plein air painting, with wet paint sales of new artwork each day in the Art Center's galleries by more than 60 artists, twice daily demonstrations by featured artists, the opportunity to watch artists paint outdoors, festive and social nightly gatherings, and more.


Maeve Croghan
Maeve Croghan
Susan Elwart Hall
Susan Elwart Hall

 

Friday, September 22, enjoy refreshments and be the first to see all paintings created during the week and vote for your favorite painting at the People's Choice Party, 7pm-9pm. More than 350 works of art were painted in the weeklong festival in 2016.


Saturday, September 23, there will be a Quick Draw Competition from 11am-1pm, with the location to be announced just prior to the start time. The public is invited to watch the competition and then vote for their favorite piece at the Quick Draw Sale, held from 2pm-5pm, at MAC. The day’s festivities will continue with a special MOPO Reception and Celebration, including an awards presentation, from 5pm-7pm.


Chuck Kovacic
Chuck Kovacic
Jim McVicker
Jim McVickers

 

Sunday, September 24, 11am-3pm, the Mendocino Art Center galleries will feature live jazz – with the Village Duo on saxophone and bass – mimosas and a variety of brunch bites. This will be the final opportunity to purchase paintings created during the 2017 Mendocino Open Paint Out.


The six featured artists – MOPO co-founder John Hewitt, Jody Bryan, Maeve Croghan, Susan Elwart Hall, Chuck Kovacic and Jim McVicker – will paint on location each day during MOPO, conduct daily demonstrations (2pm and 7pm, donations requested), and also judge the artwork of more than 60 participating oil, pastel and water media artists competing for more than $8,000 in cash and prizes. The Mendocino Art Center is welcoming artists from throughout California, as well as Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Washington, Canada and the British Virgin Islands.


Admission to all events is free and open to the public, including watching the artists paint.